Yes, you read that correctly: butt song from Hell. Hieronymous Bosch’s enigmatic triptych The Garden of Earthy Delights, created around 1500 AD, features in its right-most panel a vision of Hell, the conclusion to the narrative of the divine Creation, the union of Adam and Eve, and life on Earth. The work is so richly symbolic that scholars have battled over the intentions of even its smallest details; surprisingly, I had yet to read any news on the strange musical score etched onto the derriere of one of the damned. Read More
There are some pretty wacky ideas and debates about sex these days, but looking back on Medieval religious and social doctrines makes our sexual culture seem a little bit less complicated. For one, even sexual pleasure within a marriage was considered sinful; it had to be scheduled based on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the church calendar to ensure that both parties experienced as little pleasure as possible.
Another inconceivably absurd and convoluted rules applies to male homosexual sex, which was typically punishable by an impossible 10 years of fasting. Read More
In Flower Woman, the photographer Eunice Adorno enters the Mennonite community Nuevo Ideal, in Durango, and The Onda Zacatecas, hoping to scratch beneath the surfaces of stereotypes and uncover deeper truths about the women’s lifestyles. The character of the strict and austere Mennonite female is replaced with a more honest and nuanced exploration of female friendships and family.
The images are whimsical, displaying the women sporting smiles and floral prints, enjoying an ice cream cone and playing with one another’s hair. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Dec 02, 2013
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases that will set the precedent for whether or not a company has the right to refuse birth control to its employees, even if it is a part of federally-mandated health insurance.
Knick-knack store Hobby Lobby was quite peeved when they found out that pesky Obamacare meant their employees had free access to birth control. Now, they are taking their crotchety malcontent--under the guise of "traditional Christian values"--to the Supreme Court. Read More
In some cultures, religious talismans and sacred objects are kept out of the hands of women for fear that females will rob them of their power, a power coded as “masculine.” And according to Harvard Business School’s Jill J. Avery, ours is one of these cultures... when it comes to our worshipful treatment of the products we consume.
While it might be relatively easy for women to appropriate products labeled as manly, like deodorant or razors designed primarily for men, men are harshly scrutinized for using products targeted at women. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains the description of sexual assault and may be triggering to survivors.
I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about comparing Miley Cyrus’ sexual antics to Madonna’s thought-provoking ways of the 1980s. Read More
I loved the summer horror flick The Conjuring, a creative, visually arresting retelling of a supposedly true exorcism story. The haunted house represented in the film was (as legend has it) haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed her child decades prior. As the final credits rolled on screen, visions of Vera Farmiga as the brave and compassionate medium Lorraine Warren clouded my thoughts; she was nothing short of magical. Then I caught my fiancé’s eye, and we both recognized a clear sexist message in a film we had both otherwise enjoyed. Read More
Well, wouldja look at that, Abercrombie & Fitch is under siege once again. In A&F’s latest news, a young Muslim woman filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company because she was unable to wear a hijab to work. Jeez, this company needs to get its act together.
In 2010, 18-year-old Hani Khan was fired from the San Mateo, CA, Hollister store. Four months into her job, Khan’s manager expressed concern for her head scarf. Khan refused to remove it. In light of this, Khan was terminated from her job. Read More
Ah, wedding dresses. What a bride chooses to wear to her wedding is a sacred choice. Different colors and different shapes can represent how a gal chooses to enter into a lifetime with the person she loves. Every outfit is as unique as each woman herself; a really good wedding dress can help to express the ways in which she and her partner love one another. So can location, for that matter. Whether it’s a church or a beach or in the middle of the woods, the place at which couple chooses to wed is crucial. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 17, 2013
Ireland has passed the "Protection of Life During Pregnancy" bill into law - and thank (non-denominational) God(s), the "life" being protected here is actually the pregnant woman's.
Ireland's zealously religious "pro-life" cultural climate pushed against this decision with protests and debates for months now. Even when Savita Halappanavar tragically died after being denied an abortion in Ireland last year, her widower Praveen had a straightforward explanation: “Ireland is a Catholic country. Read More