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In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex ... Read More
For you girlies who don’t know, compulsory sterilization (or, forced sterilization) is a government program that sterilizes people without their consent. Many countries, even our own, use population control and determined "sexual deviancy" as an excuse to sterilize. Eugenics refers to the practice of cleansing a population of “undesirables" — and distressingly enough, this concept is now being used as a punitive punishment for the ... Read More
This Other "City by the Bay" is the Next Big ThingParamount TheaterOakland, CA, is a real-life Cinderella story. Long considered San Francisco’s shabby stepsister, Oakland has been transformed into the hipster next door, loved for its burgeoning food scene, its consistently sunny weather, and its laid-back vibe. Gertrude Stein famously said of the town that “there isn’t any there there,” but she’s been repeatedly proven wrong: Oakland’s the ... Read More
In Alabama it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket at all times   The critic Susan Sontag wrote that photography, like no other medium, has the power to condemn or implicate. Crime scene images evidence wrongdoings; we take photographs as proof of something illicit. In her series I Fought the Law, young photographer Olivia Locher cleverly subverts what we think of when we think of crime and bad behavior.  Scouring the nation for absurd ... Read More
 Meet the three cutest and most badass six-year-old girls of the Southern California based skateboarding group, “Pink Helmet Posse.” The members, Relz Murphy, Sierra Kerr and Bella Kenworthy, have already been recognized by skateboarding legends, and as the editor of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine Jamie Owens raves, “They’re incredible,” “I’ve seen a handful of teenage girls in the park, but never girls this ... Read More
There's "too far" and then there's "too far." These anti-Hillary Clinton buttons, seen at a California Republican Party convention this past weekend, go "too far" and infinitely beyond; pretty much entering an entirely new realm of oh-so-wrong. Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the above picture on Saturday, saying these "popular" buttons were being displayed outside of a VIP reception area. Less than an hour after Marinucci's pic hit the net, ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual violence that may potentially be triggering for survivors of sexual assault. A 15-year-old girl was found last week in Northern California's Lake County. She was a runaway from Los Angeles. It is believed that she was living on the streets in Hollywood when she encountered 30-year-old Ryan Alan Balletto and 25-year-old Patrick Steven Pearmain, her kidnappers.   Balletto and Pearmain, pictured above, ... Read More
After the discrimination we’ve been hearing about in Colorado, it’s refreshing to hear about a new bill in California that expands transgender students’ rights. AB1266 will allow students to join sports teams and use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Executive director of the Transgender Law Service Masen Davis stated that "Transgender boys are boys, and transgender girls are girls, and this bill ensures they ... Read More
In 2011, Domaine Javier came out as transgender on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  Though she was already accepted to California Baptist University, Javier was accused by the university of fraud several months after the show aired.  Having listed her gender as female on the school’s application, the university refused to accept this gender claim in light of her recently revealed transgender identity and expelled her soon ... Read More
    LA band Bleached has debuted a new video for their single “Next Stop”. Shot in black and white, the video is composed of shots featuring the girls of Bleached partying it up, straddling motorcycles, and dancing beneath clouds of glitter. Everyone in this video looks like they’re having a genuinely good time—how often do you see someone laughing his ass off while being covered with strategically-placed Pringles in a music ... Read More
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