Normally, girls are expected to nod along to sexist dress codes and edicts, but such is not the case with Marion Mayer, a high school junior in Florida. When her principal, a Mr. Martinez of Lakeland Senior High School, admonished “Modest is hottest. Boys will be boys,” she saw flawed lines of thinking and exposed them for the global public, engaging us in a much needed conversation via The Huffington Post about rape culture and ... Read More
In the wake of Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” address, it’s important to consider the State of the Uterus. With impeding abortion regulations, limitations on birth control access, and proposed rape audits, our uteri stand at the forefront of one of our country’s most contentious battles.
Thank goodness that the esteemed Madame Uterus graced us with her own speech streamed last night at LadyPartsJustice.com ... Read More
The gang’s all here: Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, and Rainbow Dash! The illustrator Cherry Garcia presents her lovely collection of My Little Pony favorites turned velociraptors, merging twin childhood loves of horses and dinosaurs. Wickedly adorable, her illustrations will warm up your chilly winter day with nostalgia and anticipation for magical creatures ahead. Take a look.
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“Women always look for true love,” explains the commercial for the “True Love Tester,” a bra designed by Japanese lingerie company Ravijour. The bra contains within its stylish cups sensors that read and transmit a woman’s changes in heart rate via bluetooth to an app that calculates your “love level.” You guessed it: when the heart gets going, the bra gets unhooking.
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Meet Ma Jiajia: a Chinese sex advice blogging machine and queen of all things social media. Oh, did I mention she’s also a sex toy manufacturer? Within her growing empire, you won’t find seedy objects behind a back-room curtain; instead, you’ll be delighted by whimsical pleasure-enhancers that truly look like toys. Her Powerful Sex Shop is filled to the brim with comically playful baskets of colorful toys and adorable ad images. Free of judgement ... Read More
The artist Marcey Hawk uses her breasts instead of paintbrushes, creating abstract expressions of her own eroticism. While her clients include celebrities famously inclined towards objectification of women, meanings deeper than “BOOBS!” might be gleaned from the work. Bear with me. The images are indeed playful, and the hook of the work is the choice to use her breasts—she calls herself the “boob artist”— but ... Read More
For anyone out there who thinks feminism is no longer a necessary cause— I’m talking to you, person who called it a “vanity project”— let’s look at some of the unfortunate consequences of gender-based discrimination, made available by an enlightening Tumblr account titled 100 Percent Men. Dedicated to raising awareness and calling out institutional “boys clubs,” 100 Percent Men features photo submissions of ... Read More
Mailet Lopez, Breast Cancer Survivor
The photographer and scuba diver Erena Shimoda was inspired to her series create Underwater Healer— About Face through her work with the website I Had Cancer. Learning the stories of cancer survivors, she recalled her own experience with water as empowering and therapeutic, and staged underwater portrait sessions with the survivors she met.
Lori Stone, Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Survivor
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“Beauty is only interesting when it is not perfect,” writes the painter Megan Van Groll in her artist’s statement. Gifted with tremendous drawing ability, Van Groll grew out of the expectation that she draw “pretty” pictures, especially of women. In her works, the artist explores the tensions between the performative aspects of gender construction and the complexities of our internal lives. Although she admits that her ... Read More
Oh dear, seems like there are still people in positions of the highest power and authority who believe women need to follow a doctrine of “obedience.” In his new memoir, Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from New Mexico, explained that he firmly stands by the unpopular belief that womankind’s duty is to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, who in turn “is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”
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