Ariel Murray

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We get Huck Finn all wrong: Race, Mark Twain, children and myths of an American classic

Our sense of comedy and seriousness in “Huck Finn” says more about America now than America in Mark Twain’s time<p>For anyone who wants to try to unravel the tangled knot that ties modern Americans to their past, Mark Twain’s <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</i> (1885) remains essential. According to the …

Literature

4 Enemies of Stephen Colbert Bid Him Farewell

Stephen Colbert has accumulated <i>a lot</i> of enemies over the years, both real and fake.<p>On <i>The Colbert Report</i> nobody was safe—not politicians, not massive …

Comedy

The 6-step process to dispose of America’s poor

The country’s lower classes are treated like criminals or commodities. Thank our perverse brand of capitalism<p>One of the themes of the superb writing of Henry Giroux is that more and more Americans are becoming "disposable," recognized as either commodities or criminals by the more fortunate members …

A Hard Lesson From the UVA Sexual Assault Crisis

I teach at Ohio Northern University. More to the point, I received two degrees from the University of Virginia and spent six wonderful years on "Mr. Jefferson's" beautiful campus. It has pained me deeply to read the seemingly daily barrage of news coverage about the allegations of sexual assault …

Gun nuts’ racial duplicity: How Ferguson and Garner undermined their Second Amendment crusade

NRA types claim they’re worried about violence at hands of the state. How’d they respond to recent police killings?<p>Gun extremists, whose grasp of constitutional law and American history is typically as firm as their grasp on empathy and decency, have been telling us for some time that a well-armed …

The Story Behind this Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop at a Ferguson Demonstration

Amidst the many photos of hate, anger, sadness and sometimes outright destruction that have flooded the media since a grand jury decided not to …

The Funniest Tweets About Food Comas, Feasting And Thanksgiving Food

Thanksgiving is a time for family, feasting and food comas -- that's a fact. But it's also time for funny tweets. If you can't use Twitter as therapy for when your mom serves a blackened turkey, what is it really good for?<p>That's why we couldn't help but comb through some of our favorite celebs' …

Are Democrats the Real Racists?

Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen, recently elected speaker of the assembly's Republican caucus, stepped down this week. His resignation comes after he made some truly remarkable public comments about race. He claimed that the "relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, …

Democratic Party

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

An anatomy of a journalistic failure<p><i>A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Last November, we published a story, 'A Rape on Campus' [RS 1223], that centered around a</i> …

The Persistent Myth of the Narcissistic Millennial

People are still lobbing the same accusations at Millennials, even though evidence shows they're not any more self-absorbed than their predecessors.<p>A few months ago, the news went viral that the American Psychiatric Association had classified “taking selfies” as a sign of a mental disorder. It lit …

Congress Finally Dumped Obama and It's the Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Him

For the last six years, Obama's been in a bad relationship. He started off thinking Congress would like him for who he was. He cultivated friendships on both sides of the aisle; he made bright-eyed promises like pledging to close Guantanamo; he used high-flying words like "hope" and "change"<p>Pretty …

Affordable Care Act

9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)

Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and liberal) members, a trend that reflects the nation as a whole. Studies have shown that the moderate middle is shrinking as more of the citizenry …

4 toxic myths about “what women want,” debunked

Women don’t like being catcalled by handsome men, despite what CNN’s charlatan dating advice gurus might insist<p>One of the most frustrating and common experiences of being a woman is having men tell you they know better than you do what women think and feel. By increasing the number of conversations …

Zosia Mamet Says "Leaning In" Isn't Feminism For Everyone

Make no mistake: Zosia Mamet, the staggeringly talented actress known for her breakout role Shoshana Shapiro on HBO’s <i>Girls</i>, is a feminist. But when …

How Feminism Hurts Men

Yesterday somebody on Facebook told me that feminism elevates women at the expense of men, that its agenda to validate women emasculates us guys.<p>He …

The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women

The women's movement may have been in hiding through the 'ladette' years, but in 2013 it has come back with a vengeance. Introducing the new feminists taking the struggle to the web – and the streets<p>• The Guardian Women awards<p>The campaign for women's liberation never went away, but this year a new …

15 Things Not to Say to a Feminist

The wage gap IS real, 'Lean In' does matter, and no, the feminist movement is not over.<p><b>1. "Lean In is annoying."</b> The book and Lean In movement, launched by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, <i>have</i> gotten a lot of media attention, yes. But a lot of women asked for a raise after reading <i>Lean In</i>. In an age …

Robert De Niro opens up about gay father

Just in time for Father’s Day, Robert De Niro is losing his tough exterior for a revealing new HBO documentary about his late father, Robert De Niro …

Kanye West 'Spoke A Truth' About Hurricane Katrina, Says Mike Myers

Speaking to GQ for the magazine's June issue, Mike Myers commented on Kanye West's infamous critique of George W. Bush during a 2005 telethon to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina.<p>"I actually wasn't familiar with his work," Myers, who was paired with West for the telethon, told GQ. "Then …

The Hipsterfication of Burgers; LA's All-American Bites

· This Hipsterfication of Burgers Has Got to Stop [Telegraph]<br>· The 18 Best All-American Bites in Los Angeles [Eater LA]<br>· Robots Will Replace Fast-Food Workers [CNN Money]<br>· How Domino's Became a Tech Company [Fast Co]<br>· How Far You Can Travel and Still Find Brooklyn Lager [CN Traveler]<br>· Tabasco …

Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

False claims go unchallenged, racial fears are stoked — and political scientists discover it helps GOP at polls<p>Right-wing political figures have often defended the content of Fox News and other right-leaning media. A common ploy is the insinuation that the “mainstream” news establishment is in fact …

6 Women Share Their Encounters With Abortion Clinic Protesters

"I was worried about my safety."<p><i>The Supreme Court ruling on McCullen vs. Coakley, which addresses the 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in Massachusetts, is expected in June. Eleanor McCullen says the 2007 law limits her ability to counsel women seeking abortions. She claims this is a</i> …

18 Things People Seem To Not Understand Because They Think “Feminism” Is A Dirty Word

(18 Reasons Why I Need Feminism)<p><b>(1)</b> I need feminism because some people equate being feared with being afraid. Because I clutch a pocket knife or a …

Feminism: this is not as good as it gets

After 50 years of feminism Marisa Bate was daunted by the battles still to be won. But she has been reminded that her generation is up for the fight<p>"It was like the maddest kind of falling in love." This is how feminist activist and writer Beatrix Campbell began describing the women’s lib movement …

“Non-Feminist” Celebrities Who Owe Their Careers to… Feminism

Once Beyoncé herself puts the actual dictionary definition of a term right in the middle of a hit single, you’d think people would stop being so …

Feminism

Books With Gay Themes Put S.C. Colleges' Funding At Risk

House lawmakers in South Carolina have voted to slash funding for two of the state's largest public colleges in retaliation for the introduction of books with gay themes into the schools' freshman reading programs.<p>In February, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to cut $70,000 — the …