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  It all started with a vagina. Earlier this spring, a Facebook support group directed towards moms posted a picture of an anatomically correct vulva. The group boasted a readership of around 22,000, and the image was clearly meant for education, empowerment, and advocacy. It fell in line with the other discussion topics on Motherwise – which writes about “breastfeeding, parenting issues, and birthing options,” as well as serving as a platform for discourse and community. Within three hours, the picture was taken down. Upon further inquiry, Facebook...
Following her debut novel, The City is a Rising Tide, Rebecca Lee presents a collection of seven biting stories about the luxury we take in life’s ordinary comforts, and the threats, real or imagined, that lurk beyond the surface. As of this writing, Bobcat was longlisted for the international Frank O’Connor Prize for story collections, and the praise is due: with deadpan humor, Lee’s light touch illuminates the contrasts in everyday life—warmth and cold, past and present, beauty and terror—imbuing her realistic tales with quiet depth....
Hardcore punk idol Brody Dalle has changed a lot since we first met her - the tough, in-your-face musician is now a mom and a wife - and of course, still kicking ass. She gets personal and shares it all on this Saturday's Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet. Dalle was destined to be a feminist role model, accompanying her mother to anti-Bush protests, discovering Courtney Love at age 12, and joining a feminist collective before finishing high school. She started her first band, Sourpuss, when she was...
Everyone’s favorite cartoon redheaded boy is set to star in a feature film adaptation of the 72-year-old comic series Archie. The live action movie will be directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and the screenplay will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacsa (Glee). There have been TV show adaptations of the comic as well as a made-for-TV movie, but Riverdale crew has never hit the big screen before. The most famous plot points of the Archie comics involve Archie’s love-triangle with blonde beauty Betty and brunette babe...
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a problem that resonates with women everywhere. What some people may attribute to cultural practice, a ceremony, and a rite of passage, others see as an active form of female oppression. I would agree with the latter. It is an unnecessary, violent act preformed on young women without any medical reasoning or benefits. In fact, the procedure can lead to excessive bleeding, infection, cysts, problems urinating, infertility and a...