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During her first year living in New York City, Madonna was raped at knife point on the rooftop of a building. She first told this to Harper’s Bazaar back in Oct 2013; in a March 11th interview with radio show host Howard Stern, she explained why she didn’t report the attack at the time. Sadly, it's the same reason so many women keep their rapes to themselves. “You've already been violated. It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation,” said Madonna. Even as the cultural...
Jazz Jennings: teen author and LGBT activist, has been announced as the new face of the “See The Real Me” campaign by Clean and Clear. Considered one of the youngest children ever to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, Jennings has used YouTube to connect with people around the world, telling her story and normalizing her experience. After being diagnosed, Jennings fortunately had a very supportive family who took her feelings into consideration and allowed for early transitioning despite only being in kindergarten. And while Jennings has dealt...
  Only 24.1 percent of state legislators are women, a number that has not changed since last year and one that is proving to be problematic in the state of New York. Senate Minority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the only woman leader in the state legislature, is getting a big “talk to the hand” from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as negotiations about the state budget ensue without her. Representing 24 democrats, Stewart-Cousins stated that the tradition of having only three men negotiate the state budget actively excludes millions of...
Trolls beware: the days of harassment on social media might be a thing of your sad, sad past and, no, you can’t just hide away under a bridge behind your laptop—there probably isn’t WiFi under there anyway. As of today, the team at Facebook is looking to clear up those fuzzy lines of their community standards, giving users better-defined guidelines for sharing and posting on the service. “We’re trying to strike the balance based on the way our community works,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global...
New York City’s Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center will be going through renovations to install glass ceiling panels, allowing the sunlight to come through and shine down upon commuters and the NJ/NY PATH train. The 35,000 square feet of glass panels will be installed around the concrete ‘ribs’ that Spanish neofuturist architect, Santiago Calatrava constructed. The building’s structure with this new installment is said to look like a crouching stegosaurus or a bird (you know, the mutant variety) in flight. Fully equipped with 400,000...
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