Denim Day is an international movement that grew out of protest to a 2010 rape case that was overturned because the judge said that the survivor's tight jeans meant that she must have helped her rapist remove them. Every year, people wear denim on Denim Day as a way to fight rape culture and raise awareness of sexual assault. Join Fashion Week Brooklyn this year on April 27. For the past three years, I, Stewella Daville, have been recognized in the fashion industry as a high fashion model.
We’ve got good news and bad news about Twitter.The bad news is that Twitter seems to be notorious for online harassment: doxing, threats of violence, public shaming, Gamergate, MRAs, rape threats — we could go on. We all know that Twitter struggles to compete with the growth rate seen by other social networks, and their attempts to lure new users to the Land of the Blue Bird (longer tweets! Polls! Algorithms! GIFs!) have failed to acknowledge that repeated harassment is, for too many, the reason for leaving Twitter.
This April is the 20th National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than by curling up with a good book? While most of us can name at least a few women in the field, here’s a list of contemporary poets you may not be familiar with. 1. Claudia RankineRankine is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and has published five volumes of poetry, two plays and various essays. Her 2014 book, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the PEN Open Book Award, in addition to numerous others, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
For a world so big, people have never seemed to stop asking themselves the basic question of “How do I meet other people?” When you live on a planet of seven billion, a part of you just wants to say, “Just walk outside! That’s it.” But it never really seems to be that easy; especially in the age we live in, where people feel more comfortable with a virtual interaction than one of the physical form. In fact, it would seem that the more comfortable we become with meeting people online, the more fearful we are of having basic human interactions.
The internet is an amazing place to share thoughts and ideas and create a unique dialogue between writers and their readers. I am grateful for criticisms, new information, and the expansion of a conversation though the format of online comments. What I don’t appreciate are hateful, obtrusive, and obnoxious comments. What scares me the most are comments containing threats and violence. This is a reality that writers face in their field, and while it varies and there is a spectrum, online harassment is most likely to happen to women, and least likely to happen to white men.
Adam is 18 years old and a senior in high school—he loves pizza, nature, pretty girls and video games. He despises mowing the lawn and prefers to spend much of his time in his bedroom playing on his iPhone. When in a bookstore, the manga section is his top priority. He talks about wanting to go college to become a zoologist. Some days this changes to veterinarian. Other days this changes to, “Maybe we should just open our own food truck.” Sounds pretty typical, right? If you ever met Adam, though, you wouldn’t think he was 18.
Beyoncé has done it again. After weeks and months of teasing us with the surprise release of “Formation,” her Super Bowl performance, her new tour, her ELLE interview about feminism, and a mysterious HBO teaser trailer, Beyoncé finally released her new album — and it’s perfect. Lemonade is a stunning, genre-spanning visual album that, divided into chapters, tells a story of marital infidelity, anger, grief and reconciliation. The visual album incorporates spoken word poetry by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire.
In 1964, Lovelace’s Women in Space Program was given the shaft after a paper written by a couple dudes who felt their masculinity being threatened stated that women shouldn’t go to space because, well... Periods. They convinced NASA that putting a hormonal woman in control of a “complicated machine” was a bad idea; that somehow, women free bleeding in zero gravity would be detrimental to the galaxy as a whole.
  Photographer Danielle Guenther's photo series "What The Bump?!" is not your typical maternity shoot... That is to say, there's no beaming couples standing back-to-front, prom date style, making heart-hands over an exposed pregnant belly. There are no flower crowns in a wheat field (lending credence to my childhood theory that babies actually did come from a cabbage patch, what is UP, wheat fields?).
Photo by Megan Senior This is not the Sculpey of your kindergarten art class. Well, OK, it is. But this chunky polymer pendant is so dang cute, no one will ever know. Freshen up your wardrobe with make ’n’ bake clay beads for some brand-new jewelry that costs less than a latte.  Materials Polymer clay (e.g. Sculpey, available at craft stores and online) in at least three colors Clay hole cutter (or long kitchen skewer) X-Acto or butter knife  Baking sheet Necklace cord of your choice (leather, suede, jute, cotton, etc.) Scissors Instructions 1.