BY Jamie Bogert
on Dec 09, 2014
The ladies of Pussy Riot are at it again. This time, however, they won’t be found at Christ the Savior Cathedral punking out in protest, and their balaclava’s need not be worn – their new project is all about transparency.
Started in September in collaboration with The Guardian’s New East network, MediaZona is Pussy Riot’s latest endeavor post jail time. Two of the three leaders of the all-female Russian punk band, Maria Alyokhina and ... Read More
On Sunday, 400,000 people lined up along the west side of Central Park. They came from New York and Wisconsin and Canada and the Republic of Georgia. They had hand-drawn signs on cereal boxes and mass produced posters advocating divestment from fossil fuels. They had stilts, umbrellas, macaws, ukuleles, stickers, pins, and whistles. In the end, so many people showed up and clogged the march route that the crowd had to be dispersed via text message at 5PM, long ... Read More
on Aug 12, 2014
Nowadays, with all the extensive medical care, doctors and pain meds available for soon-to-be-mothers, pregnancy seems like a walk in the park! While about 200 years ago, pregnancy was almost like a death sentence, now the prospect of a childbirth-related death is almost unheard of, right? Actually, wrong.
Each year childbirth complications kill 4.3 million women and babies worldwide (just as a comparison, AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis kill 4.2 million people ... Read More
on Jun 30, 2014
Okay America, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH. I am sick and tired of you spilling your “religious convictions” all over my nice new pair of CIVIL RIGHTS. I got them in mint condition, on sale for an exceptionally reasonable price, and now, THANKS TO YOU, they are splattered with ridiculous restrictions, based on bad science and arbitrary **cough sexist cough** beliefs. (Sorry, I’m a bit allergic to bull shit.)
Today, the Supreme Court ... Read More
on Jun 11, 2014
“My aspiration in life, is to be happy” begins Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts” off her album BEYONCÉ. Apparently her aspiration is to make quite a lot of other people happy as well.
On June 3rd CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter presented a $125,0000 donation to Embrace Innovations to provide 320 Embrace infant warmers to 100 rural health facilities in 11 Millennium Village sites across 10 ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 10, 2014
Like the rest of you, I was incredibly excited to binge watch (and complete) the second season of Orange Is the New Black on Netflix this past weekend. There has been a significant shift from character-based story lines to episodes revolving around daily prison operations and how they inflict hardships on the female prisoners. The changed not only made sense, but worked very well.
While the women of OITNB continue to face miserable conditions at the ... Read More
on May 15, 2014
Are you a human rights activist? While reading the paper, does your stomach churn in utter disgust at all the articles about the blatant disregard for human life? Do you live for truthful depictions of human struggles as captured in a two hour long motion picture? If the answer to all these questions is an impassioned YES, than it sounds like the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival is for you!
Beginning on June 12th and lasting until June 22nd, the 2014 Human ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Apr 25, 2014
Beloved reality TV show star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, showed her love for the LGBTQIA community via Instagram yesterday. Alana's handmade "NO H8" sign, written on a Holiday Inn post-it, demonstrates how easy it is to share the love in our hearts and step away from quick, unnecessary judgement. Her words may not cohere with the most up-to-date terminologies, but it's a stride in the right direction! Go Honey Boo Boo!
PLEASE watch the video here, it's ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Mar 04, 2014
In honor of International Women's Day (IWD) coming up this Saturday March 8th, Catapult - a crowd-funding website championing the empowerment of women and girls - created a series of photos as a part of a visual campaign depicting the growing global epidemic of sex slavery, child slavery, and child brides.
The campaign created mock magazine covers, nearly identical to the well-known pop-culture magazines we see stuffed into our newsstands. These covers ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 15, 2013
Unlike the rest of his peers, high school senior Jeydon Loredo will not be appearing in the La Feria School District yearbook. Why? Because Jeydon, who identifies as male, is wearing a tuxedo in his picture.
The tuxedo is standard wear for every other boy being photographed, but according to the school district, Jeydon's photo in particular does not meet "community standards." Wait...what? Can someone send a memo to these people that it's 2013?
Stella ... Read More