Virginia Wesleyan College is demanding the sexual history, as well as boyfriends' names, of a Jane Doe to verify that the trauma she endured after her rape is legitimate. Ridiculous, right? Here's the background story: A freshman at Virginia Wesleyan College, Jane Doe, was drugged and raped by a peer advisor employed by the college. Jane Doe reported this to the college, and the rapist was found responsible for sexual assault and expelled. End of story, right? Nope. Read More
Nonie Dubes, 90, and Vivian Boyack, 91, have spent most of their lives madly in love with each other… and they never told a single soul about it. They kept their relationship under wraps for more than half a century for fear that they would be judged. But after all that time, they’re finally legally married and out to the world. “It’s just one of those things. You know, those people who talk about falling in love with their wife or husband, or whatever, on first notice or first viewing. So, it happened with me I guess,” Nonie told The Des Moines Register. Read More
Target has decided to take another progressive leap by throwing out the “boys’” and “girls’” labels on toys, home goods, and entertainment items. Instead, they will switch to using the gender-neutral label “kids’” in these sections of the store. This decision comes after the store says customers raised concerns about unnecessary gender-based signs. Read More
LINDI ORTEGA Faded Gloryville (The Grand Tour/Last Gang Records) 5 There’s a big divide between the two sides of mainstream country music today: Corporate country, and the real stuff, Americana. The former seems to be littered with overblown, overproduced, and overrated stars. In the midst of all this, Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega returns with her fourth full-length album, Faded Gloryville, on which she successfully continues her quest to keep country real—and cool.   The songs assembled on this smokin’ new release run the gamut of country styles. Read More
If you’re with child and want to be without, plan a safe, simple abortion with straightforward advice from doctors, experts, and women who’ve been there. Imagine it’s 1965 and you’ve discovered you’re pregnant. You’ve recently embarked on the beginning of your career in Manhattan, so this is clearly no time to raise a baby. You consider abortion, but since it’s illegal, you have no legitimate doctors to call and no one willing to support your decision to abort. Read More
Having sex is completely normal. I have it, you may have had it (and it’s totally okay if you haven’t), and the person sitting next to you probably has too. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, Samantha, it’s the 21st Century, duh it’s normal.” Unfortunately, sex is still as taboo as it was when we were growing up. Read More
Last Thursday, award-winning actor and producer Salma Hayek spoke to host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on HuffPost Live. Hayek discussed her new animated film The Prophet and why movie studios “don’t want” her. Hayek explained that it has always been the case that studios don’t want her. Because of her multi-ethnic background, studios don’t know what to do with her. “They go by stereotypes,” she said, “and sometimes it’s hard to put me in a box. Read More
Transgender lives are rising to the forefront in mainstream media. A new film starring Elle Fanning, titled About Ray, continues this trend. The film explores a family’s dramatic journey as daughter Ramona, played by Elle Fanning, begins the process of transitioning to Ray. About Ray does not just focus on Ray’s personal journey. It takes a deep look at how Ray’s mother (Naomi Watts), father (Tate Donovan), and grandmother (Susan Sarandon) are impacted by Ray’s identity. Read More
Starting my period the night before a marathon would absolutely lead me to withdrawing from the race and eating several pints of Ben & Jerry’s instead. This is exactly why Kiran Gandhi is a hero and deserves all of the gold medals. Gandhi is a Harvard Business School Graduate, drummer (playing along side M.I.A.), and all around badass. Instead of reaching for chocolate, she woke up, put her running shoes on, ditched the tampon, and finished her race in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. Did you just say ditched the tampon? Yes, yes indeed, I did. Read More
There are some nights when the thought of dragging your tired little tuchis out the door is more painful than walking away from an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. Especially when the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful, and there’s a little herb involved. What follows are some madly marvelous munchies to help you camp out on the couch. Now, quit bogarting the remote! Barbecue Popcorn There’s no better munchie food than popcorn, but why not bump it up a notch with some zingy barbecue flavoring? Buy your fave popcorn, and pop according to directions. Read More
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