Don’t see St. Vincent for its complex characters. Though the cast is promising (Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Bill Murray, to name a few), the movie is altogether disappointing. There are definitely no strong female characters to speak of, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the overwhelming lack of any multi-dimensional character, regardless of gender. I do recognize and applaud the fact, however, that the actors do the best with what ... Read More
Zola Jesus is bigger than… well, you know. And if you don't, allow me to enlighten you with her brand new video for her song "Dangerous Days." Her music style is definitely cooler, darker and far more nuanced than many artists performing today, and I think we definitely all want to get lost within the spooky, mysterious world she so skillfully creates. The song itself is from her upcoming album TAIGA, to be released this October, and ventures further ... Read More
  Aliaa Magda Elmahdy is only 23 years old and already she’s making headlines. An Egyptian feminist and internet activist, Elmahdy has amassed a substantial following on Twitter and Facebook, and has had no trouble making waves online and in the streets with her protests against the oppression of women in the Middle East. Her latest stunt, however, is by far the most shocking.   Elmahdy recently posted a photo on her blog of herself and another ... Read More
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is accomplished, hard-working, and handles the idiocy she faces constantly with a grace that is unparalleled. She’s done so much to try and better our nation, and that is why we should care about her. Why, then, is “weight loss” the first suggestion that comes up when you type her name into Google?   In an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, Gillibrand goes into detail about the kind of sexist nonsense she ... Read More
Maggie Campbell is the head distiller at Privateer Rum in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It’s an impressive title, but one that was not easily acquired in the male-dominated spirits industry.   She admits that “female visibility in the spirits industry is very skewed,” and that drama, competition and a sometimes exclusionary energy is par for the course in a small industry such as hers.  Being one of the small but growing number of female ... Read More
Every August, we get ultra-excited about the AfroPunk Festival, which takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y.C. The festival is a two-day celebration of music, fashion, art and culture. Aside from being packed with eye-popping musical performances and insanely good vibes, it's *also* a convergence of some of the most beautiful, stylish folks on the planet. We swear you won't find a better crowd for people-watching anywhere in the world.  This year's fest was full ... Read More
I love this. The other day, Shea Strauss, a writer for Playboy, shared a flowchart she created on the magazine’s website—a handy guide to find out whether or not you should catcall a woman.   Turns out, the only time catcalling is okay is if A) she is literally a cat or B) you know her and have “both consensually agreed to shout sexually suggestive comments to each other in public.” AMEN.  Having women on the writing staff at ... Read More
Good news, West Coast babes! This October marks the eighth annual Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, presented by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment.  On the 18th and the 19th, bands of all genres, shapes and sizes will take the stage against the backdrop of the beautiful San Francisco Bay. The line-up is impressive, and includes performances by Outkast, The New Pornographers, Massive Attack, Alt-J, Janelle Monáe and 21 other ... Read More
These days, there seems to be an increasing amount of technological advancements aimed at making safety stylish. From jewelry that can alert others to when you’re in danger, to bras that will give an electric shock to a would-be attacker, there has been no shortage of wearable, discreet safety measures for women.     Now entering the arena is the nail polish brand Undercover Colors.  Developed by four male undergrads at North Carolina ... Read More
Working out shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. I am a firm believer that if you’re not getting an emotional boost from exercising, or if it leaves you feeling tired and blah rather than proud and pumped, you’re doing something wrong.  As a kid, I could spend hours (yes, hours) in the ocean or running around with my friends in the school yard. I was always on. Now that I’m older, I have to make a conscious effort to get a decent amount ... Read More
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