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It seems like worldwide ideals of beauty have been all over the news lately. Ester Honig, for example, asked 40 Photoshop techs in 25 different countries to edit her according their culture's standard to prove that there isn't one standard of beauty that extends around the world. Now, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc has taken Honig's project to the next level by traveling the world to capture women of all creeds in a series called The Atlas of Beauty. "Beauty means to keep alive your origins and culture,"...
  Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique turned 52 this week. As controversial as it is—in turns called classist, racist, and homophobic—we would like to celebrate all the ways it inspired a movement during a time of housewives, Jell-o molds, and sedated contentment. Friedan, known for sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism, was called “angry” and “hysterical,” insults we are quite familiar with even today, for her identification of what she calls “the problem with no name.” Like a true badass, she never shied away from criticism,...
  Real talk: Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and George Eliot have monopolized the 18th and 19th century "groundbreaking female author" title. While we greatly respect their hustle, it should be noted that kickass female authors were around even earlier. We've put together a list of these women for your reading pleasure—women who set the foundation for the great works we know today and made it slowly more acceptable for women to be writers. Even though they received some uncool lady-bashing from later female novelists (lookin'...
Did you shrink your favorite wool sweater? Dry your eyes; there may be hope for that sad little guy. With some baby shampoo, a hand steamer, a little cardboard, a few binder clips, and some elbow grease, you can loosen up the fibers enough to stretch the sweater back into shape. Not all sweaters can be saved—if it has become completely felted, then there may be no hope. However, if it just shriveled up so the arms are half of what they used to be...
Domestic violence has been documented for a long time now. “Femicide” however wasn’t even coined until 1976 when writer Diane Russel used it at a convention in Belgium. Femicide by definition goes beyond crimes committed by former or current partners. It takes into mind violence against women conducted by any male that ends in death such as rape, honor killings, and any crime where the gender of the victim was a factor. Most of the time these kinds of crimes don’t even make it to...