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American artist and filmmaker, Cindy Sherman has been creating works that comment on both social and sexual roles and stereotypes since the 1970s. One of her earlier and best-known photographic works, Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), portrays women in their socially assigned roles and presents the potential danger and instability of these constructs. Her work in film includes a short animation, Doll Clothes (1975), in which a doll cutout of the artist (unlike any paper cut-outs I ever played with) tries on different articles of clothing,...
Planned Parenthood officially has a Tumblr account! It's nice that while politicians and radio nut jobs are trying to minimize their influence, we can now access them through the wonder of social media. The blog seems really cool and super helpful, too; they answer user-submitted questions, post interesting health-related infographics, and promote body positivity – it’s all about sex without any of the shame. Check it out and follow 'em here! (Also: browse the “LOL” tag. You won’t be sorry.) ...
We're not the sportiest bunch, so we just learned that the U.S. Olympic Committee annually elects a "Hall of Fame Class." This year's hall of famers were just announced, and these winning jocks will be inducted in an awards ceremony on August 24th in Chicago. We couldn't help but notice that the class includes some amazing women… Kristine Lilly, midfielder for the Women’s National Soccer Team: Lilly is a three-time Olympian, with two gold medals and one silver. She started every Olympic match of her career and played...
  Yesterday evening, the White House released a statement saying that the President will likely veto HR 4970, the House Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The Senate recently passed its version of the VAWA, updating it to include protection for Native American women, LGBT victims, immigrants, and college students. The Senate’s bill was passed 68-31, with 15 Republicans voting for it. The House bill will not only retract these additions, but also eliminate some of the confidentiality currently afforded to immigrant victims (i.e., abusive...
Lady Gaga is known for her preposterous outfits (both on and off stage), her risqué dance moves, and her support of the LGBT community. Now the pop star will be known for being the first foreign artist to be denied a concert permit by the Indonesian authorities. According to the Jakarta Post, authorities cancelled Lady Gaga’s June 3rd concert because various groups were afraid that the singer’s sessy dance moves and nearly nonexistent outfits would corrupt young concertgoers. Gaga was set to perform...
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