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In her guide for women looking to gain political office, Rebecca Sive argues for the necessity of such a book by opening up with the noteworthy statistics that, “Women occupy fewer than 20 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress. Only 5 of our 50 states have women governors. And though thousands of women hold local and state offices, those percentages are dismal as well.” This lack of women in political office compelled Sive, who has served in...
  There’s nothing quite like throwing an incredible pitch. I should know: I was the designated “pitch counter” for my high school’s softball team. No one warmed that bench quite like I did. But seriously, there’s something so triumphant in a great pitch, and such a pitch was thrown at a recent Doosan Bears game by South Korean actress and superstar taekwondo expert Tae Mi. Her athleticism is astounding, and when you see her epic first pitch, you might literally jump out of your seat and...
  In an admirable attempt to protest the ways in which vaginas are overly sexualized in porn and totally censored in mainstream media, The University of Sydney’s student paper Honi Soit recently published an issue with a brave and totally rad cover featuring the naked vulvae of eighteen students. Okay, they weren’t totally naked. The school’s Students Representative Council and their lawyers instructed the paper to obscure the images with black bars placed over particularly "explicit" regions of the images. Still a great step, right?    An essay...
  Filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster) directs this SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning drama about staffers at a group foster home who are dealing with emotional troubles of their own. The feature centers on Grace (Brie Larson), who directs the facility, and her coworker-slash-adoring-lover Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.).    Grace does her job well—breaking up fights, inspecting rooms, nurturing relationships, and braiding hair. Her life at home, on the other hand, is fraught. Bottled up, she’s not able to communicate anything of her inner life with...
You've heard about the 2013 Cicada Invasion, right? Maybe dreamt (or had nightmares) about cicadas creeping around every single corner and crevice of your daily life? What a bust, right? Well, there’s one artist who’s celebrating our crawling, flying, noisy neighbors. Kayt Hester, a Jersey City-based artist, widely known for her style of tape-art, is having her annual local show, titled “The 17-Year Cicada,” at Port-o Lounge in Jersey City, opening Saturday, August 24. Hester, who has exhibited work in Jersey City, Philadelphia, and New York...