For many kids of the nineties, Halloween film Hocus Pocus is a favorite: there are ghosts, black cats, Bette Midler, and a whole lot of virgin jokes. What more could you want? This year is Hocus Pocus’s 20th anniversary (yes you’re that old) and I rewatched the film, wondering how the movie I loved as a kid would hold up.
Costumes aren't just a Halloween thing for a lot of Americans. Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler talked with cosplayers at Seattle's Geek Girl Con this month, including Chaka Cumberbatch, about why they think costumes are powerful and what role dressing up plays in their lives.
Before I saw those pictures of her online Monday morning I didn’t know who Julianne Hough was. Even after Googling her, I’m still not entirely sure. Ballroom dancer and country music singer? Which is it, Julianne, did you have a hit song or were you just on Dancing With the Stars?
Slumber Party Massacre comes off as yet another sensationalistic and gory ‘80s slasher. I picked it up recently mainly due to its ridiculous title and the fact that most of the characters were female. Upon viewing it, what shocked me was not so much the gore and violence, but the film’s clever humor, the funny characters, and most of all the incredibly veiled feminist satire.
• A new study finds that the two HPV vaccines currently available don't cover the strains of HPV most prevalent among black women. Merck, the creators of Gardasil, are in the final stages of developing a new vaccine that will cover those additional strains. [NBC]
• This is the first year that the LGBT film festival in China was not disrupted by the police. The Advocate asks if this symbolizes progress for China, where TV shows and movies with LGBT themes are censored. [The Advocate]
In this 20-minute conversation from our Dress Up podcast episode, Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler and Online Editor Sarah Mirk talk with independent fashion designer Adam Arnold and Portland fashion designer-manufacturer Cassie Ridgway about why people love to dress up sexy for Halloween.
A transcript of this conversation is below the cut.
• Simone Jhingoor thought she was going on the Today show to talk about her work with the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation, which works on family- and child-friendly development projects in the Bronx. Joke's on you, sister—no one wants to hear from you unless you're accepting a surprise marriage proposal! [Slate]
• Jaclyn Friedman runs down the disturbing list of how the Men's Rights movement is relying on an increasingly violent set of tactics to make the case that feminists are the enemy. [The American Prospect]
• Many horror fans will argue that their fave movies are just good scary fun, but Holly Derr makes a persuasive case that such films have a long history of reflecting the social and political climate in which they were made. [Ms.]