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This week Mary Weiss, lead singer of the 60s girl group The Shangri-Las, took to Facebook to tell Donald Trump to stop using their hit song "Leader of The Pack."Trump has been using the song, without permission from the band, at his "rallies." You know, those nice political rallies that usually end in someone getting punched in the face while The Donald spurs on his supporters, promising to pay their legal fees when they get arrested for assaulting peaceful protesters. Why wouldn’t a band want...
Today we honor Twitter on it's 10th birthday. Ahhhh, where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday the verb "to tweet" was reserved only for the birds. But for the past 10 years people have been able to sign in and read 140 characters of what their friends, celebs, and weird uncles who just discovered "twittering" have been up to.  The invention of Twitter has also opened up a whole new platform for women to express their ideas and support one another.  And since it...
My friend Lilah said, “Check it out.” We were walking across campus in upstate New York when she pointed out a flyer. A well-known female performance artist was looking for women, who would be around this summer, to participate in a piece. “Sounds like something we should do,” said Lilah, standing in clogs, a mini-skirt, and a faded T-shirt. I was interested too, but there was a catch: It required getting totally naked in a cave. Was I up to the task?Lately, I’d been feeling...
Sexual education is often a defining experience in a person’s life. It usually (hopefully) happens at the beginning of adolescence, a time when a person is extremely impressionable and let’s face it, if sex ed is ignored or done poorly, it can be detrimental to your sexual health and attitude toward sex for the rest of your life. Up until recently, I hadn’t really given much thought to the importance of sex ed, and I’ve determined that it’s because my experience with sexual education was...
The fetishization of the schoolgirl is alive and well at Microsoft. The company hosted a party for the 2016 Game Developers Conference featuring erotic schoolgirl dancers scantily clad in plaid skirts and bras. What is it with the sexy schoolgirl trope that makes me so overwhelmingly uncomfortable? The pedophilic undertones? The blatant objectification of women? The girls were dancing on top of literal platforms, as if to remove them from the sphere of human interaction and make them seem otherworldly.I’m embarrassed for Microsoft. Did they...
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