HumorMental HealthPseudoscience

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: People for the Ethical Treatment of Assholes Edition

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals came across my Facebook feed this week… again. With a reputation for using spurious health claims and sexist and degrading imagery to pursue their crusade to eliminate the use of animal products in any form, PETA has done more to sully the reputation …

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LGBTQMedia & TechnologySex & Gender

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: The Scourge of the Man Bun

Hello there! I hope everyone in the Northern Hemisphere had a happy Summer vacation. Summer is still kind of full time work for this stay at home parent, which is why the Derby has been quiet for a few months. But the kids are back in school so lets sweep …

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HumorLGBTQ

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: The Bathroom Wars Part Two, The NOT HELPING Edition

(CN: Anti-Trans bigotry and some generally clueless allyship) Welcome back to the Bathroom Wars. If you read the first edition in this series (click here,) then you’ll be up to date. North Carolina started this brouhaha about who should get to pee where at the end of March, leading to …

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LGBTQMedia & TechnologyUncategorized

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: The Restroom Wars Part One…

(CN: Anti-Trans bigotry and threats of violence and just general horrible people being horrible, proceed with caution) According to prominent experts, Everyone Poops. They also pee. Or need to adjust their makeup, or change a tampon or maxi pad, or wash their hands or change a diaper on a screaming baby …

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EducationPolitics

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Free tuition for some?

I’ve seen several friends posting memes such as this on Facebook recently. The idea seems to be that university students should stop seeking scholarships, debt relief, or debt forgiveness and instead consider joining the Armed Forces in exchange for advanced education. On the surface, the idea might seem interesting. Trade …

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HumorMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Medicating Calvin & Hobbes Edition

The funny pages, like the newspapers that carry them have been waning in their cultural impact for decades now. Not to say that the art form is passing away, on the contrary the rise of the Webcomic  has given artists a new platform to present works that would never have made …

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Discipline

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: The Drugged Problem

Welcome Derby fans to the first terrible meme of 2016! We are very excited to begin yet another year of scanning the social media landscape for candidates to enter our arena, there to be picked apart, batted about, and eventually reduced to piles of twisted steal and rubber. Metaphorically that is, …

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Media & TechnologyPregnancy & Childbirth

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Health Starts In The Womb

Hey there Derby Fans! I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. My holidays started early with a November road trip to Skepticon 8 where I had an incredible time meeting awesome folks from across the atheist/skeptic/humanist movement and drinking their whiskey. I’ll have a write up on that soon …

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BabiesHumorMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: 30 Years From Now Edition

Not every pile of twisted steel and rubber that is swept aside in the Internet Meme Demolition Derby is a mustache twirling villain like The Original ADHD Medicine, or My Parents Spanked Me as a Kid. Sometimes an internet meme goes viral because it has a tantalizing message, one that …

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HumorMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: The Grounded Parents Memes

We find some truly awful memes wandering the social media landscape. Facebook seems especially infested. The ease with which memes can be shared and viewed makes Facebook the perfect medium for the spread of bad ideas and anti-scientific attitudes.  But there’s no reason that this power should only be used …

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