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  “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” I can recall my elementary school self parroting to the school bully in response to a nasty jibe. But is it really true?   In “Weapon of Choice,” photographer Richard Johnson challenges the old saying with an emotionally charged photo gallery. These poignant and disturbingly truthful images hypostatize the emotional scarring of verbal abuse by depicting models with somewhat gruesome visible wounds.  Imbedded in the violent marks are hateful words such as “stupid, “dumb”, “trash,” and...
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I’ve been a pretty committed fan of the ABC reality television show  The Bachelor (a.k.a. the show for which I have the most-conflicted feelings)  since the first season in 2002. I was 10. Part of me loves the romantic fairy tale vibe (What?! I’m a human being! Why wouldn’t I want a Prince Charming?) and part of me gets sick about the entire concept. Hence, my conundrum with those who tote the show's female-centric spin off (The Bachelorette) as "empowering."    But doubts aside, this past Monday, I...
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Mandy Boardman had noticed feelings of drowsiness.  She awoke one morning with a half dissolved pill in her mouth to see her husband, David Wise, leaving the room.  But she was not prepared to learn that Wise had been drugging and raping her repeatedly over the course of three years, a fact which she discovered when she found the sex tapes he had been making on his phone.  Shortly after this incident, police began a three year police investigation which culminated in a trial lasting through...
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It's taken forever, but Abercrombie & Fitch has begun to see some (of the many...) errors of their ways. Or at least, they are pretending to see the light. And by that I mean that they have actually agreed to let light into their stores. Say bye bye to those blinds and hello to window displays. Woah. Who knew that customers liked to be able to see the clothes they were about to purchase? This is revolutionary, people. Along with the ability to see, Abercrombie...
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Summer is well on its way and I might be falling victim to the annual frenzied, half-assed attempt to tone all the soft parts of my body. As automatic as my reaction is, I check myself: I must remember that I don’t have to be a size 4 to dress appropriately for the weather. I must remember that I dress for me and no one else. Unfortunately, women are bombarded by all these gross magazines that insist we get fit for summer because everyone will be...
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