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   From the moment she got her big break on Freaks and Geeks in 1999, Busy Philipps has been synonymous with cool. Here, the outspoken actor, author, and soon-to-be late-night host talks about taking control and putting Hollywood sexism on blast Busy Philipps is wearing a stylish version of a power suit and striking what’s basically a Wonder Woman pose on the L.A. set of our photo shoot when the photographer, Ramona Rosales, compliments her fingernails. They’re long, freshly painted gold, and filed to a dangerous-looking point....
  It’s finally happening. The quest for perfection is becoming boring, passé, and an all ‘round snooze-fest. A decade ago, as an actress living in Hollywood, I would never post a photo online showing what I looked like without makeup, or admit that I had cellulite, rolls on my tummy, or scars on my face. And as a young girl, there was no one who looked like me on TV or in movies, and the perfectionistic ideal of the time was always unattainable. Like most of the women...
In an unsurprising but immensely saddening move, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court this weekend.  Saturday afternoon’s vote was exemplary of the nation’s sharp, partisan state; Senate members voted 50-48, almost totally along party lines, and in one of the slimmest majorities in the Court’s history, the New York Times reports. During the call, protesters could be heard shouting, “Shame!” from the Senate gallery. On the Senate building steps, protesters raised signs and voices. The nomination was rushed with unprecedented speed after the gut-wrenching testimony...
Welcome to 2018! Kanye West is endorsing Trump, and the famously apolitical Taylor Swift has finally broken her silence on the politics with a lengthy Instagram post. In it, she declares her support for Phil Bredesen, Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Swift was heavily criticized for her "deafening" silence during the 2016 election. Many critics were quick to point out Swift’s hypocrisy of her new image as an outspoken feminist, while she opted to stay quiet during...
  Resentment and fury ran high as the Senate voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to a final confirmation vote. Democratic efforts to continue to debate the nomination were defeated 51-49 this Friday morning. This vote comes after the Senate was given an FBI report on the sexual assault allegations, which Trump ordered due to pressure from Republican senators. The report, which concluded that no one could confirm the allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, has been widely criticized. Democrats argued...
Earlier this week the "tampon tax" in Australia was repealed after 18 years of protest. Many women, the BBC reports, began their celebrations on Wednesday, October 3. In 2000, the Australian government introduced a 10% goods and services tax (GST) on all sanitary pads and tampons on the basis that they are ‘luxury’ or ‘non-essential’ items. The then minister of health, Dr. Michael Woodridge, believed that only products which prevented disease should be exempt from the GST, but more cosmetic items should not. When asked by...

On the day of the vote, what will those conservative old white men think, as they pour themselves coffee, sit with their wives and thumb through the news? We did our duty. We heard her out. We listened to him. We stand ready to judge. Alongside countless other women, yet utterly alone, I watch the Kavanaugh hearings unfold. My inner teen trembles with decades-old shame. I am Dr. Blasey Ford. Date-raped at 15. (Unreported. I was in another country. I was a virgin. I was a kid. My mother told...
The burly detective leans back in his chair, completely relaxed on one of the most important days of my life. He stares obviously at my tits as he tells them, “We have decided not to prosecute. The rape kit concluded that there was no rape, that the sex was consensual.” I stare dumbfoundedly. Years later, I still wish I had found the exact right thing to say to express the contempt, the shame, the rage. Instead, I shoved it back down, choked on it. Just like...
This week, the tension surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the accusations of sexual assault against him by Professor Christine Blasey Ford continues to climb. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump attended a campaign rally in Mississippi, where he proceeded to publically mock Ford’s account of the sexual assault. In a CNN video of the rally, Trump is seen denouncing the validity of her claims with a malicious impersonation of her trial speech: “How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’” “Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’” “How...
  It’s impossible to talk about the meteoric rise of magic in pop culture without mentioning the website thehoodwitch.com. Over the past five years, the site’s Seattle-based founder and creative director Bri Luna has initiated thousands into the fold through her innovative online community, making American witchcraft more vibrant, inclusive, and socially conscious in the process.  Offering “everyday magic for the modern mystic,” The Hoodwitch features DIY spells; on-point horoscopes; interviews; a shop selling crystals, tarot decks, and sacred herbs; and a private members-only portal for deeper...