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When you hear “Silicon Valley,” you may not think of silicone vibrators. But as technology marches forward, sex toy companies are often the first brands to position themselves at the cutting edge of innovation. Here are five devices to test out if you’re looking to become an early adopter—for science, of course. Womanizer $199.99, lovehoney.com Though this one’s name makes us squirm a bit (and not in a good way), the Womanizer’s patented “PleasureAir technology” and unique design certainly bring something different to the bedroom.
  Anti-rape activist Amber Amour posted a picture of herself on Instagram minutes after she was raped by an acquaintance in a hotel room in Cape Town, South Africa in Nov. 2015. She sat in the shower, tears streaming down her face, knees against her chest as she detailed the rape to her followers, “As soon as I got in the bathroom, he forced me to my knees. I said 'stop!' but he just got more violent. He lifted me up and put his penis in my vagina. I asked him to stop, again, as I began to cry. When he shoved it in my ass, that's when I passed out.
Say hello to the new way you will entertain yourself at work! Tampon Run is an awesome, arcade-style game fighting period stigma and the normalization of violence. Plus, you get to throw tampons at mean boys!The game was made by two awesome young feminists, Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser. The Girls Who Code  graduates originally developed this game for the web but have since created an app.
  Once upon a time, Disney never stopped being problematic. Linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer have been working on a study that analyzes the dialogue in Disney movies in order to determine the verbal equality between male and female characters and to determine whether or not it plays a major role in the lives of children who view them. The study has already found that around 70% of all dialogue spoken in most Disney princess movies is by male characters.
Singer/songwriter Anya Marina has been quietly releasing some of indie rock’s best tracks for years. Her fourth full-length album, Paper Plane, is full of the same witty lyrics, accessible pop hooks, and images of a complicated woman’s life that have made her songs favorites of music supervisors in TV and film. This time, Marina focuses on romantic relationships; “Shut Up” is a slow burn about an unlikely hook-up, and the energetic “Ordinary Dude” is about a turning point in a relationship, with nicely contrasting vocals from Eric Hutchinson.
In the 1920s and 30s, Joséphine Baker was an international superstar, known for her daring dances and exotic costumes. But during World War II she performed her greatest role yet: Spy. Onstage at the Casino de Paris, Joséphine Baker stretched her arms out toward the expanse of pale faces staring up at her as she sang. By now, the African-American expat superstar had grown used to performing for white crowds across Europe, but in 1939, the audience was changing.
The Crave Vesper Size: golf pencil Shape: that pen that Joan from Mad Men wears around her neck/between her boobs Sound: Katniss Everdeen’s arrow Strength: va-va voom Satisfaction: gaspin’ O Pairs with: a vesper, Bond-style, duh I was really, really excited about the Vesper when I saw it online, because it’s also a necklace, which seems so SEXY and DANGEROUS and SOPHISTICATED to me (so I can wear it over my pajamas as I drink Franzia Crisp White from a plastic camping mug, alone).
What happens when a songwriter pens a tune for a client, but it gets rejected? Does it get wadded up and tossed in the trash? Or does the writer sing it herself? The latter approach is Sia’s solution on her new album, This Is Acting: every song but one was originally written for another artist.Sia’s side-business of writing hits for pop stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé is well known. After a successful alternative pop career, Sia took a break from being a singer to write hits (or, more accurately, co-write them) for others.
Selma director Ava DuVernay, via Instagram A year ago, I decided to start writing about female-directed films.In a time when multiple research organizations are informing women how dismal the statistics are for women in Hollywood and when the number of female directed films recognized during awards season is so low it's almost negative, it is important to remind young women about the work that is being produced.Meet my series, "52 Weeks of Directors." Each week, I'll highlight a different talented director who just so happens to be a woman.
With TV comedies like Difficult People, The Comeback, OITNB, and Nurse Jackie racking up praise and awards in recent seasons, women who are “not here to make friends” are definitely having a cultural moment. This trend has also been going strong in literary fiction, and 2015 was an especially great year for novels about women who do what they want without apology.  As a reader, I’ve learned that good fiction about “bad” women penetrates my psyche in a way that no self-help book can.
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