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  Chrissie Hynde is still defending the victim blaming comments she made after there release of her memoir Reckless, only this time she has added a sprinkle of racism on top. Hynde, the iconic front-woman of The Pretenders, was fairly defensive and rude during her interview yesterday morning with NPR's David Greene.  Greene asked Hynde to describe some of the experiences she wrote about in her book–like the time she was assaulted by a group of bikers and proceeded to take responsibility for it. Read More
I have been wearing at least some form of makeup since I was eleven. Why? When I was eleven, it was mascara for my white-blonde eyelashes and concealer for my pimples. What about now? I don’t think I have a singular answer. I like the ritual of putting on makeup in the morning, I enjoy playing with eyeshadow and lip colors, and I genuinely think I look about 110 percent prettier with makeup on. I wear makeup because it makes me feel good. For me, it’s that simple, a reflex. Read More
Today, The Atlantic published a fascinating report on the despicable state of sex ed in Mississippi. The piece, by Andy Kopsa, outlines the obstacles facing sex ed advocates in a state that is famously the most religious in the nation, and also has the highest teen birth rate in the country. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58% of high school-aged students in Mississippi have had sex, and 35% did not use protection. These statistics make a lot of sense, considering the fact that Mississippi public schools have only recently been required to provide sex ed. Read More
It’s hard to believe that less than a century has gone by since the 19th amendment was passed into law. But 100 years ago, the women’s suffrage movement was still going strong in its pursuit of voting rights for women. Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the massive 1913 women’s suffrage parade in Washington D.C., which occurred the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. The Atlantic has compiled some amazing images from that day, which saw 8,000 marchers convene for the cause. Read More

Girrrrl Talk

BY Amy Zimmerman in General

Creaky Voice and the use of like to, like, introduce a quotation are two female-pioneered vocal trends that have gained universal recognition. Now we can add word elongation to the list. In an Atlantic article this week, Jen Doll wrestles with the peculiarities and origins of this rampant habit. Michael Erard, a linguist who was interviewed for the piece, explains, “When people talk, they use intonation in a number of varied and subtle ways…there’s a lot of emotional nuance that can be conveyed that you can’t do in writing. Read More