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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
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. In ... Read More
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