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    There are many people out there who still have not recovered from the tremendous chaos that was brought to the East Coast by Hurricane Sandy.  To lend a hand, two of New York’s favorite zinesters—Kate Angell and Katie Wadkins—organized a benefit at the Bluestocking Bookstore and activist center.     During this event, there will be zinemakers reading from their work, and plenty of zines have been donated to raise funds for hurricane relief. 100% of the proceeds will go to The Ali Forney Center, a Manhattan-based organization...
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition founded in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg, has spent the better part of the last five years demanded better gun control policies in the United States. Their call to regulate illegal arms has only grown stronger in light of the Aurora and Newton shootings, despite being boldly ignored during the 2012 election cycle.  Demand a Plan, a campaign of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has just released a new video featuring Roxanna Green, whose nine-year-old daughter Christina was a victim of...
2012 was a banner year for misogyny in the geek/nerd subculture. The Web was absolutely flooded with sexist nonsense on the subject of girls and geekdom. The astoundingly dreadful “Idiot Geek Girl” meme debuted (much to the chagrin of just about everyone), while Tony Harris spewed out his now infamous blog post about how “COSPLAY Chiks” should take their slutty costumes and go home. Tara Tiger Brown even barged into the fray on Forbes, decrying how easy it is for girls these days to fly their geek,...
A new trend is emerging in pediatric mental health research that takes the father as its point of departure. Studies about how mothers' health impacts their unborn children are everywhere, and have been for decades. But studies concerning how fathers’ wellbeing influences their children are still few and far between.  This recent study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study illustrates how depression in fathers can cause behavioral problems in their children. This influence can establish itself even before the baby is born, according to the...
Tattoos and women have a long and unique history. No single book has documented this relationship better then Margot Mifflin’s Bodies of Subversion: A History of Women and Tattoos.  And now, at a perfect time where tattooed women outnumber tattooed men in the US, a new edition has been released!    Originally published in 1997, this book documents the history of women and the diverse bonds they share with their tattoos. Updated and expanded with over 150 photos, this book goes through the relationships women have had...
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