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YES! Consent is Sexy is a new underwear line with flashy, brightly colored panties emblazoned with words like "Yes!", "No!", "Maybe", and "Ask First." With REAL women (not airbrushed automatons) modeling these garments, and the proceeds going toward raising awareness, there's even more incentive to pick up these graphic skivvies. The money from sales of this line go to a group called FORCE: Upsetting the Culture of Rape,  a project that challenges rape culture and instead promotes a culture of consent.

My feelings for my mother fall somewhere between "Thanks for everything you've done, I'm pretty sure I'd be dead without you," to "YOU'RE THE BEST, MOM FOR PRESIDENT! MOM FOR QUEEN! MOM FOR RULER OF THE UNIVERSE!"  While neither of those sentiments are as well-articulated as I'd like, I'm sure that she'd love to hear them both. And luckily, Mother's Day is coming up, so I'll have the chance to say them to her. The big day falls on May 13th this year, which luckily means that you still have enough time to find the perfect way to express your gratitude.

Leave it to RuPaul to make a reunion special interesting. I’ve been watching reality TV since the original New Orleans season of Real World, when Julie the Mormon got kicked out of Brigham Young University for co-habitating with men. Yet I’ve only tuned in to a reunion special once or twice (and one of those occasions was when I needed to see what Teresa would say after she flipped that table on Real Housewives of New Jersey).

Many women have a love/hate relationship with the media. We grow up with it, are practically raised by it in some cases, and come of age looking to the media for clues as to the type of people, the type of women, we should become. According to the current beauty standards, the type of woman we should aspire to be is thin, white, wealthy and able-bodied. The most pervasive of those expectations in fashion magazines, at least, is thinness--we see it everywhere. Fashion week tries--and fails--to regulate the weight of their models.

We've already brought you the music of THEESatisfaction. Their funky beats and uplifting lyrics are a far cry from the misogyny of mainstream rap; Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White are like a breath of fresh air. In keeping with their too cool for school image, here are the girls in their first music video for "QueenS." Bonus points for all the fashion inspiration, ladies. [video:http://www.youtube.

The Occupy Movement is kicking it up a notch. Tomorrow, May 1st, Occupy is calling for a general strike of the 99%, a continuation of the historical May Day, which has been International Workers Day for over a century. Regardless of your political leanings, the hype around tomorrow's events calls for some attention.  In Bryant Park, there will be free food, a free market, public art, the Occupy Library, and a rehearsal for the Guitarmy, which will later be led by Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. In Madison Square Park, the Free University will pop up.

  If you missed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, watch it here! It will have you rolling, seriously. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and opened by our president, Barack reminds us of just how cool he is by cracking some of the funniest jokes I have heard in a while. My favorite is: “Jimmy [Kimmel] got his start years ago on The Man Show. In Washington that’s what we call a congressional hearing on contraception.

File this under Reasons Why Rachel Maddow is the Dreamiest. On yesterday's Meet the Press, MSNBC's First Lady of political commentary sat down with Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to discuss the political climate and policy formation of the current administration while examining Romney's Republican campaign. This video is maybe the clearest example I've seen of the total breakdown of communication between the parties in this election.

I'm contemplating keeping a running tab of superfluous expenditures, compiling them into a rolodex, and calling it my "YOU-HAVE-TOO-MUCH-MONEY" file. I would whip it out when someone told me about their dog's new cashmere sweater or how they're planning to visit the Hamster Hotel. Today's entry? Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, a real estate tycoon from the Gold Coast, has decided to build Titanic II. As if Titanic I didn't make enough of a splash on its maiden journey (politically incorrect puns for your Monday morning).

And Ann Romney continued to prove just how out of touch she is with the American public when she said at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” Repeat: “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice” This is coming from the potential First Lady of the United States. Mrs.
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