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Women, pants, and power have been mixed up together since suffragist Amelia Bloomer paraded around in “Turkishtrousers” in the 1850s. Bloomer’s goal was to reform women’s clothing, with its restrictive corsets and heavy skirts, but her outfit brought mostly ridicule from a public that largely believed trousers, along with the vote, were men’s prerogatives. The bicycle craze of the 1890s helped open women’s minds to the idea of ... Read More
The Seven Year Itch Some amazing and as yet unnamed photographer has invited the vivacious residents of a nursing home to recreate the most touching instants captured in classic films. Using digital images, the artist’s lens allows the resident to explore fantastical worlds, from Mary Poppins’s UK to NYC circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The crude composite work done on the images only adds to their charm, placing the playful and witty subjects ... Read More
  A multicomponent mass media campaign was launched in Vietnam promoting the life-saving practice of exclusively breastfeeding for babies’ first 6 months. Exclusive breastfeeding is described by some as the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths, and the benefits of this practice are well documented. Experts claim that for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, it is best if it is simply fed breastmilk and only breastmilk. ... Read More
Fierce and feminist, Hayley Williams—the frontwoman of the pop-punk band Paramore—is a rock star for an enlightened generation.Dress: Nicole Miller; Bodysuit: OYE By some measures, Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the pop-punk band Paramore, seems like a fairly regular 25-year-old. She crafts her ass off, shops at thrift stores, and loves to experiment with hair dye. In fact, despite her hordes of Twitter followers (around 3.5 million at last ... Read More
I don’t consider myself a sports fan by any means, but there’s just something about the Olympics that makes my heart all fluttery, and I promise you it’s not the annoying sound of Bob Costas dragging us through yet another mindless highlight reel.   (sorry, Bob.) Over the next few days, my brain will be playing the Olympic theme song non-stop, and I’ll probably catch myself humming it under my breath in the office, in which case ... Read More
Rosie the rat has made a comfortable living as a model, and she is effortlessly good at it. Before you have horrible flashbacks to the subway rats that infest your nightmares, take a gander at this mini diva and her many mini things.Rosie is a rat of many trades, thanks to her owner/photographer Ellen van Deelan who creates these portraits and the teeny items in them. SO LOVING.Is it just me or does she look a like a pudgy old man in that ... Read More
On January 3rd, at the Cake Shop on Ludlow Street in NYC, the 15th Mr. Lower East Side was crowned. This annual pageant (and freak show) was begun by Reverend Jen, an author, artist, and legendary fixture of the Manhattan neighborhood. The Reverend, a self-described feminist, says she started the pageant in response to all the female flesh on display in the Lower East Side. (And, of course, the world.) As in any other beauty contest, participants were ... Read More
We’ve got news for you, BUSTies: Feminist Network Project, born from a group of international feminists who met at the World Social Forum in Tunis, has created THE internet location for feminists of the world to congregate, mobilize and talk tactics. There is even a register queuing up how many feminists there actually are in the world. Take a look at this map, and indulge in a feeling that is better than puppies: the feeling that you are not ... Read More
This week, the Supreme Court begins to hear opening arguments for yet another landmark first amendment case under the Obama administration – McCullen v. Coakley. The outcome of this trial will determine the legality of “buffer zones” outside of aborton clinics, also known as areas deliberately cleared of protestors. This issue is particularly hot-button because anti-abortion activists have an established knack for the vigilant and cruel method of ... Read More
If you, like me, owe any shred of your post-Millenial-New-York-writer-daydreams to the grand myth of Carrie Bradshaw and her preposterous shoe collection – there's a chance you've spent some time trying to discern if there actually are sex columnists out there, writing for pithy New York weeklies and racking up a disposable income. Just in case, you know, any of these pithy New York weeklies happened to be hiring.Image courtesy of ... Read More