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Today is Hedy Lamarr's 101st birthday, as you may have noticed thanks to today's Google Doodle. You may know Hedy for her film career that spanned from the 1930s through the 1950s or simply as "the most beautiful woman in Hollywood." But there's a lot more to her than that. She had a pretty incredible life. In honor of her b-day, here are five things you need to know about this badass lady. 1. She was the first movie star to simulate a female orgasm onscreen. Read More
In the age of social media – where screenshots of dick pics are taken and mocked, social movements are started on Twitter, and gossip goes viral quicker than an STI – you’d think that the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat bro who turned a black student away because the SAE party was “for white girls only” would have at least attempted to mask his bigotry. But he didn’t. Read More
Last week, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) released a haunting report about the current women's refugee crisis in Central America and Mexico. The report is “based on in-depth, individual interviews conducted by UNHCR from June to August 2015 with 160 women. The women ranged in age from 18 to 57. 63 women were from El Salvador, 30 from Guatemala, 30 from Honduras, and 37 from Mexico.” The outcomes are horrifying, and the women reveal their personal accounts of sexual violence, brutal beatings, and countless threats. Read More
It isn’t going to come as a galloping shock to anyone that men outnumber women in most positions of power from politics to STEM to the media and Hollyood. As part of their November Feminism issue, Elle UK launched a #MoreWomen campaign. In a 45-second video set to an infectious beat, “Get Your Way” by new singer Zilla, Elle UK has Photoshopped out the men in images of groups of powerful figures. Left standing (or sitting) is usually one woman, occasionally two or three. Read More
  In July, the Bratz doll collection was relaunched after a two-year hiatus. The little coverage that the relaunch received was mostly positive. But while popular, the heavily made-up and big-eyed franchise has received a ton of criticism for the characters' hypersexualized make-up and clothes, grossly disproportionate figures, and overall mockery of what it is to be a girl. Read More
A lot of kids today get flack for living their lives out loud on social media, but millennial posts are not all frivolous, silly, or pointless. Sometimes young people use social media to make some important points and speak up about real issues they face in a way that no other generation has been able to do. In this way, social media is actually pretty cool - it gets people to LISTEN UP. On Oct. 27, Carey Burgess, a senior at Beaufort High School, posted on Facebook about a dress code incident in which she had been involved. Read More
  At the end of September this year, a young woman in Arkansas posted a handful of photos onto Snapchat. In one photo, the young woman is smiling while her boyfriend points a gun at the back of her head. Another photo shows the same gun lying on the floor next to a small pile of ammunition. There is another photo of the couple, a selfie, again posing with the gun. Later that night, that woman was shot dead by her boyfriend. Read More
Acacia Fraternity is temporarily suspended from the Ohio University campus, pending an investigation of a video that was released on the evening of Oct. 28, according to The Huffington Post. The video taken by an OU journalism student, Olivia Hitchcock, shows a group of men serenading the women of Alpha Delta Pi from the porch of the sorority’s house. The sweet tune of the iconic “Hey Jude” by the Beatles is heard in the seven-second clip, but there’s one problem—the lyrics are perversely changed to “Send Nudes.” Gross. Read More
Kesha has been all but out of the spotlight since she filed a lawsuit against her former producer Dr. Luke last October accusing him of sexually abusing her. Now, unable to perform, the once-popular singer has fallen from the public eye. Hashtag campaigns like #freekesha are a testament to the loyalty of her fans, but are not enough in the face of the cold shoulder that the music industry has given her. No one will work with Kesha for fear of being sued by Sony music or Dr. Luke for interfering in an ongoing contract. Read More
She’s a woman, she’s 24-years-old, she's a Chinese immigrant and she’s running for a seat in Congress. Her name is Lindy Li, and she is ready to bring the millennial voice to Capitol Hill—but don’t dare call her a politician. “People call me that all the time, but I really don’t want that label. I feel like I won’t be comfortable with it until it is dissociated with so many things I don’t like. For example, conniving and selfish,” Li said in an interview with BUST. Read More