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If you like to dance, Sónar is the perfect place for you to nod your head till it falls off. Also known as the Sónar Festival for Advanced Music and New Media Art, the electronic-dance fest is one of the most exciting music events in Barcelona. This June 13th-16th, Sónar celebrated its 20th birthday and it was no less than a complete success. Over the course of four full days of fresh indie jams from all over the world, the festival boasted 121,000 visitors who came...
You know that sexy, passive, voiceless woman, the one you see daily? She’s always selling something, and you can’t tell if it’s the products she’s surrounded by or herself. Not sure who I’m talking about? She’s in thousands of ads that we see every day; she is nearly every woman in advertising. One of the most extreme cases of female passivity being portrayed in the media is as a dead woman. Women often become objects or sums of their parts: breasts, legs, feet, lips, or...
If Arizona wasn't already getting you all riled up, now Texas is making things even more infuriating. Sunday night, hundreds of protesters crowded into the Texas capitol in an effort to stop the passage of Senate Bill 5. SB5 essentially piled all of the bills that didn't pass during Texas' normal session into one huge anti-abortion agenda. The bill is a whole bundle of abortion restrictions that will result in the closure of almost all of Texas' abortion clinics, leaving about 5 remaining in the...
Since childhood, we’ve been taught over and over again – don't judge a book by its cover – but this seemingly golden maxim is getting harder to follow.  Earlier this month, we reported on the unyielding gendering of book covers. The trend is particularly persistent in young adult fiction, where “regular” books are marketed towards both genders, and then there are the books for girls: unabashedly decorated in frills, lace, and pink.  And accordingly, boys don’t read “girly” books, whereas girls often read across gender lines. This...
You would think that a woman who stepped forward to protect herself from an abusive ex-husband would be supported by her community. Tragically, that often isn’t the case. Carie Charlesworth (pictured above) experienced a terrible instance of victim-blaming by the hands of her employers, Holy Trinity School. Her punishment? Losing her job. How did this gross injustice happen? Charlesworth called the police three times after her violent and abusive ex-husband, Martin Charlesworth, showed up at the school where she teaches, sending the school into lockdown. Luckily,...