You might recognize Eleanor Friedberger as one half of experimental indie-pop duo the Fiery Furnaces. After the band went on hiatus in 2011, Eleanor didn't stop singing, and began working hard on her debut solo album, Last Summer. After the success of the NYC-inspired record, she set out to create a collection of songs that are more relatable and universal than her last. I'd say she hit the nail on the head with Personal Record (out June 4 on Merge), where you'll ... Read More
"Ugh, my jeans so do not fit anymore. I'm a cow!" "No way, I'M the cow! Just look at my cankles!" Yeah, we've all done it. Whether or not you admit it, we've all fat-talked. It's easy to do and it's so normalized that you might not even realize you're doing it. It becomes an automatic response. Psychologists define it as "the body-denigrating conversation between girls and women." While it might seem basically harmless, this type of infectious speech can be a ... Read More
In college my friends and I would always plan out an elaborate group Halloween costume involving the myriad lovable characters from Arrested Development. Everyone would argue over who they would be: should it be based on looks? Personality? Or just who your favorite character was? Needless to say, this idea never came to fruition, but that's probably because we didn't have this super helpful flow chart that determines which character you are! I discovered I'm ... Read More
We can never get enough of the Queen of All Things Cray. You might think you've seen it all, but this gem is too good not to share. This 1982 footage stars a blushed up teenaged Björk flaunting her soprano voice and fun stage presence in one of her first bands ever. Electro-dance-punk group Tappi Tíkarrass has the Icelandic legend sportin' a super cute dress and her signature high-energy performance. Plus there's a pretty sick guitar solo around 1:35. ... Read More
UMass students Kaelyn Siverksy and Grace Brown are  giving rape survivors a voice with Project Unbreakable. Victims write quotes or stories that involve their assault on white posterboard. Project Unbreakable posts photos of these participants holding their poster to the blog. People involved in the program are survivors of various types of attacks and choose a vast array of words to include on their board. Some display threats or insults from their rapist ... Read More
Two of the baddest divas in the game have collab'd again on "I'm Out," the new party anthem for the ladies. Cici starts it off strong with the club-ready chorus, "Ladies, it's your song, so as soon as this come on/ You should get out on the floor, go and get your sexy on." Of course, everyone's favorite Harajuku Barbie keeps it tough, spittin' fire in her verses. (My personal favorite parts of Minaj's faster-than-the-speed-of-light flow? "I do it big/ I hit 'em ... Read More
Two ex-Nike entrepreneurs have gone off the beaten path to create this rad clothing line that caters to tomboys everywhere. If you've found yourself in the men's section of every store when shopping, Wildfang is the online store for you. Emma McIlroy and Julia Parsley are the designers behind the Portland-based startup, who aim to "liberate menswear, one bowtie at a time." Their pieces cater to their personal style needs, including ties, suspenders, creepers, ... Read More
That's right, ladies. If you're feeling a bit choked up, the best thing to do is suck a dick twice a week. At least, that's the advice Dr. J. Peter Zegarra would say. A female patient came to Zegarra's office in Sacramento and Zegarra proposed an upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy to investigate some of her symptoms. She was reluctant to go through with the treatment because it involves an endoscope that travels down the throat into the intestinal tract. She ... Read More
Raha Moharrak, a 27-year-old Saudi graphic designer, reached the summit of Mount Everest over the weekend. Her amazing feat was part of an expedition called "Arabs with Attitude," which includes Qatari Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, Palestinian Raed Zidan and Iranian Masoud Mohammad. All members are aiming to the first of his or her nation to reach the top of the mountain. Moharrak revealed humble feelings about her impressive accomplishment. "It was very personal ... Read More
We still haven't gotten over the horrendous comments and actions of fat-hate coming from Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries. Luckily we can always count on Ellen to poke fun at such insanely ridiculous situations like these, and that's just what she did on her show last Friday. She has one thing to say to Abercrombie: "Fitch, please!" Not only is this clip hilarious, DeGeneres ends with a truly inspiring anti-fat-hate message about true beauty. She extends ... Read More
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