'Lord of the Flies' is about toxic masculinity. 2 men want it to be about girls instead.

You remember “Lord of the Flies,” right? The book we all had to read in junior high?

In case you don’t, it’s the 1950s novel (made into a film in 1963) about a group of preparatory school boys who find themselves stranded on an island without any adults. Things quickly devolve as they try to survive; there is violence and death and mayhem.

It’s not a feel-good story.


Cut to 2017, where Deadline announced this week that a remake of this classic story is in the works — with a twist.

Following the current trend of gender-swapping classic movies — which Hollywood is apparently not tired of yet — the children trapped on the island in the reboot will be girls.

People on Twitter were not having it.

The idea of taking the basic story of "Lord of the Flies" and giving it a new gender spin isn't automatically awful, but these critiques raise some good points.

For many, the book has long been viewed as highlighting what people today call "toxic masculinity," the idea that, if left unchecked, all men — of any age — will fall back on violence and aggression. How that story will translate to an all-female cast is anybody’s guess.

Done well, it could end up being a compelling and meaningful story full of well-rounded and diverse characters struggling to surive ... who just happen to be female. To make that happen, however, the film would likely need to be a pretty solid departure from the original novel.

But it doesn’t sound like that's the plan.

The project is being spearheaded by two men, the filmmaking duo of Scott McGehee and Evan Siegel, who say they plan to create a "very faithful but contemporized adaptation of the book … with the interpersonal conflicts and bullying."

Which isn’t inspiring a lot of confidence in how this is going to all shake out.

It's no secret that gender disparity remains alive and well in Hollywood — despite movies helmed by women showing they can more than carry their weight — so a project with an all-female cast sounds like a great idea. But it just seems like there's got to be a better way to elevate women in film than an all-girl retelling of "Lord of the Flies" created by two men.

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"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

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In 2015, Upworthy shared Crawford's self-portraits and our readers responded with tons of empathy. One person said, "What a wonderful way to express what words cannot." Another reader added, "I think she hit the nail right on the head. It's like a constant battle with yourself. I often feel my emotions battling each other."

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."