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Human rights organizations are up in arms over Amnesty International’s decision to create a policy that supports the decriminalization of sex workers on a global scale. The #NoAmnestyForPimps campaign launched at the beginning of this month in an effort to combat the Amnesty International’s decision -  Wait, so what’s the deal here? On Aug. 11, Amnesty passed the decision to support the human rights of sex workers at its International Council Meeting, where delegates from around the world meet to decide on policy. Read More
The tampons have eyes in this Swedish music video– they are dancing tampons teaching kids about menstruation. From the Swedish television station Barnkanalen, catchy musical clips like these are combatting the stigma of periods by emphasizing that they're a healthy sign the body is functioning correctly. Alex Hermansson, one of the show's hosts, sings along, declaring we should "Hip Hip Hooray for Period!" while tampons dance.  Cute right? At the end, it kind of looks like Hermansson is thinking about taking a bite out of the tampon, but it's cool. Read More
When sewing blogger Cashmerette posted a sketch of bathing suit plans for an upcoming project on Instagram, some troll decided the proper response was body shaming, telling her to “eat less cake.” She responded sassily, posting a lovely shot of herself in a dress she’d sewn and a comment about how her life was pretty awesome already, accompanied by the hashtag #CakeWithCashmerette, and wrote a great post about it on her blog. Her fans and peers have flocked to the hashtag, posting selfies of themselves with cake and other delicious desserts as a quiet protest. Read More
You’ve no doubt seen her somewhere—maybe in one of two episodes of ANTM, in pics on  her popular Instagram account, or in the giant Desigual ads on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Chantelle Winnie is a modeling force to be reckoned with, and it’s in part due to her rare skin condition, vitiligo. We’re so bored with used to the homogeneity we see among runway models, so Winnie’s quite obvious physical difference is a welcome departure. What was once a hindrance to her well being is now her source of empowerment. Read More
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. Read More
I came across Roxane Gay’s literature while I was deep in the clutches of ADD. But when I found her short story “The Year I Learned Everything” while poking around the web, I could not stop reading it from start to finish. Gay was there for me when I needed a voice to shout without dominating; she had true grit, without embellishment or pageantry. When I finished, I couldn't believe that the story was classified as fiction—her ability to convey the full spectrum of human emotions so effortlessly made my cheeks burn.  Recently, I headed to The Last Bookstore in L.A. Read More
On June 22, Frances Bean Cobain spoke out about Lana Del Rey’s recent comments regarding the glamorization of musicians that die young, specifically her now infamous statement: “I wish I was dead already.” In a series of tweets that tagged @LanaDelRey, Cobain reached out to the singer, saying “The death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize…I’ll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat. because ppl like u think it’s “cool” … Well, it’s fucking not. Read More
Once upon a time, beauty companies were telling women that their bodies weren't smooth enough, their faces clear enough, and their hair, shiny enough. However, after various body-positive movements in addition to all the feminist scholars critiquing the issue, companies have attempted to alter the explicit ways in which they enforce constant body surveillance. Now more recently, we are seeing women's beauty advertisements "praise" empowerment over body image. Take this new Pantene, "Sorry Not Sorry" commercial, for instance. Read More
Everyday, countless women are catcalled, harassed, and berated based solely on our gender. In a world where people shrug off sexism and claim that the feminist movement is no longer relevant, it helps to have a reminder like Everyday Sexism, a website devoted to chronicling submitted real-life experiences of girls and women. Read More
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death. The writer took her own life less than a month after the publication of what was perhaps her best-known work, The Bell Jar. To mark the passing of a half-century, The Guardian rounded up a group of female poets and writers to share their impressions and feelings about Plath's work and influence. Read More