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"It is a straightforward as ordering a salad with no olives" reads the punch line in this spot-on blog post about the not-so-blurred lines of consent. (Yes, we are glaring at you Robin Thicke and every radio station to play the shit out of that horrible song).A simple story of a lady date between two cousins turns into a deeply thoughtful and compelling narrative about the importance of consent, the horrid abundance of victim blaming that occurs even within ourselves, the sick permeation of rape...
The internets and social media networks have been all abuzz about Ellen Page coming out in her speech at the Human Rights Campaign Time to Thrive Conference last week. If you live under a rock and/or haven’t watched it already, you really, really should.  Her brave speech (seriously, tears just listening to her voice shake), the support from her fellow actors, and the media’s response to an actress choosing to “live openly and authentically” is enough to make any ally, activist, or human person with a...
On Saturday night Leslie Hall, of Leslie & The LY's, took to the stage at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and charmed the pants off of every single member of the audience. (Well, not really. She did express her disappointment in how few pairs of pants were actually removed and tossed her way during her ultra-fun song “No Pants Policy”). But it’s the high energy and lovable presence of Leslie that captivates her crowd and pretty much demands that they reach her level of impossibly...
The episode begins with a cheeky shoutout to the world of Wes Anderson: a montage of Marnie preparing a spooky-yet-eleganza beachside manse for a girls-only weekend, complete with a banana-yellow title frame and chipper, and Tenenbaums-y strings in the background. It’s already clear that shit’s gonna get weird. Now settled in that strange place where quirk meets melancholy, the crew arrives. Jessa has decided to ride in the back of the bus “for political reasons.” Luckily, I’ve taken to arming myself with a utility bucket while...
March is International Women's History Month, and Oakland art gallery Betti  Ono is kicking off the season with the West Coast premiere of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's acclaimed street art project Stop Telling Women To Smile. The project, which we've mentioned on our blog in the past, started in Brooklyn, NY, and features posters of women positioned above captions concerning gendered violence.  Fazlalizadeh will be Artist in Residence at Betti Ono from February 19 through 28, where she will host workshops and group discussions regarding harassment, and collect portraits and stories...