Many women have a love/hate relationship with the media. We grow up with it, are practically raised by it in some cases, and come of age looking to the media for clues as to the type of people, the type of women, we should become. According to the current beauty standards, the type of woman we should aspire to be is thin, white, wealthy and able-bodied. The most pervasive of those expectations in fashion magazines, at least, is thinness--we see it everywhere. ... Read More
We've already brought you the music of THEESatisfaction. Their funky beats and uplifting lyrics are a far cry from the misogyny of mainstream rap; Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White are like a breath of fresh air. In keeping with their too cool for school image, here are the girls in their first music video for "QueenS." Bonus points for all the fashion inspiration, ladies. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
The Occupy Movement is kicking it up a notch. Tomorrow, May 1st, Occupy is calling for a general strike of the 99%, a continuation of the historical May Day, which has been International Workers Day for over a century. Regardless of your political leanings, the hype around tomorrow's events calls for some attention.  In Bryant Park, there will be free food, a free market, public art, the Occupy Library, and a rehearsal for the Guitarmy, which will later be ... Read More
File this under Reasons Why Rachel Maddow is the Dreamiest. On yesterday's Meet the Press, MSNBC's First Lady of political commentary sat down with Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to discuss the political climate and policy formation of the current administration while examining Romney's Republican campaign. This video is maybe the clearest example I've seen of the total breakdown of communication between the parties in this election. ... Read More
I'm contemplating keeping a running tab of superfluous expenditures, compiling them into a rolodex, and calling it my "YOU-HAVE-TOO-MUCH-MONEY" file. I would whip it out when someone told me about their dog's new cashmere sweater or how they're planning to visit the Hamster Hotel. Today's entry? Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, a real estate tycoon from the Gold Coast, has decided to build Titanic II. As if Titanic I didn't make enough of a splash on its maiden ... Read More
  Traveling the world for free sounds too good to be true. I've got a list of destinations I would give just about anything to see: the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the nightclubs of Berlin. And apparently there are people who would like to take me there...? New 'online dating' site Miss Travel seeks to pair 'generous travelers' with 'attractive travelers' and send them on the trip of a lifetime. The website boasts, "Miss Travel was built to ... Read More
  2012 has seen no shortage of invasive legislation that seeks to curtail women's rights. Arizona, Virginia, and Capitol Hill have all been battlegrounds in this year's fight for women's equality. It's easy to sit back, feeling overwhelmed by the political climate in this country, especially when legislators are trying to take away the basic rights feminists fought for decades ago. It's easy to think the odds are stacked against us. It's easy to talk smack ... Read More
  If you own a computer with an Internet connection (as we assume you do, since you are, in fact, reading this blog) you are aware that today marks the birth and death of William Shakespeare. In honor of the birth of the Bard, here are five movies that take a page from his book. 1. 10 Things I Hate About YouBased on: The Taming of the Shrew Julia Stiles was my alt-girl icon in this 1999 film. And the scene where Heath Ledger serenades the football stadium? ... Read More
Tonight could be your lucky night, BUSTies. It's World Book Night in the UK, Ireland, and the United States. The daytime will see UNESCO's International Day of the Book, which falls yearly on April 23 in honor of Shakespeare and Cervantes' deaths. When the sun sets though, self-appointed "givers" will take to the streets and pass out books to lucky unsuspecting passersby. The givers registered with the World Book Night organization and received 20 ... Read More
When the New York Times does a trend piece, it sometimes comes about 3 months too late. Remember their string of pieces about Brooklyn in 2010? Apparently it's a cool place to live! Young people like it there! Or their February 2012 article about living alone? We do crazy things! Like singing in the shower! And eating peanut butter from the jar! Yesterday though, the Times went for cool and hit it right on the head. In a piece about lady arm wrestlers in ... Read More
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