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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
Put on your angry faces, everyone – another woman is being wrongfully imprisoned and no one is hearing about it. On August 21, 2013, Nestora Salgado (a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States) attempted to return to her hometown in Olinalá, Guerrero State, Mexico – an area that's supposed to be a secluded, indigenous pueblo. Instead, Salgado found herself in the middle of a city run by drug cartels and bought-out ... Read More
  There’s nothing like a lion: they’re majestic, gorgeous, and fiercely intelligent animals. Hyenas, too, are wise, complex, and deeply thoughtful creatures. Both species display amazing capacities for love and gentleness, yet they are pegged as predators; the sad truth is that humans have all but destroyed the earth’s beautiful wildlife. In the next twenty years, lions could be extinct, their African plains destroyed by human ... Read More
  Sylvia Plath’s body of work seems to span mediums and generations, tapping into our most profound pathoses and dreams. Be she blonde or brunette, poet or artist, each of her creations is tinged with the same gentle yet daring girlishness. Rest your head, if you will, on a Plath masterpiece entitled The Bed Book, a book of poetry she authored for her very own children. In this imagination-nourishing anthology, the poet unveils the mysterious and ... Read More