Here’s a crazy stat for you: The 44-year-old founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, is the youngest self-made lady billionaire in history. The business of whittling down women’s waists has been a big deal for a long time, so maybe it’s not too surprising that the person who started the modern restrictive undergarment craze is swimming in moola. But what are Spanx and other body shapers really costing you? New reports tell scary tales of compressed organs, squashed bowels, and numbness and tingling in the legs, all caused by squeezing your tuchus into too-tight spandex. Dr. Read More
Trailblazing broadcast journalist, news writer, producer, professor, and documentarian Marlene Sanders passed away in hospice at the age of 84 on Tuesday. Even as a journalism major, I was shocked to find I didn't know how groundbreaking her work was. Sanders was one of the first women in TV journalism, working her way up from an assistant to an exec, to an assistant producer, then a writer and producer, then a correspondent, eventually becoming an executive in addition to an anchor. Read More
Ever dance merrily in a room full of feminists? Me neither, until I partied Planned Parenthood style on Tuesday at their 11th annual Summer Sex and Spirits event, a night I’d describe as half fundraiser/silent auction, half rave. I spent my evening at the Broad Street Ballroom enjoying the fabulous open bar (they had a cocktail named the Ruth GINsburg), boogeying to perfectly DJ’ed music, and marveling at the work of Mistress B, a leather-clad balloon dominatrix who dispenses helium for her latex creations through a nipple pump. Read More
On July 10, Sandra Bland, driving to a new job at a Texas university, was pulled over for failing to use her blinker when changing lanes. The Root reports: “Police claim that during the stop she became combative, was thrown to the ground, arrested and charged with ‘assault on a public servant.’” On July 13, she was found dead in her jail cell. Police deemed it “self-inflicted asphyxiation,” and a coroner ruled it a suicide. However, those close to Bland, and the black activist community at large, are suspicious of these claims. Read More
Amy Herrmann, an Australian photographer, is trying to photograph 100 women for her “Underneath, We Are… Women,” series. And, she plans on photographing them in nothing but their knickers. Herrmann’s project was created to photograph a diverse group of women from all walks of life: skinny, fat, short, tall, mothers, trans, tattooed, scarred, young, old. The end goal is to “[showcase] the amazing diversity that is the female form. Read More
In a new and wonderful trend of female actors speaking out about being paid less than their male co-stars, Amanda Seyfried has come forward. The actress revealed that she was paid ten percent of what a male co-star was on a big-budget Hollywood film a few years ago. (She didn’t specify which film it was—fans have speculated that it might be Les Miserables, In Time, or Dear John.) “I think people think that just because I’m easy-going and game to do things I’ll just take as little as they offer,” Seyfried says. Read More
Rapper 50 Cent’s recent declaration of bankruptcy raised quite a few eyebrows, and for obvious reason: in May, his net worth was valued by Forbes at $155 million for 2015, making him the fourth-richest hip-hop artist. In addition to his music career, 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) has also made bank with investment in Vitamin Water, and, most recently, his liquor sponsorship. Read More
Last night, Caitlyn Jenner gave an inspiring speech as she accepted the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She told the audience that transgender people “deserve your respect” (just as everyone deserves your respect, regardless of their identity, but apparently some of us skipped Pre-K). Today, young trans people not only are already trying to navigate being a teenager, but are also “coming to terms with being transgender. Read More
    Let an asshole plug your asshole! If you’d like to stick some glaring racism where the sun don’t shine, the “Donald Trump Plug” can be yours for only $27.99! Fernando Sosa, a Mexican immigrant who “usually [makes] butt plugs to insult dictators, homophobes, and politicians,” has blessed this earth with a butt plug of Mr. Trump. Butt plugs: the 21st century voodoo doll.   “So my response to Donald Trump’s remarks who says Mexico sends their worst, their rapists, and their drug dealers. Read More
The hilarious duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is back with their new comedy, ‘Sisters.’ Two Jersey girls – and by girls, I mean adult women – return home to empty their childhood bedrooms after their parents sell the house. Before they say their goodbyes, though, they have to throw one last party.   Amy Poehler and Tina Fey plan an outrageous, American teen-esque rager that I’m going to assume goes wrong... not before funny shit happens, though. Plus, Cena tells Fey’s character, “My safe word is ‘keep going. Read More