She's been an astronaut, a doctor and a rock star - now Barbie's diverse resume is about to get it's latest update. On Friday February 12th,  Mattel will announce which job the doll's young fans have decided she will do next. Luckily, the little girls (and boys) aren't being given free reign to decide how she'll spend her 9-5. They're being asked to vote online from a list. The list is pretty impressive - she might be a computer engineer, ... Read More
Here's a depressing story - and yet another reminder of how girls the world over are persecuted simply for being, well, girls. Turkish police have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl they say was buried alive by relatives in an "honor" killing carried out as punishment for talking to boys. Medine Memi, was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a hole - pictured here - in her family's garden in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman.An informant ... Read More
Tim Tebow's anti-choice Super Bowl commercial might be getting all the attention, but I needed a second pass at this Snickers ad featuring Betty White.  Not bad for someone who just celebrated their 88th birthday! You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More

"More Coffee Hon?"

BY Claire Hamilton in Artsy |

  It doesn't get much more quintessentially American than a waitress in a diner. The everlasting pot of coffee, the no-nonsense approach to customer satisfaction and occasionally a shoulder to cry on - these women have been steadily serving eggs sunny side up for generations, without too much thanks (though they do show up in a lot of movies!) But one woman who's made it her business to document and celebrate these angels of the formica tables is Candacy ... Read More
It goes without saying that we need more girls in rock 'n' roll.  The path has been laid out by greats such as Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, and Kathleen Hanna, but who's next?  Come support rock 'n' roll's future of talented girls and ladies by checking out the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girl's 4th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Auction, hosted by the ever entertaining Mr. Murray Hill tomorrow night at the Knitting Factory.  Get down to ... Read More
Ladies, meet Markus: the first man you can legally hire for sex in the U.S. The Shady Lady Ranch in Nevada hired the "prostidude" after winning state and county approval to employ male prostitutes.  This 25-year-old former Marine found himself outpacing a few other good men, and now he can be yours—for $300 an hour. Here's the intimate details on Markus, according to Markus: Before accepting the position he had a brief stint as a porn actor (he only ... Read More
This past week, several members of Congress re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill designed to support international programs to end violence against women. From an article on Politico.com, co-written by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA), as well as Larry Cox and Kerry Kennedy (from Amnesty International USA): "IVAWA will support innovative programs that challenge public attitudes and cultural practices ... Read More
Yep, it's Rush Limbaugh being distressingly offensive again. Apparently, someone called into question his judging the Miss America pageant, being as that he seems to hate women in every way, shape, and/or form, so he went on Fox News (where else?) to explain that he supports women. What? The transcript and video from Think Progress:CARLSON: So for those who were critics of you in judging this pageant, and saying that you haven’t been a supporter of women ... Read More

Women Make Movies

BY Claire Hamilton in Artsy |

 There’s already a buzz around this year’s Academy Awards. Not only is there a woman’s name in the boys club category of Best Director (only the fourth time a female director has featured in that list – go Kathryn!).. but there’s a nomination in the Documentary Feature category which is definitely one to watch. Which Way Home was made by Rebecca Cammisa with help from the organization Women Make Movies. The film follows ... Read More
The Super Bowl is, historically, one of the most-watched events in American television each year. Folks gather far and wide to watch the AFC and the NFC champs duke it out. Although really, the Super Bowl is more about two very very important things: one being food (just writing this so far has made me crave queso dip and pigs in a blanket...) and the other being good old American capitalism via commercial-watching. We've all seen the entertaining ads with cat ... Read More
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