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“Imagine if someone erased your personality at age twenty. You have to figure out what kind of person you are without the first twenty years.” Ithaca, NY - 2012 Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of rape and sexual assault that may be triggering to survivors.  After her close friend was raped in college, the photographer Lydia Billings was devastated by the geographical distance between them, and she confronted her own feelings with her camera. She immersed herself in feminist literature and reached out to rape survivors,...
  While I usually cringe at the thought of a Broadway adaptation of a favorite movie-- I'm still recovering from "Bring it On: the Musical"--  I'm surprisingly excited to hear that 1980s cult-classic "Heathers" is receiving the razzle dazzle treatment with it's very own musical.   While the show already premiered in Los Angeles, those of us on the east side can hope to catch it when it premieres at Off-Broadway's New World Stages, with previews starting on March 17 and its grand opening night March 31. This sardonic...
  When we’re young, we’re told that sex is an act of love or affection; we grow to understand that our vaginas can be sources of intimacy and pleasure. But with all these modern demands on how our vaginas are supposed to look and smell, it gets confusing. The “cool” pubic hairdo changes from week to week, and we are bombarded with images of the ideal vagina, in all its neat, tight, perfumed and symmetrical glory.    You probably know about vaginal rejuvenation serums and surgeries, but have...
  Photoshop is so laughably overused in today’s media that it’s become a rarity to see an image untouched by digital doctoring. Photoshop allows advertisers to construct the modern fantasy face, and beauty product ads entice consumers with absurdly manicured images of the human form. In most cases, we know it’s not the product that makes one’s skin perfectly blemish-free but the digital alterations, yet we are are continuously urged-- consciously or not-- to strive for unrealistic beauty ideals.      The photographer Anna Hill satirizes the beauty industry’s...
  After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize and sustain assault.”     With the help of individuals who send in their images along with their personal...
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