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My First Name Ain’t Baby: ‘Hey Baby’ and Street Harassment

Liat Kaplan

I heart NY. I really, truly do. However, when I leave to return to school in late August, I know I’ll breathe a sigh of relief. No more constant hot urine smell in the subways. No more swimming upstream against massive crowds heading in the opposite direction. And most importantly, no more constant sexual harassment on the street.

I doubt that street harassment is more of a problem in New York City than any other highly populated urban area where a lot of people walk. It’s just that this summer in New York is the first time that I’ve spent a significant amount of time walking by myself in such an area. I’ve certainly been catcalled, propositioned, and even groped on the street before, but never in such a constant, unceasing manner. In the time I’ve spent in the city, there has not been a single day when I haven’t…

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Little Mix’s Complicated Relationship with Feminism


By Elizabeth Stebbins

Though only formed in 2011 during the eighth season of The X-Factor UK, British four-piece girl band Little Mix has already released two albums, headlined a tour, and planned another for 2014. While certainly more popular in the UK, through a connection with fellow X-Factor successes One Direction, their American fan base, comprised mostly of young girls, has grown exponentially.

Their most recent album, Salute, is noteworthy not just because the group co-wrote it, but also because it celebrates individuality and independence. The title track, a call-to-arms for “ladies all around the world” to “represent the women,” is pretty cool—despite its tacky premise. How often is an album about being a woman, instead of about a woman’s relationship with a man? How often do female pop stars promote unity, friendship, or sisterhood?

I remember being utterly distressed as a girl when I read that Hilary Duff…

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No, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Doesn’t Need to Focus on Men’s Stories



This morning, The Atlantic published a piece by Noah Berlatsky about the “irresponsible portrayal of men” on Orange Is the New BlackOrange, a groundbreaking show with a wonderful and admirably diverse cast, is set inside a women’s prison, and the characters definitely reflect that setting. It’s a show created by a woman (Jenji Kohan), based on a memoir written by a woman (Piper Kerman). It’s a show that aims to tell women’s stories — and it succeeds masterfully — but Berlatsky’s complaint, naturally, is that the show “barely, and inadequately” represents men.

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Movie Saturday: Camp Takota (2014)


Camp Takota (2014)

Camp Takota? More like Camp ThanksButNoThanks-ota!

Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best haze ever, but you get the point.

Let me just start off by saying how much I love and appreciate everything Grace Helbig does. I do! I’ve been a fan of her since the early Daily Grace days, and one can only try (and fail) to dispute how cleverly hilarious (and insanely hot) she is. I may even have a teeny-tiny crush on her, but we’ll get to that later. Or not.

You’re familiar with Grace too, right? If the answer to that question is ‘no’, then what the heck are you still doing reading this? Go to YouTube right now and subscribe to ItsGrace.

Seriously, do it.

Did you do it?

Okay, good.

Now you know what an incredibly awkward, amazingly spontaneous and verbally rich (but at times hard to understand BECAUSE SHE’S AWKWARD) person she is. You love her. It’s okay, we all do. Welcome to the ItsGrace family! I’ll leave the hazing/prazing part to the pros this time.

Let’s get to the factual part of this review. The movie was directed by Chris and Nick Riedell, and was written by Lydia Genner (screenplay), Michael Goldfine (story) and Mamrie Hart (screenplay and story). The very main characters are portrayed by The Holly Trinity of YouTube: Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart. The movie also features Chester See, Chris Riedell, Ellen Karsten and Rachel Quaintance.

The story revolves around Elise (Grace Helbig), an aspiring writer who gets sacked and catches her fiancé Jeff (Chester See) in adultery all in one day. She then decides to take a job as a counselor at her old summer camp, where she reunites with her childhood friends Maxine (Mamrie Hart) and Allison (Hannah Hart), former Takota campers who now work there.

Needless to say that these three have an amazing chemistry (not that we didn’t already know that) and it was very fun watching them interact (and get wasted) on-screen. It was silly. It was cute. It was real. And that’s exactly the problem.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE seeing Grace have trouble speaking, or seeing Mamrie make weird faces, or seeing Hannah be… Hannah. I love that.


That was the thing that bothered me the most and that I (kind of) saw coming – it wasn’t acting. It was them being their usual selves, every second of the movie. And I hate saying this, but it was a bit annoying. And predictable. Actually, if I could describe the whole movie in one word, it would probably be just that – predictable. Was it funny? At times, yes. Was it original? Not really. It kinda felt like watching Camp Rock 3:  Ten Years Later. And boy, did Demi change!

The whole time it seemed as if they were in a rush to tell the story, without paying attention to the details that would make this movie MUCH better. The dialogues sounded a bit lazy, the story was inconsistent at times and the “twist” wasn’t intriguing at all. But at least we got to Chester SEE him shirtless. Ha, ha. Get it? His last name is See! This is comedy gold right here.

On a serious note, I didn’t hate the movie. I’ll admit there were some pretty hilarious moments, and although Grace played the lead, Mamrie totally stole the spotlight. She was the true star of the movie. Four for you, Mamrie Hart!

Overall, if you aren’t familiar with these popular YouTubers and the way they are in general, you might even like the movie a bit. Or not. Either way, you should subscribe to all of them.

Should you… Give money to see this movie? Nah.
Would you… Be entertained for 95 minutes? Kind of.
Could you… Watch this movie over and over again? Not really.

All in all, I give Camp Takota two out of five twerking pandas.  If your friend has already bought the movie and asked you to watch it together, give it a go. You might love Grace’s faces. Or Chester’s chest. There might be a little bit for everyone.