BY Nina K. Guzman in General on Jan 14, 2014 |
Though I usually stay away from anything made in the 70's (i.e shag carpeting and polyester clothing) I can't help but envy those that grew up with Free To Be… You and Me, the 1972 album and accompanying book created by Marlo Thomas. The album was marketed towards kids at a time when single working women were just beginning to show up on national television. It used catchy tunes to teach a revolutionary feminist message of gender equality, when social ... Read More
In a story that has been making headlines across Canada all week, ideas of gender equality and human rights are being confronted by York University, Canada’s 3rd largest university located in Toronto, Ontario.In September of last year it was requested of a sociology professor by a student registered in his online course to be exempt from participating in group work that would require the male student to interact with fellow female students.
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BY Emma Pacchiana in General on Jan 13, 2014 |
Teenage pregnancy shows like MTV's Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant have been widely criticized by conservative groups, pop-culture thinkpieces, and your parents, for seemingly rewarding teenagers for getting knocked up early in life. While it may be true that these young moms receive public attention for their unintended pregnancies, it's more infamy than fame. The National Bureau of Economic Research published a study that suggests the shows may be ... Read More
The great lion casts his eyes downward, furrows his brow. A rooster prances, his pink flesh gleaming under heavy lights. A chimpanzee turns his head. In his unbelievably telling series “More Than Human,” the photographer Tim Flach challenges the way we think about our fellow creatures. More in the vein of intimate portraiture than documentary or wildlife photography, Tim Flach’s expert lens frames animals within dignified and ... Read More
From Mrs. Dalloway to To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s stories of human connection, empathy, and love span immeasurable distances of time, space, and circumstance; in their most resonant moments, her words make the complexities of our individual minds seem a little less isolating. To my utter delight, Brain Pickings’s Maria recently Popova recently offered the internet this glimpse into the emotional and intellectual realm of a ... Read More
As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
With Colorado’s legalization of the commercial sale of non-medical marijuana last week, I have personally come to wonder what this might mean for women. Sherrie Silman (who is a totally amazing editorial writer for feminspire.com) wrote an article on why cannabis is a feminist issue, and her thoughts are especially relevant this week. She breaks it down by defining feminism as advocating for equality regardless of gender, sexuality or social location. This ... Read More
For your consideration: the exquisite Sylvia Plath, aged 20, lounging on the beach, one decade before the publication of The Bell Jar and her tragic death. It’s the summer of 1954, about a year after her first suicide attempt. Hoping to begin again, Plath had dyed her hair and went through six months of intensive care. Referred to by academics as her “platinum summer,” this period in the life of the legendary poet is considered to be one ... Read More
Girls and kittens... together! Are you kidding me?! Hipster TV fans and cat lovers everywhere, get ready to feast your eyes on the cutest video since Sleepy Kitten. Pretty sure it’s true, and I’m not embarrassed to say it: I think my life is complete. Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls has been reenacted by cats. Can you handle it? Didn’t think so. The Pet Collective has released this Tuesday’s parody video complete with the ... Read More
There’s Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin. There’s Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel. Add to your list of beautiful female friendships that overcame adversity Ruth and Idgie, named after the protagonists of the film Fried Green Tomatoes. Idgie is a caramel-hued dachshund; Ruth is a golden-eyed kitty.
They have have faced more than their fair ... Read More