Picture it: Virginia, winter 2002. I’m home on college break when my mom calls me into her room and pats the bed for me to sit down. She’d read my mail while I was gone, including a letter from my gyno, and found out I had an STD—an incurable one. My annual Pap smear had abnormal cell changes on the cervix, and I’d been diagnosed with human papillomavirus, aka HPV. I wished I could’ve pounded a beer to dull the mental pain, but at 20, ... Read More
Less than 10% of Wikipedia's editors are women. Bishakha Datta serves on the board of the Wikimedia Foundation and spoke about this today in Israel. I occasionally contribute to Wikipedia so was curious to hear why it is so male dominated. The Foundation doesn't actually know, but it has conducted research and come up with possible explanations: “Women lack a fundamental sense of self confidence when it comes to producing knowledge,” Datta explained. ... Read More
Marilyn in the white dress over the subway vent. Marilyn singing a breathless happy birthday to JFK. Marilyn in hot pink full-length gloves, proclaiming that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Theses images of Marilyn Monroe have become iconic in their own right, and depictions of her have been reprised time and again in media, from movies (My Week with Marilyn) to music (her own verse in Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”) to television (Megan Hilty, ... Read More
This article originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. I got a call from the head nurse of the memory care unit telling me my mother was punched today. I feel my stomach tighten. It’s the feeling you get when the person you love the most is hurt and you can do nothing; when you realize you are helpless and fall prey to the inevitability of a disease that takes no prisoners. Alzheimer’s is a complicated beast, and even more ... Read More
Bearing one of the cutest singer/songwriter names ever, England’s Little Boots stomps out her newest album, Nocturnes, with adorable results. Victoria Hesketh plays a bevy of instruments—most of them electric—and produces a positive, electropop care package containing a handful of gems, secured on all sides with fluffy, French vanilla filler. The emotional and whole-note driven “Motorway” opens Nocturnes, and is a great segue into the heart and ... Read More
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