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Having a vagina in tow on this journey called life can mean that you pay quite a bit more for day-to-day living, no matter the country you live in. With tampon taxes and pay gaps making national news, Buddy Loans, a British loan company, added up just how much more money it costs to be a vagina owner. Unsurprisingly, many of the things that cost women in the U.K. extra transfer pretty indiscriminately to the women in the States. Let’s do the math: 1. Read More
In case you weren't already aware, Lady Parts Justice is "a cabal of comics and writers exposing creeps hellbent on destroying access to birth control and abortion." They describe themselves as "Inclusive. Intersectional. Fun as Fuck." Evidence of this amusing form of activism can be found in their video "A Lady Parts Justice History of Birth Control." In the video, the narrator tells us a little story about the history of birth control in America. Read More
When I heard about Flavia Carvalho and her Projeto A Pele da Flor (The Skin of the Flower Project), I immediately knew I wanted to write about her. I have two very large scars on my body, one down my chest and the other across my back. Luckily, I’ve never felt too much shame around them, but all of my life, people have been eager to ask me questions about them, forcing me to recount their back stories. In some ways, I understand the questions; it’s natural to be curious about things that appear so unnatural. Read More
Recently, Glamour magazine held its 25th Women of the Year awards, honoring celebrities, politicians and everyday citizens including Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, the women who lost loved ones at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, and….Caitlyn Jenner. And unfortunately, there have been some transphobic reactions to Caitlyn Jenner’s win. Read More
In honoring the classic holiday song originally performed by Frank Loesser – I really can’t stay…say, what’s in this drink? – the Bloomingdale’s 2015 holiday catalog features a well-dressed woman laughing, head thrown back, while a man, troubled that he's caught in the Friend Zone, watches her with intent. A phrase floats between them at eye level, giving illegal and terrifying holiday party advice: “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking. Read More
When genderfluid model/actor Ruby Rose hit the mainstream on Season Three of Orange is the New Black, the Internet exploded with lust, and the reverberations are still being felt months later. Her piercing eyes, edgy haircut, ample tattoos, and languid swagger have tingled the nether regions of nearly everyone with a Netflix account. Straight women everywhere announced online that they would “go gay” for the statuesque and Bieberesque Rose. And as expected, the LGBTQIA community reacted with Ye Olde Internet Outrage. Read More
While the rest of us are stuffing our faces with pumpkin-flavored treats and drinking Starbucks coffee from our plain red cups, Melissa Arnot is training to run a 50K in preparation for her sixth summit of Mt. Everest. That’s right, sixth, and in an effort to push her limits just a little bit further—this time, she’s doing it without supplemental oxygen. But for Arnot, it’s not about holding a record; it’s about interacting with nature. Read More
This week, Refinery29 launched “Behind The Headlines: Daughters of Paradise,” a beyond-stunning multimedia feature, which explores the lives of three Syrian women who have been displaced to Turkey due to the civil war. The feature presents a unique perspective on what the United Nations’ Refugee Agency has called “the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation.”  Here are the stories of three women refugees, “daughters of a vanished Syrian paradise,” who someday hope return. Read More
American Girl Magazine has come under fire for publishing a story featuring an 11-year-old girl with two dads. The magazine, targeted at young girls and owned by monolith Mattel, published an article about the charity work done by 11-year-old Amaya and her family. A group claiming to represent 1 million extremely conservative moms is now going off into nonsensical Bible-thumping homophobia, saying that the magazine is "promoting sin."  Really, do we have to talk about this? I don’t know, man. Gay people exist…like, we are here. Read More
BY LYNN PERIL YOUR CELL PHONE has a glamorous secret. The technology that makes it possible for you to have a conversation without everyone in the world listening in is based in part on a torpedo-guidance system patented by none other than movie star Hedy Lamarr. In her Hollywood heyday, she was known as the most beautiful woman in the world, but the frequency-hopping mechanism Lamarr conceptualized and implemented (with the help of avant-garde composer George Antheil) during World War II is also the basis for the multibillion-dollar wireless-communications industry. Read More