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Okay, okay...so perhaps you already saw this video in 2011, shortly after PBS profiled the reunion of childhood-friend-elephants Shirley and Jenny at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary. But if you have even the slightest soul, you can watch it again, damn it. Separated for twenty-two years and held in captivity, these two gentle giants were afforded the chance to live free after long, lonely lives. And what happens when the two old friends meet again is possibly the ... Read More
Herstory (n): a fraught subject and a sad, compelling legacy — bound up as it is in, you know, a culture of violence and disenfranchisement. But in honor of Women's History Month, let's take a flip-book look across countries, decades and ideas at some ladies (those famous, recognized, and not-so-much) who helped shape the way we think, talk, move, dress, and exist. Obviously, this list is abridged: ten billion other photos wouldn't ... Read More
  Peer pressure is used to excellent effect in the Scottish Police Department's new anti-rape campaign — a particularly notable effort in the quest to end sexual violence because it shifts a crime's blame fully on to the perpetrator. This is contra to some of the more disturbing ad campaigns anti-rape advocates have employed in recent years, like this gem from the Pennsylvania Liquor Board in 2011:  Image courtesy of Feministing. Unlike the ad ... Read More
  CNN reported today that a bill aiming to drastically reduce sexual assault in the military was shot down in the Senate by a vote of 55 to 45. This represents yet another sad defeat for the oft-silenced voices of assault and rape victims in the armed forces. According to testimony by one of the bill's sponsors, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), assault numbers have continued to climb in the past few years: between 2011 and 2012, incidents of unwanted ... Read More
According to a news blast from Brokelyn.com...tourism may be coming to jenky, jenky Brooklyn. Last year, Sasheer Zamata made a spoof webisode advertising a fictional “Locations of Girls” tour (see below) and today the Daily News confirms the rumor's plausibility. This means that soon, my friends, double decker buses could be trolling through your hood, spewing out tourists eager to photograph the authentic sights and sounds of Greenpoint, Crown ... Read More
For all my pen-pushers out there: N+1 Magazine and Faber and Faber have recently teamed up to bring you a stellar new resource, particularly for those in early-career crisis mode: MFA vs. NYC. This essay collection spiritedly debates the merits of studying creative writing at a university-level versus essentially creating one's own discipline (/opportunities), here in the city. The book, edited by award-winning author Chad Harbach, offers sage advice to ... Read More
  Looks like the fierce ladies of Reductress have done it again. In the video below, an actually real and bona fide author (Maya Michaels) explains how she won the prestigious Featherton Award by inscribing her entire novel on...her fingertips. Take a look at the clip below for the outlandish results:     Consistently on-point, Reductress remains a brilliant source for faux-feminews -- we still consider it our very own Onion. ... Read More
  Turns out, February's lousy with unheralded holidays. Beyond Valentine's and Galentine's and Anna Howard Shaw Day, savvy citizens should note National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (happening right now; see our recent coverage), Black History Month (ditto) and the even lesser-known National Condom Awareness fest. Sponsored in part by the American Social Health Organization, Condom Month is dedicated to promoting safe sex. Because as we all oughta know by ... Read More
Cheyenne Randall, a Seattle-based mixed media artist, has knocked the socks off Instagram and Tumblr with his latest project. In the images below, Randall takes classic photos of Hollywood icons and glazes the figures with home-spun tattoos. Ever wondered what Lady Di would look like with a sleeve? Your quest is over.     Ms. Marilyn Monroe...had she lived on Bedford Avenue, circa 1999.Audrey Hepburn, had her Roman Holiday been more of a Roman ... Read More
A certain part of the internet has been all a flutter this week for a pet theory about...wait for it...Pixar's beloved Toy Story movies. Looks like this frigid February has finally begun to drive every sane adult den-ward. Note: none of the following will make sense unless you've seen (and enjoyed) most of the Toy Story canon.  Image courtesy of Bindocelebrity.com The rumpus began on Monday, when Jon Negroni wrote a piece for Movie Pilot in which he alleged ... Read More
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