To make your Friday a little more fun, we have the new video from Gemma Ray, a wonderful UK songstress, whose album Lights Out, Zoltar! was deemed one of the best in 2009 by our own Laurie Henzel. The video is composed of over 15,000 still photographs, which gives it an almost stop-motion feel. Check it out!     Image and video courtesy of IFC. Read More
“On March 14, 2010, for the first time ever, jokes will be told topless in the name of breast cancer,” states the press release for Generosititties, a night of comedy dedicated to raising money (and awareness) for the Young Survival Coalition. YSC is an organization dedicated to increasing the "quality and quantity" of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40. The show, produced by comediennes Amy Beckerman and Leah Dubie, will feature many up-and-coming NYC comics—all sans shirts. Read More
An awesome fact: a woman, Lindsey Van, holds the record for the longest ski jump (between both men and women) off of Whistler, BC’s ski jump, which was built for the 2010 Olympics. Van, a 25 year old woman from Park City, Utah, trains six days a week, eleven months a year, in her discipline—and she won’t be able to compete in the ski jump in Vancouver. Why? Because she’s a woman. From an article on Time. Read More
A bit of bad news today: Lindsey Vonn, one of the US Olympic ski team’s most talked-about athletes, said today at a press conference that she has a bruised shin, which may prevent her from competing in her sport, alpine skiing, at the Vancouver Games next week. She said she’ll be back on skis tomorrow for the first time since last Wednesday, when her injury occurred. Vonn has had some controversial press coverage lately—a recent profile of her from the New York Times magazine which Feministing. Read More
This past week, several members of Congress re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill designed to support international programs to end violence against women. From an article on Politico.com, co-written by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA), as well as Larry Cox and Kerry Kennedy (from Amnesty International USA): "IVAWA will support innovative programs that challenge public attitudes and cultural practices that perpetuate and condone violence against women and girls. Read More
Yep, it's Rush Limbaugh being distressingly offensive again. Apparently, someone called into question his judging the Miss America pageant, being as that he seems to hate women in every way, shape, and/or form, so he went on Fox News (where else?) to explain that he supports women. What? The transcript and video from Think Progress: CARLSON: So for those who were critics of you in judging this pageant, and saying that you haven’t been a supporter of women in the past — LIMBAUGH: Oh, I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not a supporter of is liberalism. Read More
The Super Bowl is, historically, one of the most-watched events in American television each year. Folks gather far and wide to watch the AFC and the NFC champs duke it out. Although really, the Super Bowl is more about two very very important things: one being food (just writing this so far has made me crave queso dip and pigs in a blanket...) and the other being good old American capitalism via commercial-watching. Read More
It’s a terrifying thought: being put under anesthesia and, while you are under, having unwanted or unnecessary procedures performed on you. But according to an article in Canada’s the Globe and Mail, it’s exactly what’s happening in many Canadian teaching hospitals—medical students are being instructed to perform gynecological exams on unconscious women. In the US and the UK, written consent is required, but in Canada, according to the article, “guidelines state that pelvic examination by trainees is ‘implicit. Read More
We’ve gotten a sneak peek at Sonia Rykiel’s new line for H&M, and, being as that the pieces so far sport fun colors, bows, and bedazzling, we love it. Rykiel, known for her knits, brings adorable sweaters and accessories from her French boutiques to the public with this collection, her second with the Swedish retailer.     The playful yet wearable pieces will almost certainly be a hit, though H&M has seen its share of controversy lately. Read More