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Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 30th, 2015 – Color Outside the Lines at UCLA

cotlArthur is at UCLA for one night only for “Color Outside the Lines,” a panel presentation with Phil Yu and Jenny Yang of the Angry Asian Man blog, talking about the burdens Asian-Americans grow up with in our country and how we can learn to defy the expectations set up for us. Come see our presentation, including special musical guests, at the Carnesale Palisades on the UCLA campus at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, May 19.

Maureen Dowd vs. Hillary Clinton, MRAs and the Honey Badger Brigade: The dazzling glare of sexism and the alluring “gender-blind” lie – Salon

I haven’t written a lot lately because I’ve been confronted with a lot of disheartening things–things that, as a guy, it’s hard for me to comment on directly. Take the recent kerfuffle where the “Honey Badger Brigade,” a women’s auxiliary of the noxious A Voice for Men MRA media empire (“Honey Badger” is MRA jargon… Continue Reading

Emojis for All: Every Little Bit Helps – The Daily Beast

So yes, at the age of 31 I am a grown man—at least chronologically and physically speaking—and while I have never used the emoji keyboard on my phone, I’m nonetheless going to talk about emoji. Specifically, the vast technological undertaking to provide emoji with diverse skin tones roughly matching the spectrum of the human race has finally… Continue Reading

I don’t want to talk about Walter Scott: Police brutality in a world of media bullshit – Fusion

A common charge that gets thrown at you when you tell people you write on current events—especially if you write for outlets smeared with the “clickbait” or “outrage” label— is that you’re thin-skinned. The stereotype is that your job is to react more strongly and emotionally than “normal” people to current events, that you’re a… Continue Reading

Sci-fi’s right-wing backlash: Never doubt that a small group of deranged trolls can ruin anything (even the Hugo Awards) – Salon

One of the false promises we’ve been made that people keep buying into is that the Internet is a “democratizing” force, that the digital world gives us instant access to the real vox populi, that the simple fact that anyone can leave a comment, or answer a poll, or submit an entry to a contest means that… Continue Reading

Trevor Noah and the Toxicity of Twitter: A Cocktail Party Conversation That’s Being Refereed – The Daily Beast

So let’s get this out of the way: Like the majority of the American public, I didn’t really know who Trevor Noah was before the bombshell announcement that he was the anointed successor to Jon Stewart’s epic run as host of The Daily Show. Like the majority of viewers of color, I was pumped that Comedy Central now had two… Continue Reading