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"It is a straightforward as ordering a salad with no olives" reads the punch line in this spot-on blog post about the not-so-blurred lines of consent. (Yes, we are glaring at you Robin Thicke and every radio station to play the shit out of that horrible song).A simple story of a lady date between two cousins turns into a deeply thoughtful and compelling narrative about the importance of consent, the horrid abundance of victim blaming that occurs even within ... Read More
March is International Women's History Month, and Oakland art gallery Betti  Ono is kicking off the season with the West Coast premiere of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's acclaimed street art project Stop Telling Women To Smile. The project, which we've mentioned on our blog in the past, started in Brooklyn, NY, and features posters of women positioned above captions concerning gendered violence. Fazlalizadeh will be Artist in Residence at Betti ... Read More
Yaya Alafia, veteran of America’s Next Top Model (S3) turned actress (catch her in Lee Daniels’ The Butler) recently lent her intelligent voice to an NPR segment celebrating Black History Month. In this short interview, Alafia expertly side-skirts that ever-infuriating-for-a-natural-haired-woman-question ("Is that your real hair?"...her answer is priceless), and discusses her vantage as a woman growing up bi-racial and bi-national; she has both ... Read More
In our increasingly image-driven world, it's comforting to know that photojournalism continues to be a significant and powerful conduit for all the stories it's easy to neglect. In this round-up of winning and running-up submissions to the annual World Press Photo Contest, award-winning photographers have captured the heartbreaking, the stunning and the sometimes lovely. Pictures span a spectrum from the politically suggestive ("Contemporary Issues" category) to ... Read More
  On her 32nd birthday, Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with breast cancer; valiantly fighting back against the illness, she asked her friend, the photographer Nadia Masot, to take portraits of her nude body after a double mastectomy and hysterectomy as part of Under the Red Dress, a project designed to spread awareness about regular breast and pectoral examination. The beautiful series of images features Whaanga, a mother of four, gazing fixedly at the camera, ... 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
  Celebrity memoirs, autobiographies, and self-help books are all the rage, but what makes Girls star Lena Dunham’s stand out is that she actively avoids the old cliche topics that seem to be recycled from publication to publication; she admits, in her adorable self-effacing way, that she isn’t a mother, a businesswoman, a dietician, or a sex therapist. She’s herself, and that’s certainly book-worthy.    Her text, Not That ... Read More
  There’s nothing like being read to; simply put, being told a story makes ya feel loved.Shelter animals around the world deserve to feel special and cared for, and the Animal Rescue League of Berks County thought of an unusual way to nurture their underprivileged cats. As part of the shelter’s new program, kids from Grade 1 to Grade 8 visit the animals and read to them; the shelter reports that the kids’ reading improves and the animals are ... Read More
  Almost every home product advertisement you can think of features a woman acting out a pretty stereotypical domestic role; you’d think all we spend our time doing was wiping counters and asking our rambunctious husbands and sons to take their shoes off. In the wake of the recent Super Bowl ad frenzy, comes this amazing parody video advertising a product called “Swiffle.” Bringing awareness to important subjects like reproductive rights, ... Read More
This 1981 LEGO ad featuring this adorable red head and a very feminist and very true message about children, creativity, and leaving the whole gender stereotype thing at the door, has recently blown up a lot of news feeds:LEGO was selling "Universal Building Sets," and saying specifically with this image that being a builder, creator, or inventor, is never gendered.   Unfortunately, the reason this ad has resurfaced with a vengeance is because LEGO doesn't ... Read More