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Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors. Project Unbreakable, an organization started in 2011 by then-19-year-old Grace Brown, is an ongoing photo project that centers on survivors of sexual assault. Victims write quotes or stories from their assault on white poster board, and Brown photographs them holding the signs. The project has gained media and Internet attention; Brown herself has taken over 300 photographs, while thousands more have been submitted to the group’s Tumblr account. Looking at these heartbreaking...
  The young adult novel The Giver is sometimes shelved as science fiction, but author Lois Lowry has never thought of it as such. Since its publication in 1993, the seminal work of literature has been a beacon of truth and emotional realism for young adults.    Lowry’s narrative follows a pubescent boy named James who lives within a futuristic society where prejudice, violence, sexuality, and emotionality have been expelled. James is selected by an all-powerful Chief Elder to be the Receiver of Memories, and under the tutelage...
  Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm held an exclusive-but-not-too-exclusive Emmys after-party this past Sunday night. The guest list: everyone who lost. Poehler, comedic genius, and Hamm, master of all things brooding, have garnered 9 and 11 nominations respectively over the years but have no winged paperweights to show for it. Still, the Losers Lounge, as they called it, sounds a lot cooler than any party you’re planning to attend this week, complete with other loser-guests like Elisabeth Moss, Fred Armisen, and Jimmy Kimmel.     The Losers Lounge was gracious...
Trigger warning: contains link to graphic video on sexual assault. A new parody video has been making the rounds on the global interwebs this past week: "It's Your Fault" is an extremely sarcastic response to the culture of victim-blaming and patriarchy that colors people's reactions to sexual assault.   Starring Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin and television personality Juhi Pandey, "It's Your Fault" is an uncomfortable comedy video that isn't funny at all--perhaps because of the truth it tells about perceptions of rape. The short examines many of...
It’s autumn: people are pulling out sweaters, drugstores are breaking out the Halloween candy, and food blogs are teeming with pumpkin recipes. While it’s completely reasonable to eat these tasty gourds year round, there’s something about fall that makes pumpkin dishes twice as nice. Here are ten easy (& delicious!) recipes that will leave your taste buds feeling nice and cozy. Pumpkin Soup With Bleu Cheese & Walnuts from Good Life Eats This soup only takes about 30 minutes to prepare (using things you probably already have...