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Everybody, let’s stop with the slut-shaming. Miley's performance at the VMAs is upsetting, but not for the reasons you think. The furor and shock and vitriol strike me as the height of hypocrisy and sexism. Miley Cyrus is still America’s Sweetheart — the REAL America I like Miley Cyrus. There, I said it. I like her irreverence, her in-your-faceness, her lack of B.S and her honesty about what she likes and who she is. Am I happy young girls feel they need to show their power by prancing around in various...
  “I feel I inhabit (and perhaps even embody) a crossroads,” says Moroccan artist Lalla Essayadi. She is one of twelve female photographers from the Middle East whose work is set to be showcased in the exhibition “She Who Tells a Story” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. The crossroads that Essayadi speaks of is a focal point of the showcase, which comes at a time when the face of the Middle East is ever-changing and the strands of individual identity are so often forgotten.   The pieces...
  The queen of everything country, Dolly Parton, recently chatted with Alecia Davis of “Extra” and confronted issues she’s had to deal with her whole professional career: rumors and gossip. Parton is remarkably composed and eloquent when asked about the circulating whispers of an esophageal cancer scare, smiling and firmly stating, “I will not make comment on some story in a rag magazine! I’m fine!” And she certainly seems it, perfectly coiffed and totally at home in her Dollywood theme park.   Parton doesn’t stop at setting the...
In her guide for women looking to gain political office, Rebecca Sive argues for the necessity of such a book by opening up with the noteworthy statistics that, “Women occupy fewer than 20 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress. Only 5 of our 50 states have women governors. And though thousands of women hold local and state offices, those percentages are dismal as well.” This lack of women in political office compelled Sive, who has served in...
  There’s nothing quite like throwing an incredible pitch. I should know: I was the designated “pitch counter” for my high school’s softball team. No one warmed that bench quite like I did. But seriously, there’s something so triumphant in a great pitch, and such a pitch was thrown at a recent Doosan Bears game by South Korean actress and superstar taekwondo expert Tae Mi. Her athleticism is astounding, and when you see her epic first pitch, you might literally jump out of your seat and...