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Stripper heels as potted plants may seem like a cheeky gift idea, but they've also got a lot of meaning for the owner of this Etsy shop. The impetus for Rachel Mahlke’s “Giddy Spinster” shop began a number of years ago, when a friend gave her some old pairs of outrageously tall heels that she could no longer use for work as an exotic dancer in San Francisco. There’s certainly a stigma in our culture about the art of stripping, but Mahlke's ... Read More
Regardless of your opinions on her or her music, rapper Nicki Minaj makes some straightforward and seriously valid points about sexism in this short clip. The video's an oldie but a goodie--it's from her 2010 MTV documentary, My Time Now, but has been making the rounds lately. If you haven't checked it out, it's well worth a watch. She tackles double standards in the workplace, explaining, “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, ... Read More
I am often baffled when I am asked, “How is it that you can be a feminist and be interested in fashion?” To that I respond, “How can I not be one?” Many people think of fashion as trivial. At times, I, too, become frustrated when I read magazines telling me how I NEED to dress if I want to be considered stylish--- I find that writing style too narrow. But still, fashion isn’t trivial at all. Fashion isn’t just about the visceral ... Read More
What were you doing in the summer of your sixteenth year? Going swimming at your local pool? Serving up swirlies at the local ice cream shop? Chillin' at the mall? Publishing your first book of collected pieces from your highly successful online magazine? If you didn't answer 'yes' to that last question, that's probably because you aren't Tavi Gevinson, the 16-year-old fashion blogger who started her online magazine Rookie at age fifteen. (And who's on the cover of ... Read More
Have you ever ziplined? It involves an invigorating slide on a line while holding onto a bar above your head. Have you ever ziplined naked? It involves, well, nudity. And for 100 women in British Columbia, it involves charity.   ZipZone Adventures is holding its second annual nude ziplining event June 21. Billed as ZipZone Naked 100, the zipline park hopes to enlist the help of 100 women to zipline in various stages of undress. Each participant is being ... Read More
The BUST blog has kept you abreast of many of the appalling attacks on reproductive rights in the United States, most recently through the story of the two Michigan state representatives who were banned from speaking on the House floor for using the words “vagina” and “vasectomy” in a debate over abortion-related legislation. In a rather awesome turn of events, Eve Ensler (AKA the woman who made it ‘cool’ to talk about vaginas ... Read More
No, I'm not talking about hot women in the the Olympics. Well, they could be. Regardless, these women are knock outs in the true sense. This year's games marks a first and a last: the first time women will compete in boxing and the last time women will be closed out of any part of the Olympics.   Women’s boxing is an Olympic sport for the first time, with thirty-six fighters in three weight classes competing. Although the sport as a whole has slipped ... Read More
  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
Larry Getlen at the New York Post interviewed Adam Carolla today to talk about his new book, which is about growing up in North Hollywood, and probably a lot of other things no one cares about. Today, he's saying a bunch of inflammatory stuff-- probably to try to gain some sort of cultural relevance other than his podcast or old show. One of those things is that women aren't funny. For a dude whose old TV show was based almost entirely on making fun of women, or ... Read More
Now that it's not copacetic to throw the V-word around in the realm of American government, I decided to go ahead and make a short list of places where it is okay to use the word "vagina." Feel free to use this as a guide so that you don't startle any unexpected listeners. We don't know what the free use of anatomical terms could lead to, but some possibilities are: maturity, correctness, tolerance and, of course, anarchy.   1) The street. It's totally cool ... Read More
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