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Drew Curtis wants to outlaw sexist, racist, and homophobic comments.

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Fark—the irreverent online aggregator launched 15 years ago under the tagline “We don't make news. We mock it”—has pledged to ban misogyny from its comments section. “If the Internet was a dude, we'd all agree that dude has a serious problem with women,” Fark founder Drew Curtis wrote in an announcement on the site on Monday, citing a line from Mythbusters’ Adam Savage. As of Monday, the site’s posting guidelines were “updated with new rules reminding you all that we don't want to be the He Man Woman Hater's Club,” Curtis continued. Examples of inadmissible language include “rape jokes,” calling “women as a group ‘whores’ or ‘sluts’ or similar demeaning terminology,” and “jokes suggesting that a woman who suffered a crime was somehow asking for it.” Racism and “LGBT bashing” are also now off-limits. Wrote Curtis: “This represents enough of a departure from pretty much how every other large internet community operates that I figure an announcement is necessary.”

Policing misogyny is fabulous in theory. In practice, it's a bitch. Curtis notes that Fark’s commenters often appear to be engaging in an extreme “parody” of sexism, using a pastiche of satirical cultural references. (Fark contributors favor the SNL line “Jane, you ignorant slut” and callbacks to Blazing Saddles’ rape jokes.) Where is the line between pointed social commentary and vile misogyny? “On SNL and in a comedy movie … the context is clear,” Curtis continues. “On the Internet, it's impossible to know the difference between a person with hateful views and a person lampooning hateful views to make a point. The [moderators] try to be reasonable, and context often matters. We will try and determine what you meant, but that's not always a pass.” He added: “I recommend that when encountering grey areas, instead of trying to figure out where the actual line is, the best strategy would be to stay out of the grey area entirely.”

Telling members of an anonymous Internet message board to stop hating women is, unfortunately, a monumental ask. But instructing posters to refrain from pushing the boundaries of acceptable human discourse—to avoid a “grey area” just in case—is an irresistible provocation. The gray area between vile offensiveness and dark humor is where Fark's commenter community thrives. So Curtis’ announcement has already amassed dozens of comments like:

“What about man-on-man prison rape jokes. Those are still cool, right?”

“Is clown rape off the table, even if the clowns are in full costume, and we are unsure of their respective sexes, and its that artsy kind of clown rape?”

“How about sandwich jokes? [Still] ok?”

“b-b-b-b-b-but what if she really is a whore?”

“We need to stay under the radar: minx, coquette, hussy, etc.”

“This would be the best time to ask for boobies.”

Curtis hopes to establish some “reasonable” line between misogyny and parody, but on a website with an 88 percent male readership that deploys words like slut, boobies, and sandwich so routinely that commenters claim they’ve been magically cleansed of their originally sexist context, I’m not sure that the distinction between the jokesters and the misogynists is particularly relevant. Curtis' own bio on the site is “Drew runs Fark. Drew likes boobies and beer. That's pretty much it.” This is not a place where the participants have established themselves as so obviously not sexist and so clearly respectful of women as equals that joking about misogyny comes across as straightforward progressive commentary. Instead, it feels dismissive and harassing. For women who might also be interested in joining a community focused on mocking news sites, distinguishing between the dudes who really hate women and the ones who are just, like, practicing their art, man, can seem like more trouble than it's worth.

Still: Despite the site’s overarching sarcastic tone, many of the comments on Curtis’ announcement are sincere in their praise of the new rule. The ones who think it’s a big joke will eventually tucker themselves out (on this thread, at least). And from there, giving a crew of invested moderators a mandate to make their own calls about what constitutes misogyny on Fark—even if the poster claims it’s just a joke—will likely boost the level of discourse a smidge. It helps that, according to Curtis, about half of the site’s moderators are women. Curtis disclosed that gender split in the form of a snarky retort to another contributor, but it's probably the most serious investment the site can make to welcome women onto its boards.

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Frankenstein MD Ep: 3 – Anaesthetic vs. Paralytic

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Frankenstein, MD Ep: 1 – Anaesthetic vs. Paralytic

CAST
Victoria Frankenstein – Anna Lore
Eli LavenzaBrendan Bradley
Rory ClervalSara Fletcher

CREW
Executive Producer – Bernie Su
Executive Producer – Matt Vree
Executive Producer – Hank Green
Co-Executive Producer – Lon Harris
Co-Executive Producer – Brett Register
Producer – Tracy Bitterolf
Director – Brett Register
Writers – Lon Harris, Brett Register, & Bernie Su
Cinematography – Matt Ryan
Editor – Sam Mollo
Transmedia Editor – Christine Linnell
Associate Producer – Ariana Nedelman
Science Advisor – Joe Hanson
Assistant Editor – Brennan Barsell
DIT – Lisa Curtis
1st AD – Jordan Paley
Production Designer – Katie Moest
Stylist – Jessica Snyder
Propmaster – Audrey Lee
Set Dec – Kim Brunner
Script Supervisor – Maggie Werning
Makeup – Roxanne Pike
Sound Mixer/Boom – Geoff Allison
Key Grip – Oliver Bukowsky
Gaffer – Matt Hingstman
Colorist – Brennan Barsell
Camera Assistant – Kelsey Taylor
Social Media Manager – Christina Cooper
Graphic Designer – Becca Rodrigues
Production Assistant – Thomas Della Bella
Production Assistant – Anthony Toledo

