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As we’re bombarded with tacky, red, pink, and white everything right now, it seems you’ve gotta dig for the really good gifts. We found a bunch of cool treats, threads, and trinkets for your best friend, your mom, whoever you’re currently boning, or anyone else you’re gifting this year. Handmade, colorful, and perfectly sized, this clutch is a great addition to a classic look. Or maybe you’re going out and are too lazy to carry a purse with a bunch of crap in it. This one-of-a-kind accessory...
Traditionally a conservative and Catholic country, Poland is making small but noticeable steps in becoming more open-minded. At the forefront of this transition is Anna Grodzka, the first transgender lawmaker to be elected into the Polish parliament. She is now up for deputy speaker, a role that will give her a stronger voice in proposing laws and an elevated position in the Polish embassy. After her surgery in 2010, Grodzka was elected into parliament in 2011. Along with her election came the rise of the progressive...
Do you ever get sick of hearing about Beyoncé’s sex appeal, or reading a paragraph long description of Lana Del Rey’s lips? You’re not the only one. While feminists have often disparaged the physical representation of women in the media, it seems that journalistic coverage, particularly magazine profiles, might be just as superficial and ultimately detrimental. Carly Lewis recently dissected how male writers cover famous women, often writing profiles that are so two dimensional that they read like parodies. As an example, Lewis quotes the January...
  The titular character in this haunting film by Somersault director Cate Shortland is the 14-year-old daughter of a high-ranking Nazi official. When Allied forces inter her parents in their sweep through Germany as World War II comes to a close, Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) is left to care for her four much-younger siblings, including a baby. So she leads them on a trek through her devastated country to find safety at their grandmother’s house. While Nazi Youth aren’t the highest on the world’s sympathy list, this...
Indie-folk powerhouse Laura Stevenson may have been taunting you with the promise of upcoming album Wheel, but now she's given a little taste-tester to hold you over. Former Bomb the Music Industry! keyboardist Laura Stevenson has put together Runner, a three-song 7” that gives us the best of both worlds: upbeat, pop jams and quieter, piano-heavy ballads. The first single off Wheel, “Runner,” builds an infectious energy and contains the catchy hook that’ll have you humming, “this summer hurts” to yourself for the rest of the...
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