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Right around this time last year, porn star James Deen was accused of multiple reports of sexual assault, rape, and physical abuse by several well-known actors in the industry, including his former girlfriend Stoya and Teen Mom reality star, Farrah Abraham. While many brands, including Kink.com and The Frisky, made the decisions to cut ties with Deen at the end of 2015, his spokesperson Howard Bragman comments that “very little in James’ life has changed over the past year,” in an interview with the Daily...
I didn’t live in a bubble. I’ve never really lived in a bubble. One of the things that constantly irks me, post-election, when I speak with friends (aka my white friends) is how they always seem to excuse themselves, as if living in their bubble has somehow excused their shock that Trump (aka Less Smart Voldemort) won, as if choosing love is what’s important (which is easy when all of your friends and family believe what you do). My parents — and most of my extended family...
The Walking Dead actress Alanna Masterson isn’t just great at killing zombies — she’s also an expert at murdering internet trolls.Masterson, who plays Tara Chambler on the show, posted a message on Instagram to the people who have criticized her body, something she says began when she gave birth to her daughter in November 2015. The message, posted alongside a photo of Masterson's daughter, reads: Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's ok to comment on my weight: I hope...
This week Texas approved a law that would require health care facilities to bury or cremate aborted fetal matter, as opposed to disposing of it as medical waste. Let's reiterate that to really emphasize the issue here: Texan women who want to get a safe and legal abortion will not only have to make the difficult decision to get the procedure done, but will have to face dramatic consequences to their tissue being removed, as it is essentially given a funeral. Before the law was passed, fetuses...
In this winter of our discontent, an uncanny light shines from the warmer hemisphere. This Tuesday, the Brazilian Supreme Court decriminalized the use of abortion within the first trimester of pregnancy. Brazil has a strict ban on abortion except in cases of rape, anencephaly — when portions of the fetus’ brain are missing, or when the mother’s life is at risk. Though illegal, Galileu, a popular science magazine, estimates that about two thousand women get abortions everyday. More shocking is the statistic that between the...
Pussyhat Project artist @auroralady modeling her hat/snarling at the patriarchy Today in AWESOME: A coalition of L.A.-based knitters have launched an initiative called The Pussyhat Project with the goal of making 1.17 MILLION bright pink, cat-eared (“pussy”) hats to protest Trump’s inauguration! The hats will be given to women and allies to wear at the Women’s March on Washington, as well as to folks who can’t make it to D.C. on Inauguration Day who want to demonstrate solidarity.     We're so happy to have the crochet pattern for...
In the wake of the election, we’re searching for any sliver of a silver lining we can find, and Pun Champion Sam Corbin has seriously delivered with her “50 Powerful Lady Puns (in 120 seconds).” The spoken word piece is an anti-Trump tirade that works in the names of 50 awesome ladies from Meryl Streep to Malala Yousafzai and Shirley Chisholm to Sojourner Truth. Corbin is a writer and performer based in Brooklyn, and several-time winner of Punderdome 3000, ‘New York’s most puntastic’ monthly competition....
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this month, Evan Rachel Wood quietly came forward about her past experiences with sexual assault and how her own traumas have helped to develop her character in HBO’s Westworld. However, on November 28th, Wood decided to fully come out about her past on her Twitter account by publicizing a letter that she has sent to journalist Alex Morris after the interview had initially taken place. In the letter, Wood blatantly addresses the struggles that she continues to...
A few days after the election, Noel decided that she wanted to learn to shoot a gun—a thought that would have repulsed her before. “Guns are part of a violent culture that I wanted nothing to do with and had no reason to worry about. I have friends who offered to teach me to shoot guns over the years. And I scoffed. Why would I need to shoot a gun?” Now, however, the Wisconsin native is determined to take shooting classes. “I worry that strong women,...
Anna Yocca, now 32, was arraigned yesterday on grand jury felony charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted procurement of a miscarriage and attempted criminal abortion according to Circuit Court records.  This case first began back in September 2015 after Yocca, in an attempt to "self-abort" her 24-week-old fetus with a coat hanger in her bathtub, was taken to the hospital by her boyfriend because she was bleeding excessively after the procedure. Although the baby survived, he sustained injuries from the coat hanger and Yocca was arrested in...