This whole time, women haven’t been allowed to work on U.S. submarines. But finally, the Pentagon is moving to end a ban that prohibits women from serving on these U.S. Navy underwater vessels, several media outlets are reporting. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wrote a letter to Congress Friday requesting that it be reversed, and it looks like it’s happening. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is a longtime supporter of the lift, telling the Daily Press ... Read More

Women Did It First

BY Intern Sheila J in Artsy |

When I was a teen I used to cut up old magazines to make photo collages. The walls of my room were covered with ads and personal photos of mismatched bodies and heads, one of them being Gwyneth Paltrow’s head on a baby’s body. I did this because I loved magazines and abstract art—in all its quirky and bizarre glory— and it definitely seemed like a postmodern art form innovated by male artists like Picasso. But “Playing With ... Read More
Nancy Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Jacqueline Kennedy have more in common than being iconic women of this century: They’ve all walked in Beth Levine’s shoes. Christened as “The First Lady of Shoe Design,” Levine introduced the mule, the stiletto, and even boots to the wardrobes of women across America, and impacted fashion in the 1960s, an era of which remains influential in fashion to this day. Now her life of design is immortalized in ... Read More
Blizzard? Psh. That doesn’t mean you can’t party. New Orleans Sissy bounce is making NYC hawt this week: Sissy rapper Vockah Redu has five upcoming shows in the city (including an unlisted show TONIGHT), so no excuses for missing out. For those that aren’t familiar with bounce, it’s a regional rap genre created around the New Orleans housing projects. Its raw beats have influenced mainstream New Orleans rappers like Juvenile, and Vockah Redu ... Read More
The destructive 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Tuesday evening is reportedly affecting more than 3 million people in the small island country. Although the number of people killed is currently unknown (at the time of reporting), the expected death toll is “in the thousands.”Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere: almost 9 million of its citizens are living in poverty already, so people affected by the earthquake definitely ... Read More
Everyone’s gotta story about their first time, no matter how awkward, horrifying, hysterical, or mind-blowing it was. And yep, even those that have sex for a living, from $2,500 high-class hookers to $25 rent boys, started somewhere. Come laugh, come cry as sex workers tell their cherry-popping tales this Thursday, Jan. 7th, at the Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome St., NYC @ 8 pm.  Storytellers will read from the anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and ... Read More
Hansel & Gretel is one of those twisted fairytales I personally enjoyed as a kid.  I mean, getting stuffed alive into an oven is scary as all get out, but it wasn't the typical damsel-in-distress story that a lot of the fairytales that we grew up on were. This holiday season, there's a special treat because New York City’s Metropolitan Opera is presenting Hansel & Gretel, the opera: Engelbert Humperdinck’s (not that Humperdinck) take on ... Read More

Soap Fiend

BY Intern Sheila J in Crafty |

Bagels are way too scrumptious for their own good, but this one's to get fresh and clean, not for eating. Los Angeles-based Bubble Genius makes these fun n’ quirky soaps, from skulls to Legos, that are vegan and environmentally-friendly. But it’s their food and drink soaps (like the bagel soap pictured above) that look delicious and super real. These would make both practical and kickass stocking stuffers. You can find these lovely soaps at the Los ... Read More
There’s definitely a dearth of women filmmakers. So when you know a film comes out created by women, you know it’s special.  Before Tomorrow is one of these films. It’s written & Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu. But not only is it made by Inuit women’s video collective Arnait Video Productions, it tells the tale of a relationship not often portrayed in film: the strong bond between a ... Read More

Fantastic Voyage

BY Intern Sheila J in Artsy |

Here's art that moved, and will move you: Last May, Brooklyn-based artist Swoon brought art to the sea by designing three handcrafted ships. Even more impressive, the vessels are made purely from recycled trash and materials. This past summer Swoon and a crew of more than 30 artists navigated their fleet from Slovenia to Venice, Italy, to invade the acclaimed art exhibition the Venice Biennale. The result was an imaginative, artistic endeavor - a dreamy, ... Read More
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