For you girlies who don’t know, compulsory sterilization (or, forced sterilization) is a government program that sterilizes people without their consent. Many countries, even our own, use population control and determined "sexual deviancy" as an excuse to sterilize. Eugenics refers to the practice of cleansing a population of “undesirables" — and distressingly enough, this concept is now being used as a punitive punishment for the ... Read More
Want to know how hard it is just to make it through a month on nine dollars an hour as a single mom? Now you can with the game Spent. The object of this computer game, designed by the Urban Ministries of Durham and an advertising firm called McKinney, is to basically keep yourself and your kids alive. You do this by juggling your job, keeping up with house related errands, and making sure your child is getting everything he/she needs. All the while, you must pay ... Read More
12 is the new 16. This is what my branding professor preaches during class, while we watch Axe commercials. And it’s true that marketing strategists are targeting kids at younger and younger ages with “sexy” products, expecting little boys to care about attracting little girls with their nearly-natural musk. Even amongst those of us who are still shy the pertinent hormones,  sex has become a commercial object. That commercialization is first ... Read More
Ahh, festival season: the most daunting, wonderful, expensive social event of the season. With big games like Coachella (a.k.a. the reason I’ve been crying myself to sleep for the past month), Sasquatch!, and EDC, this year's festival hype has been crazy enough for many of us to dish out hundreds of dollars. Loyal festivalgoers swear that it’s worth it every year, but what about those of us who (due to our financial restrictions) can only dream of ... Read More
From April 11 to August 24, the Brooklyn Museum will be featuring graffiti portraitist Swoon's installation Submerged Motherlands, a poignant work that focuses on climate change, and the disastrous effects of Hurricane Sandy and the Doggerland--a landmass that once connected Great Britain to Europe’s mainland before it was submerged by a tsunami. Swoon transformed the Brooklyn Museum’s Rotunda Gallery into a magnificent landscape with makeshift ... Read More
There are currently an estimated 27 million people who have been trafficked into sexual and manual labor. Only 1-2% of these victims are ever rescued. These facts are pulled straight from the A21 Campaign, which is an organization that seeks to end human trafficking and slavery. As large as that number is, statistics are impersonal and often numbing. We connect and sympathize with individual stories that we can match to a face, and that’s what the A21 ... Read More
Our favorite “attractive & fat” blogger, Jes Baker, is going to Tucson on April 5th! Baker is bringing about the change she wishes to see in the world with the Body Love Conference at the University of Arizona Memorial Student Union. The conference is an all-day event comprised of workshops and presentations focused on body positivity, the beauty myth, and intersectional representations of beauty, among many other social norms that riddle our ... Read More
The universe gives us great news, Firefox lovers and LGBTQIA members and supporters: Brendan Eich, Mozilla CEO and gross homophobe, is stepping down from his position as chief executive after only two weeks. After his promotion, three board members and several employees quit because Eich donated $1,000 to Proposition 8, which dictates, “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Even dating website, OkCupid, weighed ... Read More
I used to think The Onion was a real magazine when I was younger (...erm), and today the satirical news source came close to proving younger me right. Earlier today, the site published a "news" clip called “Increasing Number of Men Pressured to Accept Realistic Standards of Female Beauty,” and the piece was depressingly accurate. I know the writers are mocking how the beauty ideal controls men’s notions of how the women in their lives should look, ... Read More
Mark your calendars, girls! On April 8, Ann Brashares is releasing her newest book, The Here and Now. The novel follows Prenna James, a time traveling seventeen year old who returns to the present-day in attempt to save humanity from a plague that will end all life on earth. Brashares, the author who defined a generation of girls with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, has ventured into strange and nearly sci-fi territory with her new book — ... Read More
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