This week, Refinery29 launched “Behind The Headlines: Daughters of Paradise,” a beyond-stunning multimedia feature, which explores the lives of three Syrian women who have been displaced to Turkey due to the civil war. The feature presents a unique perspective on what the United Nations’ Refugee Agency has called “the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation.”  Here are the stories of three women refugees, “daughters of a vanished Syrian paradise,” who someday hope return. Read More
In this morning’s addition to bigotry against LGBT parenting, two lesbian foster parents in Utah have had their one-year-old taken from them, thanks to the clutches of Mormonism. The legally married couple, Beckie Pierce and April Hoagland, had been caring for the child for three months as the state worked towards severing the biological mother’s parental rights. The mother had asked Hoagland and Pierce to take charge, and the couple is licensed to serve as foster parents. Any logical (read: sane) person would look at this and infer that their position is completely legal. Read More
These cozy slippers from Sanuk are adorable and perfect for snuggling up this winter with special someones, pets, hot chocolate, and Netflix. Here are three cozy styles to cuddle up in (all are vegan and come in sizes 5-11): 1. Slumbrrr ($75) There’s no way your feet will freeze in these fuzzy wool booties. They come with a faux shearling lining, their footbed is PU foam with a canvas cover, and their outsole is made from Happy U yoga rubber. You can get them in eggshell (pictured) or tan (though we’re partial to the eggshell). 2. Read More
The riot grrrl icon teamed up with Hunx and his Punx frontman, Seth Bogart, to create this masterpiece of surreal bubblegum pop-meets-punk, for a song off Seth's upcoming solo album. In a style not unlike Little Shop of Horrors, Hanna voices a giant talking compact who eats Seth Bogart while he and various women lick various sparkly compacts and gobble tubes of lipsticks. Bogart told The FADER that he wanted the video to look “like a kid’s show.” And indeed it does; it’s Pee-Wee's Playhouse meets John Waters. Read More
  Last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (airing in December) brought the usual wave of incredible costumes, star performances, and, of course, talented models making up the elite group of Victoria’s Secret Angels. What this show lacked, and what every Victoria’s Secret show since its inception in 1995 has lacked, was a single plus-size model. The brand is notorious for its lack of size diversity, not only in general body sizes but also in bra sizes specifically. Read More
  According to the CDC, over 20% of American women ages 14-49 have genital herpes. Ella Dawson tells teenage girls how to fight the stigma. I remember the first time I was ever called a whore. I had just turned fifteen and this boy, this arrogant little fucker, was angry because I had “broken up” with him after one movie date in order to ask out someone cuter. Our group of friends was walking to the gas station after school to buy gigantic fountain sodas, and he just said it. Whore. I don’t even remember why. Read More
  On a recent episode of Billy on the Street, Billy Eichner created an obstacle course inspired by Shonda Rhimes and her many TV hits, and taking on that obstacle course  - which Billy called "Gay American Ninja Warrior" - was the one, the only Amy Sedaris.  A few of the physical challenges pay homage to Shonda Rhimes's many achievements, like "bursting through the glass ceiling at ABC" and "the NAACP Image Award ball pit." Others poked fun at some of the more ridiculous aspects of the TGIT shows, like Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Read More
The Bedford Stop is an Internet-reality show about a group of friends living in Williamsburg, and it lacks so much substance that I could cry. You know when you're sitting around with your friends, and someone says, "You guys, we should have our own show," and you all laugh and are like, "Ya, it would be so funny," but deep down you know that it wouldn't be that funny? That deep-down feeling needs to get relayed to Alex, Olena, Sarah and Melissa, the four main characters in this millennial tragedy of an online production. Read More
If you've ever tried to give a dog a bath, you understand what a struggle it is. Most dogs really despise it, and it's a fight to get them in the tub and make them stay. Even after the bath, they are so dramatic about it, running around as if they're suffering, rubbing their faces on the carpet like little freaks. As the human in this interaction though, it's pretty adorable. Sophie Gamand recognized this and decided to devote a book of photography to wet dogs.  In the introduction of her book Wet Dog, Gamand writes, "There is no experience more humiliating for a dog than taking a bath. Read More
Boston’s BUST Craftacular has a treat for all our vegan Bustie’s out there looking for non-toxic and cruelty -free cosmetic products. Why is the struggle so very real? For women who like to get there nails done and moisturize their winter skin, without fearing their own or a fluffy being’s skin is going to flake off, the BUST Craftacular has the hookup. Don’t miss these awesome vendors making luxurious beauty products just for you: Nailed it: 365 Lacquer This awesome nail polish company is keeping it handcrafted and full of personal preferences. Read More