Award-winning slam poet Denice Frohman drops some fresh verses against gay hate. There's not much I can say about the video that doesn't speak eloquently for itself. Just press play. She'll make you laugh, cheer, and cry - all in three minutes.   via Upworthy image via leeway. Read More

Best (Female) Chef...?

BY Teresa Lu in Feminism

  In response to The World's 50 Best Restaurants' Best Female Chef award this week, Anthony Bourdain bemoaned on twitter: "Why — at this point in history — do we need a 'Best Female Chef' special designation? As if they are curiosities?"   Best Female Chef of 2013, Nadia Santini Good point. And who better to respond to this question than a distinguished female chef? Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy promptly tweeted back, "As long as women are under recognized by most mainstream awards, they need their own awards. Read More
  Yesterday, protesters in various cities joined the Ukrainian feminist group Femen for an international "topless jihad" to combat oppressive sexism in Muslim communities. The protest was inspired by Amina, the young Tunisian woman who was condemned by her country for posting topless photos of herself on the internet."Our boobs will be stronger than their stones" says a protester. Participants have posted photos from Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Montreal, and more.  Check out the Femen blog for updates on the movement. via news.com.au, Femen. Read More
  I'll admit - I have albums upon albums of memorable face-warpy photos taken in Apple Photo Booth that I couldn't be more proud of. But I have never experienced so much giddiness and self-discovery as this girl is having in this amazing two-minute video:   The original video, uploaded in June 2009 by duckswithhooves, currently has over 3 million hits and it is still being obsessively duplicated throughout YouTube. If you're curious to see what her real face looks like, here is the same video, unwarped. Read More
  Are you an aspiring fabric designer? Put your work up on Pinterest to enter Bernina's contest! The grand prize winner will receive a sick new Bernina 710 sewing machine, custom runs of the winning fabric, a chance for fabrics manufacturer Benartex to review the design, and a feature on the WeAllSew blog. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded, including two Pinterest People’s Choice Winners. Click here for Steps to Enter. DO IT. image via wa.Bernina. Read More

Ladies' Comics Night

BY Teresa Lu in Arts

It's the time of the year for MoCCA Fest! If you're a girl who's into comics, kick off the weekend at the 5th annual Drink and Draw Like A Lady event tomorrow night. There will be drinks and munchies and dozens of other comics enthusiast ladies. Feel free to bring sketchbooks, mini-comics, and business cards. The party's free of charge (but bring something to share if you like) and open to all ages! Drink and Draw Like A LadyWhen: 7:30pm, Friday, April 5th, 2013Where: The Productive, 40 West 38th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NYEvent site: DrawLikeALady.com image via SocietyIllustrators. Read More
Last Tuesday, in association with V-Day, Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, hosted a panel discussion regarding sexual violence, in the light of the Steubenville rape case. The event sold out in eight minutes. Though it was exciting to know that every seat would filled with engaged listeners, there was something so annoyingly typical about the scene that greeted me: the audience was composed almost entirely of women, with a couple of guys sprinkled here and there. Read More
  Athletes, moms, and activists have become unanimously pissed off at rapper Rick Ross and his explicitly date-rapey lyrics. The disturbing line in Ross' song, "UOENO" is as follows:"Put molly all in her champagne, she ain't even know it/ Took her home and enjoyed that, she ain't even know it."Ross is currently the face of the Reeboks Classics series, a line of sneakers that takes pride in its roots and history. "It takes a lot to make a classic" declares the tagline across Ross' face, boasting that the shoes are authentic and influential, like rap music. Read More
19-year-old Tunisian feminist Amina, who posted the following photos of herself on the internet, has recently been delivered by her family to psychiatric care. The photos were first posted to the Femen-Tunisia webpage. The first photo displays the words "Fuck your morals" written in ink across her torso. The second one shows her smoking a cigarette, adorned with the Arabic words, "My body is my own and not the source of anyone's honor," in an effort to combat sexism in her Islamic community. Read More
My little sister, who is graduating high school this year, has been trying out new styles of makeup and also wants to dye her hair blue. She says that this is all in preparation for college. In a more brooding tone, she confesses "I feel like I care a lot about how I look... Is that bad?" In high school, clothes and style seem to be indispensable to one's self-worth, from the hairstyle to the shoes. Read More