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2 Chainz has one request in his latest track: dude just wants some “big booty hoes.” But not everyone is okay with this portrayal of women, especially when they see the music video for the popular “Birthday Song,” where the objectification of these women is so incredibly apparent. In the vid, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, and some male friends are partying it up in the company of beautiful women of color who have—you guessed it—large butts.

When I was a kid, there was a woman in my neighborhood called The Nail Lady. I’m sure that she had a proper name, but to my five-year-old self, her epic and ever-present nail art eclipsed any of her other characteristics. Every time I ran into The Nail Lady on the way to the school bus, I took careful note of her inch-long acrylic tips, which were always decked out with a new design. And while The Nail Lady’s seasonal nails were fascinating to me as a child, I’m far more taken with nail art’s recent rise and the ways in which it is more relevant than ever.

  With her brave performance in Smashed, Mary Elizabeth Winstead proved she’s an acting force to be reckoned with. Here, the up-and-comer who gained cult status as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World opens up about getting star-struck, getting wasted, and getting excited for Jell-O-mold season   How did you get into acting? I feel like I’ve been acting my entire life. I started out on the stage as a toddler, dancing and singing and performing in plays. I lived in Salt Lake City, and in the ’90s, Utah was a big place for film shoots.

As a holiday aficionado, I am always on the lookout for new holiday albums that aren't just reiterations of the old standards. Unfortunately, many contemporary carols tend to be overly self-aware and irritating ("The Hanukah Song") or just plain insipid ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"). That’s why I was thrilled to find out that Everything But The Girl front woman Tracy Thorn was releasing her own Yuletide album, Tinsel And Lights.

America is not the only country to be tangling with issues of reproductive rights of late. This past week, the Philippines made huge strides in terms of their own struggles with women’s health. The Philippines’ Congress passed a new bill that will make low-cost contraceptives available to Filipino women on the village level.  This news is helping to establish President Benigno Aquino as a staunch supporter of democracy and social reform.

In the past couple of years, the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage finally surpassed the number of those who oppose it.  Data was compiled by Pew Research Center. The numbers show that in 1996, 65% opposed it, while only 26% endorsed it.   New data collected this past October shows that 49% are actually in favor of it, and 40% oppose it (which is down 4 % from this past July). Still, those numbers widely vary in different regions of the U.S.

There are certain bands that you absolutely need to experience live, and The Polyphonic Spree are definitely one of them. This past Saturday night the Dallas based group brought their annual Holiday Extravaganza to Webster Hall in N.Y.C. and it was a moving and joyful show. They’ve toured this for 10 years and will perform the last of this years shows in Dallas on Dec. 22. Lead singer Tim DeLaughter gives off a benevolent cult leader vibe with his white robe and his contagious energy and positive demeanor.

Ellie Goulding’s debut Lights reached the U.S. in 2011, but it didn’t take off for over a year. Now, Goulding is new pop royalty, and Halcyon presents a stark contrast to her introduction. Where Lights possessed an almost naïve view of the world, Halcyon shows her to have matured. Songs like “My Blood” and “Dead in the Water” take hopelessness to new heights.

  Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of assault. Is it rape if you don’t put up a fight? Well, according to Orange County judge Derek G. Johnson, no, not really.  To be clear, he believes that if a woman doesn’t put up a fight when attacked, then technically, yes, it is rape, but not “a real, live criminal case.”Let me explain.

You may not know JennaMarbles by name, but you’ve most likely seen her on your Facebook or Twitter feed at some point in the last two years. Jenna Mourey, known as JennaMarbles on YouTube, is one of the video-sharing site’s most watched content creators. With five million subscribers and counting, she is the most subscribed woman on YouTube. Her videos, featuring observational humor, alcohol, and appearances from her adorable dogs, consistently attract millions of views.
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