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Each year, the city of Yulin, China, celebrates the Summer Solstice with a festival. And it’s not a festival until we’re slaughtering and eating dogs, right? (Wrong.) While this long-standing tradition of eating dogs is fading across China, it still remains a strong part of southern China’s culture. Not only have dogs become a treat, but the festival organizers have been accused for unnecessary cruelty and torture when cooking the dogs—and organizations like the Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws in China are fighting against the festival. So is this woman, Yang Xiaoyun. Read More
Afghan women may not be able to ride bikes, but they can skateboard—and these girls could teach Tony Hawk a thing or two. Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s compelling new photo series is bringing global attention to Skateistan, a non-profit organization that combines Kabul, skateboarding, and education. The program was founded by Oliver Percovich in 2007 and uses skateboarding as a tool to empower its students, while providing access to education for children from poor or misplaced families. Read More
"Mulder, it's me. Are you ready?" The above was tweeted by Gillian Anderson earlier last week to her past co-star David Duchovny. Read More
Roughly 40 years ago, the U.S. education system took a major step towards equality: We're talking Title IX, the amendment specifying that any educational program receiving funds from the federal government cannot discriminate against, deny, or judge a U.S. citizen on the basis of their sex. Because of this, women have been allowed more representation in sports, the sciences, and technical schools. However, gender barriers still exist today and so does the association between testosterone and contact sports—but we didn’t need to tell you that. Read More
Dame Helen Mirren knows sexism. The 67-year-old, Oscar-Winning actress got her start in film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, but says that gender relations back then were no better than in the time of the Bard. “The ‘60s and ‘70s were pretty ghastly, I think,” said Mirren in an interview with the Daily Mail.  “And into the ‘80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was always a woman, and maybe your own personal wardrobe person. Read More
I usually agree with the Internet’s recognition and subsequent celebration of all the incredible women who run the world: Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Tina Fey, Hillary Clinton, and so many more.  But I’ve been disappointed in the past by its failure to appreciate one of the baddest ladies in all the land, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not anymore. During the recent high-profile rulings on DOMA (joyous!) and the VRA (devastating and absolutely infuriating), Ginsburg’s spirit, intelligence, and heart were near impossible to miss. Read More
How freaking SWEET does this woman look? Tesnim Sayar, 21, is an art student in Denmark who started designing her own rebellious Muslim clothing and accessories after she bought a spiked bracelet when she was 12. Since then, she’s combined her religious garments with her goth-punk style and rocks handmade headscarf mohawks as well as plaid, piercings, and chains. Her creative take on traditional garb could be controversial to more orthodox Muslims, but Sayar doesn't see any conflict between her style and beliefs. “I am Muslim. I like my religion, I like my scarf. Read More
Here’s proof that you can’t judge based on what you see- French television talent show contestant Rachel Aspe looks like she is shy and reserved, the type of girl who would have a set of angelic pipes. But when she took the stage for “La France A Un Incroyable Talent” (the French version of “America’s Got Talent”), her performance shocked the hell out of the judges and all those watching, and has gained nearly 2 million hits on YouTube. Why? Because Rachel is a metal singer, and she screamed her way through her performance like a total badass. Read More
You thought your voting experience was painful? Check it: Galicia Malone, a 21-year-old from Dolton, Illinois, went into labor and somehow managed to vote before heading to the hospital. Her water had already broken by the time she reached her local polling station, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.   “I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter,” Galicia, a first-time voter, said. Galicia, we salute you! That kind of dedication is what makes democracy go ‘round.   Photo via nbcchicago. Read More
Okay, so I know that isn't technically a brand-new track (it's been out for a couple of weeks), but Santigold's new song "Big Mouth" is making me all kinds of curious about her forthcoming 2012 album. Santi White, aka Santigold, revealed that the highly-anticipated follow-up to her 2008 debut will be called Master of My Make-Believe; the Brooklyn-based artist told V Magazine, "I want it to be about creating your own reality. Read More