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  A small grove of mango trees lies at the edge of the village of Katra, offering shelter from the harsh sun of the north Indian plains.  For for two young girls, found repeatedly raped and hanged with their own headscarves in the early morning hours of May 30th, that sanctuary offered only isolation for their brutal assault.    Women in New Delhi protest against the gang-rape of two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh The girls, two cousins whose ... Read More
Yuri Kochiyama died peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2014. A devoted advocate of civil rights, and friend of Malcom X, her death is a great loss for everyone fighting against social inequality. Before she was friends with Malcom X and became invested in similar activist tactics, her life shaped her early, troubled vision of the world. As a child, her father was arrested within hours of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He died in prison 43 days later ... Read More
  Female-named hurricanes have statistically inflicted higher death tolls than male-named hurricanes, and according to one researcher, the reason is clear.  The research of Kiju Jung at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that sexist stereotypes associated with women’s names are a possible explanation for why female hurricanes have double the average fatalities. According to Jung, a “Hurricane Alexandra” is seen as ... 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
When I was five years old, I went to day camp and my best friend and I decided that one day, we were going to get married. I mean, who would ever want to marry a boy, thought my 5-year-old brain. They had cooties and picked their noses! No, I was going to have a pink wedding and we would both wear white dresses and princess crowns and live in a castle where no boys were allowed. That seemed like a perfectly sound arrangement to me, so I couldn’t  ... Read More
Celebrities. We know 'em, we love 'em, and there are a select few that never fail to inspire us. As such, it's all the more exciting when we find out two of our favorite ladies see in each other what we see in them. What could be better than two of your personal heroines swapping clothes, sipping beers, and collaborating? These are the friendships we can't get enough of: 1. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, co-stars and creators; comediennes extraordinaire. First ... Read More
  As a lifelong New Yorker, constantly surrounded by different ethnicities and cultures, it's difficult for me to believe that there are still white supremacist freaks out there, actively trying to eradicate all minorities “before its too late!” I’ve been lucky enough not to have to encounter any of these people (although their horrifying “glory suits” have haunted a few of my nightmares), but I wonder what I, an outspoken Jewish ... Read More
Earlier this year, Amber Ruffin was hired to write for Seth Meyers’ Late Night. This was very significant because she is the first woman of color to write for a network late night show, ever. That’s right, ever. The state of the TV writing industry is not very diverse, you see, if hiring a black woman writer makes headlines. Luckily, the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) proposed legislation that would make New York the first state to incentivize the ... Read More
SAFIA, a German society primarily for older lesbians, has recently inaugurated the world’s first lesbian-designated cemetery area.  “Some people might say this is historic, but today we're saying her-storic,” founder Hilde Heringer told the gathered crowd.  These women hope that the 400 square meter space will become a place “where life and death connect, distinctive forms of cemetery culture can develop and where the lesbian ... Read More
For the long Memorial Day weekend, I took a break from my hectic Brooklyn lifestyle to go home and visit my family in the suburbs upstate. I expected five days of lounging outside, with two pugs draped over me and lots of barbeque, but what I got was an intervention from my family. No, I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or any dangerous vice; I’ve just gotten fat. I need to provide you with a smidge of background info for this story. I’ve always been ... Read More
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