Break out the party hats, people! Cable network The CW has just announced they are currently developing a "raw, quirky family drama" with a transgender teen as the main character. Currently titled ZE, the show will focus on a female-to-male teenager living in Texas. The program will be written by award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow (Armless) and produced by Michael London (Thirteen, Milk). But really, anyone could be writing this and I would still be stoked beyond belief. Read More
Menstrupedia is a self-defined "friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during their periods." That description couldn't be any more perfect! The website is simple yet incredibly informative; it treats the subject of menstruation both frankly and warmly. Needless to say, I wish I had access to something like this when I was 11 years old (I like to think the various Kotex websites that were 90% friendship-bracelet tutorials were responsible for my demise). Read More
From the ages of 15 to 22, a woman by the name of Rachel Moran worked as a prostitute in Ireland. She found herself homeless when both of her parents were struggling with mental illness and soon turned to prostitution as a means of survival. In a new memoir “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution” Moran writes with the aim to reveal the world of prostitution for what it actually is; stripped of any myth and enchantment. Recently, Moran spoke with Feminist Current about the book, and the interview was simultaneously heartbreaking and highly enlightening. Read More
If Yoko Ono is ever short on cash (highly unlikely, since I own 10,000 copies of Grapefruit), I suggest that she bottle her essence and sell it on the street so that the rest of the world can experience the same eternal, restless creative energy that has propelled her lifelong career. You would think that for a soon-to-be 81 year old woman, productive efforts may have slowed, or at least have taken a backseat to Bingo-related activities. But who am I kidding? This is Yoko Ono we are talking about, a human being who has dominated every creative field she has set her mind to. Read More
What happens when two of the world's smartest and sassiest funnypeople come together for a meeting of the minds? It would appear we are about to find out. Lena Dunham and David Sedaris have just announced a joint show--"Alone Together at Last"--to take place at Carnegie Hall on November 19th. Go ahead, I'll wait right here while you do a little dance. Read More
Did you know September is Abortion Access Month? (I didn’t either...but now we both do!) The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) is celebrating 20 years of helping women get the care they need by spearheading a renewed effort to open dialogue about abortion in the United States. NNAF board members Veronica Bayetti Flores and Eesha Pandit kicked off the month with an article on Feministing, revealing rather shocking statistics on the current state of a woman’s right to choose. Though a legal right to an abortion exists within the United States, for most it may as well not. Read More
Fall is in the air, my friends! That is to say...I am officially wearing a sweater because it is actually chilly out and not because I only own cardigans! There is something about this seasonal change that always gives me a little creative boost. The laziness and slowness of summer officially give way to an inner desire to become Martha Stewart. So enough with these metaphors! Let's get to the good stuff and make cute things out of felt!!! 1.) Wool iPhone Sleeve I wasn't joking about the felt thing! These take only a few minutes to make and super customizable, so get creative, yo! 2. Read More
It's fashion week here in New York City, which means scores of ladies dodging from show to show at top speed, all while wearing the highest of heels. Though I haven't seen anyone get stuck in a grate or fall on their face quite yet, I am sure the scowls of models and fashion editors as they scurry down the sidewalk aren't just a result of eating nothing but a piece of kale in the past week. Read More
In India, women are revered in religion and mythological lore. In real life? 68% of Indian women are victims of domestic violence, as reported by Save Our Sisters, an organization that works to prevent young women from becoming trapped in the world of human trafficking and promotes their education and well-being. This shocking discrepancy between the imaginary and the all-too-real is acutely captured in Save Our Sisters’ latest campaign: Abused Goddesses. The images, part photograph and part painting, feature beautiful religious figures with haunting scars. Read More
Whenever I come across an article about the world’s latest wonder-child, I think back to how my ten-year-old self was incapable of accomplishing little more than consuming every episode of Sailor Moon. But the youths of today are a whole different story. Motivation? Vegetables? Science?! This time, a 13-year-old has revolutionized the way humans and pets can interact with each other at long-distances. Brooke Martin, who just started the ninth grade, is the genius behind the iCPooch: a device that enables the user to video chat with his or her pet. Read More
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