It started with Saudi Twitter user Sultan Al Hilali, who posted a hash tag that translates as “Prostitutes of the Olympics.” Some tweeted in support of the vile phrase, but supporters of Saudi Arabia’s first two female Olympians flocked to the rescue, drowning out their ignorant and misogynistic words of hatred. It’s no secret that it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Wojdan Shaherkani (Judo) and Sarah Attar (athletics), female athletes from a country where they jail women for getting behind the wheel of a car. Read More
  Kristin Bauer Van Straten might be all fangs and attitude on hit show True Blood, but she has a major soft spot for animals. The on-screen vampire (that’s Pam, for those of you who’ve spent the past few years hiding under a rock) told Racked reporters that the first question she was asked about the upcoming HSN x HBO Forsaken Beauty Collection Inspired by True Blood was “Is there animal testing?” (The answer to that very good question, by the way, is a hearty no. Read More
If you’re still on the search for the perfect summer tote, this new offering from FEED Projects will add a dose of color to your wardrobe while helping hungry children in India. According to the New York Times, 42.5 percent of minors in India are malnourished –and the consequences are deadly. “Malnutrition makes children more prone to illness and stunts physical and intellectual growth for a lifetime,” reports Somini Sengupta. With every purchase of a FEED India tote, you’ll give 50 hungry Indian school children a nourishing meal. Read More
With the Olympic Games in full swing, there’s no shortage of gaudy gear that the blogosphere keeps urging us all to stock up on. Decking out your apartment in red, white, and blue can be spirited and fun. Plastering American flag lip art across your pucker…not so much. Keeping that in mind, there are easy ways to go for the fashion gold with accessories you can rock long after the Closing Ceremony on August 12. With these five versatile Etsy picks, you won’t need a medal (or scarlet eye shadow) to make an impression. Read More
If you ever make the trek to Knollwood Church in Alabama, you might be in for a sermon from the twilight zone. The Huffington Post reports that the church’s pastor, Aaron Fruh, has some pretty out-there things to say about the Chick-fil-A controversy. Apparently, not only is same-sex marriage an “experiment” that sends God into a hissy fit, but it's also to blame for the great flood. At this point, I’m sure you’re all scratching your heads and Googling “Noah’s ark,” but this particular story won’t be found within the pages of the Bible. Read More
When they tell you to dream big, I don’t think they meant boycott the Internet. Because let’s get real: with more than 100 companies under its umbrella, Google has quite the monopoly over the World Wide Web. Not that appeals to reason ever swayed the American Family Association (AFA), a "Christian" group that is currently busy mulling over a Google boycott. So what exactly did the behemoth do to deserve such ire from the far right? Well, earlier this month, it launched a campaign called “Legalize Love.” According to LGBTQNation. Read More
I’ll admit it: I squeal at all things cute. With that said, you can probably imagine the sheer excitement I felt when I caught wind of these three fabulous new releases from Momiji. So what exactly is a Momiji doll? Each fabulous resin creation is handpainted with tons of TLC. Turn one upside-down and you’ll find a pull-out card where you can write a personalized message to the doll’s recipient. Or keep it for yourself –it’s difficult not to get addicted (believe me, I know). Read More

Welcome Back, Sailor Moon

BY Diana Denza in TV

While everyone was celebrating the end of another work/school week, Naoko Takeuchi had much more impressive plans up her sleeve than uninhibited Facebook stalking. This past Friday, the creator of that girl power trip called Sailor Moon announced that a brand new anime adaptation of the beloved show is on the horizon. Before I delve into details, let me first say that I watched the entire Sailor Stars season in Japanese (you know, the one that never aired in the states). Somehow, I managed to harbor crushes on all three Starlights simultaneously. Yeah, it was pretty exhausting, but I digress. Read More
The summer after I graduated from college, I worked 40 hours per week at minimum wage. Even with the buffer of being on my parents’ healthcare plan and living with relatives, it was difficult to get by. After shelling out cash for loans, food, transportation, and clothing, I had little to show in my bank account afterward. I couldn’t imagine paying rent, much less raising a family on minimum wage. Nevertheless, millions of Americans–4.4 million to be exact–get by on these wages, according to The Fiscal Times. Not that it matters to Florida Representative C.W. Read More
From rare vintage sunhats to painstakingly handmade baubles, Etsy is the place to go for summer accessories. Sure, you could go the chain-store route, but why would you want to? Especially when you have the chance to support independent designers and score a find that won’t tear after a few wears. While I can kill hours at a time enjoying all the goodness Etsy has to offer, here are seven summery accessories for you beach-loving gals on the go:   Purple Beach Sarong, $35,  This hand-dyed, Asian-inspired sarong is the perfect swimsuit cover up. Read More