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Warning: This post may not be safe for work. The photographer Elinor Carucci’s recent series Mother reads like a visual diary of the pains and pleasures of motherhood, a raw and uncensored confessional of love and a complex relationship to the female body. Within the aesthetic framework of more traditional portrayals of the mother, she highlights the visceral and bodily with romantic reverence. Carucci relies in part upon the image of the art ... Read More
  Yes, you read that correctly: butt song from Hell. Hieronymous Bosch’s enigmatic triptych The Garden of Earthy Delights, created around 1500 AD, features in its right-most panel a vision of Hell, the conclusion to the narrative of the divine Creation, the union of Adam and Eve, and life on Earth. The work is so richly symbolic that scholars have battled over the intentions of even its smallest details; surprisingly, I had yet to read any news on the ... Read More
  There are some pretty wacky ideas and debates about sex these days, but looking back on Medieval religious and social doctrines makes our sexual culture seem a little bit less complicated. For one, even sexual pleasure within a marriage was considered sinful; it had to be scheduled based on the woman’s menstrual cycle and the church calendar to ensure that both parties experienced as little pleasure as possible.    Another inconceivably ... Read More
  Women’s bodies, and therefore our clothes, are consistently under global scrutiny. How we chose to dress may or may not reflect our political or religious views; whatever we choose to wear is continuously watched, discussed and judged. Arguably, women in Islamic communities get hit especially hard with that judgement part. If and how a woman chooses to veil is up for international religious, social, and political debate.    As Americans, ... Read More
What would happen if you combined the Madonna with Lisa Frank's Technicolor magic? The answer exists: "Virgencita Plis," the creation of Mexico-based company Distroller, is a cutesy, colorful cartoon of the Virgin Mary. Her image is printed on an endless slew of products, accompanied by sayings and "prayers" for love, health, and protection.   Amparo Serrano is the owner of Distroller and mind behind Virgentica Plis ("Plis" being a stylized version of ... Read More
  In Flower Woman, the photographer Eunice Adorno enters the Mennonite community Nuevo Ideal, in Durango, and The Onda Zacatecas, hoping to scratch beneath the surfaces of stereotypes and uncover deeper truths about the women’s lifestyles. The character of the strict and austere Mennonite female is replaced with a more honest and nuanced exploration of female friendships and family.    The images are whimsical, displaying the women sporting ... Read More
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases that will set the precedent for whether or not a company has the right to refuse birth control to its employees, even if it is a part of federally-mandated health insurance.  Knick-knack store Hobby Lobby was quite peeved when they found out that pesky Obamacare meant their employees had free access to birth control. Now, they are taking their crotchety malcontent--under the guise of "traditional ... Read More
  In some cultures, religious talismans and sacred objects are kept out of the hands of women for fear that females will rob them of their power, a power coded as “masculine.” And according to Harvard Business School’s Jill J. Avery, ours is one of these cultures... when it comes to our worshipful treatment of the products we consume.    While it might be relatively easy for women to appropriate products labeled as manly, like ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains the description of sexual assault and may be triggering to survivors. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about comparing Miley Cyrus’ sexual antics to Madonna’s thought-provoking ways of the 1980s. Just to clarify, Madonna’s the best and no one can ever compare, ok? But in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Madonna writes a strikingly candid letter about her nonconforming teenage days, being ... Read More
I loved the summer horror flick The Conjuring, a creative, visually arresting retelling of a supposedly true exorcism story. The haunted house represented in the film was (as legend has it) haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed her child decades prior. As the final credits rolled on screen, visions of Vera Farmiga as the brave and compassionate medium Lorraine Warren clouded my thoughts; she was nothing short of magical. Then I caught my ... Read More
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