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Target has decided to take another progressive leap by throwing out the “boys’” and “girls’” labels on toys, home goods, and entertainment items. Instead, they will switch to using the gender-neutral label “kids’” in these sections of the store. This decision comes after the store says customers raised concerns about unnecessary gender-based signs.  On Friday, Target released a statement on their website announcing this move away from gender-based labels: "we never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are...
About a week ago model/actress/muse Cara Delevingne made headlines for what the Internet called a “painfully awkward” interview with Good Day Sacramento meant to publicize her lead role in Paper Towns, the eponymously named filmic adaption of author John Green’s bestselling young adult novel. Things got a little heated when the host asked Delevingne a sexist, condescending question – and rightfully so. Hollywood press junkets are basically sexism summits,  if this new Funny or Die sketch starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg is an accurate depiction. In...
Tired of being bombarded by all that women’s magazine relationship advice? Then why not take a break and let the man in your life make the self-improvement resolutions for a change?  I grew up with three sisters. And among all the other tidbits I picked up as an outnumbered male—knowing what a dollop is, for example, or how to give great compliments—I also had access to scores of women’s magazines. Magazines that no male, however tempted (and we are), would dare peruse in drugstore aisles or at the public library. Because my sisters ranged in age, their glossies also let me study the psychologies of women across a spectrum of experiences and, let it be...
The Charlottsville Cavaliers were heading into the last rounds of the National Travel Basketball Association’s tournament in South Carolina, triumphant after a five-game winning streak in the 11-and-under bracket. Another victory seemed imminent, until an announcement came from tourney officials: the Cavs were disqualified, because one of their players, ten year old Kymora Johnson, is a girl. Her offense? Daring to compete.  “I was, like, shocked,” Kymora told The Washington Post. “And disappointed.” Ironically, Johnson has played in this very tournament the last two years without complaint. This...
Fujifilm just released an iteration of their bestselling mirrorless camera, the X-T1, with one crucial difference: the new model, X-T1 IR can see through clothing. IR can see infrared light and long-wave ultraviolet light, which not only yields some interesting photos (think of that trippy Photobooth filter!), but also the ability to zoom right through thin clothing. Fujifilm denies creating the camera for voyeurs, insisting it’s designed with crime-scene investigators, healthcare applications, and scientists in mind. The future is here, folks – think of the possibilities! Wired...
Women of the workplace, unite! Even your office building’s air conditioner is sexist, new research suggests. This week, two scientists (both male, thanks fellas!) published a study revealing the guidelines most office buildings use to set temperatures were created in the 60s, when women were largely absent from office environments. You know, because we weren’t wanted there and women aren’t fit for work outside the home, blah, blah. With only male employees, the “thermal comfort model” equation was formulated with male metabolic rates in mind.  Which...

Nearly two weeks ago a gunman opened fire during a screening of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana. Eleven people were shot and three people were killed, including the gunman. Now, actress and comedian Amy Schumer is working with her second cousin Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he unveils new legislation to combat gun violence. The two Schumers presented the proposed legislation at a news conference Monday. The legislation would reward states that submit information to the background-check system and penalize states that don't comply. "These shootings have...
Dear Mr. Trump, Anything you say can and will be used against you – especially since you’re running for president. Not only that, but your words are a direct reflection of your character, and I’m not so sure that anyone who believes pumping breast milk is “disgusting” should be running for office. You remember that, don’t you, Mr. Trump? Back in 2011 during a deposition involving attorney Elizabeth Beck and her clients who claimed to have lost thousands of dollars from your Florida real estate project? Beck...

Tonight’s sky will be lit by a Blue Moon, a term which actually just means it'll be the second full moon this month. This isn’t as rare as the phrase makes it seem; blue moons occur about every two and half years. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth celebrating!  PSA: this is not what you should be looking for tonight. There are so many ways to honor the Blue Moon. Here are just a few: 1. Make moon water to harness the full moon’s energies. There are...
Our love for Carrie Brownstein burns brighter with each passing day. She’s a Sleater Kinney band member, an actress, a feminist, a former BUST cover girl, and a total bookworm. I even have proof! (And more proof! Further proof! Proof beyond the shadow of a doubt!).  So it makes sense she’d curate a reading list for One Grand, a bookstore-inspired project by Aaron Hicklin. Believing staff picks are always “the best part of bookstores,” Hicklin asked scads of people he admires – the likes of Tilda Swinton, Annie...
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