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  After almost 70 years as a fashion house, Dior is making Rihanna their first black female spokeswoman for their “Secret Garden” series. This isn’t her first time working within the industry, she took home the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Icon Award (and stole the whole show really) with her 216,000 Swarovski crystal dress and became the fashion director of PUMA, modeled for Armani, and was the face of the SS14 campaign for Balmain.  “It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color. Read More
On Monday morning, December 15th, an armed gunman entered a standoff with police while inside a café in Martin Place, located in Sydney, Australia. During the standoff, the gunman, Man Haron Monis, held 17 people hostage inside of the café and displayed an Islamic flag in the café’s window. The hostage situation ended early Tuesday morning when police entered the site after hearing an explosion and yelling. Two hostages, Tori Johnson (34) and Katrina Dawson (38), along with the gunman died during the police rescue. Read More
Today, Pakistan suffered one of the bloodiest attacks the country has faced in years. Taliban gunmen entered a military-run school in Peshwar, killing a total of 141 people, 132 innocent children and 9 staff. The gunmen, who dressed in military uniform and suicide vests, entered the school and began to open fire at students. Pakistani police have said that all seven gunmen involved have been killed. President Obama has released a statement saying, "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Read More
Last week, the winner of the most important accolade in the literary world was announced. I am, of course, talking about the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Forget the National Book Award. Back off, Pulitzer. Man Booker who? An Oprah’s Book Club Sticker has more influence than all those combined. The real prestige comes with winning a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It means your work was good enough that those other prizes could ignore your terrible sex writing (can we retire the word “womb” in a sexual context, please?). Read More
Prepare to get your girls out, because the Free the Nipple film trailer is finally here! If you’re someone who is generally not concerned with the liberation or censorship of half the population’s areolas, let’s back up a step and fill in the holes. In America today, there are 37 states that prohibit a woman from appearing topless in public, and that includes breastfeeding. Illegally exposing her nipple can result in up to three years in jail and a $2,500 fine. Read More
Serious coding and computer engineering isn't something just for the boys (duh!), but that is the message you would get if you picked up the kid's book "Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer." Although you might assume at first glance that it's a super empowering and inspiring tale about Barbie reaching her dream of becoming a computer engineer, you would be wrong. A more accurate description would be that Barbie designs the game she wants to make for her coding class but needs Steven and Brian to turn it into a real game. Yeah, you read that right. Read More
Frozen bras don’t sound particularly pleasant; Frozen inspired bras sound magical. And they are. The Close Sisters Bra from Japanese lingerie company Triumph, inspired by the close sisters Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen, changes colors when the wearer encounters a buddy also wearing the bra. Read More
Becky Hopper and her friend Georgia Bibby, both 23, were shopping at a Topshop in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull, when they noticed a mannequin who seemed unrealistically small. “We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us. The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life,” Hopper wrote on her personal blog. In the picture, Hopper’s friend, Bibby, is posed next to the mannequin for comparison. Hopper wrote on Twitter that her friend is a size 8/10 to give the photo some context. Read More
  This week the gaming community received national attention as the heated debate known as “Gamergate” exploded with explicit threats of rape and murder to various feminist critics. What is Gamergate? Essentially, it is an online debate concerning journalistic ethnics, the gaming press and the social responsibility that games may or may not have, but it is also deeply ingrained with issues of sexism, misogyny and threats of violence. Read More
Mars Hill Church, a 15-location megachurch headed by Pastor Mark Driscoll (who infamously referred to women as “penis homes”) has, in the past few weeks, been facing a growing controversy over its power structure, bullying of attendees and staff, and Driscoll’s inflammatory online (and in-pulpit) statements regarding (among other things), the status of women within the church, and marriage. Attendance is way down; Mars Hill is firing staff and closing branches, and Driscoll is taking a six-week hiatus. Read More
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