This is Why the Government is Cracking Down on "Beauty Gurus"

I love makeup and there are a few YouTubers that I really do love to watch, but over the past couple of years, it's become clear that most of the popular younger women putting up videos (and particularly the ones who don't have any actual experience as makeup artists) have become walking, talking, swatching billboards. » 12/04/14 12:01pm 12/04/14 12:01pm

No, The Fall is Not Just Classy Misogyny

Last Sunday, Observer columnist Rachel Cooke took The Fall to task over her belief that the show was little more than the fetishization of violence against women. She noted the camera tends to linger for too long on Gillian Anderson's body in scenes where the show's central figure (a hard-nosed female detective in a… » 11/20/14 11:37am 11/20/14 11:37am

Review: Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl

I'm sure that it would be nobler or higher-brow to do a review of How to Build a Girl while ignoring its sometimes controversial, quasi-celebrity author. A good book (some might argue) should exist in a vacuum and be evaluated on that level. The trouble with that noble goal is that if you're at all familiar with… » 11/19/14 1:08pm 11/19/14 1:08pm

Doctor Who's Season 8: A Lesson in Being Careful What You Wish For

This time last year, I complained that death in the world of Moffat's Doctor Who didn't seem to stick and that there were no consequences. So what do we get for pretty much all of Season 8? Death and consequences. » 11/09/14 6:36pm 11/09/14 6:36pm

Netflix Developing A Series of Unfortunate Events

It's a rare day when news of a remake elicits a general response of, "Oh, that's a great idea." But given that the first attempt to turn Lemony Snicket's series about a trio of savvy orphans and their scheming evil uncle into a big-screen adaptation fell somewhat flat, the recent announcement that Netflix is going to… » 11/05/14 3:51pm 11/05/14 3:51pm

Why Are We Still Fighting About YA Lit?

Over the summer, Slate magazine's Ruth Graham ruffled some feathers by attacking the great guilty pleasure that is Young Adult Literature. The main thrust of the article involved Graham waggling her shame finger at the number of grown-ups who seemed to be stuck in Neverland — refusing to read "proper" novels in favor… » 10/21/14 6:40pm 10/21/14 6:40pm