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  Elliot Sailors had a successful career as a female model with Ford agency until she hit thirty. Facing a dramatic decrease in job offers, many models are forced to shift gears as they age. But instead of turning to behind the scenes fashion work or hosting shows like America’s Next Top Model, Sailors pursued a career as a male model.    To make herself appear more conventionally masculine, she binds her chest, cuts her hair, and highlights her jaw. She believes that transitioning to male modeling has...
  In the past few days, you may have come across #Mamming, a Twitter and Instagram trend in which women photograph themselves pressing their breasts against everyday objects. Developed by advertising executives Michele Jaret and Michelle Lamont, the viral activity is meant to spread breast cancer awareness and encourage women to get mammograms. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the ladies hope to “embrace the awkwardness of mammograms and inspire more women to mam where it counts: at the doctor’s office.” Lamont, 25, is a...
  The other day I was listening to an old episode of This American Life with Ira Glass called “Testosterone.” In one story, a transgender male feminist explained how his eyes uncontrollably wandered to female bodies when he took testosterone. He was heartbroken by the fact that he spent more time looking at chests than faces. Of course, his experience is a subjective and personal one that should by no means be applied to all men (cis or trans), but his interview begged the question: how...
  Yesterday, my fiance popped a “surprise” into our DVD player: a feminist episode of the amazing 1990s show Batman: The Animated Series. I have always thought of Gotham as a pretty progressive city; Catwoman is at least as terrifying and powerful as Batman, and other female villains abound. But this episode is explicitly feminist. My fiance attributes to it his early discovery and association with feminism.    In the opening scenes, we see that the evil Joker has some awful attitudes about women and their place in...
It was a sad and shocking Sunday when the word got out that Lou Reed had passed away. There’s no denying the profound influence that his songs and persona had on hundreds of thousands of  bands, artists and freaks who wanted to move to New York City, soak up any cool that was left, do drugs, and make the scene. The Velvet Underground will always be known as the band with the least amount of commercial success who inspired the most malcontents to pick up...