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Disembodied hair triggers an almost subconscious reflex of disgust in humans. While natural when attached to a scalp, an errant strand floating in a bowl of tomato soup or a damp wad clogging up a shower drain is enough to send a shiver down even the strongest of spines. So why is it that, two centuries ago, loose hair—and often, hair cut from a corpse—was the key ingredient in a popular household craft? The creation of art from human hair, or “hairwork,” reached its peak in...
April 3 marks Jane Goodall’s 87th birthday. The primatologist and anthropologist’s work has deepened humans’ understanding of primates and empathy for animals and the natural world. Goodall is an inspiration not only for the major strides she has made in chimpanzee research, human rights, and environmental conservation, but also for the trailblazing example she set for women in scientific fields. When she began her work in primate research in the 1950s, the field was dominated by men. According to CBC, primatology now has one of...
The homepage for Crystal Cheatham’s app includes an unflinching command: “Ditch Toxic Theology.” “In toxic theology, followers are stifled instead of helped to grow into their best spiritual selves,” she explains. A gay, Philly-based Christian and longtime activist, Cheatham, 35, hopes to tip spirituality away from harm and towards healing with Our Bible, which offers free access to devotionals, podcasts, Bible translations, and other curated material for progressive faith-seekers. “We include content that’s affirming,” she says. “It’s not hard to present a version of Christianity that’s...
Everyone experiences loneliness from time to time. Lots of people are currently battling it, especially younger people.The suicide rate amongst young people is at an all-time high. Loneliness is more prevalent than ever in the midst of this now year-long pandemic.I’ve struggled with loneliness throughout the pandemic. If you're still struggling with loneliness during the time of COVID, then check out these 9 tips. They have helped me and I hope they do the same for you. 1. Video chat with loved ones This includes Skype, FaceTime,...
Author and activist Jamie Margolin comes forward about being a victim of sexual coercion, abuse, stalking, and harassment at the hands of a student at her university—and how Title IX and reporting systems failed her  As a climate activist, I have become used to fighting for the planet, but my freshman year of college, I had to fight for myself. The first semester of my freshman year of college, I made a friend who ended up being abusive. I was afraid to leave them for fear...
Trump wasn't the first to suggest a spoonful of disinfectant for all that ails you. At a White House coronavirus task force meeting in April 2020, the president wondered out loud if an “injection” of disinfectant could “clean” out the lungs and kill the coronavirus. That same month, the Poison Control Center reported a 121 percent increase in accidental disinfectant poisonings in the U.S. Lysol immediately issued a statement after that April press conference stating, “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must...
“My mission is to indigenize the floral industry,” says Shayai Lucero, an Indigenous florist born and raised on the reservations of the Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna in New Mexico. She’s part of a new crop of floral designers—primarily women of color—ensuring that your Instagram-worthy arrangements come wrapped in activism. The bouquets she makes at her New Mexico reservation-based Earth & Sky Floral Designs are highly intentional, sometimes using plants, vegetables, and stones that symbolize various aspects of her heritage. “Parts of our culture are...
Our columnist Sarah Potter, provides this season's tarot readings for the signs.  Aries:Judgment Reversed(Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Snap out of it, my darling Aries, and chill with the negative self-talk. How are you supposed to be your best self when you keep knocking yourself down? No one is judging you as brutally as you are judging yourself right now. Do not let the concept of perfectionism hold you back from going after what you want and achieving your dreams! Taurus:Nine of Wands(Apr. 20 to May 20) Establish strong...
If you swoon for the moon and can’t stop fanning over flora, then celebrate the spring equinox—the day honoring Ostara, the Germanic goddess of spring and the dawn—on March 20 with this DIY wreath. The moon symbolizes female energy, fertility, and change, while spring is a time of renewal, abundance, and flowers, flowers, flowers. And since these beauties are fake, this dope wreath springs eternal.  What You'll Need Floral wire A mix of faux flowers (of various sizes), vines, and leaves Hot glue gun Long nose pliers 14” grapevine wreath (wire...
According to a 1965 newspaper article, a backseat driver was “a woman, fluent with apprehension” who was “firmly convinced that without her steady stream of perceptive observations and timely warnings, the driver surely would have an accident.” The phrase appeared around 1920 and may have originally referred to the way a passenger seated in the back of a limousine gave orders to the chauffeur behind the wheel. The term wasn’t strictly gendered at first. A widely printed syndicated newspaper editorial from 1922 described “The Backseat Driver” as a “man or a woman” who “issues...