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Stand-up comedy is often viewed as a genre dominated by men, and it shouldn’t be. While many think of stand-up, specifically as a boys club, these talented, hilarious women are carving out a space for the rest of us. Get ready to laugh your tampons out.    1.         Marina Franklin Image via twitter.com/marinafranklin I’m amazed that many people still have not heard of Marina Franklin. How is this possible? Marina Franklin is one of the most popular comedians in the comedy scene. She often makes fun of the...
“Looking into the origins of western feminism, in every case the women who were ‘stirring up the hornets’ nest’ were considered a bit odd. In a short amount of time, a very small group of ‘men hating’ women skewed the minds of content and happy women everywhere and made them think that they were being treated ‘unfairly.’” This is a real sentence written by a real student at a New England university. I was this student’s freshmen composition teacher. The student who wrote this sentence is...
Say "she sells seashells by the seashore" quickly, three times in a row.Now, try the more historically accurate version: Mary Anning peddles dinosaur parts on the Jurassic Coast as one of the world's first, unheralded fossil hunters.Born in 1799, Anning ran a fossil stand on England’s Dorset Beach, also known as Jurassic Coast, and it's often said that she was the real-life inspiration behind the famous tongue twister. At age 12, she dug up a 200 million year-old marine reptile—the first complete ichthyosaurus skeleton to...
Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.Ted Cruz is the lead singer of a Christian heavy metal band.Ted Cruz is...obsessed with dildos?Yes, Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential hopeful who looks like he’s always holding in a really painful fart, is back in the news for something hilarious. This week, Mother Jones brought to national attention that in 2007, while working as a solicitor general in Texas, Cruz fought to uphold a ban on the sale of sex toys in the state of Texas. A 2004 case...
Fundamentally changing the role of the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy is impressive. Prior to her husband’s election into office in 1929, she had already began her career in social justice. Born into a family of wealth and aristocracy, she strayed from Victorian ideals by working to improve the lives of the impoverished masses. She was an investigator with the Consumer’s League, working to expose the harsh working conditions of industrial workers. A proud and longtime member of the Women’s Trade Union League, an organization...