Author: Miss Eva Vavoom

Summer 2016 Term Paper

Content warning: Victimization of men. UPDATE [September 9, 2016] I am looking to update these instructions with comments I have received this summer. This project will never be ‘the least you can do’, therefore it is hard, non-obvious and takes time. I will never hand out an easy piece of homework. Henchlings, this summer, your term paper involves becoming an advocate for male victims of sexual violence! Being a victim’s advocate is, possibly, the hardest and least obvious thing one can ever do. Knowing this, Miss Vavoom has configured this social engineering homework to create a difference in your...

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A B-Series Collector Discovers a Long Lost Gem of a Movie on Ebay…

This week Miss Vavoom fell in love with Zack Carlson. He is the creator of Outsider, a new series for VICE which explores the stories behind long lost vintage films. Collectors like Carlson are true heroes, investing decades into the collection and preservation of art that is, too often, considered disposable. But he goes further and discovers an amazing story. Miss Vavoom is obsessed with the stories of inspired amateurs who boldly put out their vision of the world and change it forever. It turns out that ‘Miami Connection’ is a true example of Outsider Art! Thank you...

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Mansplaining and PC Culture

In 2014 Oxford Dictionary added the word ‘Mansplaining’ to the dictionary (along with douchebag). It is surprising that Oxford added two gendered terms to the dictionary in this day an age. The definition for douchebag (an obnoxious or contemptible person, typically a man) is incredibly vague and unhelpful… However, the word mansplain denotes a straightforward pattern of behaviour that is still not that well known. mansplain Pronunciation: /manˈsplān/ VERB (Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. I often run into instances where this word is completely misunderstood. In...

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Attention Harvesting Machines : They Prevent You From Doing Important Things

Our attention is a very precious limited resource. It can be used to learn new things or do important things, or, even, indulge in the luxurious hobby of thinking for ourselves! Yet this attention has been harvested by the world’s most impressive hacker: Mark Zuckerberg. Forget how he programmed a computer to create a ubiquitous social media platform. That is besides the point. With Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has brilliantly programmed humans! With Facebook, he has co-opted a basic aspect of human life: friendship. With Facebook he has changed the Internet from a place where you have to search for...

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Adolescence : The Greatest Lifestyle Invention of the 20th Century !

Teenagers may be between 13 and 19, but adolescence is more of a state of mind. As such, it can interest people starting at 8 years old and doesn’t end until adulthood somewhere in your twenties or thirties. Young people, who can enjoy a period of self-exploration and adult imitation un-bothered by the pursuit of rent and food money, have it made. Adolescence has the potential to be the most awesome period of your life, if you know how to wrangle it. But what is adolescence? Adolescence is when you have the time to explore interests, practice skills and...

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