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16 Netflix hacks that will take your binge-watching to the next level

Everyone loves Netflix.<p>The service has taken over the world because it lets you binge on your favorite shows and movies to your hearts content. And you can watch whenever, wherever.<p>But even though the standard Netflix experience is good, it doesn't mean you can't improve it with few tricks.<p>From …

10 new comics to look out for in 2016

2016 looks full of promise when it comes to the graphic novel department. With some brand spanking new series' on the horizon, it's the perfect time …

Drawn to Comics: 7 Comics I Can’t Wait to Add to My Pull List in 2K16

I know that my pull list is already getting way too big, but there are just too many awesome feminist and queer-lady-centric comics out there …

Lesbian

George Clooney says the Oscars are moving backwards on diversity

Actor says more people of colour were nominated by the Academy a decade ago – but that the real problem is a wider lack of opportunity in Hollywood<p>George Clooney has added his voice to a rising chorus of protest at the Oscars’ failure to nominate a single actor of colour for an award this year, …

Golden Globes

Hand-Scratched and Painted Film Colors This Stunning Short

Ross Hogg's 'Scribbledub' was created using 16mm film and a projector.<p><i>Screencaps via</i><p>Scratch film animation is the basis for experimental audiovisual short, <i>Scribbledub</i>, by Scottish filmmaker Ross Hogg. The piece, what Hogg calls a "film conversation," is made using 16mm film and a projector. The …

Animation

Immersed in Movies: Evaluating the Animated Feature Oscar Nominees

Aside from Pixar’s <i>Inside Out</i>, the other four nominees are indie, global and non-CG with two stop-motion and two hand-drawn entries. Last year, when I …

Rob Valley Talks About His Epic New Film ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ (Exclusive Trailer Premiere)

Best known for his work on projects like "Gorillaz" and "Tron: Uprising," Robert Valley is making a statement of his own with an electrifying new …

Animation

Back Off, Dress Codes. This is Not Your Call.

Ok, I am pissed. The dress code thing has always been an issue for me, but we are at <b>code-f**king-orange</b> here, people.<p>That's right, girls are getting hazed and shamed. They are being kicked out of proms and are called skanks by those in authority -- the same teachers and administrators we trust to …

Students Stand Up For Teens Who Say They Were Sent Home For Cross-Dressing

Teens at a Washington state high school are standing up for students who say they were sent home from school for dressing up like the opposite sex.<p>White Pass High School students Chandler Krueger and Mason Mudge told local outlet KING-TV that they were asked to change or leave school last week …

Chloe Aftel: GenderQueer are portraits of the San Francisco area community of genderqueer persons (PHOTOS).

<i>This post contains nudity.</i><p>In a way, the evolution of Chloe Aftel’s series “GenderQueer” is parallel to the progress by which we continue to define …

Why I'm Genderqueer, Professional and Unafraid

I looked myself up and down in the full-length mirror. Blouse tucked in? Check. Pearl earrings on? Check. Lipstick flawless? Check. After a few minutes of primping, posing and deep breathing, I was off to my first day at a new job.<p>When I start a new job, I struggle with all of the typical …

Star Tribune Publishes Full Page Anti-Transgender Ad

Minnesota's largest newspaper is coming under fire for the decision to publish a full-page anti-transgender ad from the Minnesota Child Protection League, which is reportedly an anti-LGBT group.<p>According to TheColu.mn, the ad by the MNCPL is an effort to help stop the Minnesota State High School …

Focus stacking in Photoshop - How to get any depth of field you need

<b>Left:</b> Single exposure (focus on the front-most droplet) <b><br>Right:</b> Focus-stacked and post-processed (entire subject in focus)<p>In the video tutorial below, …

Becoming a Woman: Striking Side-By-Side Portraits of Teens and Transgender Women

As part of a multi-year project called “The Girl Studies,” Charlie White photographed teen girls between the ages of 12 and 14 side-by-side with male …

How cops get away with it: Why the government can read your emails, but not count shooting deaths

There’s no way to know how many people are shot and killed by police each year. That needs to change now<p>The shooting of teenager Michael Brown has focused the nation (again) on the dangers faced by young, unarmed black men walking the streets of America. The sight of paramilitary police with guns …

It’s not just the South and Fox News: Liberals have a white privilege problem too

White privilege is a protection racket, the ultimate head start. The “liberal meritocracy” benefits from it too<p>I spent 12 years of my life in St. Louis. I went to college there. Got married. Landed my first teaching job. Bought my first house. Between door-knocking for candidates and causes, …

Tackling the terrible sexism in video games: Women are portrayed as sexual playthings or victims of violence

Women are now the majority of gamers. Can the industry catch up and start treating them as equals?<p>Adult women make up the largest demographic of gamers, according to a new study released by the Entertainment Software Association. Women over the age of 18 make up 36 percent of gamers, edging out …

New York TV stations disproportionately cover crimes committed by black people

The trend is extremely harmful when it comes to policymaking<p>New York City television stations disproportionately cover crimes committed by black people, according to a new report released by Media Matters. The report culled data from the New York Police Department and found that while …

It wouldn’t be hard for the military to become trans-inclusive

A new study finds that rank-and-file troops are more tolerant than those of earlier decades<p>Estimates suggest that approximately 15,500 transgender personnel serve in the U.S. military. Those thousands of military men and women, however, are allowed to serve only if they keep their identities …

Georgia restores gun rights to ex-cop who attempted to rape a woman with his gun

Convicted rapist Dennis Krauss is just one of nearly 400 violent felons who regained access to firearms<p>It would be easy to call Georgia's gun laws "laughable" if we weren't talking about laws that make it just about effortless for just about anyone to buy and tote lethal weapons just about anywhere …

California goes all in for reproductive rights: “Abortion is a basic health care service”

California issued a letter requiring insurers to cover abortion, no exceptions. Will others take notice?<p>In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the Wheaton College injunction and a stream of recent political blows to access to reproductive healthcare, California is breaking with …