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Some men may think that it’s acceptable to follow the president’s example and grab women without consent. But even at the turn of the 19th century, women refused to tolerate such behavior: a fashionable lady could pull a long, sharp steel pin out of her hat and give her harasser a good jab.When the hatpin was introduced in the mid-1800s, it liberated women from cumbersome bonnet strings. Urban industrialization, public transit, and department stores presented women new avenues for freedom. And in the early 1900s,...
Our picks for this Week Of Women include a new dance comedy, the return of Grace and Frankie, and new albums by First Aid Kit and tUnE-yArDs. We haven't watched, listened to, or read them all, but when we have, we'll include a link or a note about our review. MOVIES  Step Sisters In this new dance comedy, the leader of a black sorority (Megalyn Echikunwoke) has to teach a white sorority how to step for a dance competition. It’s directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline), written...
  A young kid gains powers and is brought to a school of magic, sound familiar? Although Mary and the Witch’s Flower is full of adventure and magic, Endor College is not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and where Harry learns to utilize magic to defeat evil, Mary learns that magic is the cause of it. Mary and The Witch’s Flower was directed by former Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi for his animation studio, Studio Ponoc. He worked on all of the favorite films of children...
  River dancing, Bono’s sunglasses, Guinness beer, potatoes. These are just a handful of things that Ireland has gifted to North America over the years. (I’m kidding, of course — like many things that white nations claim as theirs, potatoes actually hail from Peru). We can also thank Ireland for the Dolores O’Riodan, the lead singer of the iconic '90s rock band The Cranberries, who was found dead on Monday in her hotel room in London, according to Rolling Stone. She was 46. The Cranberries made waves when they...
  Larry Nassar, accused serial sexual assaulter and former team doctor for the U.S gymnastics team, pleaded guilty to 10 sexual assault charges last November. After listening to many tearful and honest accounts of his brutality from his victims and their families, Nassar wrote a letter explaining that it was too hard for him to listen to the statements, NBC reports. Over 140 girls and women have accused Nassar of sexual assault, and 105 of them have signed up to appear in the courtroom or have statements...
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