COOL - HAGS EP 008

This weeks episode addresses what it means to be seen as cool, when we should actively NOT be cool, and how the idea of being cool is used to keep people in their place. 

Here's some stuff we talk about in this episode! 

Some fun bullshit from wikihow:

How to Be Seen As the Hot Cool Girl in School: 9 Steps

How to Be Seen As the Hot Cool Girl in School. So you want to be that girl in school - the hot, cool girl everyone's talking about? If you want to turn heads, you'll need a stylish wardrobe, enviable hair, and a confident personality....

You've Heard of Rape Culture, But Have You Heard Of Pedophile Culture?:

You've heard of rape culture, but have you heard of pedophile culture?

Dear Todd Nickerson, Over at Salon a few days ago, you wrote an article provocatively entitled " I'm a pedophile, but not a monster. " Presumably, a lot of people are now asking questions such as "Is pedophilia natural?" or "Can pedophilia be cured?" But I'm not going to attempt to answer those particular questions.

More bullshit from wikihow:

How to Be Cool

Have you always wanted to be the cool guy, who always seems to do the right thing? Or are you learning to be the cool girl, who flows through life with ease and grace? If you think about all the people who you think of as cool, you'll find...

American Apparel's Legacy of Hipster Sexism:

American Apparel's Legacy of Hipster Sexism

American Apparel, the brand that famously gave us the image of a spread-legged model with the caption 'now open,' is now closed. American Apparel established its brand on images of ironic sexism which quickly became famous and, eventually, infamous. With its ironically posed 'cool-girl' models and its on-trend graphics, the company was valued at 1 billion in its prime.

Here's just a taste of the MANY American Apparel horror stories: 

Life at American Apparel: The Employees Speak

We've told you about American Apparel's photo-based hiring standards, its anti-uglies internal policies, and its "natural" employee grooming standards. Yesterday, the company issued a statement defending itself. Well then. Time for AA employees to spill some dirt for you.

Audrie & Daisy:

Audrie & Daisy

Documentary examines the effect on families, friends and schools when young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera.

Pure gold from Akilah Obviously:

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