In the past decade, we have seen many of our favorite childhood superheroes come to life on the big screen: the victorious Superman, the conflicted Batman, the unpredictable Hulk, the suave Iron Man. So where are the women? Sure, Black Widow made an appearance in The Avengers and Catwoman (my personal favorite) showed up to save the Dark Knight, but most films are uncomfortably lacking in women characters with fully explored, complex identities. Well, all that ... Read More
The photographer Lauren Poor can rarely be contained by the medium of photography; she builds monuments to fairy worlds, and she’s even turned her own apartment into a magical universe all its own. In her recent series Shrines, she examines the intersection of photography and fantasy, reconstructing visions from her own childhood dreams. Through the use of painting, dolls, and costuming, Poor is able to transcend the photographic and enter into a ... Read More
Store windows are places into which we can inject ourselves and fantasize about holiday wishes come true. The windows along NYC’s 5th Avenue lure us in at this time of year, promising a cozy, seductive, and nostalgic respite from the icy streets. When we look into store windows, we want see representations of ourselves; we want to project ourselves onto the mannequins or puppets and imagine a more glamourous or sentimental life.
But with our ... Read More
Most skin care products are filled with icky chemicals, and when Cynthia Besteman was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was inspired by her fellow women to create heathy and luxurious products that fit easily into all women’s lives. She founded the skincare company Violets are Blue, and with the help of a biochemist, an herb farmer, and a cancer researcher, Besteman has created a one-of-a-kind “Chemo Care” line. With an eye for ... Read More
The performance artist Nate Hill is known for his groundbreaking work on race in contemporary culture, examining the idolization of white women as ideals of beauty and femininity. In one recent project, he sold milk gargled by college-educated white women. In another, he donned white face. His new project “Trophy Scarves” might be his most controversial yet. In an attempt to shed light on the way men in power look at race and women, he invites white ... Read More
Oh look, it’s Agent Dana Scully of the X-Files carrying a wounded alien! This photograph of a nude Gillian Anderson, adorned with a deceased conger eel, is actually part of Fish Love’s new campaign to end overfishing. The British organization, founded by Nicholas Rohl and Greta Scacchi, released Denis Rouvre’s images of celebrities and dead fish in attempt to raise awareness about deep sea trawling, a practice that continues to fatally ... Read More
FattyCakesNY is truly a New York gem if we ever saw one! Founder Jennifer Taylor-Miller started experimenting with baking back in 2009, when she worked in children’s media. Before she knew it, her co-workers were begging her for bites of her insanely delicious baked goods, which often included unexpected ingredients like candy or popcorn! Four years later, FattyCakesNY is the city’s go-to for unique and sweet experiences. We could not be more ... Read More
We hear it all the time: sex sells. And it’s true. As the art critic John Berger has suggested, advertisements are effective when they sell a fantasy: buy this product, and you will be envied by all. Women in both art and advertising are often posed for the male gaze; in other words, even if there’s a man in an ad photo, the woman is shown facing the consumer, promising to be just as attainable as the product she sells. Her body is symbolically ... Read More
Have you heard of Harlow and Sage? Harlow is a dashing and giddy weimaraner whose expressive face recalls the work of William Wegman's beloved beasts. Sage is his majestic and slightly graying dachshund friend. Well, just in time for the holidays, Harlow is ready to introduce us to the newest member of their family, Indi the dachshund puppy. If this isn't love, I don't know what is!
Thanks to Twenty Two Words
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I knew I loved Parks and Recreation’s Tammy and Ron Swanson from the moment they had ravenous angry-sex in the middle of a diner. As Tammy puts it, “[Ron’s her] man, and [they] have something twisted... and beautiful.” As talented as Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are, that kind of chemistry cannot be manufactured, and as it turns out, the pair is married in real life.
And that marriage must be pretty special. Mullally, known ... Read More