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The very first photo EVER uploaded to the web has just surfaced, and it’s just as good as we always hoped.  It’s a promotional shot for an all-female comedy group, Les Horribles Cernettes, based at the Nuclear Research center in Switzerland. Yeah, pretty random.  The photo was posted 22 years ago by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, according to The Guardian. They continued to play shows until 2012, and were ... Read More
We can all see how technology is changing our lives (for better or for worse—I’m looking at you, trolls), but for some reason the music world has been slow on the uptake; songs addressing technology are few and far between.  Erika M. Anderson, better known by her stage name EMA, is changing that with her new album The Future’s Void.  Clash Music (clashmusic.com) has described her work as both “genre-busting” and ... Read More
  Have you ever told a complete stranger one of your darkest secrets? What about creating typographic art out of a personal confession? If either of these interest you then you need to know about Anna Ladd’s photo series and the site 7 Cups of Tea. Let me catch you up to speed. Last week I joined 7 Cups of Tea, which anonymously and securely connects real people in one-on-one chat sessions. You join as either an "active listener" or if you ... Read More
If you're ever wondering where awesome gifs like these come from, the answer is, as usual: a weirdly sexist internet video!!        If you thought the nineties was all Bjork and Julia Stiles, The Wifey is here to set you straight.The gems are not purely visual, folks. The tasteful nuclear family and their brunette pals drop line after line about how the internet will improve "Peter's grades…and Dasha's too!" and how they "doubt" ... Read More
  In this week of Facebook lookbacks and overall viral nostalgia, it’s becoming clear that much of our public persona is expressed through the internet, whether we like it or not. So it reasons that we should have all the tools available to make our social media presence as true to ourselves as we wish. This is part of why Facebook’s announcement today is so meaningful: in addition to “Male” and “Female” settings, people ... Read More
  Even though it’s a site that now features the incredible number of over 3.5 million articles written in the English language, Wikipedia’s female writers only make up just 13% of the overall contributors. But this past weekend, the international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon went down across the globe where around 600 participants in 31 venues collectively confronted the persistent issue of Wikipedia’s gendered bias.The inclusion of ... Read More
  For many young feminists, the “selfie” has been claimed as a fulfilling expressive medium that lends itself to self-actualization and confidence. The artist Lindsay Bottos explains, “The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on […] Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that.” And maybe she’s ... Read More
 Jennifer Simpkins of The Tab London has written a savvy, brave piece about the dark underbelly of fourth-wave feminism – or, really, any loud group of opinionated people with internet access. In her estimate, feminists can counterintuitively tend to victimize other women by being excessively quick to admonish or dismiss; take the author's description of the time she tentatively endorsed Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” on social media. Worth ... Read More
  The artist Addie Wagenknecht is known for her critical examinations of internet culture. In the past, she has staged performance art pieces revealing the appeal of anonymity. She has created internet pages that refuse to load, revealing our urgent need for gratification through imagery. In Brussels’s recent Digital Now exhibit, she uses the internet and technology, tools that she admits are generally controlled by men, to create groundbreaking and ... Read More
  In the past few days, you may have come across #Mamming, a Twitter and Instagram trend in which women photograph themselves pressing their breasts against everyday objects. Developed by advertising executives Michele Jaret and Michelle Lamont, the viral activity is meant to spread breast cancer awareness and encourage women to get mammograms. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the ladies hope to “embrace the awkwardness of mammograms and ... Read More
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