The latest issue of Allure has a feature on how to achieve hairstyles popular in the 1970’s. It includes an Afro, which was (and remains) a symbol of Black Power. To model this, they chose to use a white woman. The fact that this ran so soon after the much-publicized criticism of Rachel Dolezal is simply baffling. There’s been TONS of backlash against this ridiculousness. Here's some highlights: Via Twitter Via Instagram Via Twitter Via Instagram In response to this, Allure said, “The Afro has a rich cultural and aesthetic history. Read More
“Maintain a healthy diet and exercise,” they said, “you’ll live a long and happy life if you do.” Guess what? They were wrong. Okay, maybe not entirely, but 110 year-old Agnes Fenton says that the reason she’s gotten to that age is because she drinks three beers and a shot of whiskey a day.  Long ago, when Agnes was experiencing her only medical issue, a benign tumor, a doctor prescribed her three Miller High Life beers per diem.  She decided to add a daily shot of whiskey (Johnny Walker Blue Label to be exact, because she’s classy as hell). Read More
Yesterday, in a 53-46 vote, the measure to defund Planned Parenthood failed. YAHOO. Many conservatives in both the House and Senate are still willing to do whatever it takes (no matter how absurd and irresponsible) to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood. For instance, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told reporters the GOP should use "any and every procedural tool available" to defund Planned Parenthood. Read More
Nearly two weeks ago a gunman opened fire during a screening of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana. Eleven people were shot and three people were killed, including the gunman. Now, actress and comedian Amy Schumer is working with her second cousin Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he unveils new legislation to combat gun violence. The two Schumers presented the proposed legislation at a news conference Monday. The legislation would reward states that submit information to the background-check system and penalize states that don't comply. "These shootings have got to stop. Read More
It’s not exactly a secret that teen film—and really, the entire film industry—has a major whitewashing problem. Think of the protagonist of any popular teen movie: are they white? Almost definitely. Some Tumblr users who are also major Harry Potter nerds decided to combat this representation issue by creating a Harry Potter fanzine, its characters entirely people of color. (After all, the characters’ races are rarely specified in the books.) You can buy it on Etsy, and the results are charming and totally awesome. Check out some of the images below. Read More
It seems like painfully uncomfortable celebrity interviews are becoming a major trend. This time, the interviewers out did themselves by managing to be both sexist and racist. Quite an accomplishment. The victims: Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.   In a recent interview about the upcoming Fantastic Four film with the Rock 100.5 Morning show in Atlanta, the interviewers had a lot of trouble with the concept of Mara and Jordan playing siblings. One interviewer asked, “You’re white and you’re black. Read More
Dear Mr. Trump, Anything you say can and will be used against you – especially since you’re running for president. Not only that, but your words are a direct reflection of your character, and I’m not so sure that anyone who believes pumping breast milk is “disgusting” should be running for office. You remember that, don’t you, Mr. Read More
In a message posted on (where else) Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. Zuckerberg opened up about the couple’s previous difficulty with pregnancy: “We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way… it’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own. Read More
I learned wonderful and awful things from an episode of a Disney channel tween show, Lizzie McGuire. For years, I thought that straight-up losing consciousness was the symbol that you were hurting your body too much, eating too little. One episode—about struggling with and overcoming issues with body image—both helped and hurt. “Inner Beauty” is the name of an episode in the second season of "Lizzie McGuire," early 2000s Disney Channel sensation (the entire series, btw, is free online). Read More
When sewing blogger Cashmerette posted a sketch of bathing suit plans for an upcoming project on Instagram, some troll decided the proper response was body shaming, telling her to “eat less cake.” She responded sassily, posting a lovely shot of herself in a dress she’d sewn and a comment about how her life was pretty awesome already, accompanied by the hashtag #CakeWithCashmerette, and wrote a great post about it on her blog. Her fans and peers have flocked to the hashtag, posting selfies of themselves with cake and other delicious desserts as a quiet protest. Read More