Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), an NYC-based media watch organization, recently conducted its third study on the diversity of commentators on NPR. NPR is known as a liberal/intellectual media haven, so its lack of diversity is particularly disappointing—especially because NPR’s strategic plan includes an impending goal of featuring “stories at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and culture.” That’s pretty hard to do accurately with all white dudes as contributors. Read More
A study conducted by The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics has found that black borrowers on average pay 29 basis points more - that’s about .3% more - than comparable white borrowers. Black women suffer the most from this disparity, receiving this different treatment more than black men do. The study was conducted using data from three waves of the U.S. Survey of Consumer Finance. This wasn’t just a fluke. If you were wondering what a small .3% difference is in dollar terms, Quartz spelled it out for us. Read More
VICE has grown exponentially from its early punk magazine years, giving rise to niche, off-shoot websites like Noisey (for music fiends!), Vice News (for those who care about current events and global issues but hate the stuffiness of traditional outlets) and Motherboard (for lovers of tech and geekery!). But this week, VICE readers will notice a newcomer to the lineup: Broadly, a lady-centric news source for “women who know their place.” One word: YAAAASSS. Read More
The Birkin bag by Hermès was designed for Jane Birkin in 1984, who complained to the then-president Jean-Louis Dumas that she couldn’t find a bag that was both stylish and practical. He designed one for her, calling it the Birkin bag. The bag comes in numerous styles, but one of its most popular variations is made from crocodile skin, and costs at least $36,000. Recently, PETA has uncovered the cruel process Hermes puts alligators and crocodiles through to get the material for their luxury bags. Read More
  Macy Gray’s cool new love song has old-school vibes, and the video has adorable pastel animation reminiscent of an ad from the 1950s. But it’s not completely traditional: instead of being an ode to the human dude (or lady) in her life, Gray is waxing poetic to B.O.B., her vibrator.  “B is for Battery / O, Operated / B is for better ‘cause he’s never complicated,” Gray sings wryly, also cooing “He gets me so excited. Read More
Jen Welter, a former college rugby player, will be the first female coach in NFL history. Welter will be joining the Arizona Cardinals as a training camp and preseason intern coaching inside linebackers for the upcoming season. I don’t even know much about football, and this is super exciting to me—I love the idea of a super cool lady bossing the men around in such a testosterone-y environment. “The truth is, [Welter] has more playing experience than some of the coaches who coach me now,” one team member said. Read More
And here I thought I was just an asshole. Research from Harvard Business school suggests that sarcasm may improve the creativity and cognitive functioning of both the giver and receiver, and their findings were published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. The research found that, while sarcasm could screw you over (so if you don’t think your coworker gets it, you should probably go easy on them), it also stimulates creativity. That’s because sarcasm activates abstract thinking. Read More
In artist Yolanda Dominguez’s video, “Ninos vs. Moda,” a bunch of wise eight-year-olds are shown various images from fashion campaigns and asked to describe them. The unsurprising results? Women are portrayed as being sick, drunk, in danger, fighting, passed out, even thrown in the trash—and men are superheroes, studying for university, and the bosses of good companies. Women are presented as powerless, while men are powerful; what else is new? Watch the adorable (and revealing) video below.   Via www.latina.com Image via www.latina.com Read More On Bust. Read More
Thinking about proposing to that special someone? Awesome, good for you! Thinking about uploading the image to Instagram or other social media platforms? Do. Not. Do. It. Why? Because your friends really don't care, despite the amount of attention the photo may get. Don't believe us? Here's proof:  Zach Broussard is the brain behind this clever prank, and is no stranger to fake brags on social media. In fact, this comedian centers his entire act around Twitter goofs. His prank utilized random strangers proposing to his real life girlfriend of four years and vice versa. Read More
Well, shit. “The names and contact information for more than 300 Planned Parenthood employees have been published on a private website hosted by a group of hackers, part of an organization called 3301,” according to the Los Angeles Times. By publishing this confidential information, the hackers are putting the employees at risk for harassment and physical harm, endangering them and their families. Read More