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Yet again, Carl’s Jr., the American burger chain restaurant, has feminists groaning: This year's Super Bowl commercial features a staff of farmers market dudes swooning over an "all-natural” set of knockers slow-mo'ing their way through the veggie stalls. At the end model Charlotte McKinney takes a whopping bite out of a burger. These sorts of infamous Super Bowl commercials are pretty par for the course: It's not surprising that model Charlotte McKinney’s boobs are not-so-subtly replaced by melons, or that a clearly genetically modified apple covers up her buns. Read More

Radiant Me

BY Elissa Stein in Feminism

Radiant (from Webster's Dictionary): 1. Radiating rays or reflecting beams of light2. Vividly bright and shining: glowing 3. Marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happinessI don't know about anyone else, but that's not remotely how I feel when I have my period. There are the double-me-over cramps, fingers so swollen my rings barely fit, and oily patches on my forehead and chin that rival the ones I had in high school. Not to mention the emotions that careen wildly from minute to minute. Read More
I’ve long suspected that Jamie Stewart, the brains and bleeding heart of Xiu Xiu, could be the third member of Mates of State, exiled from their land of hetero jangle-pop to a rehab center for self-harm. In a similar vein as 2010’s Dear God, I Hate Myself, the band’s new album Always (out now on Polyvinyl) finds Xiu Xiu still wandering the freeways, subsisting on fistfuls of wild kumquats and prescription painkillers. Stewart’s voice is somewhere between a 9-1-1 call and a lullaby. Read More
While sterile blue liquid will probably remain a staple of female hygiene television ads, Always has taken a small step towards reality by creating a print ad that represents blood. Somewhat. The campaign, seen above, features an Always pad with a small red dot trapped (or neatly placed) inside a maze. 
Advertising expert/blogger Copyranter referred to the ad as a “historical advertising move”. 

However, this bit of period pride is nothing new to Always’ competitor Kotex. Read More
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