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  In response to a portrait of Cpl. Kristine Tejada featured alongside an Army magazine article, Col. Lynette Arnhart has launched complaints about the use of a conventionally attractive woman in military press materials. In what she believed to be a defense of women in the military, she wrote her peers about the issue: “Such photos undermine the rest of the message (and may even make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty.)” Even more concerning is her assertion that “In general, ugly...
  Kanye West’s new “Bound 2” video has been criticized for featuring a nude Kim Kardashian, with whom he suggestively canoodles. To be blunt, it seems a lot like she’s just there for some eye-candy. But Flavorwire’s Lillian Ruiz would disagree, suggesting that Kanye’s portrayal of female sexuality is “unusually complex” because “there is no Madonna and no whore in this narrative.” In other words, Kim is simultaneously the mother of Kanye’s child and the love of his life and a sexy, scandalous lady who enjoys sex...
Kathleen Hanna, riot grrrl and lead singer of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and the Julie Ruin (whose debut EP Run Fast is out now!), recently spoke to the New York Times about her upcoming documentary The Punk Singer directed by Sini Anderson, and revealed an exclusive clip from the upcoming film. Hanna, who is battling late-stage Lyme disease, chatted with the Times about making a movie about her life: “Mortality looming over you really changes your personality in such a huge way. I thought I was dying, so I...
  At first, the concept of feminist pornography may seem contradictory. The image most people have of porn consists of sketchy film sets where naïve women with surgically enhanced bodies are degraded, exploited, and coerced into performing sexual acts on camera by greedy men. It seems to counteract feminism’s core values of equality and empowerment for oppressed groups. Sex educator and feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino would beg to disagree with that sentiment. Tristan Taormino is considered a pioneer in the feminist pornography movement. She is currently an...
  Imagine a place where cats roam free, where felines own the land. That place is a real island off the beautiful coast of Fukuoka, Japan. We've told you about this before, but it's been getting a lot of attention lately, and it's just so great, we needed to post an update. Often referred to simply as “Cat Heaven,” the island drew the affections of the photographer Fubirai, who chose to photograph the cats over five years. His photographic creations capture the tenderness, vitality, strength, and...