Make Your Own Peanut Butter Flax Seed Bars Oh, the sadness of biting into a mass-produced protein bar in the middle of the woods! You’ll never have to struggle with that cognitive dissonance again with these super simple bars. They’re chewy and toasty and not too sweet. Plus, they can take a beating in your backpack. You can really customize these to suit your tastes, using a different nut butter or adding up to a cup of your favorite dried fruit or nuts.  Ingredients ½ cup smooth peanut butter ¼ cup agave nectar ¼ cup brown rice syrup 1 tsp. Read More
News flash: women masturbate. And it’s not just for sexual pleasure… it can help reduce the pain of menstrual cramps and improve cardiovascular health. Men have been shown onscreen masturbating for years, yet film and TV makers tend to ignore female sexuality. However, things are starting to change, as more and more TV shows depict scenes of female masturbation in their programs. The scenes cross all genres. There are scenes meant to be sexy, such as Moria the Maid’s scene from American Horror Story. Read More
Take your vagina into your own hands. Health-wise, I mean. Stick your hands down your pants all you want, but I’m going to tell you about DIY gynecology. GynePunk, a Catalan collective from Calafou, is working to develop an emergency gynecological medicine tool kit. Like a risk-reduction kit, but for your lady bits. This toolkit would let you take samples from yourself and test them without having to pay for a doctor or be subjected to the “bureaucratic, statistical forms that perform a role of judgement of your practices, capacities or choices,” as described by GynePunk. Read More
  Three defiant chords open Negative Scanner’s self-titled debut album (dropped today! stream here), ringing out like sirens before a looming tempest. But then, charging through the ominous silence, comes the voice of Rebecca Valeriano-Flores, her emotive warble perfectly balanced by thrashing instrumentals from guitarist Matt Revers, bassist Nick Beaudoin, and drummer Tom Cassling. Read More
As a hardcore Runaways fan, I was not surprised by the story that went up last night on the Huffington Post about the rape of Jackie Fuchs, original bassist for the legendary girl group The Runaways. In the excellently reported long-form article The Lost Girls by Jason Cherkis, Jackie alleges that their producer and manager, noted scumbag Kim Fowley, raped the then 16-year-old Fuchs while she was passed out, having been given Quaaludes, in 1975. Read More
Imagine you are a woman of reproductive age, low-income, and use Medicaid as your health insurance. Now imagine that you are pregnant, and you wish to have an abortion. You have made the decision that you cannot afford to raise a child, or perhaps you’re not ready, or don’t want a child. Whatever, you are entitled to have your reason. Well! I hope you have a wad of cash stashed away, because Medicaid won’t cover your abortion. A federal health care program intended for low-income people does not cover abortion. Read More
Belinda Carlisle was right: heaven is a place on earth. That place is Ōkunoshima, Japan. What’s so special about it, you ask? Take a seat and prepare yourself. It’s an island whose main inhabitants are… bunnies.  Image via The Dodo To visit, you can take a quick ferry ride from the mainland of Tadanoumi. The fluff balls are wild, but reportedly friendly.  Their two favorite activities are being pet and eating so pellets, veggies, and a willingness to snuggle are recommended.   Image via In Otter News No one is sure how the bunz ended up there. Read More
Dylan Marron’s project Every Single Word is a simple premise with a powerful message: He edits mainstream movies and leaves only the speaking parts of people of color. The results? Usually, 30 or 40 seconds of screen time. Big hits (Her, American Hustle) and indie films (like Frances Ha) alike illustrate the shameful lack of representation for people of color in the mainstream film industry. (500) Days of Summer contains less than 30 seconds of content with a nonwhite speaker.   Moonrise Kingdom contains about 10 seconds.   Black Swan? 24 seconds. Read More
  They don’t say booty unless they’re talking about gold, and they don’t look at chests unless they’re filled with treasure. Who are they? The pirates of Key and Peele’s latest sketch, “Pirate Chantey,” and we love what they stand for! Take a look: Key and PeeleGet More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows  While it’s obvious the sketch is comedic, the topic is quite serious – aiming to educate (mainly men) about issues including rape, sex, harmful language, and gender norms. Read More
With 17 GRAMMY awards, a record for the most BET nominations ever, and the impressive ability to drop a 14-track visual album with five million in sales worldwide (sans PR), it’s no surprise that Beyoncé is getting a skyscraper.   The skyscraper, dubbed Premier Tower, is projected to reach 741 feet and will stand flawless near Melbourne’s Southern Cross railway station. Yes, that’s right, Melbourne, as in Melbourne, Australia. Read More