Masculine Mediocrity: "Father On" Doesn't Show True Fatherhood

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Photo by David Papas

Almost a decade and a half after Susan Faludi published Stiffed and in the long wake of innumerable studies on the crisis traditional masculinity seems to be undergoing in an age when millennia of patriarchy may be experiencing the first febrile shudders of senescence, Scott Wells and Sheldon B. Smith have choreographed a piece titled Father On, which they advertise as "a dance about 21st-century fatherhood."

The theme seems rich with social, psychological, political, and technological possibilities, yet a few topics that immediately spring to mind -- the growing population of stay-at-home dads, the twentieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, concerns about gender neutral child-rearing, parent-child relationships maintained post-divorce or forged post-second/third/fourth partner, parenthood in a post-psychoanalytic world, gay adoption -- receive not a drop of consideration. However, if one desires an authentic evening out with an overgrown scout troop of middle-aged men doing folk dances inspired by spermatozoa, look no further for satisfaction.

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The Most Common Places for Craigslist Missed Connections (Map)

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Looking for love in the great United States of Uhmerica? Then maybe you should be spending more time at Wal-Mart. That's according to a recent (and depressing?) Psychology Today map by Dorothy Gambrell that crunched Craigslist "Missed Connections" data to show where denizens were not quite finding love.

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With Movie-Going on the Decline, Can Small Bay Area Theaters Survive?

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Rommy Ghaly

Last month, San Francisco's historic Bridge Theatre closed after lending its single screen to art house, independent, and foreign cinema for more than 50 years.

We're all witness to the obvious replacement of the video store with online streaming options, but what about the movie-going experience, and the availability of important films that probably won't make it on the Netflix bill anytime soon without Cannes lion heads attached to them?

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The Top Professions that Attract Psychopaths

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The famous shower scene from Psycho

With any job, there are always those coworkers that seem a little bit off. Perhaps it's the gal who sends you a chastising e-mail for your "improper use of mailing labels," or the guy who beats the vending machine when his Doritos get stuck. Despite the crazy-making habits of most professions, it turns out that some jobs are far more likely to attract psychopaths than others.

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Ninja, Guru, Maven ... The Most Appalling Social Media Titles Ranked

The good folks over at Ad Age have been tracking the number of self-proclaimed social media "gurus," "ninjas," "whores," (seriously), "mavens," and other barftastic titles since 2009. Not only have these titles not gone away, they've grown exponentially in the last few years, from a mere 16,000 to 181,000.

Here are the most popular (awful) social media names people are calling themselves on Twitter:

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Five Trends that Need to Die in 2013

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Ah, the end of the year. The holidays, the hustle, the bustle, the family gatherings -- and soon enough the ball will drop and then it's time for those pesky new year's resolutions. Most of us will resolve to exercise more, eat less, or quit smoking (really, you still haven't quit smoking?). But today at the Exhibitionist, we would like to recommend a few more things we can all do less in the coming year for the benefit of collective humanity.

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Words That Need to Be Retired in 2013

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We love words! They are our livelihood, and our most cherished resource (aside from food, water, a roof, sex, sunshine, and Nutella), but this doesn't mean we don't know when it's time to move on. The Atlantic has a great list of words that need to be retired in 2013, along with explanations for the haterade (now every other word we use seems retirable!). We agree with most on the list -- "artisinal," "literally," "brogrammer" to name a few -- though we're a little baffled by others -- "quinoa" and "curvy"? C'mon, Atlantic. Or to quote another word they don't like, "really"?!

Here are our contributions to the impending word funeral.

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The Latest Sex Craze: Hillbilly Porn

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The Latest Sex Craze: Hillbilly Porn

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The cast of TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

We knew that so-called "trashy" Southern TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Bayou Billionaires have found their way into America's hearts and homes, but we stopped short of thinking that the genre would also find its way into their pants.

Alas. The world surprises us. According to the entertainment website TMZ, Game Link, an adult website that specializes in the "hillbilly/redneck" genre (there's a website for everyone!), there has been a "250 percent increase in Southern, white-trashy porn titles since 2010 ... when the redneck reality shows began to take off."

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Artist Makes Honey Boo Boo Child Portrait Out of Trash

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Artist Makes Honey Boo Boo Child Portrait Out of Trash

In what can only be called a very literal undertaking, artist Jason Mecier's latest piece is a portrait of Honey Boo Boo Child, the white trash reality TV star from Toddlers & Tiaras, made out of 25 lbs of trash. Get it? It's made of trash because she's trashy! The portrait features:

... two cans of hair spray, three tiaras, make-up, mascara, fake eyelashes, coupons, sketti, butter, ten cheese balls, two Red Bulls, one Mountain Dew, a McDonald's chicken nugget, a pink Snuggy box, an empty toilet paper roll, one cabbage patch doll and a jar of Pigs Feet.

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FCC Chairman Urges FAA to Reconsider Dumb Rule About Electronic Devices During Takeoffs

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The holidays are upon us, and that means millions of Americans are shuffling dejectedly into winged metal tubes and flinging themselves across the country. The recipe for air travel is well-known to anyone who has flown in the last decade: Take your shoes off at security, leave your eyeglasses repair kit (weapon!) and your medium-sized hand lotion (bomb!) at home, and of course, the chiding to "Please turn off your electronic devices" at takeoff and landing. 

Upon hearing this chiding, many have pondered how exactly it is that reading I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus on Kindle might cause the plane to fall out of the sky. If you too have had this thought, you're not alone. But it's not just the New York Times and Alec Baldwin (our go-to sources for all things) who think the rule is silly: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently wrote a letter urging the FAA to update its rules on gadget use.

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