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It's no news that advertisers have pretty outdated views on gender roles. Women are depicted in domestic roles, neurotically striving for the cleanest, best smelling home. According to them we're all eating yogurt to lose weight, doing yoga in all white on our periods, or frantically shopping during the holidays. Men on the other hand get to drive sports cars through the desert, shave in super futuristic looking bathrooms, and shop for diamonds all calm, cool, and collected.

Not gonna lie, y'all--I am way more afraid in my parents' quiet, suburban home than my urban apartment. True, I could get mugged or something on my walk home, but I'm probably never going to get BTK'd. That sort of stuff happens where nobody can hear your screams. And that sense of helpless isolation is exactly what is so scary about Silent House, a new thriller from Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the duo behind Open Water.  Sarah, a young woman(played masterfully by Elizabeth Olsen) is working with her father to renovate the family's dilapidated lake house.

Nowhere in my life does the statement "The grass is always greener on the other side" ring truer than when it comes to my haircut. If my locks are long, I dream of lopping them off, and if my hair is short, all I want is to be able to braid it down my back like those girls on Tumblr. The most intense source of my hair anxiety, though, is whether or not to get bangs. Girls with fringe seem to always be walkin' on sunshine, seem to just know how to wear those weird scarves that are really just a loop of fabric, and seem to never have to worry about visible forehead pimples.

  International Women’s Day might be over, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating women. Check out this video, posted last week by STC Craft. In it, a few of their authors briefly discuss how knitting has fit into the lives of women, past and present. For over six years, I have been a proud member of the population of young, urban knitters. Personally, knitting has always been a way for me to produce something unique and beautiful, but with the security blanket of patterns and stitches to follow. Sort of like paint-by-numbers, but more sophisticated.

In case there was any doubt left in our minds that Republican lawmakers viewed women as little more than baby vessels, this week Arizona's Senate passed what they're calling a "wrongful birth" bill. This legislation allows doctors to opt out of informing pregnant women about prenatal complications because such information could lead to an abortion, a totally legal medical procedure. In addition, if shit hits the fan (you know, like the expectant mother dies) as a result of the doctor neglecting to share critical information, he or she cannot be sued for malpractice.

As I was surfing the girl wide web this morning, I came across a video series put together by The New York Times, “About Time” on three female boxers as they prepared to compete for a spot on the first ever (that’s right, the FIRST) U.S. Women’s Boxing Team competing in the Olympics this year. Men have been competing in Olympic boxing since 1904 but women’s professional boxing wasn’t recognized until 1993 after 16-year-old Dallas Malloy filed a lawsuit which removed a ban on women's professional boxing.

I’ve long suspected that Jamie Stewart, the brains and bleeding heart of Xiu Xiu, could be the third member of Mates of State, exiled from their land of hetero jangle-pop to a rehab center for self-harm. In a similar vein as 2010’s Dear God, I Hate Myself, the band’s new album Always (out now on Polyvinyl) finds Xiu Xiu still wandering the freeways, subsisting on fistfuls of wild kumquats and prescription painkillers. Stewart’s voice is somewhere between a 9-1-1 call and a lullaby.

  Late last month, 800 battleground state voters were asked how they felt about Congress's war on women, and the results are in: they're pissed off!  Among those polled in 8 battleground states, a near consensus exists that women should have access to birth control, that insurers should cover it, and that the decision to use birth control is a private one. Kind of a no brainer, considering nearly every woman will use some form of contraceptive in her lifetime.

Like many people, I am beside myself over The Hunger Games movie. When I first saw the trailer I felt the sort of excitement that Harry Potter fans have known for years. Do you think they’ll build a Panem Park in Orlando right next to the The Wizarding World? I hope they make it super realistic, with a dome where you have to fight for weapons and dodge swarms of hybrid killer bees. I should start teaching myself to wield a trident just to be ready. As a superfan and obsessive playlist-maker, I had to make my own Hunger Games playlist.

If you were on the fence about SXSW, start packing your bags and hitch a ride to Austin now ‘cause friends of BUST The Shondes are going to be there! The violin-infused indie-feminist pop-rock band will be making its  way to Austin during their spring tour. If you haven’t heard of The Shondes yet, watch the video for their high powered single “Are You Ready?”  [video:http://www.youtube.
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