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Nearly two weeks ago a gunman opened fire during a screening of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana. Eleven people were shot and three people were killed, including the gunman. Now, actress and comedian Amy Schumer is working with her second cousin Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he unveils new legislation to combat gun violence. The two Schumers presented the proposed legislation at a news conference Monday. The legislation would reward states that submit information to the background-check system and penalize states that don't comply. "These shootings have got to stop. Read More
One hundred thousand. That's the number of signatures it takes for a petition to be viewed by the President's administration, and the quantity of names on the call to action written in honor of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide last year. The petition proposes "Leelah's Law," which—if enacted—would require all states practicing conversion therapy to stop. Read More
Mark your calendars, ladies, and get your party hats on for V to Shining V, the First Annual Day of Pride for Women! On September 27th, block parties, house parties and all sorts of festivities will be hosted nation-wide to celebrate womanhood and to inspire people to vote in this coming November’s state elections. The event was created by the group Lady Parts Justice, a politically active team of comedians, technologists and cultural influencers. Read More
Sadly, Photoshop exaggeration is old news. “Nobody really looks like that”, you remind yourself every time a commercial flashes an image of an airbrushed-to-“perfection” model.  Although, do we as individuals really have any power to change the marketing industry standard?  One father says “yes." Seth Matlins, a former chief marketing officer, has seen his fair share of computer-altered waistlines and falsely whitened skin. Hoping to make a less image-conscious world for his two children, he decided to take a step back from the industry. Read More
Is it possible to sell your body without buying into a system of exploitation?  Canadian federal legislators have recently proposed a bill called The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which decriminalizes prostitution unless it is in a public area where children might be affected.  It also decriminalizes advertising for sexual services, so long as it is the prostitute who is doing the advertising.  Both pimping and buying sex, on the other hand, continue to be criminal offenses. Read More