From women on birth control being publicly referred to as “sluts,” to Michigan representative Lisa Brown being silenced on the House floor after referencing her vagina during an abortion debate, I think it’s safe to say the 2012 election season has been confusing, if not downright disturbing, for many women (and like-minded men).
Yet, while comment boxes across the internet are blowing up about these issues and everyone tries to toss ... Read More
BY Emilie Branch
on Jun 07, 2012
The relationship between women and fashion is complicated, or at the very least, layered. We all need to buy clothes. That one’s obvious, or like the first layer. The second level of this cake (I’ve made it a cake) is the clothes that we buy reflect how we are judged. Teen girls all over the internet are counseling each on how to dress like a certain persona (i.e. Wear hemp bracelets if you want to be a surfer). At the top of our cake ... Read More
Have you ever thought about what future civilizations (or alien invaders) will think of us when they inevitably discover the remnants of our society? Yeah me neither. But while we’re on the topic, I think most of us would agree that if our new alien overlords happen to flip through the pages of today's glossy fashion magazines, they may very well paint a picture of us that is a lot skinnier, a little whiter, and a lot more pore-less than most of us actually ... Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 30, 2012
Of all David Bowie's myriad alter egos, perhaps none is as well-known and iconic as Ziggy Stardust, the apocalyptic rock'n'roller and self-proclaimed prophet of the Starmen who sang of the lack of meaning in everyday life and ultimately ended up committing rock'n'roll suicide.
It's been 40 years since the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, several photos from the iconic album cover photo sesh ... Read More
During sweaty-and-disgusting New York summers, all I want to wear is a bathing suit and flip flops. But these ladies, photographed in Rockefeller Center in 1944, offer up a viable and glamorous alternative. Photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt (who shot that picture of a sailor dipping his dame for a kiss in Times Square on V-J Day) for LIFE magazine, this series entitled “Beautiful Girls in New York” is a killer documentation of vintage NYC street ... Read More
There’s a new blog that has us in stitches, and you need to check it out if you wanna get your daily laugh on. The Tumblr “Is This Feminist?” features what stock photos of women doing regular things-- laundry, science experiments, eating salad-- and asks the burning question of each: is this feminist?
The blog votes every photo as either "representing feminism" or "problematic." One problematic candidate is the woman below doing laundry. Is this ... Read More
BY Ivanna Avalos
on May 17, 2012
Whenever I see a kitten, whether in person, on TV, or in a picture (doesn’t matter) I turn into a bumbling, baby-talking, crazy-face-making lady. It’s like I’ve seen anything so cute before and I can’t focus anything else. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw photographer Arne Svenson’s newest project Strays, in which he photographs some hella adorable strays kittens he borrowed from Animalkind Inc, an animal shelter ... Read More
American artist and filmmaker, Cindy Sherman has been creating works that comment on both social and sexual roles and stereotypes since the 1970s. One of her earlier and best-known photographic works, Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), portrays women in their socially assigned roles and presents the potential danger and instability of these constructs. Her work in film includes a short animation, Doll Clothes (1975), in which a doll cutout of the artist (unlike ... Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on Apr 16, 2012
Polish artist Katarzyna Majak explores female wisdom in her upcoming solo photography exhibit Women of Power at Porter Contemporary in New York. Fascinated by stereotypical witch imagery, Majak's images show women clutching their objects of power and emanating confidence and strength. The artist claims "A witch is a woman of knowledge who takes a broom and sweeps to cleanse the world," and her subjects seem to be cleansing the viewer with their piercing stares and ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
on Mar 23, 2012
The American Girl doll is a strange cultural icon of ours. They simultaneously encourage self-love and individuality -- as well as the getting-one-because-everyone-has-one mindset of the herd. They're designed to look like a "real" 9-year-old girl, and aren't disproportionate molds of an unreachable beauty ideal like Barbie -- but they also cost hundreds of dollars more with all of their accessories, making them a conspicuous marker of economic status. (Or, ... Read More