Yesterday, we got to see a preview screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in a room full of screaming fans. We heartily recommend this experience. The storyline is undoubtedly problematic in many of the ways the book is. But just as when the book became a bestselling women’s erotic novel, we can't help but find it overall positive that a blockbuster movie was made specifically for women’s pleasure. It doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and it ... Read More
When 23 year old badass Shelby Swank was left by her fiance five days before their wedding, what did she do? Well, she knew “a pity party was the farthest thing from what [she] wanted or needed.” So at her photographer Elizabeth Hoard’s suggestion, she gathered her family and friends on November 1st, the day of the intended nuptials, and together they trashed her wedding dress. A day that could have been spent in mourning, with plenty of ice ... Read More
Like many people in every corner of the world, we were pretty gutted when Jon Stewart announced his retirement from The Daily Show yesterday. It really speaks to how beloved and talented someone is when 16 years at the same job just doesn’t seem long enough. We’ll miss so much about Stewart’s hosting—his better-than-the-real-news fact-checking, readiness to interview everyone from Malala Yousafzai to Bill O’Reilly, and relentless ... Read More
Obviously, the best way to get women interested in securing their financial freedom is to lure them in with perfumed credit cards, right? That’s one marketing strategy an Islamic bank has implemented in order to grab the attention of the growing population of women working in the Gulf region. Al Hilal Bank PJSC, a Shariah-compliant lender owned by the Abu Dhabi government, has been wafting The Laha Card (whose Arabic name translates to “for her”) ... Read More
Ahh, doesn’t the promise of another six weeks of winter just warm your heart? Yeah, it doesn’t for us, either. With the weather outlook remaining bleak for the upcoming holiday weekend, it might be time to settle in next to a laptop and queue up some of the latest flicks arriving on Netflix. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1985) Of course we had to start off our list with this classic '80s standard. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Biff Yeager, and ... Read More
  Ah, Valentine’s Day. The annual event can conjure up a bevy of emotions for people in any stage of a relationship. So whether you’re feeling Single As Fuck, or floating in a sea of marital bliss, we can agree that all anybody wants on this day is to feel… good. If that kind of good comes in the form of an extra large cheese pizza for one or a massive sushi boat for two (or more) then by all means, you do you. But in the dwindling hours of ... Read More
Just when we thought we wouldn’t hear much more on the subject of rape from GOP lawmakers, one West Virginia delegate decided to chime in. How, do you ask? By essentially insinuating that rape is beautiful because a child can result from it. In a public hearing last Thursday, Brian Kurbaca (R) stated that, “obviously rape is awful... what’s beautiful is the child that could come from this.” The West Virginia House of Delegates was trying to ... Read More
Lately, street harassment has been getting more of the public attention it deserves, but women still have to face disgusting comments as they walk down the street. Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, 29, traveled to Mexico City and to create an installation of her street harassment project, “Stop Telling Women to Smile.” This interactive protest project showcases 76 short stories about women who choosing to speak out about their experiences with street ... Read More
In the seemingly endless fight to end discrimination and promote marriage equality, a new bright spot has appeared on the horizon. Yesterday, Alabama became the 37th state in the nation where gay marriage is legally recognized. Cue rampant applause and a couple of fist pumps for good measure. Unfortunately, the ruling has already met resistance in the form of staunch Republican chief justice Roy Moore, who you might remember from his 2003 ejection from the bench ... Read More
  One of the Seven Sister colleges has amended its policy to include transgender students in its applicant pool. This action is a big step towards inclusion of transwomen and also raises the question of what it means to create a safe female space. On February 7th the Board of Trustees at Bryn Mawr College voted to accept the recommendation to review the university's mission regarding transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming applicants. According ... Read More
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