Director Yorgos Lanthimos (of the Academy Award nominated film Dogtooth) gives 2016 audiences The Lobster, a dystopian romance that combines comedy and gore. Packed with an A+ cast such as Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly, The Lobster wonderfully kick-starts a new year in movies with its breathtaking cinematography, performances, score, and storyline. Although it has a male lead, the film's story is driven by women.
Much has happened since the last time we had to actually talk about bathrooms, so let’s get caught up, shall we?ICYMI, Pat McCrory, Henchman for the Evil Empire of Bigots Governor of North Carolina, signed HB2 into effect back in March, which officially decreed that individuals MUST use the bathroom which corresponds to their sex at birth.
Mutaru Tachira was cast out of her village in Ghana 21 years ago over accusations of witchcraft. She’s been living in a “witch camp” ever since. This is her story. Mutaru TachiraA dark, shameful blot on the pages of American history, the witch hunts of Salem, MA, in the 1690s represent an era we’re all glad is far behind us. But in some areas of Africa, the same sorts of accusations that plagued the colonists of Salem still hang heavy over the heads of women every day.
Will the tacky cry for attention of taking women’s suffering and glamorizing it in ads never end? In the latest ad campaign for Calvin Klein, Danish actress Klara Kristen’s is photographed up-skirt with the caption, “I flash in #mycalvins.” In addition to the blatant recreation of violation, the model in the ad looks far younger than her 22-year-old age, further perpetuating the sexualization of very young girls that Calvin Klein has built its brand on.
It's PROM SEASON! Maybe prom was the greatest night of your life, and you feel wistful for formalwear and awkward photos in the familiy living room every time prom season rolls around.
On Lena Dunham's 30th birthday, I'm reflecting on the many life lessons we’ve learned and why she deserves to be celebrated: Lena Dunham in Vogue1. Issues with body image are a thing for everyone.I’ll confess I was curious when the unretouched Vogue photos first surfaced. I mean — in our lifetimes — it’s unlikely many of us will have our bodies lauded over the pages of a Vogue magazine, but here Lena was in the flesh.
Paris is Burning chronicles New York’s ballroom subculture in the 80s. A film seven years in the making, it features the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in the balls. Despite it being one of the few films to document these marginalized groups, it was and is a controversial film.Some see it as shining a light on these often ignored groups, others see it as cultural appropriation and profiting off the subjects of the film, especially since the director, Jennie Livingston, was a middle-class, white genderqueer lesbian.
It’s “bikini body” season, the time of year when women are reminded by diet plans and gyms to get “bikini ready.” As a surfer girl who spends weeks of each year at the beach, I can authoritatively say that women—no matter how fit or fat they are— are never "bikini ready."From my perch, floating on a surfboard, looking at aqua waves crash into limestone bluffs, I watch as women in bikinis and rash guards, usually petite or thin, enter the ocean with their surf instructors. Many are certain and confident. It’s exceptional to see a woman over size 12 head for the waves.
At first no one talked to each other. We all stared nervously at our phones. Jerick, the guy who ran the show, descended a shadowy staircase in the basement of this Financial District club, sporting his muscle shirt , and began explaining how the night would proceed.Jerick, without a doubt a Jersey Shore native, would later strut around shirtless, exposing a topography of tribal tattoos. His eyes panned left to right, obviously hopped on uppers, clocking every girl. It was obvious this was the initial "weeding out" part.
The Birth Control Handbook, first printed in 1968 by students at McGill University, was a pioneering text. It was also illegal. College students are often looking to have sex. But by the late 1960s, they were also looking for more information on sex—on contraception, abortion, and everything in between. In Montreal, Canada, a group of students publicly violated the law to publish a text providing critical information about sexual health.