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I actually wasn’t familiar with The Moth until Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s character on the hit television series Girls, decided to take up writing again. The season 5 finale had Hannah performing at The Moth’s StorySLAM, where real people tell their true stories live without notes. These StorySLAMS are themed shows, and the theme of the evening was jealousy; Hannah chose to speak about her thoughts on Jessa and Adam's relationship. It turns out that The Moth and its StorySLAMS are a real thing, and nothing short of amazing.
They are all out there, right now. Women who face it, are facing it, day in and out. I have faced it too. And kept quiet about it, because that is what people tell you to do. Politely sweep it under the carpet, because as a woman, someone else’s crime is still your shame.It all starts very well, as always. Both seem to love each other deeply, truly and madly. Things seem to go great for a while: Steps are lighter, the heart pounds harder, and you want to smile without any reason.Intoxicating, his happiness starts to mean the world.
Anna Ogier-Bloomer’s photography shows us the realities of motherhood and breastfeeding—and it’s intimate, sometimes exhausting and undeniably beautiful. Scratches From Breastfeeding Breastfeeding has become an extremely wide-spread and hotly debated topic. Everyone, men and women (though mostly men), seems to have something to say about whether or not a woman should breastfeed in public. This discussion generally tends to focus more on the breast and less on the woman. Anna Ogier-Bloomer reminds us that attached to that breast is a whole, multifaceted, woman.
As a woman who has built her career on supporting young people, especially girls, I am ashamed that I hesitated for a moment to speak out against the selection of Woody Allen’s latest film, Café Society, to make its North American premiere as the Opening Night Film of our much beloved Seattle International Film Festival.I guess I didn’t want to offend the people I consider friends and colleagues at our hometown film festival. But then I realized that this very type of rationalizing is what helps fuel rape culture in America.
Menstruators of New York, it's time to wave your pads in the air like you just don't care! Governor Andrew Cuomo has decreed that he will sign into law a bill abolishing the tampon tax. WGRZ reported that "the Senate approved the bill by a 56-0 vote Wednesday, following the Assembly's 144-0 vote earlier in the month," meaning that the vote against the tampon tax was fucking unanimous. U-goddamn-NANIMOUS. The tax will exempt all menstrual care items (including future products — tampons of the future!) from both the state sales tax and any local sales tax.
The ever-acerbic Funny or Die does it again, creating quality internet content at the expense of social injustices women have to face.  In one of their latest videos, "The Best Safe Space For Women Was Made By This Man," the website parodies "male allies" who have created a "safe space" for women. The video immediately hits on the notion of men profiting from exploiting feminism, as well as women needing men to succeed.
It is no secret that the world of print magazine publishing has long been held in the tight grip of men wearing suits and ties. Dating all the way back to the very first issue of Good Housekeeping in 1885, to current issues of Vogue, men have always been cashing in on the (supposed) interests of women.  So while Anna Wintour may hold the Birkin purse, it's Samuel Newhouse who holds the purse strings.
THANK YOU. Finally, someone said out loud what we all say in our heads when we see mean comments about women on the internet. Here's what Amy Schumer had to say on Instagram in response to some ugly internet comments: "I meant to write 'good morning trolls!' I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you've never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like miss trunchbull from Matilda.
I’m the fat, second child of three. To my right is a gorgeously complicated, petite, ethnic brainiac, and to my left is a cheerfully strapping, blonde young father. I’m the squishy middle. I can say all of this because my brand is self-deprecation, and also because it’s a goddamned fact. But be assured that I believe the term “FAT” to be pejorative and compromising, and that independently, I do not identify as FAT. I’d punch someone if I heard it directed at me. I identify as chubby because it’s a kinder term, and because my body doesn’t always feel FAT.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria by Georg Raab, 1867Born in Munich on December 24, 1837, Her Royal Highness Duchess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie became Empress of Austria when she married Emperor Franz Joseph at the age of 16. Though now widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful women of 19th century Europe, Sisi, as she was known to her intimates, was not considered a great beauty in her youth. Some biographers have even referred to her as sturdy and boyish with a “round peasant face.