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In Egypt and many parts of the Middle East, men do not speak their mother’s names aloud in public spaces. Doing so is considered wrong and makes the mother vulnerable to ridicule by others who may drag her name through the mud by making it a source of mockery and shame. Instead she is referred to as “the mother of (x),” and as time goes on, her name is forgotten and no one remembers it. She becomes literally defined by her status as a mother. Thankfully,...
So it's officially spring. Instead of celebrating in high-waisted shorts, we're having to celebrate with our jackets on and snacking on office take-out. But we aren't letting snowflakes get us down—we're looking forward to Netflix's new April titles (and the warmer weather that will hopefully follow).  Starting April 1st, Netflix will be removing some pretty longtime favorites: Mystic Pizza, Friday the 13th, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Sense and Sensibility will all sadly, disappear from our queues. They will be missed, but their absence will be filled with the...
I was never a fan of Cinderella as a child; there was something about a grown version of Pollyanna that did not appeal to me. As an adult, I've come to appreciate the original Disney cartoon and the many upgrades to the story writers have produced over the years. So after the advancements of Ever After, Into The Woods, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (both the 90s Brandy-starring and current Broadways versions), I was hoping that this new Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by...
The weekend is coming. We're super stoked to go home and curl up in our beds with some Outlander before it comes back (shout out to BUSTies Holly and Princess), but first, here are five feminist news stories you might have been too busy being a killa' queen this week to catch:  Rihanna is Making History as the First Black Representative of Dior It's ridiculous that it took Dior seventy years to have a black representative, but we’re pretty psyched that it finally happened. Rihanna has gained much...
Instagram has a problem with periods. Recently, the social media app removed several pictures uploaded by poet and photographer Rupi Kaur because they violated the "community guidelines." Her violation was posting pictures that showed her menstruating. Part of an artistic collaboration between Rupi and Prabh Kaur, the art project was done to expose that even though we are comfortable with sexualizing women, belittling and abusing them, we are still disgusted by the menstrual cycle.What is often dismissed as dirty, unclean, and perverse is just a part...
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