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M.I.A released an uncensored music video for her song “Double Bubble Trouble” off her 2013 LP Matangi. She directed the video herself, but let her fans know via Twitter that her label was holding up its release. Soon after the tweet, M.I.A took matters into her own hands and uploaded the video herself. Universal Music Group obviously did not okay this move and the video was blocked within minutes, as UMG cited copyright infringement.   A few angry tweets from supportive fans later and M.I.A’s “problems at the internet”...
Members of the group Sangre Menstrual  at their performance in support of  the "Manifesto for the Visibility of the Period." Sangre Menstrual, a Spanish performance group, took to the streets wearing white pants and shorts stained with menstrual blood in support of their “Manifesto for the Visibility of the Period.”  Sangre Menstrual wrote the manifesto to point out that, by attempting to hide our periods, a perfectly natural bodily function, we are participating in the patriarchal system and effectively punishing ourselves for being women.  But why? Why...
This past Thursday, a federal complaint was filed against Brown University, accusing the school of violating the law by failing to expel a student found guilty of raping fellow classmate, Lena Sclove. After coming forward about the school's mishandling of her case last month, Lena's courageous battle for justice and increased awareness sparked the kind of national attention these issues deserve. In light of this anti-violence awareness, Brown University-based publication, Bluestockings Magazine, released a new zine, SILENCE + VOICE, dedicated to exposing and contesting violence of...
  “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” I can recall my elementary school self parroting to the school bully in response to a nasty jibe. But is it really true?   In “Weapon of Choice,” photographer Richard Johnson challenges the old saying with an emotionally charged photo gallery. These poignant and disturbingly truthful images hypostatize the emotional scarring of verbal abuse by depicting models with somewhat gruesome visible wounds.  Imbedded in the violent marks are hateful words such as “stupid, “dumb”, “trash,” and...
I’ve been a pretty committed fan of the ABC reality television show  The Bachelor (a.k.a. the show for which I have the most-conflicted feelings)  since the first season in 2002. I was 10. Part of me loves the romantic fairy tale vibe (What?! I’m a human being! Why wouldn’t I want a Prince Charming?) and part of me gets sick about the entire concept. Hence, my conundrum with those who tote the show's female-centric spin off (The Bachelorette) as "empowering."    But doubts aside, this past Monday, I...
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