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In a recent interview with InStyle Magazine, Zooey Deschanel let out a secret- not all women are dying to have babies! Dang it, Zooey, the men weren’t supposed to know! In all seriousness, though, as someone who is not interested in having kids and hears all sorts of opinions on the topic (“You’re too young to decide!” “You just haven’t met the right guy yet!” “What if someday you’re with a guy who really wants ... Read More
My mother has been calling my father a feminist for a while now. I’ve been calling him subconsciously misogynistic for even longer. He makes jokes at the expense of women, tends to make unsolicited comments on women’s bodies, and has different expectations for his sons than he does for his daughters. Despite growing up with a very independent woman for a mother, having been married to my mother (who is a diehard feminist) for 20 years, and having ... Read More
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her. Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly ... Read More
My first foray into witchcraft began two summers ago, when I decided to try a love spell. I have always been fascinated by the concept of witchcraft – a connection of one’s body, mind and soul into the earth around us – and luckily for me, my mother is totally obsessed with witches.  My family and I would always joke that my mother was a witch in a former life (although we did find that a distant relative on my father’s side was ... Read More
The topic of female sexuality never ceases to incite fear and outrage, from the biblical Eve to the mythological Medusa, whose phallic snakes coil about her face like hair. Too often, it seems to be up to male storytellers, artists, and philosophers to define a woman’s sex and the female body. We’re morally judged if we choose to be sexually active, and we are similarly shamed if we choose to abstain. When the photographer David Magnusson first read ... Read More
How many times have you passed by a homeless person, and not noticed them? Living in N.Y.C. I would venture to guess that number would be very, very high. It's not often that we stop to talk to, or even look at the homeless. It's something we'd simply rather not acknowledge. Maybe because its scary to think that anyone could be sitting there, a loved one, or possibly ourselves? Well the folks over at the New York Rescue Mission have cleverly created an incredibly ... Read More
The movie industry is no stranger to baby mama drama--from the creatively titled Baby Mama starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to Teen Mom on MTV, there are countless tales of white folks struggling through unconventional parenthood.On My Own is a desperately needed breath of fresh air among otherwise painfully white-washed portrayals. The documentary tracks the lives of single African-American mothers, some of whom are raising as many as eight children on ... Read More
  Imagine a small village in which women and girls have an unheard-of amount of power, where females bear the family name and are expected to foster their continuing bloodline. Located near the Indian boarder, this place is called Mawlynnong, and it is known as the community where “girls rule the world.”   The photographer Karolin Kluppel travelled to Mawlynnong, explored its 92 households, and documented the lives of its girls. With ... Read More
You know the drill: you’re watching the surprisingly pro-women “After the Final Rose” episode of the Bachelor, and on comes the typical ABC family-oriented ads about the perfect wholesome family and what they buy. They are almost always white, heterosexual, suburban pictures of loving parents and obedient yet charmingly sassy children.   But then there’s this Honey Maid ad. Delightfully family friendly with an epic boost of progressive ... Read More
 Even with all of the almost-there-but-not-quite Ellen jokes and the most transcendent acceptance speech in the history of acceptance speeches, we still found time to sit down with the latest episode of Girls. Or least I did.  Hannah’s grandma is dying, so she eats a salad in the middle of the sidewalk. This confirms that she is the kind of pedestrian that deserves all of the pigeon shits. At her mom’s urging, Hannah shows up at the ... Read More
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