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Among fashionable Victorians, there was no parlor ornament so elegant—nor so diverting—as a clear glass globe filled with glittering goldfish. It was considered to be educational for children who, according to author Charles Nash Page in his 1898 book Aquaria, could learn more in a few hours of observing the goldfish than in “many days spent with books.” It was also believed to be beneficial for invalids since watching the goldfish swim was “health restoring” and “restful to the mind.” By the middle of the...
On June 13th, New York Women in Film & Television held their annual “Designing Women” event to celebrate and recognize women working in costume design, hairstyling and makeup in film, television, and digital media. This event is not only spectacular for spotlighting women in the film and television industry, but also those who work behind the scenes—often overlooked, but crucial to the final product. Costume designer Sarah Edwards, who worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Last Days of Disco, and The Secret...
Starchild Stela’s work is cute, magical, and bright; but all the same it is powerful feminist work. Most well known for their street art in Montreal, Stela makes art that is as accessible as it is important, touching on healing motifs for survivors of abuse. Regardless of the medium — whether a mural, a personal zine, or a print — the focus stays grounded in Stela’s life experiences of queerness and emotionality. Stela is certainly a pioneer of feminist graffiti. The positive power of their work...
April marks a year since I broke up with my first official “boyfriend.” It took me almost that long to admit to myself that he emotionally abused me. He seemed shy and intelligent. He introduced me as his girlfriend after a month, which seemed sweet, even though I was somewhat concerned that he had done so without talking to me about it first. Slowly, I began noticing that when we were around other people, he was happy and full of energy, but when...
  Following the grim tragedy in Orlando, the Chicago-based Luthern Church Charities K-9 unit is stepping in to bring hope to victims. According to the LCC, since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on Saturday night, twelve golden retrievers have arrived in Florida to provide some relief from this traumatic event. Flying from Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Nebraska, Texas, and South Carolina, the squad of comfort pups landed in Orlando in time to join the downtown vigil that attracted 7,500 people to mourn. The LCC K-9 comfort dogs...