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Popcorn Venus, 2012. Joyce II. When you think of women photographers who work in self-portraiture, you probably think of Cindy Sherman. The artist has made a career of transforming herself into everything from a bleached blonde spray-tanned socialite to Mae West. Her impressive body of work is such that she appears to be everywhere, capable of metamorphosing into anyone she chooses.    It’s almost impossible to work in self portraiture without being compared to Sherman, and the young and brilliant photographer Juno Calypso often is. Calypso dresses herself...
  Meet Vanessa VanDyke, a twelve-year-old academic superstar at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, FL. Vanessa is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and she also enjoys wearing her hair naturally. She explains that her hairstyle “says that [she’s] unique. It’s puffy and [she likes] it that way.”    Unfortunately, much of modern society still insists upon conforming to Western beauty ideals, and natural African-American hair is misunderstood and disturbingly deemed “messy” or “unprofessional” both in schools and in workplaces. Some of Vanessa’s peers bully her...
Ever wonder what a ~real~ feminist looks like? LOOK NO FURTHER! The Cut, a site often required to use stock photography, recently discovered the marvelous results of searching subjects like “empowered female” and “girl power,” as well as “women with positive body image” and “working women” within their photo cache. As writer Emily Shornick explains, “We know that stock photography is designed to trade in clichés; we're well acquainted with Women Laughing Alone With Salad. But after searching for 'working woman' and turning up umpteen images of multi-ethnic...
According to data collected by AYI (Are You Interested), a Tinder-style dating app, users respond better to potential partners outside of their own ethnicity when searching for dates. Surveying over 2 million people, the data revealed several things, most notably that all men, except for Asian men, prefer Asian women.  "People are less prejudice when they decide who they want to respond to in an online dating context," Josh Fischer, VP of Product & Insights for AYI.com told Fusion.  The data also showed that Hispanic, Caucasian, and...
Like a fanzine come to life, "The Punk Singer," directed by Sini Anderson, is a tender and totally absorbing documentary portrait of Kathleen Hanna—beloved riot grrrl frontwoman of the bands Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin and Le Tigre.  The film is brimming with expertly edited archival footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hanna’s private life. Viewers not only get to watch her find her voice in the feminist art-punk scene of the early ’90s, but also bear witness to how she dealt with the misogynist backlash that...