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Uma Thurman posted a video on Instagram yesterday of a car accident she suffered while filming Quentin Tarantino's blood-drenched flick, Kill Bill 2. The video bolsters a New York Times op-ed by Maureen Dowd published on Saturday, in which Thurman detailed abuse she experienced from Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein. In the expose, Thurman said that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her in the late 1990s, threatening to derail her career if she went public. Before the assault, Thurman had worked with Weinstein on Pulp Fiction and hadn't yet begun production on Kill Bill, a...

This essay was written by a student at Mighty Writers, an education nonprofit that offers free writing classes to over 2,500 inner-city Philadelphia students a year.I am 5’11”. At 15, that's abnormal for a girl. Being tall already made me different, and society doesn’t appreciate different. The challenge for me has been accepting who I am, figuring out who I am, and what I'm meant to be. My differences put a setback on my social life and made me question myself. I became afraid of being rejected...
Too polite to make a noise while munching in public, or maybe just too ladylike to scrape away the cheese dust caked on your fingers? Lucky for you Doritos has announced they will be making a chip specifically for women! Less crunch, dust, and fuss for all you dainty ladies out there trying to attract less attention! Plus it will be packaged in a itty-bitty bag to fit perfectly into your handbags! Because who knew crunching was only for the manly? According to Indra Nooyi, chief...
  The “conspiracy of silence” sounds like a contract clause for initiates who join one of  Yale’s super-elite secret societies. While it might be part of the mandate of the skull and bones, the phrase was recently used by activist Vivek Tamaicheker in an interview with BBC News to describe the ethos around virginity testing in his nomadic Kanjarbhat community in Western India. Perhaps self-explanatory, virginity testing evaluates whether a woman is a virgin. The assessment is integral to wedding tradition in the Kanjarbhat community, and happens as follows: The local...
In a nation where the US Senate just debated a 20-week abortion ban, seven states have just one abortion provider, and Mike Huckabee compared Planned Parenthood to a heroin dealer, it’s about time for some good news. Thankfully, California has provided: Last Monday, the Senate passed SB320, a bill that would require all University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses to provide medication abortion on campus. If successful, all 34 campuses would have to provide medication abortions by January 2022—and California would be...

The New York Police Department patrol cars boast the slogan “Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect” — but as we all know, that doesn’t always apply to everyone. Last February, the NYPD announced a plan to arrest fewer sex workers and intensify their focus on pimps and solicitors. But a new article from the Cut alleges that in practice, trans women — especially trans women of color — are still subject to stigma and disproportionate levels of arrest. Emma Whitford’s “When Walking While Trans Is a Crime,” published this...
  In the last four years, 16-year old adventurer Jade Hameister has summited Everest, travailed across Greenland’s icecaps, and skied to the North Pole, reports CNN. The final chapter of “Jade’s polar quest,” as she refers to it on her website, came to a close at the end of January, when, taking a never-before-used route, she completed an unassisted, 373-mile ski journey to the South Pole. Her accomplishments caught the attention of National Geographic, which plans to release a feature-length documentary about her expeditions later this year. In a...
  I am an adjunct professor. I am not paid for anytime I spend outside the classroom, including emailing and grading. Yet, after giving teaching up for a year, I felt like I had cut out an essential part of my body. I spent that time as a union organizer for adjunct professors and graduate workers, organizing colleagues out of the same deeply fragmented system that produced me, the fiery fourth wave feminist activist who showed the film Hot Girls Wanted in her class to show...
Yesterday, California Congresswoman and certified badass Maxine Waters issued a response to Trump’s Tuesday State of the Union. “He’s not presidential, and he never will be presidential,” she asserted. In her statement, which aired on BET, Waters criticized Trump’s hypocritical promise to unite Americans. “After Trump defended white supremacists, targeted Muslims with his travel ban, described Mexicans as rapists, and mocked people with disabilities, it’s impossible to believe him when he tries to declare he wants to bring the country together,” she said. “Yesterday, Donald Trump...
Are you an art nerd? Do you hate the artistic canon because of the ever-pervasive male gaze? Whether the answer is yes or no, it doesn't matter, because Threesome, a new art exhibit exploring sexuality at New Art Projects in London, says "fuck you" to male lesbian-fantasties, exploring queer sexuality from a woman-centric point of view. The show features paintings from three queer artists, Roxana Halls, Sadie Lee, and Sarah Jane Moon. Each artist presents 4 paintings: two portraits of each other, one self-portrait, and a portrait...