Barbie’s place in adolescence and constructed femininity has baffled psychologists and feminist alike: on one hand, she’s a patient confidante onto which girls might project their hopes and aspirations. But she also espouses limited and damaging views on female roles, bodies, and sexuality. She sends conflicting messages, passively listening to you for hours while remaining inhumanly cold. As girls, we intuitively pick up that Barbie is ... Read More
  Whether you’re punk rocker chick or a magical fairy princess, or anywhere in between, New York Couture has something just for you. Founder Cassie Kogler’s one-of-a-kind items are the perfect blend of fantasy and practicality, of sophistication and play. Internationally recognized for her unique fashions, Kogler offers clothing experiences like none other, and we could not be prouder to feature New York Couture as one of our vendors at this ... Read More
  The family photo album came into vogue in the 1800s, soon after photography was invented; the relatively quick process was convenient for middle class families who could not afford a painting. This isn’t to say that photography was ubiquitous; on the contrary, most folks could only afford to have one shot within their lifetimes. So unlike families today, who can easily upload thousands of images, Victorian families cherished each and every shot. It ... Read More
Photo by Jessica Marquez   There’s nothing like giving or receiving a handwritten letter or card, and Your Secret Admiral’s cards will take make your messages even more special. Each card, hand-crafted by founder Julie Schneider, offers a distinctive dose of whimsy and intricacy that you won’t find anywhere else. Each creation is a beautifully nostalgic treasure in itself, and we are so honored to feature Your Secret Admiral as one of our ... Read More
  In conversation with Extra’s Mario Lopez, Britney Spears admitted that she’s considering retirement after her over-the-top two year stint at Planet Hollywood for the “Britney Spears Piece of Me” show. The Las Vegas show opens December 27th and is rumored to have more dancing than ever and a plethora of props and gags. If this is her last hurrah, it seems like it would be a good note to end on; she explains that it is both her hardest ... Read More
  From Skyler White to Dana Brody, female TV characters have been getting some hatred lately. And it’s kind of incomprehensible that so many female characters invite so much violent wrath. In a recent column, IO9’s Rob Bricken addresses the issue and points to three causes for the glacial attack on female characters: the writing, the audience, and the actors. Writers just don’t write women as well as they write males; a typical television role for ... Read More
  There’s been a lot of buzz around a new study that examines the differences between male and female brains. The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Ragini Verma and her colleagues and recently published in the journal PNAS, uses advanced imaging to map the connectivity of the left and right brain hemispheres of males and females. The researchers concluded that male and female brains have fundamental differences: males have ... Read More
Patty Carroll, Red Velvet From Francesca Woodman to Judy Chicago, women artists have long grappled with the idea of the home: are our houses our personal sanctuaries or our monotonous prisons? The photographer Patty Carroll expresses the ambivalent relationship between femininity and the home in her ongoing project “Anonymous Woman,” in which she shoots women, meant to represent everywoman, engulfed in drapes.   Ecru Shade   Some of ... Read More
  We all know that heavily Photoshopped images don’t accurately depict the human form, yet it’s still easy to become lulled into believing that idealized bodies are relatively uniform. Photographic subjects are too often deemed attractive or not, depending on seemingly arbitrary cultural ideologies. We see fine art and the media portray women as familiar hourglasses; men are often pictured with authoritative stances and broad ... Read More
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