Turns out when you mix tea and sugar, you can get more than a sweet drink. 10 years ago, fashion designer Suzanne Lee and biologist David Hepworth combined the same yeast and bacteria microbes found in kombucha juice with tea and sucrose, and the result was the creation of a fabric akin to leather. So what did this mean for the fashion world? Well, by introducing microbiology into consumer production, researchers can find sustainable ways to manufacture the ... Read More
“I date younger men, predominantly men in their 20s. And when I date younger men, I have sex with younger men.” So begins Cindy Gallop’s 2009 TED Talk.  “And when I have sex with younger men, I encounter the real ramifications of the ubiquity of hardcore pornography in our culture. There’s an entire generation growing up that believes that what you see in hardcore pornography is the way that you have sex.” Then, the ... Read More
  Barbie is now accessorizing with a cute clutch, small computer, stilettos...and Wifi hardware? Matel has created a new Barbie that can intelligently respond to its owner’s voice. Think Siri from your iPhone, but packed into a disproportionate doll wielded by small children with formative brains. It works by processing the child's voice and sending it through the internet to create a response. Then, at the end of the day the guardian of the child can ... Read More
...And just when we thought Sleater-Kinney couldn’t get any cooler (ha, we didn’t actually think that) their latest project stars Bob Burger’s character, Tina Belcher rocking out to a “live” Sleater-Kinney in her very own bedroom. To be honest, we’re jealous. This animated video is a collaboration of epic proportions. Carrie, Corin, Janet and the animators behind the TV show, Bob’s Burgers put together this video clip ... Read More
There's nothing like dropping the "you're a feminist" bomb on somebody when they believe they are not, and then seeing their eyes go wide when they realize, wow, they actually are feminists! That's what this short inspiring Upworthy video accomplishes when interviewing men about what feminism means to them. Luckily, feminism is slowly gaining traction, and we’re pretty hopeful about its future as societal credo. But for some, the antiquated stereotype of a ... Read More
What’s not to love about a mug dessert? They are (or at least can be) delicious, kind of feel like actual cooking, and require very minimal cleanup. Plus, they’re perfect for those nights when you are just not having this weather (we feel for you, Bostonians). Here are five recipes we’re kind of in love with. Warning: they are almost too easy to make. Be sure you have backup ingredients for round #2. “The One” Chocolate Cake The best ... Read More
  Last night marked the first of Ms. Lauryn Hill's four (currently) scheduled New York shows of her intimate Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series. The New Jersey native kept her fans at the sold-out show waiting well past the 8pm open doors, which audience members spent huddled in the main room of the Williamsburg record store/venue/cafe, Rough Trade. Hill didn't grace the stage until about 11:30pm. Prior to her set, Hill fans were shown a gravely serious ... Read More
In a tragic reminder of the many ways marginalized women suffer every day, a homeless woman in Ohio reported that she walked eight miles to court at least half a dozen times in the past year to make sure her rapist, Paul E. Hubert, didn’t go free. Hubert claimed he paid her to have sex with him, but the victim’s injuries (he had repeatedly hit her head prior to assaulting her) indicated that it was in fact rape. A detective from the Columbus Police ... Read More
You’ve no doubt seen her somewhere—maybe in one of two episodes of ANTM, in pics on  her popular Instagram account, or in the giant Desigual ads on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Chantelle Winnie is a modeling force to be reckoned with, and it’s in part due to her rare skin condition, vitiligo. We’re so bored with used to the homogeneity we see among runway models, so Winnie’s quite obvious physical difference is a welcome departure. ... Read More
New York Fashion Week has been a flurry of fringe and furs, and we couldn't be more excited. One designer in particular has caught our attention: Carrie Hammer has, for the second year in a row, replaced runway models with “role models," embracing and empowering women everywhere. Twenty-one CEOs, entrepreneurs, writers, and actresses walked Hammer’s line; among these was American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer, the first model with Down ... Read More
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