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You are all liars if you claim that there is absolutely NO rap song you enjoy, not even in the slightest. There is at least one Lil Jon, guilty pleasure track in your head that is DYING to be blasted on your speakers. So what's telling you no?  Rap degrades women. It glorifies violence (including violence against women) and uses crude language, etc.  Sure, but so do the majority of things that occupy our culture - we have major movie companies churning ... Read More
“Paper, Snow, a Ghost!” Oh wait, that’s just you. But not to fret “oh pale one,” in this perilous wilderness of perfectly bronzed Victoria’s Secret Models, self tanner-racked CVS shelves, and tanning booth-lined street corners, the temptation is real, and us fair chicks gotsta stay together! If you’re reading this, you’re one of two people. Either you’ve failed to conform to societies demand for tan-- tried ... Read More
Indie-Rock Superstar Neko Case Invites Us Inside Her Cozy Vermont Farmhouse And Opens Up About Depression, Dogs, And Doing What She Loves  "When you’ve got a barn, you’ve got a place to skate in the winter,” says Neko Case, explaining why there’s a full-sized skateboard half-pipe in the barn on her property. It’s not actually hers — it belongs to her roommate and best friend, “Stuntman Nate” — but the half-pipe is only one of many weird, ... Read More
I remember my first period like it was yesterday, and the memory alone makes me cringe. I was barely 12 years old and was home from school when I screamed out for my mom from the bathroom. I was terrified by my own lady-business, and I didn’t know what else to do but cry for my mami. I frantically told her what was going on, and to my surprise, she just laughed and went back to her room. A minute later she came back with a pad that looked more like a ... Read More

Hey Jealousy

BY Intern Arielle in MyBlog |

One of the hardest things I've ever had to admit to myself and to others is that I'm a straight-up jealous person. I'm not jealous of people who have nicer things or better careers, and I no longer suffer from the kind of jealousy that compels me to send psychotic emails to my boo's ex, but I do get really super sassy when it comes to friends. I'm a BFF kind of gal, which means that all I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend AND NO ONE ELSE. Not ... Read More
When I heard that Whitney Houston died, the first person I thought of was my mother. In fact, the reason why the news hit me so hard, why my eyes got instantly wet and my throat instantly closed up, is because, in my mind, Whitney Houston and my mother are inextricably linked.  I cannot begin to imagine what Houston’s own daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is going through right now (reports are coming out that she was hospitalized for an "emotional breakdown" ... Read More
I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my birth on Monday. Well, maybe “celebrated” isn’t the right word for it. I expected worse, to be honest. I thought I might suffer an existential crisis, brought on in part by Facebook’s new Timeline feature, which makes it seem like I was born in 1987 and then did nothing until 2005, when I went to college and got a Facebook and started recording my life in short, sometimes embarrassingly personal ... Read More
We all have them: our best "worst" stories.  They're our way of dealing with embarrassment, heartbreak, awkward sexual encounters, bad jobs, or unfortunate haircuts-- not actual tragedies, but anecdotes that reveal the humor in a shitty situation, and get funnier and less painful the more we share them with others. Since I'm a big fan of "best worst" stories, I'll be telling some of mine as the weeks go on-- and encouraging you all to share yours, too, so we ... Read More
I am a burlesque performer. I have been taking my clothes off for a crowd pretty regularly for about three years.  I was drawn to burlesque because it offered complete creative freedom, and I was also pretty stoked on the body-positivism it inspired – in me, in my fellow performers, and in the audience. Bodies are accepted and celebrated as they are, and also as they aren’t—I get the chance to explore and express a constructed gender ... Read More
Up until a few months ago, Kt Kieltyka felt like your average post-grad-- she moved to New York after school to pursue a career in writing, but found herself working a dismal desk job to make ends meet.  When a winter cold turned into a sickness she couldn't shake, Kt went to a doctor for an X-ray and was told she had a tumor (three tumors, to be exact). In April, the day after her 24th birthday, Kt was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma-- a form of cancer that ... Read More
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