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“Don’t hit like a pussy, put your hips behind it.” I look up from my punching bag. The man speaking to me is not my teacher, and I don’t know who he is. He looks at me pointedly and then punches my heavy bag hard, his large arms demonstrating the proper technique. The chains on the bag shake. I watch him out of the corner of my eye—because I do want to know how to properly hit someone with my full strength. But, at the same time, I’m uncomfortable—and that word, pussy, momentarily magnifies my sense of powerlessness. I drop my gloved hands to my sides.
  These women might seem like they're straight from a WWII pin-up calendar, but they're so much more than that. The veterans have visited over 10,000 ill and injured soldiers at their bedside in both hospitals and homes across 31 states in the US. From the money they've raised from their annual calendars, they've been able to donate over $50,000 for state-of-the-art rehab equipment that they've given to hospitals around the world.
  Ask any comedian what the formula for comedy is and they will tell you that it’s “Time + Tragedy.” Comedy has always tapped into dark personal matters, but does that mean any topic, no matter how horrible, can eventually be funny? If someone is a sexual assault survivor, finding humor in rape may seem difficult. However, it’s a tactic used by more and more comedians to tackle this prevalent topic both as a way to push their comedic skills but also as a way to fight against the heinous crime. Not everyone is capable of landing laughs, though.
  Artist Spencer Tunick created his latest large-scale nude art piece at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 100 women posed nude on Sunday outside the convention center, holding up mirrors to reflect “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape and horizon of Cleveland.”   According to Tunick’s website, more than 1,800 women signed up for the 100 spots he needed filled to complete the piece, called “Everything She Says Means Everything.
Ummmmm WOW...So apparently, several parts Melania Trump’s RNC speech last night were plagiarized word for word from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. Seriously? This is hilarious. I don’t know who thought this would be a good idea, but I think it is pretty safe to assume that several of her speech writers got fired today. All I have to say is, thank you to the Trump campaign for becoming more and more of a trainwreck every single day. Please keep it coming. We’ll just sit back on the couch and eat some popcorn while we watch. See the video below.
  Leslie Jones is a talented, hilarious woman, and now that she's gotten some much-deserved attention from Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, the trolls that live under Hollywood's star-studded bridge have come out to taunt her. Thanks for the input, Nero. I think we'll put that in the jar of privileged white man tears so it can swim around until it drowns itself.
It seems that Kate McKinnon, star in the latest Ghostbusters, has always had a thing for the supernatural. X-Files star Gillian Anderson found a photograph of a young Kate McKinnon dressed as Agent Dana Scully, and every sci-fi lover’s dreams came true with a single Tweet. The future is female is right! This goes to show that represtentation really does matter. In this case, it's representation of women in sci-fi. The photo was first seen on Reddit a couple years ago, but has been brought to a new light thanks to the Ghostbusters reboot with a female cast.
Samantha Bee wittingly and comically mocked the Republican National Convention last night on her show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. I’m sure the writing staff over at Full Frontal was overjoyed with all the hilariously disgusting material from the Convention, seeing that the jokes almost wrote themselves.
Absolutely Psyched for AbFab The British sitcom sensation Absolutely Fabulous is making the leap to the big screen on July 22, and fans of Patsy and Edina—the series’ boozy, brazen BFFs—are frrrrreaking out! Think you’re in the know about this amazing show? Then sweetie darling, take the quiz!1. AbFab premiered on BBC One on November 12, ______.a. 1982b. 1992c. 2002 d. 2012 2. The show was created by, written by, and stars what multitalented comic actor?a. Jennifer Saunders b. Dawn Frenchc. Joanna Lumley d. Julia Sawalha3.
In case you haven't heard, Ghostbusters finally came out this past Friday and it did not disappoint! Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, some of our favorite funny girls, kept me giggling from beginning to end. In celebration of this hilarious film, here are some of our favorite comedies with female leads, because women have always been funny. Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and a wedding.
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