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While many of us were celebrating Valentine’s Day with roses, chocolates, and glasses of wine, there was a different kind of celebration going on—one that focused on self-love and what it means to be a survivor. The hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter took hold on Tumblr that day and is a powerful representation of those who have survived sexual violence. Launched by the co-founder of the sex education company imMEDIAte Justice, Tani Ikeda, this platform became a place to publicly declare “self-love or honor a survivor in your...
There’s a crisis on our hands, folks, and our bros are the ones bound to suffer. In an effort to get swoll, chiseled, and lean, bros across the nation are subjecting themselves to harmful chemicals and GMOs whenever they take a swig from their standard protein shakes. Organic Valley, the Wisconsin based organic co-op, is looking out for them with their new digital ad, “Save The Bros.” It is a vital attempt to protect and save the “bro colony” we are currently in danger of losing. As...
While the internet is loving and hating Patricia Arquette on the grounds of her Oscar acceptance speech, the truth is that the actress said nothing especially remarkable. Until, that is, she arrived backstage and unintentionally maligned queer and people of color by insinuating that their moment in the struggle spotlight is over—and it was time they focus their energies on helping women achieve equality. Old news: Marginalized communities are used to maneuvering feminist spaces with their guards up. For example, when women were campaigning for the...
Last week, a fan site released un-retouched photos of Beyoncé that committed the heinous crime of letting us know she’s human. It’s unfortunate enough that as a musician her appearance warrants to much scrutiny (we don’t remember au naturale pictures of Jay-Z ever unleashing so much controversy), but what’s sadder is the weird, beauty-normative ways viewers responded: Many fans claimed the photos weren’t real and that blemishes had been Photoshopped onto her skin; others expressed their outrage that they had to see their idol untouched. Harsh...
The Academy Awards pulled out a surprise move this year wherein everyone relinquished their winnings in the name of art, because they realized that art is subjective and awards are stupid. Kidding. There were a few good moments, though. We’re mostly thinking of Patricia Arquette, who brought the house down when she turned her acceptance speech—for her Best Supporting Actress in the film Boyhood—into a final call for wage equality (and throwing a shout out to her awesome organization GiveLove.org). Equal rights for women is definitely something we...