Hit So Hard

BY Intern Tessa in Movies

Patty Schemel, former drummer for Hole (among others), is a survivor. She found success in one of the biggest acts of the 90s, but along with her rock-star lifestyle came some dark moments, and while Patty played the shit out of the drums, life equally played the shit out of Patty. The story of her life and career is told in Hit So Hard, a documentary that opens in theaters on April 13th. A drummer holds every song together, and with her focused expression, steady arms, and bare feet, Patty established herself as a powerful presence. Read More
Actress, activist, and all-around badass Ashley Judd has fired back at the media for critiquing her appearance. Tabloids (and even legit news sources) have been crowing that Judd’s face looks puffy and generally messed up, claiming that it must be due to her having pumped her face full of fillers. With her response, Judd's established herself as a force to be reckoned with. With eloquence, intelligence, and seeming effortlessness, she slammed those who have picked apart her looks and the system that allows this backbiting to happen. Read More
Driving is one of my favorite things to do. The feeling of freedom I get when tearing down the highway at 60 MPH with the window down, and screaming along to my favorite tunes is amazingly exhilarating. That’s why feeling safe in my vehicle is super important to me.                        The Washington Post reported that Crash Test Dummies have traditionally been built like men, so when cars did safety tests, they weren't testing everyone’s safety (which, of course, resulted in faulty safety ratings). Read More

A Piercing Matter

BY Intern Tessa in Style

I'm not a body-piercing fanatic, but I did get my nose pierced just before graduating from college, where I met and admired many hippies. Some of them had their noses pierced, and it looked beautiful on them, so I wanted to hop on the bandwagon.                   (An example of the aforementioned foxy hippies) All this got me wondering how hippies latched on to nose piercing, and I started doing some heavy Googling. Read More
We’re so thankful to Marie Claire for reporting on how women tend to pay more than men for most things. The practice is called gender pricing, and it's everywhere. Gender pricing takes place in the sale of health insurance, dry cleaning, haircuts, home mortgages, cars, and many, many more products and services. Toiletries such as shampoos, soaps, razors, and deodorants are marketed differently to men and women, although they are NEARLY IDENTICAL, with the main difference being aesthetics and scent. And you can probably guess who pays more. Read More
Once again, women’s rights are under attack. The Medicaid Women’s Health Program, a health-care program for low-income women in Texas, is in danger of losing $35 million dollars of federal funding because Governor Rick Perry won't allow any of it to go to Planned Parenthood.  This program, which funds preventative care (including cancer screenings and contraception), currently serves 130,000 women by donating to many clinics in Texas--including Planned Parenthood. Read More
A year ago, Amnesty International reported that several of the women who were arrested at the protest in Tahrir Square in Egypt were beaten, shocked, and strip-searched while being photographed, threatened with prostitution charges, and subjected to virginity tests.   Today, Democracy Now! reports that an Egyptian military court just acquitted an army doctor for one of these forced virginity tests, and this ruling has human rights organizations (rightfully) up in arms. Read More
Sexist jokes are seldom legitimately funny, but they do get attention, as is proven by these chinos from Madhouse, a British discount clothing chain. Their pants' labels provide detailed washing and drying instructions, and under them, in bold letters, state, “OR GIVE IT TO YOUR WOMAN IT’S HER JOB”. As our girlfriend Amy Poehler would say: "Really???"   Not only is this label rude, but it's unclear. Read More
At this point in winter, it feels like our down jacket is melding with our skin, and that spring may never actually materialize. But watching "Be Still," the spacey-yet-cheery new video from The Curious Mystery, is making us believe that bare legs and beach parties are just around the corner. This psych/garage-rock band from Seattle, Washington will make you move with their lively beats, while simultaneously sending you into a mellow trance. This tune--which features store-bought and homemade instruments, as well as copious hand claps--is on The Curious Mystery's new 7” from K Records. Read More
Tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. It's a good time to celebrate women’s achievements, but any day's a good one for educating ourselves on the power and influence of ladies across the globe. According to Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet team, female farmers produce more than half the world’s food--about 1.6 billion women worldwide rely on farming for their livelihoods. Sadly, not all of these farmers have access to banks that can provide essential financial services. But women around the world are coming up with solutions to these setbacks. Read More