Apple is a company known for it’s LGBT-friendliness, but if you looked up the word “gay” on the Apple Dictionary any time before this week, you wouldn’t know it. For a long time the dictionary defined “gay” as 1. homosexual; 2. lighthearted and carefree” and you’ll be shocked to read this one: “3 informal foolish; stupid.” Although we’ve all heard people misuse the word in that extremely ... Read More
  Although the definition of “feminist” is becoming more broad, there’s still a little bit of confusion about the term. And that’s totally apparent in the online quizzes that pop up if you google “Am I A Feminist?” So I was relieved to see a new take on the quiz, one that accepts all kinds of feminists!    The quiz, entitled “Am I a F@cking Feminist?” asks one question: “I believe in the complete ... Read More
  In Showtime’s Homeland, CIA operative Carrie Mathison works mostly with men, and sometimes she is treated unfairly because of her gender. But it turns out this isn’t what the CIA is actually like these days. Two decades ago, there were many female agents in the field, but zero were in the highest ranks. Now? Four of the five and five of the top eight top agency members are women.   It all changed after the capture of bin Laden, who was ... Read More
  National Geographic’s photographers are in a league of their own; the senior photo editor Elizabeth Krist explains that “resilience and courage” are paramount as she and her colleagues regularly send photojournalists into tough terrain for an average of eight weeks. The road hasn’t been easy for women, and of the fifty or so staff photographers to have served the society in the past century and a quarter, only four are ... Read More
  Stereotypes abound! Well, this might be my hysterical inability to “take jokes sportingly” talking, but Men’s XP’s recent post “14 Manly Qualities Women Are Jealous Of” is ridiculous. And not only because its title ends with a preposition. As you might have guessed, one of these traits we envy so much is a sense of humor, but I actually don’t find one-dimensional generalizations all that inventive or clever. In ... Read More
  While searching for a temp job, the artist Coco Layne shaved the sides of her head. Soon after, she got an interview with a conservative clothing company. She wore a wig to conceal her unusual hairstyle. To fit in at work, she parted her hair in a more “feminine” way, covering the shaved areas of her head; she wore makeup.    She documented the transition in her gender presentation on film. In the series, called Warpaint, she hopes to ... Read More
  If you’ve ever wondered what exactly happened to what to the subject of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, the Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu is happy to inform you: he dropped his iPhone. In “Art x Smart,” the artist updates famous paintings, adding to their subjects the accessories of modern life. Of course the images satirize our dependance upon technology with their inclusion in monumental works of art, but I also like the work because ... Read More
  The internet is ablaze with fury after the release of an advertisement by ProgressiveNow Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative for ObamaCare. The ad features a woman beside a man; he holds her around the hips, and she holds a packet of birth control pills. Beneath the image reads, "OMG, he's hot! Let's hope he's as easy to get as this birth control. My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him ... Read More
  Reportage aims to give readers and viewers the impression of being there; we consume news because knowledge of goings on in faraway places grants us the illusion of actually participating in significant events. The most famous photojournalistic images either capture something so momentous or historic that they make us forget that we weren’t actually there when it was taken. The well-known “Kissing Soldier” photo is one such image; although ... Read More
  In an simultaneously entertaining and moving segment, Mariah Carey surprised us all on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her biggest super-fans were thrilled and nervous to hear her new song “The Art of Letting Go” on television, but little did they know they would hear it in a private live performance. As they sit with Fallon next door to the studio, each group of fans is shocked to see Carey herself walk into the room and serenade them. Some think ... Read More
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