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Frankenstein MD Ep: 2 – The Truth About Fake Blood

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Victoria is reprimanded by her advisor and mentor Dr. Waldman

CAST
Victoria Frankenstein – Anna Lore
Dr. Abraham WaldmanKevin Rock
Iggy DeLacey – Steve Zaragoza

CREW
Executive Producer – Bernie Su
Executive Producer – Matt Vree
Executive Producer – Hank Green
Co-Executive Producer – Lon Harris
Co-Executive Producer – Brett Register
Producer – Tracy Bitterolf
Director – Brett Register
Writers – Lon Harris, Brett Register, & Bernie Su
Cinematography – Matt Ryan
Editor – Sam Mollo
Transmedia Editor – Christine Linnell
Associate Producer – Ariana Nedelman
Science Advisor – Joe Hanson
Assistant Editor – Brennan Barsell
DIT – Lisa Curtis
1st AD – Jordan Paley
Production Designer – Katie Moest
Stylist – Jessica Snyder
Propmaster – Audrey Lee
Set Dec – Kim Brunner
Script Supervisor – Maggie Werning
Makeup – Roxanne Pike
Sound Mixer/Boom – Geoff Allison
Key Grip – Oliver Bukowsky
Gaffer – Matt Hingstman
Colorist – Brennan Barsell
Camera Assistant – Kelsey Taylor
Social Media Manager – Christina Cooper
Graphic Designer – Becca Rodrigues
Production Assistant – Thomas Della Bella
Production Assistant – Anthony Toledo

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Frankenstein MD Ep 1 : Introducing Victoria

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Frankenstein, MD Ep 1: Introducing Victoria

Victoria and Iggy start a science vlog

CAST
Victoria FrankensteinAnna Lore
Iggy DeLaceySteve Zaragoza

CREW
Executive Producer – Bernie Su
Executive Producer – Matt Vree
Executive Producer – Hank Green
Co-Executive Producer – Lon Harris
Co-Executive Producer – Brett Register
Producer – Tracy Bitterolf
Director – Brett Register
Writers – Lon Harris, Brett Register, & Bernie Su
Cinematography – Matt Ryan
Editor – Sam Mollo
Transmedia Editor – Christine Linnell
Associate Producer – Ariana Nedelman
Science Advisor – Joe Hanson
Assistant Editor – Brennan Barsell
DIT – Lisa Curtis
1st AD – Jordan Paley
Production Designer – Katie Moest
Stylist – Jessica Snyder
Propmaster – Audrey Lee
Set Dec – Kim Brunner
Script Supervisor – Maggie Werning
Makeup – Roxanne Pike
Sound Mixer/Boom – Geoff Allison
Key Grip – Oliver Bukowsky
Gaffer – Matt Hingstman
Colorist – Brennan Barsell
Camera Assistant – Kelsey Taylor
Social Media Manager – Christina Cooper
Graphic Designer – Becca Rodrigues
Production Assistant – Thomas Della Bella
Production Assistant – Anthony Toledo

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13-Year-Old Baseball Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis Will Be On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated!

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The 13-year-old girl who made headlines last week for her 70 mph fastball and her historic Little League shutouts (yes, plural) is getting some much deserved recognition from one of the biggest names in sports journalism.

“Last week, this week, maybe next week, she’s owned the sports conversation,” Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone said in an announcement from the publication. “How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”

Mo’Ne is only the 18th girl to participate in the Little League World Series; she’s also the 6th girl to ever record a hit during the World Series (this past Sunday night), the first girl in her age range, and the 1st girl to ever pitch a shutout game—twice. Meanwhile, I still haven’t changed out of my pajamas today. I expect SI will probably want to interview me next. Ayup. Aaany day now.

Speaking of interviews, Davis also be profiled in the corresponding issue that will go along with the Sports Illustrated cover—which, by the way, has never before featured a Little League player until now. Hooray for firsts! While she’s on record as saying that she’d love to see some more female players in baseball, she’s actually more interested in a basketball career in her future.

“To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball,” she told SI. “I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball—but I really want to play basketball.” Hey, she could do both, though. She could be a new generation’s Bo Jackson!

(via Jezebel, image via Sports Illustrated)

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rabbivole: once you start to notice these little turns of...

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rabbivole:

once you start to notice these little turns of phrase you literally can’t unsee them 

'protests turn violent'

'clashes with police'

'violence breaks out'

'rocked by blasts', when referring to gaza bombing 

all the nice vague statements that carefully avoid mentioning an actor, because it sounds worse if you do. this violence just spontaneously started happening, it’s crazy!!!!

i’m really tired of it

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