The New York Times described a “whoop of joy” echoing through the streets of New Delhi this past Friday, when four men, all of whom had taken part in December’s notorious gang rape and murder, were given the death penalty.   The story started almost a year ago, when a woman who has become known simply as “Nirbhaya” meaning “fearless” was attacked by six men on a New Delhi bus. They raped her, beat her, and used a ... Read More
Sylvan Esso is a spacey, melodic duo composed of Amelia Randall Meath (of Mountain Man) and Nicholas Sandborn (of Megafun). This collabo spawned their first release less than a month ago: the Hey Mami/Play it Right 12" is an EP featuring mixed, accapella, and instrumental versions of the two songs. "Hey Mami" is the song we can't get out of our heads. Meath's voice trickles in, building harmonies worthy the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Subtle ... Read More
There is one global epidemic that has yet to be classified by the World Health Organization. You probably see it everywhere, every day and never realize it! Its symptoms include a slouched posture, spread knees, and an iPhone that is likely opened to the final level of Angry Birds. The official diagnosis? Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train-itosis. One fantastic tumblr has taken it upon themselves to document this horrible condition so that people around the ... Read More
Last night, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014. Yet, the aspiring cardiologist and Syracuse, New York native isn’t receiving the kind of congratulations customary. The reason? She’s Indian-American.  The second the crown touched her head, everyone with a Twitter account and an IQ of less than 65 took to the internet to voice their outrage at the fact that a “terrorist” had just won the Miss America title. You heard me. Being ... Read More
Break out the party hats, people! Cable network The CW has just announced they are currently developing a "raw, quirky family drama" with a transgender teen as the main character. Currently titled ZE, the show will focus on a female-to-male teenager living in Texas. The program will be written by award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow (Armless) and produced by Michael London (Thirteen, Milk). But really, anyone could be writing this and I would still be stoked ... Read More
Menstrupedia is a self-defined "friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during their periods." That description couldn't be any more perfect! The website is simple yet incredibly informative; it treats the subject of menstruation both frankly and warmly. Needless to say, I wish I had access to something like this when I was 11 years old (I like to think the various Kotex websites that were 90% friendship-bracelet tutorials ... Read More
From the ages of 15 to 22, a woman by the name of Rachel Moran worked as a prostitute in Ireland. She found herself homeless when both of her parents were struggling with mental illness and soon turned to prostitution as a means of survival. In a new memoir “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution” Moran writes with the aim to reveal the world of prostitution for what it actually is; stripped of any myth and enchantment. Recently, Moran spoke with ... Read More
If Yoko Ono is ever short on cash (highly unlikely, since I own 10,000 copies of Grapefruit), I suggest that she bottle her essence and sell it on the street so that the rest of the world can experience the same eternal, restless creative energy that has propelled her lifelong career. You would think that for a soon-to-be 81 year old woman, productive efforts may have slowed, or at least have taken a backseat to Bingo-related activities. But who am I kidding? This ... Read More
What happens when two of the world's smartest and sassiest funnypeople come together for a meeting of the minds? It would appear we are about to find out. Lena Dunham and David Sedaris have just announced a joint show--"Alone Together at Last"--to take place at Carnegie Hall on November 19th. Go ahead, I'll wait right here while you do a little dance.  According to the press release, the performance will consist of readings from Dunham's upcoming memoir ... Read More
Did you know September is Abortion Access Month? (I didn’t either...but now we both do!) The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) is celebrating 20 years of helping women get the care they need by spearheading a renewed effort to open dialogue about abortion in the United States. NNAF board members Veronica Bayetti Flores and Eesha Pandit kicked off the month with an article on Feministing, revealing rather shocking statistics on the current state of a ... Read More
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