The Sexist

The Morning After: Human Centipede Edition


* Human centipede: It's a thing. A horrible, horrible thing.

* "Pretty women pose health risks." Burn them. Buuuurn them! Wait, actually, they just stress out heterosexual guys who are trying to finish a really important game of Sudoku.

* Brown University is being sued by a former student who claims he wasn't afforded a proper investigation after being accused of rape. SAFER Campus on why schools must strictly adhere to their own sexual assault policies, for the benefit of both victim and accused:

I have no idea why in this particular case Brown decided to disregard their procedure (the article suggests perhaps because the complainant’s father was a Brown alum and donor) but they did a serious disservice to all their students in doing so. While we usually focus on the rights of the survivor, it’s also imperative to uphold the rights of the accused, both because it’s absolutely important to protect individual students and because when you disregard the rights of the accused to add fuel to the fire of those who want to paint campus rape hearings as unfair witch hunts.

* On Femocracy: Why the media gets rape wrong—legal concerns, boys clubs, and a lack of training.

* Scarleteen launches a series for queer teens of color.

* On Tiger Beatdown, Sady Doyle conducts a Mother's Day chat with her mom, who is a super awesome feminist lady who was put on a "death list" by the Klan:

SADY: . . . OK: Can you tell me some awesome Journalism Stories, please? Because I always tell people that you home-schooled me as a teen (WHICH YOU DID) and now you are home-J-schooling me as an adult. But mostly I just like the stories! So let us revisit a time in the swinging ’70s, when the smooth sounds of folk-rock were everywhere, and you were listening to a LOT OF STEVIE NICKS and also a journalist. Go!

KAREN: Mississippi was still a mess. And every day felt important when you were a liberal white journalist in rural Mississippi. The Klan began a small resurgence about the time that Mississippi began to reinstitute compulsory education. (When the federal government ordered the schools integrated, Mississippi revoked all mandatory education laws so the white kids wouldn’t “have” to go to school with black children. This was getting fixed when I was there.) The Klan members wanted to be interviewed with their hoods on, and I refused to do so. They supposedly put me on a “death list,” but they did take off their hoods. It turned out they were all just factory workers that no one knew. And then the Klan treasurer stole all their money, and the Klan dissolved.

  • Sarah

    Amanda, Somehow I just knew (based partly on the spirited comments exchange on duck rape and bestiality) that you'd be posting something about the human centipede at some point! I think we may share both the need to inquire further (eww, gross, why? did you hear about this? but that totally doesn't make sense...and seriously why??) when faced with horrifying things instead of just leaving them alone and exiled out of our brains. For instance, how it is a centipede if it only has six limbs? Why oh why is it someone's "dream" to create conjoined digestive systems? How is a sequel to this movie already getting made??

  • Rick Mangus

    Like every horror movie ever made with a GAY twist!

  • Sarah

    I can't believe I'm actually responding, but what exactly is "gay" about the movie? I have NOT seen it, but as far as I can tell it involves surgical ATM between one man and two women. Doesn't seem to have alot to do with sexual orientation...

  • Amanda Hess

    Sarah, not to nitpick on the anatomical structure of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, but doesn't it have 12 limbs? Wikipedia estimates that non-human centipedes have limb counts ranging from 20-300, so it's still way out of centipede range. What does he do in the sequel? Make another human centipede? Have them fight each other?

  • chris

    I remember discussing this movie in my college's cafeteria with a bunch of people. Eventually it devolved into a detailed conversation about analingus.

  • Sarah

    Noted, Amanda. I was only counting human legs so should not have said "limbs" ... although I suppose the leg/arm distinction doesn't matter at all in this case. I still stand by the fact that it is in no way a centipede. Also, I hate to admit I know this, but in the sequel he apparently makes a longer "sequence" -- a twelve person centipede ...

  • Brennan

    I really shouldn't let the internet traumatize me when I'm this sleep-deprived . . .

  • Rebecca

    Could have really used a trigger warning for this.

  • queen of carrot flowers

    Okay, I know that the fact that I know this is totally gross, but the movie is called The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and the sequel is called The Human Centipede (Complete Sequence) is, according to one of the actors in the first movie, going to be about using 12 humans. "I actually don't know what exactly he's going to do, but he said at FrightFest in London that he wants to have twelve parts." So maybe first sequence means first half or something.


  • Amanda Hess

    This blog doesn't use trigger warnings. I did describe the video as horrible, twice.