EXAMINING AN ARCHAIC WORD RIPE FOR RECLAIMING SINCE THE DAWN of patriarchy, there have been countless words in the English language that served the purpose of shaming, degrading, silencing, and demeaning women. Words that served to remind us to stay in our proper lane and not be too much of anything or we would be stamped with a label that let the world know how inappropriate and undeserving of respect we are. Slut, whore, harlot, harridan, tramp, skank, trollop, jezebel, slattern, strumpet, bitch, hoochie…the list goes on and on.
  Dr. Maya Angelou is a woman who needs no introduction. She was a feminist, a humanitarian, and artist, a dancer, a powerful thinker and a moving poet. She began her career as a calypso singer and dancer, recording her first album Miss Calypso in 1957. She performed in an off-Broadway review called Calypso Heat Wave, in which she performed her own songs. As one half of the duo “Al and Rita” she toured with Alvin Ailey. By 1959 she had moved to New York to focus on her writing career. Angelou penned 36 books with 30 bestsellers and countless poems.
Programmers Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas (right) operate ENIAC's main control panel at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. In December 2015, the UN named today International Day of Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). You don't need a computer science degree to celebrate the STEM women, in fact, you can join them with help from these 9 organizations teaching women and girls coding and web development.  1.
The new TV show Those Who Can't, created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy, and Andrew Orvedahl from the comedy group The Grawlix, follows three teachers and a librarian working at an Colorado high school and trying to get their lives together. Maria Thayer (Eagleheart, Strangers With Candy) costars as Abbey, the aforementioned librarian who's doing this job while in between opportunities. Those Who Can't is TruTV's first scripted show.
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Recently, the West Virginia House of Delegates debated a horrible bill that would restrict abortion access for women after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even if the pregnancy was a result of rape. In an attempt to justify the idea that the women who become pregnant during a rape should also not be allowed to have abortions, somebody let Rep. Brian Kurcaba open his mouth. This is what came out... “Obviously rape is awful.” Good opener, Delegate.
Ross Putnam, a Los Angeles producer, started a themed Twitter handle (@femscriptintros) that isn’t particularly shocking to anyone. The handle’s theme: sexism in scripts. As a producer, Putnam receives film pitches on a daily basis. And as a producer, he notices the trend of descriptors for their leading ladies, most of which places emphasis on being a blond “drop dead beauty” or naked. Not limited to physical descriptors, women in these scripts are reduced to tropes of shallow covetousness, emphasizing aspirations of idle wealth or attractiveness, all in 140 characters or less.
In January, I went to see the new Sherlock special, "The Abominable Bride," at my local movie theater. As I held my ticket in my hand, the excitement began to set in. Many Sherlock fans, including myself, had waited nearly two years for this season special and could not be more enthusiastic to revisit the characters we have come to love. Interestingly, this special took place in Victorian England during the 1800s, around the same time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories originally took place. The Victorian era was also the backdrop of the suffragettes’ movement.
Jane Austen knew a lot about love. She never married (although a guy did propose to her), but she was an acute observer of everyone around her. She deeply understood love, courtship, and heartbreak. Jane Austen was woke as hell. Much of the truths she told in her novels are still relevant when it comes to modern love. So, next time you have a bad breakup, pick up Pride and Prejudice and look for solace in Jane’s sage words. 1. “There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
Have you seen this new video of teenaged Ted Cruz? It’s hilariously repulsive. The video was posted to YouTube on Saturday by a high school classmate of Cruz’s who wishes to remain anonymous. It features a younger, thinner, and decidedly more attractive Cruz—his sad muppet face wasn't in full effect yet—sitting in front of a fountain discussing his future aspirations. That is after he clears up the meaning of the word “aspiration.” “Aspirations? Is that like sweat on my butt?,” Cruz says jokingly when then video begins. Good one. Butt jokes are always the way to go.