Even though it came out six years ago, the song “American Boy” is still Estelle’s claim to fame. The peppy collaboration with Kanye West earned her a Grammy, but her later singles never quite stuck. Her fourth album, True Romance (out November 4), should change all that. It’s sultry R&B at its finest, inspired by the ambiguous, confusing period in a relationship that Estelle (last name Swaray) describes as that moment “between ... Read More
A blues-rock goddess of singular power and grit, Janis Joplin and her electrifying voice helped to define the ’60s. Think you know the girl behind Pearl? Then take the quiz! 1 Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in _______. a. New Orleans, LA b. South Salem, NY c. Port Arthur, TX d. Vancouver, BC   2 Which of the following bands did Janis sing with? a. Big Brother and the Holding Company b. The Kozmic Blues Band c. The Full Tilt ... Read More
Perfect Plus-Sized Pants When the temperatures drop, it’s high time to pick up some new pants and jeans. But if you’re larger than a size 12, like me, that process can be a struggle. If you need a decent pair of indigo skinny jeans or sweet tweed pants, I’ve got you covered. Plus-sized lovelies, meet my top online picks: Old Navy Their web store carries sizes up to 30 at an ultra-low price. These wonderfully stretchy and slim-cut jeans are ... Read More
Weed-oil Lube is the Next Big Thing to Put in Your Vagina If you like smoking weed and you like having sex, there’s a good chance you also like having sex while stoned. After all, it heightens sensation, makes you focus, and gives you that underwater-y, I’m-in-a-D’Angelo-video feeling. That’s why Foria—the new lube containing active cannabis oil—seemed like the knocking-boots equivalent of winning The Price Is Right’s ... Read More
In Afghanistan, where having a son is vital for any respectable family, little girls are sometimes disguised and raised as boys.  Here, journalist Jenny Nordberg investigates this complicated cultural game of hidden identity. One of the eager-looking twins nods to reaffirm her words. Then she turns to her sister. She agrees. Yes, it is true. She can confirm it.fgha They are two 10-year-old identical girls, each with black hair, squirrel eyes, and a few ... Read More
The outside of BotanaCare is unassuming, almost forgettable; the large building sits in an industrial park by the highway in Northglenn, Colorado. But things get more interesting when you approach the front doors. It has two, actually, marked “Recreational” and “Medical.” Walking into the recreational lobby, which sits next door to the medical suite, the smell of marijuana, thick and nearly overpowering, hits you, hard. There, several customers are ... Read More
Ye Olde Beauty Before BB cream and lip balm, women in olden times used some, uh, creative products in their beauty routines, including squashed bugs, lead powder, crocodile dung, and arsenic. The cosmetics industry has come a long way, but there are some ingredients from way-back-when that’ve stood the test of time and are still available to slather all over yourself: Donkey’s Milk: Cleopatra bathed in ass’ milk in an attempt to reduce ... Read More
A Big Dinner Doesn't Need to be a Big Deal Don’t you hate it when you go to someone’s home for a holiday supper and they greet you in a spotless house, fresh as a daisy, then proceed to dole out a gourmet feast as if fairies snuck in and did all the cooking? Well, it’s entirely possible that either fairies or the nearest gourmet take-out joint did the work; after all, everyone gets frazzled when it comes to special-occasion cooking. But have no ... Read More
From Mean Girls to Masters of Sex, actress Lizzy Caplan’s career is filled with roles women love to watch. Here, she opens up about jealousy, Michael Sheen’s amazing birthday gift, and pissing off Kim Jong-Un. “I’m dressed like a 12-year-old boy but feeling like a 90-year-old woman,” Lizzy Caplan tells me as she settles down across from me at a fancypants West Hollywood restaurant. Clad in a pair of green overalls and a crop ... Read More
The Lady Parts team at The Deep End Store in N.Y.C.  Lady Parts Justice Uses Humor to Fight for Women’s Rights There’s a comedy video on YouTube in which Jesus Christ appears to comedian Sarah Silverman to spread a message of religious tolerance. When he sticks around to watch a marathon of NCIS, she asks him a hot-button question: When does life begin? “At 40,” deadpans Jesus. “But fertilized eggs aren’t people. ... Read More
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