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The Birth Control Handbook, first printed in 1968 by students at McGill University, was a pioneering text. It was also illegal. College students are often looking to have sex. But by the late 1960s, they were also looking for more information on sex—on contraception, abortion, and everything in between. In Montreal, Canada, a group of students publicly violated the law to publish a text providing critical information about sexual health.At a time when such information was nearly impossible to find, copies of their Birth Control Handbook...
I've had a handful of friends, a cousin or two, and even my dad once, very sweetly and nervously ask me what having a period feels like, and honestly, I love them for it. Not just because it was nice that they were trying to empathize, but also any platform where I get to talk/complain about my period is cathartic. The fact that it was them approaching me as opposed to me forcing them to listen made it all the better. That being said, I...
Joan Didion is one of those few contemporary writers whom you could essentially ask anything—a woman of high class who's been ahead of her generation (she was born in 1934) ever since the Great Depression. Famous for her novels and nonfiction work, Didion was raised on California sunshine and a discontent with the American dream. It took her only two years to go from copywriter to feature editor at Vogue in the mid-1960s. Some of her more well-known works include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and...
Gone are the days when young girls only had to know their favorite color to decide which bathing suit was “right for them." Discovery Girls magazine, aimed at 8- to 12-year-old girls, published an article focused on what swimsuit would look “right” on their readers' bodies, their very prepubescent bodies. Because if you’re female, it’s never too early to start feeling bad about your body. Their tips included creating shapes if they have no curves, distracting with patterns if they are “rounder," and drawing the eyes down and...
Pigmentation and application determine the quality of an eye shadow, and each of these indie brands delivers on both fronts just as well as their corporate competition. Plus with these picks, you can rest assured your money is going to passionate people making cruelty-free products—more bang for your buck, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Sugarpill Cosmetics Sugarpill is beloved for its neon shades that deliver a full punch of color in just one brushstroke. Slip yellow Buttercupcake (pictured) or the pinky Dollipop into a smoky...