By now you might be acquainted with Theo and Beau, a dog and his boy. There’re kind of a big deal: Theo, a mixed breed puppy was adopted in early November by Jessica Shyba, and he quickly bonded with her human son Beau. The two began taking naps together every day; Theo just can’t wait for Beau to settle down for his afternoon nap and get the snuggle party started.    Now that we’re well into the new year, 22 Words decided ... Read More
  When the photographer Stephanie Diani saw a group of older burlesque performers, The Legends of Burlesque, she was mesmerized. Consumed by images of the women who graced the stages of the Miss Exotic World pageant, the artist located some of the most renowned performers whose ages ranged from the 50s to the 70s. She then visited the women’s homes, chatted with them, and took their portraits as they donned their favorite ... Read More
  The 27-year-old Fortunato Castro grow up listening to his mother recall vivid memories of her youth in El Salvador. Now a photographer, Castro returns to images of his mother at his age, animating the vintage photographs by dressing and posing as his mother.  In the poignant series, Castro doesn’t intend to impersonate his mother in a literal sense; rather, the images read as a son seeking to understand his mother and her youth by ... Read More
If there are two things I love, it’s animals and Ellen DeGeneres. Since it’s Ellen’s birthday this week, she decided to break the rules a little bit and share her very special Super Bowl commercial ahead of time. Ellen stars as Goldilocks—Ellilocks, if you will—except instead of searching for porridge, she really wants to groove out to the perfect tune on the app Beats Music. Always the animal lover, Ellen ends up having a blast with ... Read More
  Don’t you just hate when an alarm clock screeches you awake? Meet the Little Rooster, a vibrator-alarm clock hybrid that is bound to do the wake you from your deepest slumber. The idea came from Tony Maggs, who explains that the futuristic product is designed to brighten the early morning blues.    And despite what it looks like, creators say it’s comfortable. The company tested over 300 models, and they have settled on a design that ... Read More
“I want to show that, despite stereotypes, that gay men can be masculine too.”   Throughout the last centuries, the “masculine” and “feminine” have been redefined and pasted side-by-side to form a conflicting array of possibilities. In the Victorian era, it was the male ideal to be smaller in frame and well educated; at the turn of the century, manhood became about physical strength and assertive behaviors. In the 21st ... Read More
  You know Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, but how about Let’s Be Enemies? The charming title is a work by author Janice May Udry, and its 1961 publication marked the beginnings of illustrator Maurice Sendak’s growth into the legendary artist we know him as today.    On the pages of this delightfully angst-ridden text, we might find Sendak’s vision of James and John, two boys who have had an unfortunate falling ... Read More
  “Master, I have finished preparing your order;” unfortunately, female workers at McDonald’s stores in Taiwan are encouraged to adopt this language. And as part of an annual holiday competition, McDonald’s Taiwan stores participate in an outfit-of-choice competition. A McDonald’s near Taipei Station chose to dress female employees in an anime inspired-maid outfit, complete with bows, pink frills, and thigh-high ... Read More
  At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and ... Read More
  “What is between my legs is not thoroughly who I am. If gender is black and white, I’m grey,” says Ryley Pogensky, a gender queer model participating in Barney’s New York’s new campaign. Pogensky is one of almost twenty transgender and gender queer models featured in the catalog and ad images, shot by the legendary Bruce Weber.    Each model has a story to tell, hailing from communities across the globe. Culturally, ... Read More
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