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Like everyone else and their mother, I can't seem to get enough of the reigning teen queen Lorde, who shot to stardom after her song "Royals" went viral this past year.  Her new single "Team" and consequent video do not disappoint, as both serve as a personal and heart wrenching  look at teenagedom with a catchy beat that will lead to one person dance parties in bedrooms across the world. The video follows Lorde as a kind of cult leader for a band of teenagers as...
Patty Carroll, Red Velvet From Francesca Woodman to Judy Chicago, women artists have long grappled with the idea of the home: are our houses our personal sanctuaries or our monotonous prisons? The photographer Patty Carroll expresses the ambivalent relationship between femininity and the home in her ongoing project “Anonymous Woman,” in which she shoots women, meant to represent everywoman, engulfed in drapes.    Ecru Shade   Some of her images read as warm and womb-like; Red Velvet catches a woman swept up in a luxurious and cozy wave of rich...
  We all know that heavily Photoshopped images don’t accurately depict the human form, yet it’s still easy to become lulled into believing that idealized bodies are relatively uniform. Photographic subjects are too often deemed attractive or not, depending on seemingly arbitrary cultural ideologies. We see fine art and the media portray women as familiar hourglasses; men are often pictured with authoritative stances and broad shoulders.      In her new series “Illusions of the Body,” the photographer Gracie Hagen sheds light on just how manipulated the images we consume...
  Things have definitely been going well for the standup comedian and Inside Amy Schumer creator/star these days. In the past week, she’s divulged the name of her first movie, signed comedy mogul Judd Apatow to direct and produce it, and, this morning, officially announced her new standup tour, Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour.  The tour kicks off in New York City on January 24th, and it will be hitting over 30 cities across the country. It’s sponsored by Comedy Central and is Schumer’s second standup effort...
In the past decade, we have seen many of our favorite childhood superheroes come to life on the big screen: the victorious Superman, the conflicted Batman, the unpredictable Hulk, the suave Iron Man. So where are the women? Sure, Black Widow made an appearance in The Avengers and Catwoman (my personal favorite) showed up to save the Dark Knight, but most films are uncomfortably lacking in women characters with fully explored, complex identities. Well, all that might change in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film,...
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