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    When it comes to hip, young fashion retailers, Urban Outfitters is like a rebellious teenager- lots of angst and ire but never quite hitting the mark. While other clothing companies might regale us with fantastically ugly, overpriced merchandise, UO really likes to "stir the pot" with slogan tees and kitschy apartment knick-knacks rife with sexual innuendo. Not too long ago, UO offered a shirt that listed "Obama/Black" as a color option, and these ... Read More
  Why Walk-a-thon when you can Punch-a-thon!  For the past 35 years, the Center for Anti-Violence Education has been holding annual Punch-a-Thons to raise awareness and funds for violence prevention and self-defense education for survivors of violence and at-risk youth.  It's kind of like your average charity event, except it's a bunch of kick-ass women and girls practicing self-defense moves and shouting words of encouragment.  CAE is a ... Read More
This week’s Village Voice feature article is about a woman who was apparently too hot for her male colleagues to focus on their own jobs. Debrahlee Lorenzana, a former Citibank business banker, is suing Citigroup for being fired because her sexy curves were too much her bosses to handle. The majority of the article focuses on how sexy she is, mainly Lorenzana reinforcing the fact that it’s not her fault she’s attractive and there’s only so ... Read More
  New Jersey is a never ending stream of whadafug? Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture (seriously??) and  The Sopranos. Even Charles in Charge was from New Jersey. Apparently the drones at the New Jersey Department of Mota-Veacles are so busy catching the hijinks of their TV neighbors they're slacking on the job. NJDMV approved Kim Romano's BIOCH vanity license plate --four years later someone realized that when you group letters ... Read More
Emily May of New York City started Hollaback! NYC in 2005 in an effort to combat street harassment. An incredibly underreported, justified, and accepted form of discrimination against women and LGBTQ people, street harassment occurs on public transportation, in crowded areas, and close to home for most folks in urban areas.  What started as a tool of instant justice: May had New Yorkers photograph and submit blog posts about their harassers, has grown into a ... Read More
                                       Last February it was reported that for the first time in American history, women were expected to dominate the country’s workforce.   This was of course due to the fact that 82 percent of the job losses at that point had befallen men in predominately male job sectors such as construction and ... Read More

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BY Bette Bentley in Feminizzle

Wow. The Tribeca Film Festival is over – OK it was over May 2nd.  Just now catching my breath.    As an Artist Liaison for the festival, I get to see loads of films.  Some glorious—like the narrative “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” or  the doc “The Other City” (check em' kids). Some stinky films—lips sealed (and not in the H.Duff-duet fashion, really sealed).  In film news, the ... Read More
Check out this 80s-tastic propaganda video encouraging teens to wait for marriage - no, not wait to have sex - wait to kiss.  "Because what does the Pastor say?  You may NOW kiss the bride."  Dude, my mouth was first befouled when I was four and I was the flower girl at my cousin's wedding and I tried to kiss the ring bearer, John Michael, in the church courtyard.  Then he choked me.  Maybe that was God's punishment for being a trampy ... Read More
This Mother's Day brought with it the usual onslaught of treacly admonitions to remember mom...as if we could forget. "Having power over someone is not the same as having power to confer," laughs Susan Faludi when she explains her latest theory. She's been looking at the emergence and disappearance of feminism from the national landscape and come up with the idea that "feminism has a mother/daughter problem." Since her first book, Backlash: The Undeclared War ... Read More
Leave it to the talented cast of Glee to put a pop icon back at the top of the music charts (The Power of Madonna Soundtrack from their tribute episode was able to knock out Justin Bieber at No. 1 its debut week).  In an article today in The Guardian, author Wendy Shanker chronicles her obsession with the Material Girl and explains the profound influence she has had on her life. Unlike most of us, Wendy has been fortunate enough to actually meet her ... Read More
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