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Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero turns her feelings of discomfort and awkwardness into striking images in her project, Wait Watchers. The photographs depict Morris-Cafiero, an obese woman, performing everyday tasks and actions in public. Using a tripod and self-timer, she is able to capture self portraits that are often rendered heartbreaking by cruel passers-by in the background.  Having struggled with her weight all her life, Morris-Cafiero is well aware of the unabashed stares and rude remarks she attracts in public spaces. Wait Watchers captures some of those unkind...
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Perhaps the most remarkable part of this week’s episode of Girls was the insane backlash that it immediately sparked on the internet. The credits hadn’t even begun to roll when trolls came out of the digital woodwork to hate on the fact that Lena Dunham’s character Hannah managed to bag herself a mega-hottie like Patrick Wilson’s Joshua.  Commenters were outraged by Dunham's audacity, crying that someone as attractive as Patrick Wilson would never deign to sleep with someone so un-centerfold-y. And while just as many people...
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[Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual and physical assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of such abuse.] A Saudi preacher in the city of Riyadh, imprisoned for the murder of his five-year-old daughter, may be looking at an unthinkably light sentence for his crimes. Fayhan Al Gamdi, a Muslim cleric who often appears as a guest on TV networks, confessed to the deadly beating and rape of his young daughter, Lama Al Ghamdi. The girl was admitted to the hospital in...
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Tired of fielding questions about your enduring singleness from prying family members? Why not rent a significant other for your next family gathering, and nip those harping questions in the bud! This tactic, which might at first sound like something out of a romantic comedy, has become a viable option for women in China. Scouring the classified ads in China will yield postings for proffered male companionship...for the right price. Though sex is not an entry on the itemized list of services these guys are willing...
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death. The writer took her own life less than a month after the publication of what was perhaps her best-known work, The Bell Jar. To mark the passing of a half-century, The Guardian rounded up a group of female poets and writers to share their impressions and feelings about Plath's work and influence.  Lena Dunham kicked in some thoughts on her relationship to Plath’s writing, saying “Her work had a normalising effect on my emotional life and her use...
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