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I think I was 12 the first time I was called a slut. Maybe 14, because I recall having faded purple hair and wearing a Tripp miniskirt at the time, but young enough where the only thing I could do was go to a strip mall with friends, my mom’s cell phone in my pocket. And I remember standing at a street corner with my fellow baby-teens when a pair of guys pulled up to us, desperately trying to get our attention, before declaring that...
It's hot. It's humid. It's sticky. It's basically hell on earth. Okay, so maybe you don't hate summer as much as I do. But wherever you are, it's hard to escape the nagging critters that love to make us feel itchy and awful all over during these few months. And those of you who enjoy the out-of-doors can especially relate, so there's no question that bug spray is a summer essential. EXCEPT we don't want to douse themselves in chemicals, toxins, and DEET, do we?...
Let’s play a game. How many movies have you seen this summer? Okay, and how many of those movies have had female leads? Two female leads? If you answered very few, that’s not surprising. Data collected by Vulture shows that no more than 18% of films in 2013 have more than one woman in a co-starring role. Though this statistic is abysmal, it’s nothing new in the film industry. Though there have been tons of superhero blockbusters about male heroes, Hollywood has ignored most female...
As we emerge out of the worst newsweekend ever, let’s take some time to quickly recap how justice is dead. The Marisa Alexander case is a good place to start, as both a counterpoint to the Trayvon Martin case, and as a stand alone example of why everything in the world is totally skewed. Alexander was defending herself in a confrontation with her estranged, abusive husband. In order to escape another “brutal beating,” Alexander allegedly fired off a few warning shots to ward him off. Theoretically,...
J. K. Rowling kicks ass and takes names. Er, that is she claimed a pen name while (still) kicking ass. Harry Potter made her one of the most famous (not to mention wealthiest!) women in the world. So it's no wonder that the world was taken aback to learn that Rowling released a new book under a male nom de plume! In her second non-Potter related book, Rowling decided that she wanted to get some honest feedback and criticism for her work. Escaping the Potter-mania and...