We reminded you last Friday that International Anti-Street Harassment Week is this week. Hope you're all fighting back in whatever way suits you best: blogging, a well-placed status update, or speaking out on the streets in safe and responsible ways. Permanent Wave, the rad feminist collective of artists and activists based in Brooklyn, shared this video in honor of the Stop Street Harassment campaign on their Tumblr: You need to a flashplayer enabled ... Read More
Unless you live in the Twin Cities, prepare to be very jealous, indeed. This May, St. Paul will host the Girls Got Rhythm Fest, a two-night concert extravaganza featuring veritable music legend Ronnie Spector, among other acts. A pioneer in the girl rock scene since the 1960s, Spector is no stranger to the limelight. She is responsible for hits like "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You," which were basically written to be sung into the mirror with a hairbrush in hand. ... Read More
Having a place of one's own is quite the challenge, and not only with regard to paying the bills and making sure that the couch isn't consistently covered with cat hair. On top of these basic requirements, there is also the task of making one's house a home, adding those tender touches that can really transform a living space. A perfect way to create visual interest and generate conversations for those grown-up dinner parties you've always wanted to have is by ... Read More
Most of my daily activities require me to behave as if I'm far more mature than I actually am. Taking the subway without giggling at other peoples’ conversations or engaging in staring contests with small children: definitely a struggle. So when I stumble across something that elicits adolescent squeals of joy from my inner pre-teen, I have to share it. Enter this Tumblr: #whatshouldwecallme. A collection of gifs set to scenarios, they are spot on and ... Read More
2012 has been a tough year so far for women’s rights, and it’s only March. With legislation cropping up across the nation that seeks to limit our access to birth control and to put hurdle after hurdle between a woman and a legal abortion, it seems only fair that female legislators are turning the tables. Democrat Nina Turner of the Ohio State Senate has introduced Senate Bill 307, which aims to regulate men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs ... Read More
  We've been following the growing controversy in Virginia regarding HB1, the so-called "personhood" bill, and SB 484, which requires women to undergo an invasive ultrasound if they are seeking an abortion. These pieces of legislation are drawing national attention, even in the current pervasive climate of assault on women's rights, and on Saturday, March 3 in Richmond, Virginia, citizens took to the capitol steps to protest. According to the Richmond ... Read More
We certainly hope not, but a recent study in the United Kingdom quizzed 18-25 year olds (women only, of course. Men surely don't worry about such things...) about body image, and the group's answers are more than a little unnerving. The survey found that 41% of women respondents would rather have bigger breasts than a high IQ. For women who aren't necessarily that into the idea of a buxom bust, the survey offers a "slim figure" instead, which 44% would ... Read More
The South certainly has us buzzing this afternoon! It seems that every day there is a breaking story about a new assault on women's rights. The latest addition to the fray comes from Georgia (my home state: keep up the good work, y'all). Mother of four Nirvana Jennette reports that she was asked to leave church for breastfeeding her child during a service. The incident didn't end there, however, as Jennette claims the pastor compared her breastfeeding to a ... Read More
Sometimes my latent teenage angst rears its head unexpectedly. Especially on a day like today, where in New York at least, all signs are pointing to 'you-should've-stayed-in-bed,' it can get intense. So to escape the drizzle outside and embrace my displaced adolescent rage, I'm turning to these fine doodling dames of Tumblr for company. Whether you're happy, horny, hormonal, or (like me) just a tiny bit enraged that you're expected to get out of bed every day, ... Read More
  In the last few years, there’s been a bunch of new dark ladies making their mark in music-- Anika, Anna Calvi, Fever Ray, Rykarda Parasol, and Nika Roza Danilova (more commonly known as Zola Jesus) to name a few. The latter, Zola Jesus, came to NYC’s Webster Hall this past Saturday and cast her musical spell on the enthusiastically somber crowd. Zola Jesus are descendants of bands like Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and ... Read More
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