BY Hanna Lustig
on Oct 14, 2015
Starting in March 2016, Playboy magazine will no longer publish fully nude images of women. Why the sudden change? According to the New York Times, Playboy editor Cory Jones approached the magazine’s 89-year-old editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner last month, who then agreed.
The decision was a matter of logistics: given the proliferation of internet porn and the generalized decline of adult magazines, Playboy has lost the edge and exclusivity that made it so alluring to generations of American men. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 17, 2015
When I saw a pic of August’s Women’s Running magazine on Facebook, I couldn’t believe it. Did someone Photoshop a body-positive feminist’s daydream?! Was it the weird “plus-size running” niche market issue? Or was this actually the cover of a magazine devoted to women’s fitness?
I checked it out in CVS the next morning. It was real. And it’s about time.
Having a size eighteen woman on the cover of Women’s Running matters. This might come as a shock to some, but women of all sizes run. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Mar 19, 2014
During long airport waits, I’ve often wandered to the magazine rack, my eyes pleasantly glazing over at the diverting covers. Many women’s magazines (with obvious exceptions like BUST and Ms.) are meant to distract us, to offer an escape that an be lovely, but is also generally void of any real social or personal significance. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Feb 12, 2014
Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s compassionate message to his daughter is one such letter. Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman
on Feb 11, 2014
Though I was born too late to have experienced the rise, or even the fall of the revolutionary Sassy magazine, I'm still fascinated by its revolutionary nature. My curiosity has involved scouring Etsy and Ebay for old issues and spending hours poring over every page of the faded editorials and articles. It's been 20 years since Sassy became defunct, but the stories felt as real to me as if they'd just been published. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 31, 2013
At 25, April Ashley was a sensation, gracing the pages of Vogue, appearing in Blockbuster hits, and partying with celebrities and socialites. Those who witnessed her rise to fame called it “fairytale-like.” She rubbed elbows and flirted with Elvis Presley. April Ashley is also a transsexual, and she is one of the first people ever to transition from male to female through reassignment surgery.
Sadly, the glamour of her life and career was short-lived, as a friend exposed her gender assignment to Sunday People. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 21, 2013
Lena Dunham's world domination continues! There is no escape! The notorious Anna Wintour is reportedly courting her for an upcoming Vogue cover. Now, Dunham is about to be peering down at you from every newsstand on the block.
Normally, this would be pretty exciting shtuff. Lena is great and Vogue is fun to read in the bathtub while you're pretending you have money--it's a win-win! But Wintour's 'tude is turning this whole thing into a win-win-lose. Read More
On Tuesday September 17th, TIME named Nancy Gibbs its new managing editor, as The New York Times reports. Gibbs is the first woman to be given this position in the magazine’s 90-year history. Can we all just revel in this glory, with a big YAY FOR LADIES IN PRINT MEDIA!
Gibbs started as a TIME fact-checker 28 years ago, and over the course of working for the mag, she’s written more cover stories (ahem, 174 to be exact) than any other writer in TIME history. Read More
BY Intern Michelle
on Aug 15, 2012
There are some celebrities who seem to trail controversy like pixie dust, and Azealia Banks is certainly one of them. The latest dispute? The Harlem rapper’s Dazed and Confused cover being banned in seven countries. The cover features Banks blowing up a hot pink condom, with the words “Azealia Banks Blows Up” under in large font. Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jun 27, 2012
If there’s one thing that most of us can agree upon, it’s that mainstream media isn’t trying very hard to build up women’s self-esteem. Between gossip sites trashing even the most flawless celeb bodies and magazines that repeat the same lose-weight/please-your-guy/you’re-not-good-enough litany every issue, it’s difficult for many of us to catch a break (except when reading BUST, of course!). Read More