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We all have our share of girl crushes—women who we admire and strive to be a little more like. Although labeling non-sexual adoration as a “girl crush” can perhaps be seen as homophobic, Got A Girl Crush, a zine started by Meg Wachter and Andrea Cheng in 2009, is far more about celebrating inspirational women in all capacities than singling out a group. The genesis of Got A Girl Crush began over the Internet when the two were fittingly girl-crushing on each other’s blogs. Since, Meg...
On Sunday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported on a horrific hate crime against a woman in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was attacked in her home by three masked men who bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, cut her body, and carved homophobic slurs into her skin. They then doused her floor with gasoline and lit a match. The woman proceeded to crawl from her house to a neighbor's doorstep, bleeding, naked and screaming for help. The community was outraged, and that same night, a vigil...
Living in a generation of Photoshop, fat-shaming, and stick-thin models, it sometimes seems nearly impossible to imagine a time when "skinny" was a bad word. That’s why we couldn’t help but wonder if we'd stumbled into some sort of alternate universe when we discovered these vintage advertisements for weight gain. Even though these (admittedly hilarious) taglines were still putting too much emphasis on weight in relation to self-worth (the company “Wate-On” claims “if you want to be popular, you can’t afford to be skinny,” in...
When it comes to werewolves, there are a few words you can usually expect to hear. 'Taylor Lautner,' 'teen wolf' and 'chiseled abs' are a few of the usual suspects. 'Lesbians' and--hell--even 'girls' are far more rare. The most high profile werechick on TV right now is Rikki (Kelly Overton) on True Blood, the girl Alcide is trying to sexercise with while practicing for his impending pack leader battle.   But, that’s about to change with June Temple (Dark Knight, Small Apartments) as...
U.K. singer Lianne La Havas is standing on the precipice of superstardom. She’s been buzzed about and blogged about, but until very recently, we’d only heard a few of her songs (including the amazing “Forget,” which you should check out on YouTube immediately). Luckily, we had the opportunity to check out an intimate showcase by La Havas here in NYC, and were blown away by her confidence on stage and by her powerful-yet-delicate voice. She’s got wisdom in her lyrics and skill in her vocals...