If the latest issue of New York Magazine is the big Fall Fashion issue, then why is Lake Bell gracing it in her birthday suit? Does the latest fall trend require me to bare my nipples to the world, too? Correction— I suppose no nipples are necessary. Lake appears to shield those little bits with a false tattoo. Two leaves covering her nipples and a hand delicately placed over her crotch is now the height of haute couture. But seriously, where’s the fashion? Don’t get me wrong, Lake is easy on the eyes and has a beautiful body and there’s nothing wrong with embracing that. Read More
Now, my Italian is limited to whatever I remember from my stay in Italy about 2 years ago, but I did not need to understand anything in order to enjoy this yoga video!   First of all, the guy is super-cute, with his scruff, accent and sleeve… and then the dog! Seriously, I can’t get over this dog! The way he rolls his head, side to side “lentamente” is abso-fucking-lutely adorable. And I can’t lie, I like hearing yoga asanas in Italian—it sounds like a song. Read More
There comes a time in moments of crisis when we need to just sit back and listen. Sometimes this request comes from a partner, a mother or a sister, but right now it’s coming from women worldwide. Al Jazeera reported recently that women from South Africa to Japan and the United States are demanding a diverse approach to feminism, or a fight for feminism that represents women of all cultural backgrounds. Read More
Some people really have a problem with referring to him- or herself as a feminist. Generally, even if someone still believes in gender equality, they still tend to get defensive when someone calls them a feminist. This is clear in first segment of an article published in the Guardian written by a man who, when asked by a fellow journalist to answer some questions about male feminism, agreed to speak, but was adamant about not being labeled a “feminist." He asserted that being called a feminist was "in roughly equal measures as a compliment and an insult. Read More
I love when I know that the things I put into and onto my body are 100% au naturel. Now, I’m not necessarily an angel when it comes to this, I do make an effort and when that effort involves fun, crafty ideas about how to make your own makeup, I swoon.   This recipe for all-natural eyeliner is both cheap and easy, some other things I like my makeup to be. The only thing you’ll have to buy to make it is activated charcoal. I know, it sounds a little weird. The only charcoal I’m familiar the stuff I draw with. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual violence that may potentially be triggering for survivors of sexual assault. A 15-year-old girl was found last week in Northern California's Lake County. She was a runaway from Los Angeles. It is believed that she was living on the streets in Hollywood when she encountered 30-year-old Ryan Alan Balletto and 25-year-old Patrick Steven Pearmain, her kidnappers. Read More
I don’t know when it will ever get through peoples heads- just because you make something illegal doesn’t mean that people will stop doing it, nor does it even begin to solve the problem. Texas, the reality is that abortions happen with or without legality and when you pass a bill that closes all but 5 abortion clinics, the reality of the situation doesn’t change. The result is more women endangering their lives and psychological stability by finding ways to induce abortion without a clinic. There have been more reports saying that "flea market" abortions have become the norm is Texas. Read More
  I must say that after I watched the short documentary “Space Barbie,” I felt very conflicted. I'd heard of Valeria Lukyanova before - a Russian woman living in Odessa, Valeria has used plastic surgery and extreme body modification to become what she calls a “refined girl," and what the rest of the world calls a Barbie doll.     Disturbing, no? I don’t think her impossibly unnatural appearance sends a good message to women, especially to young girls. Read More
  I would say I’m a feminist because I believe in choice and equality. Yes, that includes the choice of whether to shave or not to shave. And there's no doubt this situation gets a little...prickly. Certainly some of us just like it. But a question mark remains on whether we like it because it makes us feel good, or if social constructs have convinced us that having a clean, plastic-like exterior should make us feel good. Read More
I'm more than a little skeptical about a new study that asserts that the birth of a daughter and growing up with female siblings makes men more generous with their money. I can see how growing up with siblings in general makes  people, not just men, generous because they’ll be more inclined to share, but I don’t buy that all female children are more nurturing and soften all men in the household in general. Read More