Casual sex has been an area of contention between feminists for generations. Remember the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s-70s? It completely re-imagined the potential for female sexuality; women became empowered to see sex as a source of pleasure and not only a means of reproduction. Feminists reframed sex to be a pathway to female fulfillment and self-actualization. With the possibility of female pleasure in sex without social stigma, and ... Read More
Breakups are awkward at their best and devastating at their worst. Well, now there's an app to solve all your dumping woes: pros Jake Levine and Lauren Leto have developed BreakupText, an app which will deliver a gentle and earnest text from dumper to dumpee. To use the app, one must answer a few simple questions about the relationship, its degree of seriousness, and the reason for its downfall, and a long, meaningful text will be sent immediately.
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Meet Tsunami, the cancer-fighting dog
You’ve heard stories about dogs saving lives (my own dog shielded me from a fire when I was a newborn!), but here’s a new one for you: some really amazing dogs are learning how to detect ovarian cancer before modern medicine can. That’s right: dogs can detect faint odors associated with the disease.
The dogs over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center are being trained to ... Read More
This weekend, I got caught in the crossfire of yet another Miley Cyrus twerking debate, and I realized that race is a feminist issue now as much as it ever was. For decades (centuries!), the fight against race and gender inequality have been intimately bound together, all the way from Ida B. Wells’s anti-lynching papers, which completely disrupted stereotypes applied to both black and white women, to the public outcry against the ... Read More
Every woman has a different answer to the question, “How did I become the woman I am today?” For many of us, this question is so complex it probably couldn’t be answered in under a thousand words. Luckily for us, a picture is worth at least that much. Awe-inspiring and prolific photographer Justine Kurland once told me, “Every woman artist must go through a phase of self-portraiture at some point in her life.” I agree; the way ... Read More
Young South African artist Reshma Chhiba recently created a bold art installation, and her work has sparked debates. Chhiba’s assignment was to craft something to memorialize the inhabitants of a former women’s prison in Johannesburg, a jail that once contained some amazing female activists who fought apartheid (like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).
So what exactly did Chhiba make? A twelve meter long vagina crafted out of red velvet ... Read More
Horse is woman’s best friend. There is something so magical about a horse; I will always remember my first horse show, the smell of de-tangler, and my pony’s perfectly stunning braids. The majestic, ethereal horse!
Since I have spent my entire life strictly following the beauty routine I learned from my horses (a hairbrush? what’s that?), I was thrilled to find out about some new horsie hairstyles. The Norwegian Fjord horse, a breed ... Read More
The completely magical, fantastical drag and burlesque superstar The World Famous *BOB* is hosting an Onstage Beauty/Drag Basics class at the New York School of Burlesque tomorrow, Friday the 28th of August at 6:00 PM. The class will be super fun and informative. I have often coveted the stunning beauty and poise characteristic of drag stars (I myself never wear make-up), and now we can all have the chance to learn the secrets of the biz, like how to design ... Read More
I was a little girl when TLC came on the scene, and I wish someone had introduced my childhood self to the unbelievable R&B girl band. Sadly, I didn’t discover them until last year (while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta, I’m embarrassed to admit). Band members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Kandi Buruss are so talented; together, they create saucy, ... Read More
Remember when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes? Let me jog your memory: it felt kind of like it did when the cool, older kids let you hang out with them after school. The duo was laugh-out-loud hilarious and totally down to earth. They turned the long, potentially boring award show into a night of spicy jokes and tomfoolery.
The bad news: they indicated that they didn't plan on a repeat performance. NBC, thankfully, is ... Read More