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Every now and then, I stumble across a trend on the internet that is so absurd my jaw drops and I literally say, "Are you kidding me?" And so it is with the "arm vagina" fad on social media. Like other online weight loss trends, this trend has nothing to do with health, and everything to do with preying on the insecurities of women. So what is "arm vagina"? Simply put, arm vag refers to that little extra fold of flesh the majority of us have when...
   On Monday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to bar a 10-weeks pregnant teenage girl in immigration custody from receiving an abortion, mimicking moves made by the administration against an unaccompanied Central American minor this past October. As reported by Politico, the administration’s request was made only a few hours after a federal judge ordered that abortions be permitted for two undocumented 17-year-old girls. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan (appointed by former U.S. President Barack Obama) filed a restraining order Monday evening to facilitate abortions...
    2017 was #theworst on many accounts; it was pretty hopeless from the beginning when Trump stepped into office. But it has also been a year — like many other years, thanks to the work of BLM and other activists — of resilience and pushback, especially regarding the culture around sexual harassment and assault. It seems fitting, then, that Tarana Burke, the original activist behind the #MeToo movement, will release the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve, ushering in a year that we can finally...
  Whether peeking out from the glossy pages of a magazine, staring through the screen of a blog, or heading up the latest brand campaign, we’ve all seen her. Heck, most of us have at some point probably Pinned her "simple-chic skincare routine" or her "Parisian style rules." And why not? She’s effortlessly chic, naturally glowing, blessed with a carefree attitude, and enjoys a perfectly slim figure to match. I am, bien sûr, talking about that hottest of marketing commodities and veritable unicorn in our midst:...
  If you’ve been following the mounting sexual assault and misconduct allegations pouring out against Hollywood and TV superpowers, you may be asking yourself, “Is there anything untainted left to watch?” The answer, of course, is yes. The new site, Rotten Apples, has made the question of how to find it very, very simple. The name is a spoof of the entertainment review site, Rotten Tomatoes. Instead of ranking films based on popular appeal, Rotten Apples ranks media based on if there were any sexual predators involved...
    Over the past few months, countless brave women as well as some courageous men in Hollywood, politics, journalism, farming and other industries have come forward to share their experiences with sexual harassment and assault and call for a safer working environment. We’ve seen accused rapists like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Russell Simmons have their careers damaged or destroyed after their victims came forward. We’ve seen celebrities like Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Anthony Rapp, Terry Crews and many more use their...
  In an interview with ABC News last week, when asked to address the sexual misconduct allegations against a number of famous men in Hollywood, Matt Damon said that there is “a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation. Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated.”  Damon's attempt at mansplaining the nuances of sexual misconduct sparked outrage on more than one account. Alyssa Milano tweeted at Damon, saying, “there are different stages of cancer....
  On Thursday, television personality and author Kelly Cutrone, best known for her roles on America’s Next Top Model and MTV’s The Hills, came forward to share her own account of attempted sexual assault at the hands of Def Jam Co-Founder Russell Simmons. Simmons has previously been accused of misconduct and assault with at least twelve other women. Following these allegations, he released a questionable statement on Instagram responding to the #MeToo movement with his own hashtag, #NotMe. “I will prove without any doubt that I am...
  On Monday, December 11th, PEN America held its last event in 2017 for its PEN Out Loud series. The panel, titled "Reclaiming Our Time," consisted of four women of color writers, with Samhita Mukhopadhyay moderating the conversation between Morgan Jerkins, Min Jin Lee, and Carmen Maria Machado. The event focused on a broad discussion about how the 2016 election affected the writers personally and professionally, how it has impacted their feminism, the nuances of consent, what it means to be a woman of color in...

    I lie on my back staring at the baskets of ferns hanging above me. This is typical of how I spend time before class starts. Vines connect the individual fern baskets, giving the appearance that the plants are holding hands. The connecting vines transform the singular plants into one sizable organism. Perhaps this is supposed to be symbolic of yoga: individuals coming together to form one cohesive entity. Staring up at the drooping ferns, I wonder who is responsible for watering and trimming them, and...