Warning: This post may not be safe for work. The photographer Elinor Carucci’s recent series Mother reads like a visual diary of the pains and pleasures of motherhood, a raw and uncensored confessional of love and a complex relationship to the female body. Within the aesthetic framework of more traditional portrayals of the mother, she highlights the visceral and bodily with romantic reverence. Carucci relies in part upon the image of the art ... Read More
Rumors surrounding pap smears are enough to chill any woman’s bones and make us clench our knees together for days. All it takes is gossip about a scary doctor or the feeling of cold utensils down south, and a whole group of girls are traumatized from going to get a check up for at least 10 years. The really freakin’ scary part is that when women don’t get pap smears, they are unable to get the preventative care that they need.The American ... Read More
  When we think of beauty pageants, we think of doe eyes, blond ringlets, and tiny waists; the bizarre ritual of choosing the most beautiful woman in the room seems antiquated and oppressive. But it turns out that prior to Women’s Liberation, pageantry was an even more surreal and shocking part of the American experience, and the queens provide insight into their contemporary social and political climate, cataloging the strange ways in which women were ... Read More
  Victoria Seimer, a Brooklyn-based graphic designer, posts her stunning work on tumblr under the name Wichoria. All of her work is phenomenal, but her weekly series entitled, “Human Error” is what first caught my eye. In this digital day and age, everyone is familiar with the layout of computer pop-ups, such as error messages and repeated reminders, which is partly what makes this series so powerful. What if error messages just popped up in real ... Read More
When Simon Raymonde’s band Cocteau Twins split in 1997, he went on to found and record for his own label, Bella Union. His latest musical incarnation, with help from vocalist Stephanie Dosen, is Snowbird, and its sound picks up right where the Cocteau Twins left off more than a decade ago. Snowbird’s Moon is piano-based, and the lyrics evoke images of moonlit, frosty forests. Dosen’s vocals occasionally recall Raymonde’s other leading lady Elizabeth ... Read More