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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth yesterday at 01:30. 4 comments

I Hate These Chairs

I Hate These Chairs

I don’t know when this specific chair became the go-to chair of every casual dining establishment in America. I don’t know what they’re called—“bistro” chairs, maybe? What I do know is that I hate them, and I dread their very sight.

I don’t know why these cursed seats are suddenly the preferred chair of the restaurant industry. Judging by the type of place where you encounter these chairs—you...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 16, 2019 at 22:30. 2 comments

New Trump Religious Exemption Rule Is Bad News For Those Who Are Pregnant and Unmarried

New Trump Religious Exemption Rule Is Bad News For Those Who Are Pregnant and Unmarried

Something fun to worry about, amid our ongoing cavalcade of horrors: the prospect of the Trump administration making it easier to discriminate against those who are pregnant and also unmarried, under the guise of “religious freedom.”

Over at Mother Jones, Abigail Weinberg has a piece about a rule newly proposed by Trump’s Department of Labor, supposedly to “clarify the scope and application...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 15, 2019 at 22:30.

Hundreds Have Already Filed Suit Under New York's Child Victim's Act

Hundreds Have Already Filed Suit Under New York's Child Victim's Act

In January, New York State passed the Child Victims Act, legislation which dramatically expanded the ability of victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue. The law took effect just yesterday—and hundreds of people have already filed.

As Sharon Otterman at the New York Times explained, until now in New York, childhood sexual abuse victims only had until their 23rd birthday to file civil suits;...

Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 15, 2019 at 03:35. 10 comments

Steve King Isn't Sure We'd Even HAVE Humans Without Rape or Incest

Steve King Isn't Sure We'd Even HAVE Humans Without Rape or Incest

Today, U.S. Representative Steve King, whose greatest hits include an absolutely astonishing array of real bad shit, expressed doubt that without rape or incest, humanity would even exist at all. Truly there is no amount of money you could pay me to take a look inside this man’s head.

The Des Moines Register reported on his remarks, which were intended as justification for his opposition to...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 14, 2019 at 23:24. 9 comments

The Pumpkin Spice Onslaught Begins Now, Gird Your Loins

The Pumpkin Spice Onslaught Begins Now, Gird Your Loins

Labor Day doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, but summer is essentially over , and corporate America is circling its corpse. By which I mean that it’s already pumpkin spice time.

The New York Times noted that PSL season (everything is branded now; fall is PSL season, and before we know it summer will be Miller Lite Inner Tubing Bikini Instagram Time) begins earlier and earlier every year,...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 14, 2019 at 22:00.

When Did America Decide That Women Do, In Fact, Be Shopping?

When Did America Decide That Women Do, In Fact, Be Shopping?

The stereotype of women converging upon public retail spaces for voracious shopping is so deeply engrained that the image seems both self-evident and timeless. Shopping and femininity are presumed to be inextricably intertwined, two sides of the same coin. But that’s nonsense; in fact, when department stores first began attracted moneyed women into American downtowns unescorted, their...

Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 13, 2019 at 23:02. 5 comments

Are You Ready to Cry When Beth Dies?

Are You Ready to Cry When Beth Dies?

After anticipation reached near feverish proportions, the trailer for the upcoming Little Women movie starring apparently everyone—Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern—has just dropped.

There’s been a version of Little Women starring Katherine Hepburn...

and one featuring Elizabeth Taylor...

and a version with era-defining...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 13, 2019 at 21:59.

The Princess Diana Musical Is Coming to Broadway

The Princess Diana Musical Is Coming to Broadway

Diana, the musical about the Princess of Wales that debuted earlier this year at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, is coming to Broadway in March 2020.

The New York Times reported on this latest development. The show has some big names involved: “The director of ‘Diana,’ Christopher Ashley, won a Tony Award for his direction of ‘Come From Away,’ and the ‘Memphis’ writers Joe DiPietro and David...

Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 12, 2019 at 22:30. 9 comments

The Guy Who Found the Titanic Is Looking for Amelia Earhart's Plane

The Guy Who Found the Titanic Is Looking for Amelia Earhart's Plane

Robert Ballard, the man who found the Titanic, is now searching for Amelia Earhart’s missing plane.

The New York Times reported that Ballard has always wanted to find the plane, but he knew there just weren’t enough clues to make a search any more than a futile dive into a haystack hunting for a needle. But then, in 2012, somebody showed Ballard a picture taken in 1937 off Nikumaroro Island,...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 09, 2019. 1 comments

Thank God, Someone Is Making a Documentary About Jackie Collins

Thank God, Someone Is Making a Documentary About Jackie Collins

In wonderful news for me, personally, and the rest of the world too, there’s a documentary in the works about the life of Jackie Collins, bestselling novelist and sister to Joan. The 1980s nostalgia is finally paying off!

