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An average American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her reproductive lifetime. That’s 16,800 times inserting a foreign object into our bodies, a foreign object we know very little about. For about a week every month for however long we are fertile, a tampon is cozied-on-in-there next to some of the most sensitive, absorbent skin the body has to offer. Ideally, these tampons are soaking up our flow, making our lives easier and stain-free, but we need to consider what our bodies are taking from the products while they’re busy at work. Read More
Spring Valley High School in South Carolina is getting a lot of attention right now, as this video of a school resource officer forcibly removing a black teenage student from her desk has been seen by millions in the past 24 hours. According to a report by WIS, Officer Ben Fields was called in to escort the girl out of class after she refused to leave.   The officer has roughly manhandled people before. The New York Daily News reported that Fields violently arrested a black veteran, Carlos Martin, in 2005. Read More
In a must-read interview earlier this week, Gloria Steinem sat down with Cosmo to discuss everything from Miley Cyrus and threesomes to finding the balance of traveling and building a home, and, of course, how to respond to being called a “bitch.” Here are our favorite moments from the interview: On the lack of women who pursue top leadership positions: "Until men are raising children as much as women are, women won't be able to be equal in the work place, and we are so behind as a nation, in terms of flexible work patterns and parental leave. Read More
There's no denying that actor, singer, model, and dancer (that's a lot of amazing titles for a 19 -year-old) Zendaya is absolutely stunning. I could stare at her picture all day, and full disclosure, I probably will once I finish writing this. That's why it makes total sense that Zendaya is PISSSSEDDD at Modeliste Magazine for its recent photoshop nonsense.   Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Read More
The terms paid maternity leave and paid vacation have been circulating around the news cycle as the primary elections swiftly approach. Candidates like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both have advocated for paid leave policy in the United States, which is great, but is policy enough?  A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development on paid leave entitlements found that the United States is the only advanced economy offering zero paid maternity leave, while countries like the United Kingdom offer up to 39 weeks of paid leave for new mothers. Read More
Before Donald Trump had a Twitter account and Super PACS put political ads between every 10 minutes of The Daily Show, political campaigning  took another form: postcards and posters. And in the suffragette era,  many of these posters argued that women should not have the right to vote. It was actually difficult to narrow these down to only five, considering the many dozens of comically sexist yet regrettably authentic pieces of memorabilia from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but here’s a taste. We recommend a barf bag. 1. Read More
October. The month when we celebrate a mass murderer, dress up like wizards and strippers for a night, and every store's shelves start looking like a Pepto-Bismol ad in order to magic away breast cancer. It doesn’t work, and many argue that it has done more harm than good. The most ubiquitous breast cancer foundation in the country is the Susan G. Komen foundation; the majority of pink products are either sold directly by Komen or by companies that donate the profits to Komen. Read More
Seeking: Orgy City Girl #1. Orgy City Girl #2. Seeking: Attractive Woman in Bed. Female. 25-33. Talent May Be Asked to Disrobe During Auditions. Seeking: A Dead Body. Uh…whoa. Well, first lets clarify that these are actual, real casting calls. That yeah, real women have to deal. One such woman, actress Katrina Day, frustrated with this general absurdity on the job, created Some Lady Parts—a blog that works to cast light on sexism in the acting world. You might recognize it, because it went viral last year. Read More
  Washington Post social change reporter Sandhya Somashekhar wants to make sweet, sweet love to antichoice "activist" David Daleiden - you know, the guy behind the "Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts" video. At least that was my biggest takeaway from her recent profile of him. Somashekhar begins with the laziest attempt at being impartial: “Daleiden, 26, is the antiabortion activist who masterminded the recent undercover campaign aimed at proving that Planned Parenthood illegally sells what he calls aborted ‘baby body parts. Read More
Two days ago, the Internet exploded when Jennifer Lawrence wrote about her less than equal salary in Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny. Lawrence rightfully was frustrated when the Sony hack exposed that she had been paid millions of dollars less than her male co-stars for her role in American Hustle. In her essay, Lawrence explains that she was upset partially due to feeling uncomfortable negotiating for higher pay. “I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled’,” she writes. It’s a disappointment that wage gaps are still a thing. Read More