The esteemed Rachel Maddow made the pointed observation that media outlets cover Hillary Clinton "like a criminal," dissecting her every move for shreds of news and dog-piling at the slightest hint of scandal. Their attention is not so much flattering as unavoidable – a norm of political life Clinton has likely long since accepted. So too is the sexism, and not only from reporters. Read More
I recently moved to a tiny apartment in Brooklyn, and I had to leave more than half my wardrobe at home in Tennessee. It’s been a rough reality because I absolutely love clothes. With fall, my favorite fashion season, approaching, I’ve been worried about how I’m going to stay stylin’ with a significantly reduced collection of clothing. It’s not quite time for me to beg my parents to send me my winter clothes and figure out where to store my short-shorts, so I decided to find a way to make my limited wardrobe stretch into the next few months. Read More
In a recent story published by The New York Times, 21 Yazidi females came forth with their tales of rape from Islamic extremists.  In the past year, over 5,000 Yazidis were kidnapped, while an estimated 3,144 are still in captivity. In the eyes of the ISIS-run Islamic State, the Yazidi religion is wrong, which is probably why the state will not reconsider its slavery policy. On August 3, 2015, after the invasion of Mount Sinjar, systematic slavery became a legal part of the state. Read More
Punk rock goddess Patti Smith is adapting her 2010 memoir, Just Kids, for Showtime, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The limited series will be co-written and co-produced by Smith and Penny Dreadful creator John Logan.  A National Book Award winner for nonfiction, Just Kids is a moving reflection on Smith’s life as an artist in New York during the 60s and 70s, as well as her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. If you haven’t read it, do. If you have, do it again. Read More
Super cool sister-fronted band Summer Twins from California, have released their first single, “Demons,” from their upcoming record, Limbo. Their modern /'60s garage rock sounds come with a bit of a bite. Inspired by The Ramones and The Donnas, the band first joined forces on their debut EP in 2010, recorded in a friend’s bedroom. Signed with everyone's favorite label, Burger Records, they continue to produce dreamy harmonies tinged with a bit of garage-y psychedelia. Read More
  Draw Inspiration from Sun-Drenched Spots this Summer with this Hot Stuff Wear your art on your sleeves with palm prints from Aussie brand Gorman. Greenhouse Shirt, $189 AUD, Gormanshop.com.au Handcrafted specs to shade your peepers from the sun. Maple Wood Sunglasses In Skinny Teal, $70, tmbrs.com   Exotic fruits and organic ingredients to keep your body beautiful. Brazilian Mango Grapefruit Solid Perfume, $9, Pacificabeauty.com; Lemon Body Lotion, $9, Organicfactory.etsy.com   Have a good hair day, even in the heat, with a spotty scarf. Read More
    I have a lot of time on my hands. I have a lot going on, work/hobby-wise, sure, but it mostly takes place online in some way, which means that I have many opportunities to be distracted by random nonsense, which is the mailing address of "The Computer."    Internet C/O The Computer 212 Random Nonsense Blvd. Flat Surface, FU 66666   So yeah, sometimes, while working on things, I'll get these brain tics telling me I absolutely HAVE to search for something online at that VERY minute. Read More
A 22-year-old trans woman of color (TWOC) found dead in a vacant field in Texas on July 29th has finally been identified as Shade Schuler. Schuler is the 13th trans woman murdered in the United States in 2015, meaning this year's total already exceeds the number of transgender women killed in 2014.  When found, Schuler was originally identified as a male. With help from Trans Pride Initiative’s Nell Gaither, though, authorities correctly identified Schuler as a trans woman, ending a two-week investigation. Read More
To add a little multipurpose bling to your outfit, skip the candy necklace and go slip on some crayon rings. These chunky bands provide artsy oomph, and as a bonus, they’re super easy and inexpensive to make. Read More
Once upon a time, on the Tube in London, a little old lady called out a slut-shaming wanker for being, well, a wanker. We were lucky enough that Scott Sparrow posted this story on his Facebook. Read on: "I am having such a wonderful day on the tubes I can't not share this story. Let me build the scene:Central Line between Oxford Circus and Chancery Lane, possibly St Pauls.To my right is sat a lady, 25-30, wearing a revealing dress. To my left is an old lady, almost dead is how old she is. Standing in front of us is a man, 50's, suit and tie, eyeing revealing dress. Read More
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