Miley Cyrus is naked (again), this time in V magazine’s music issue (out January 15th). By this point, Miley’s transformation from Disney Channel’s packaged innocence to subversive pop star is about complete. A proud supporter of the Free the Nipple campaign, Miley has no qualms about baring buns and other bits—and she has a solid reason behind her decision to strip down. “It’s not about getting your titties out. It’s ... Read More
My first encounter with the work of Chloe Fay Worth Smith came in the form of large mounted color print of a mattress stained with menstrual blood. In a group show at Sarah Lawrence College, the work was magnetic and alluring, its uncomfortable subject matter elevated by its aesthetic beauty. The vision, so ordinary in the context of girlhood humiliations, became unfamiliar through her lens, emerging like the mysterious remains of some remarkable event. The ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Oct 13, 2014
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today is a National No Bra Day. However the hashtag #NoBraDay is becoming sexualized and somehow inviting offensive comments and behavior in the social media universe. Twitter seems to be missing the point.
What some people might not understand about National Bra Day is that it isn’t just about being free from the social protocol of wearing a bra, or as Jess in the TV show New Girl puts it, ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Oct 08, 2014
Of course Sarah Silverman is the adorable and bold front woman for the new campaign called The Equal Payback Project, aiming to close the wage gap! And, of course being provocative and bold and shocking to those fighting to raise the gap is a way that the issue will gain plenty of attention. But here is what you should know about why we still need to fight the pay gap, and why you should care about this campaign:
According to the Census Bureau, the ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on May 22, 2014
A recent article by The New York Times explains in detail how and why so many academics are infuriated at policies that call for requiring trigger warnings on syllabi. To give you an example of the issue: Bailey Loverin, a sophomore in the UC system, approached a professor after her class viewed a graphic film depicting rape. As a survivor of sexual assault, Loverin requested that all students be alerted to graphic content in advance of a class ... Read More
We’re surrounded with a uniform image of the vulva— in pornography, in erotic art, and even in scientific diagrams. Without access to diverse images, our culture shames women for the shapes and sizes of our labia, clitorises, and vaginas, and more and more women are encouraged to consider invasive procedures like labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The vagina as an icon is political; it can be used to make women feel objectified and judged, ... Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 01, 2013
The next stop on the Anthony Weiner crazy train – cough, campaign – is a very NSFW rant by his top aide against a former intern, the highlight of which seems to have twisted the Internet's collective knickers.
A top Weiner aide (lol) called former intern Olivia Nuzzi, who wrote a bylined article for the New York Daily News about working for the mayoral candidate, a “slutbag,” which is apparently an insult we’re using now.
The ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 12, 2012
When I think of pin-up drawings, I usually think of women sprawled out in compromising positions. But artist Sashiko Yuen puts a new twist on pin-ups with her beautifully imaginative drawings. Yuen’s characters are tougher than your average calendar girls-- be they snacking on body parts, gazing at the viewer menacingly or sporting loads of tattoos. The artist adds in playful pastel bouffants, vintage silhouettes, and odd dessert-themed adornments (some of ... Read More