My first encounter with the work of Chloe Fay Worth Smith came in the form of large mounted color print of a mattress stained with menstrual blood. In a group show at Sarah Lawrence College, the work was magnetic and alluring, its uncomfortable subject matter elevated by its aesthetic beauty. The vision, so ordinary in the context of girlhood humiliations, became unfamiliar through her lens, emerging like the mysterious remains of some remarkable event. The image remained emblazoned in my memory, alternately unnerving and liberating me from the abashment that stirred within. Read More
  "When sleeping women wake, mountains will move.” Originally a Chinese proverb, this is the mantra at the heart of Chicks Rip, the brainchild of Marin County, California-based Lindsay Simmons and Syd Bannerman. In a world where women are continuously undermined and made to feel self-conscious, Chicks Rip provides an outlet for empowerment and exploration. Offering summer camps and tailored lessons in horseback riding, surfing, mountain biking, yoga, and hiking, the program aims to foster strong, fearless women of all ages with positivity and affirmation. Read More
Growing up is difficult for everyone, include puppies, but learning new things can also be deeply rewarding. Sometimes, life transitions seem daunting, whether you’re leaving college, switching jobs, or jumping from a very tall couch for the very first time. 9-week-old puppy Pierre (how French!) recently faced this challenge. He was frightened at first, but with the encouragement of his friends and family, he made the leap. As we face future transitions, the twists and turns of growing up, it’s always nice to have a sweet dog to identify with. Read More
This Sunday, May 11, we will celebrate the mothers in our lives, those women who, with the help of our fathers and other mentors, taught us how to be good people, whose shoulders we cried on and whose laughter brightened our days. In celebration of the holiday, international clothing brand Desigual released a mystifying commercial, one which many have found sexist and insulting. The ad presents a young woman trying on a slinky, colorful dress; catching her reflection in a mirror, she stuffs the abdomen of her garment with a cushion. Read More
The topic of female sexuality never ceases to incite fear and outrage, from the biblical Eve to the mythological Medusa, whose phallic snakes coil about her face like hair. Too often, it seems to be up to male storytellers, artists, and philosophers to define a woman’s sex and the female body. We’re morally judged if we choose to be sexually active, and we are similarly shamed if we choose to abstain. Read More
For your consideration: "The Domestic Anti Nag Gag," a soccer ball-shaped device that promises to silence women and allow men to live their lives free of pesky female requests. The English branch of international clothing store River Island recently came under fire for selling this shockingly inappropriate item. Consumers were outraged when they saw the gag pop up on the brand’s website; among those offended was actor Jenny Bede, who promptly shared her thoughts with thousands of Twitter followers: “This can’t be real surely?! It’s disgusting. Read More
Imagine being sealed with your lover in a plastic bag, unable to breathe, your fleshy bodies pushing against each other, breaking the boundaries of the self. For the Japanese artist Photographer Hal, a mundane household item—a vacuum-sealable futon container—can visually bring to life the invisible emotional currents of love-making and sexual intimacy. He seeks out intriguing couples in bars, inviting them to sit for him in the nude; he then vacuum packs them so that they might be intwined together for a brief moment, suspended in time with bated breath and sweaty skin. Read More
When Brooke Birmingham, the blogger behind Brooke: Not On A Diet, was approached by Shape magazine to be part of what they referred to as a weight loss “success story," she saw it as an opportunity to “reach people.” Birmingham, who recently lost 172 pounds, has committed herself to spreading positivity and encouraging diverse women to embrace and love their bodies; in accordance with her convictions, Birmingham proudly wore a bikini while modeling for the photograph she later submitted to Shape. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. “Scars, rolls, bones, big or small breasts, wrinkles all tell a story,” says the photographer Jade Beall. Last summer, we featured Ashlee Wells Jackson’s remarkable and powerful series of photographs celebrating the post-pregnancy bodies of a diverse group of women; Beall does something similar in her new book A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers. Read More
Are you ready to feel old? Today is the 10th birthday of the movie Mean Girls. Are you ready to feel less old? The film is as relevant today as it ever was. It’s a rare day that passes without someone somewhere making reference to the eternal language of comic Tina Fey, and just this winter, we revealed some of the hilarious and eye-opening behind-the-scene facts shared by director Mark Waters. Read More