Halloween is getting closer and closer, and what better way to celebrate than watching a horror film – or making one. From now through February 28, 2013, female horror filmmakers can submit their work to Viscera Film Festival. Bonus: unlike most festivals, Viscera does not charge submission fees.  In summer 2013, Viscera will showcase the winning films at the Bloody Carpet Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. There will be special guest speakers, award presentations, and celebrity guests. Read More
CoverGirl’s newest model is easy, breezy, beautiful – and bald. 13-year-old Talia Castellano is a cancer patient whose makeup tutorials have made her a YouTube star.  Talia first fell in love with makeup when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of seven. As she grew older, she began sharing her love and knowledge in YouTube makeup tutorials. She uses makeup to make her feel beautiful. “When I have on a wig I feel, not fake, just not me,” she said. “When I put on makeup I feel like I can embrace those features that I really like about myself. Read More
You can take your cupcake craze to the next level with Megan Seling’s new cupcake cookbook, Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats With A Surprise Inside. Since launching her blog, Bake It In A Cake, Seling has developed delicious cupcakes filled with a second treat hidden inside – fruit, a chocolate kiss, a mini pie, or another cupcake. Bake It in a Cupcake contains 50 cupcake recipes, accompanied by step-by-step instructions. You can try two of them below. Read More
It’s that time of election year again: the time for presidential debates. The debates may have you screaming angrily at your TV screen, but they can also be hilarious, especially if you keep Twitter and Tumblr open while you watch. From Biden’s “Malarkey!” to Romney’s binders full of women, here are the top 10 memes from the past three presidential and vice presidential debates:   10. Badass Moderator Martha Raddatz Martha Raddatz moderated the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, and she completely killed it. Read More
Are you ready to take your love of salty snacks to the next level? Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims (Ten Speed Press) includes seventy-five recipes for salty (and healthful!) snacks from potato chips to duck jerky to chickpea cake. Below are the recipes for the delicious-looking bacon-chive bread with goat cheese and kale chips with lemon and ginger. Read More
  Ladies – it’s time to celebrate. We are close to achieving a society in which women are no longer judged by their waistline or the number on the scale. A society in which young girls never, ever diet. A society in which fat ladies star on hit TV shows. Or so the New York Times seems to think. In a ridiculous article titled “Women On TV Step Off The Scale,” New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley argues that “Self-acceptance has become a new form of defiance on television, especially among younger female comedians. Read More
The Taliban shooting of 14-year-old girls’ education rights activist Malala Yousafzai has united Pakistanis in their condemnation of the attack and their support for Malala. Protests and vigils have been held around the country, with some protestors declaring, “I am Malala,” and others carrying a banner reading, “We want our daughters to be like Malala.” Pakistan’s president, prime minster, and political leaders joined Amnesty International and the United Nations in condemning the attack, according to NBC News. Read More
  Malala Yousafzai is in “satisfactory” condition at a military hospital, but the next few days will be critical, the Associated Press reported today. The 14-year-old Pakistani girls’ education rights activist was shot by a Taliban gunman on Tuesday.  The spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, said she is being kept unconscious and on a ventilator, and that it was too soon to say whether she had any significant head injury. The bullet entered her head and went into her neck towards the spine. Doctors operated to remove the bullet. Read More
Sick of people assuming that successful women must have slept their way to the top? You’re not alone. Freelance writer Andrew Goldman, who writes the “Talk” Q&A column in The New York Times Magazine, recently asked The Birds star Tippi Hedren if she considered sleeping her way to the top. In any context, this is a pretty offensive question, but it may be especially so here. Goldman was interviewing Hedren about an upcoming biopic based on her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, who sexually harassed her and ruined her career after she refused to sleep with him. Read More
Malala Yousafzai began her activism at age 11. In early 2009, she began writing a blog for BBC Urdu about her life in Swat Valley as the Taliban banned girls’ education.  On Tuesday, the 14-year-old Pakistani education rights activist was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, and she is currently in critical condition. The following are excerpts from her blog, all published by BBC Urdu in January 2009. This is what Malala fought for. This is why the Taliban targeted a 14-year-old girl.   • I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taleban. Read More