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In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today is a National No Bra Day. However the hashtag #NoBraDay is becoming sexualized and somehow inviting offensive comments and behavior in the social media universe. Twitter seems to be missing the point. What some people might not understand about National Bra Day is that it isn’t just about being free from the social protocol of wearing a bra, or as Jess in the TV show New Girl puts it, “boob jail.” It’s about realizing you have comfort where others don’t....
The New York Comic Con enforced a harassment policy this year, including the motto "Cosplay is Not Consent." The new rules stated that permission is needed to take a picture or in anyway interact with a cosplayer. Any harassment experienced can be immediately reported to any staff member through the office or the Comic Con App.   I spent a good part of my day interviewing attendees, mostly women, about how they feel about these rules, the Con this year, and about women in the industry and...
If you haven't already heard, last week 17-year-old Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. You go girl! For the majority of her life, Malala has been advocating for education of girls. She has expressed that she believes that with a more educated world, it will become a better place. Malala grew up in the Taliban-occupied Swat Valley, where her father started a school for girls. The school was overtaken by the Taliban in 2004. Malala and a lot of...
Gumbo is a New Orleans treat that is hard to match. Due to National Gumbo Day approaching fast (yes, it's a thing!), this Sunday, October 12 to be exact, I have complied some recipes to try if you can't make it to the soulful NOLA. Before you begin, know that there are two types of Gumbo, and that it is a Creole dish, not a Cajun one. Type one is based on okra the African vegetable, and two, is thickened with gumbo file, which is powdered sassafras...
Neil the lion is going viral, following a Retronaut post on Mashable earlier this week. Neil was the household pet of actors Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall, and Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith, in 1971. Griffith was 19 years old in the photos. The family lived together on a ranch in California while Hedren and Marshall prepared for their 1981 film Roar.  Melanie and Neil lay in bed.  Tippi Hedren reads on Neil. Hedren is best known for her work with Alfred Hitchcock. She was also in the 2004 film...