As the lights dimmed in preparation for Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2014 presentation, photographers and editors got comfy in their front-row chairs, likely expecting yet another stream of sample-size waifs to glide in front of them. After all, fashion week is that special time of year when all of our senses are bombarded with delicate clothes draped over ethereal human hangers.  Instead, Rick Owens greeted the world with silhouettes of powerful, strong figures, ... Read More
If you haven't checked out Goldfrapp's latest album Tales of Us, I only have one thing to say to you: DO IT! It's mystical, it's groovy, it's everything you would expect from someone whose wardrobe is primarily feather-based.  Last night, to promote the new release, Goldfrapp appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and consequently blew our minds with her performance of her track "Drew." Here, let me pick up your jaw from the floor for ... Read More
If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve no doubt seen the uproar over Wal-Mart’s “naughty leopard” costume for toddlers. I decided to refrain from clicking on these links, deciding to keep the last shred of faith in humanity that I had. But today, curiosity got the best of me. When my eyes were met with a cute kid in a purple tutu, all I could think was “This is what everyone is so peeved ... Read More
Picture a sprawling orchestra tuning up. That dissonant yet somehow warm cacophony emanates from the stage. Suddenly, a hush comes over the room as the conductor enters and proudly bows before the audience. Now, that conductor you envisioned, was it a man or a woman? Statistically speaking, chances are it was a man. Across all United States-based orchestras, only 20% of conductors are female. In “higher-budget” orchestras (about 1/8 of all U.S. ... Read More
These past few weeks, I am 100% pro-Sarah Silverman! From her response to the roast of James Franco to her touching tribute to her dog, she's making it hard to decide if I want to be her or if I want to be making out with her. Now, SS is adding to her street cred with an appearance in Psychic Friend's new music video for "We Do Not Belong."  In the video, Silverman plays a girl in a mental hospital who, despite doctors' various treatments, remains ... Read More
“Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.” These are the words of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, art activist and member of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot. 14 months ago, she, along with two other members of the group, were arrested under charges of “hooliganism” following a guerrilla performance in a cathedral. After serving ... Read More
It’s always great to start off the day with a blood-boiling-ly bigoted piece of writing. It fuels the flames of feminism and reminds me why I still care, and why everyone else should care, about women's issues. Today, my inspiration wasn't hard to find: I bring to you one man’s take on how to spot a "slut." As it turns out, top-tier news source ReturnOfKings.com is offering up 24 simple signs that you can look for if you think a gal ... Read More
Remember when M.I.A. tossed up her middle finger during her appearance at the 2012 SuperBowl? Yeah, it’s cool—I really don’t remember it either. Even the FCC never gave her any heat about it, and what do you know? The world is still fully functional and humans haven’t quite yet resorted to cannibalism. As it turns out, not everyone is satisfied with the current state of affairs. It has recently come to light that the NFL began taking action ... Read More
If you’re a lady who has ever even looked at a Playstation, you know the sort of backlash that girl gamers are constantly confronted with. I can’t even count the number of times I have gone to the checkout counter of a video game store only to be asked by a guy with a neckbeard if I need a gift receipt for my boyfriend or brother. Or all of those times where I logged on to Xbox Live to play Halo and was met with a lovely stream of pre-pubescent males ... Read More
For most brands, the concept of using "diverse" models in their advertisements extends to using both size two AND four Amazons. Despite continued backlash for these skewed representations, retailers have made  no real initiative to promote a wide range of body types. So, when I stumbled upon Debenham's Summer Look Book from earlier this year, I couldn't help but squeal with happiness. The campaign features, among other things, a Paralympian, a 60+ year old ... Read More
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