Deadline reported on the project, titled Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story and co-financed by AGC Studios, CNN Films, and BBC Arts:

Laura Fairrie is directing the doc...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 03, 2019. 9 comments

Follow This Swimming Cat's Example and Go to the Pool Immediately

Follow This Swimming Cat's Example and Go to the Pool Immediately

It’s only the beginning of August, but unfortunately, that’s the beginning of the end for summer. It’s already “back to school” promo time. Before the sun disappears entirely, let’s all follow the example of my new hero, Tissy the swimming Maine Coon, and get the hell into the swimming pool while we still can.

What are you actually accomplishing at work on this summer Friday afternoon?...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Aug 03, 2019. 8 comments

Summer Reading: Quashing End-of-Summer Panic With Media Histories and Costumed Mysteries

Summer Reading: Quashing End-of-Summer Panic With Media Histories and Costumed Mysteries
What I Read on My Summer VacationOnce a week, like the diligent middle schoolers we remain at heart, Jezebel staff will report on their summer reading—high, low, and everything in between.  

Every year, I begin summer with lots of grand plans for all the wonderful things I’m going to read outside in the perfectly burning sunshine, or perhaps inside during a picturesquely torrential...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 31, 2019. 15 comments

Trump's Clampdown on Food Stamps Would Also Affect Kids Getting Free School Lunches

Trump's Clampdown on Food Stamps Would Also Affect Kids Getting Free School Lunches

Half a million kids could lose their automatic qualification for free school lunches, thanks to the Trump administration’s latest attempt to “tighten” food stamp rules (read: strangle much-needed help to, literally, children without enough to eat).

The New York Times reported on this development, which the Trump administration didn’t exactly tout when they first rolled out their proposal to...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 30, 2019.

Ebony Photo Archive Will Be Made Available for Researchers and the Public

Ebony Photo Archive Will Be Made Available for Researchers and the Public

Four organizations have banded together to purchase the historically invaluable but long difficult-to-access photo archives of Ebony and Jet magazines, with plans to make them available to researchers and ultimately the public.

The New York Times reported on the effort. The archive went up for auction as part of the bankruptcy of the magazines’ original owner, Johnson Publishing (which had...

Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 30, 2019. 24 comments

Purity Culture Icon Joshua Harris Says That Premarital Dating Is Fine, Now That He's Getting Divorced

Purity Culture Icon Joshua Harris Says That Premarital Dating Is Fine, Now That He's Getting Divorced

Josh Harris, who wrote the incredibly influential evangelical purity culture book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye before later renouncing it and admitting that yeah, premarital dating is probably good, has announced that he is getting divorced and, furthermore, that he has ceased to be what he recognizes as Christian. He has also apologized to the LGBTQ+ community.

Harris was famous in...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 19, 2019. 19 comments

The Last Czars: What If You Crossed the History Channel With Cinemax?

The Last Czars: What If You Crossed the History Channel With Cinemax?

Imagine, if you will, a version of the fall of the Romanovs that combines the soft-core sex of late-night 1990s Cinemax with the talking heads of the History Channel. “Why would anyone ever imagine that?” you might ask. Well, that’s a good question, one I frequently found myself pondering while watching The Last Czars on Netflix. Weirdly, though, I wasn’t entirely mad at it.

The Last Czars is...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 18, 2019. 19 comments

CHARMED LIFE, TRAGIC DEATH: JFK Jr. and the Last of the Great Magazine-Made Men

CHARMED LIFE, TRAGIC DEATH: JFK Jr. and the Last of the Great Magazine-Made Men

John F. Kennedy Jr. died young; whatever his promise, he never achieved it. He wasn’t a popular politician, or a successful actor, or a musician with a closet full of Grammys. And yet, his death two decades ago prompted wall-to-wall media coverage, absolutely dominating the news cycle for days upon days.

Kennedy died 20 years ago this week, in a plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard with his wife...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 16, 2019. 10 comments

The War for Campy Christmas Movie Dominance Begins NOW

The War for Campy Christmas Movie Dominance Begins NOW

There is no war on Christmas. However, there is a war for Christmas—specifically, utter dominance over the campy Christmas movie. And this is not a game, do you hear me? THIS IS NOT A GAME!!!!

EW has revealed that this year, as part of their “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” seasonal programming block, Lifetime will produce 28 original Christmas movies, a substantial increase over last year’s 18...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 15, 2019. 4 comments

Even When It's a Mistake, It's Still Erasure

Even When It's a Mistake, It's Still Erasure

Here’s a bad look: A radio segment by three men on the history of America’s government-fostered tobacco dependence, without once mentioning by name the woman whose book formed the basis for the entire segment.

The Lily reported on the glaring oversight in a recent episode of Here & Now, a joint radio show from NPR and WBUR. This particular segment featured an NPR host and regular guests...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Jul 14, 2019.

These Vintage Food Propaganda Posters Will Make You Look Differently at Your Lunch 

These Vintage Food Propaganda Posters Will Make You Look Differently at Your Lunch 

The folks at AbeBooks put have together a fascinating Flickr album of vintage propaganda posters specifically related to food. It might look like a great source of images for ironic kitchen decor, but it’s really a fascinating and sometimes unsettling chronicle of how various governments tried to influence public eating habits over the 20th century.

They also offer a peak into how wars are...

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