Until today, the lack of LGBT representation among Disney characters had never occurred to me, simply because it seemed so incredibly implausible that it wasn't even worth the frustration. The pinnacle of "wholesome family values" bringing a lil' diversity into the mix? Psssh! But as it turns out, I've never been so happy to be proven wrong. This past Sunday, the Disney-ABC show "Once Upon a Time" featured a sniffle-inducing scene in which Mulan (nearly!) reveals ... Read More
Ahh Wikipedia...truly my oldest and most treasured childhood friend. Without ye, so many A- papers would be mere C+’s...So many useless facts would remain unknown...Truly a bleak world would exist if not for Wikipedia. Yet, statistics show that less than 15% of Wikipedia contributors are female. Could it be that my heart and soul has been devoted the most patriarchal website of them all?! Say it ain’t so! The debate on why such a huge gender gap exists ... Read More
Ever notice how all “nude” heels are really just the same ambiguous tone that somehow complements only Christina Aguilera's spray-tan? Fortunately, for we lesser beings, legendary designer Christian Louboutin is about to change that. The shoe-guru is launching the “Nudes” collection, featuring five of his most famous designs in five shades that range from a dainty petal to a rich coffee. “They disappear like magic and become a fluid ... Read More
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator ... Read More
Did you know that according to the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998: “patients whose health plan covers mastectomies are entitled to full insurance coverage for post mastectomy reconstruction, including nipple micropigmentation.” This is what “Areola Architect” Cathi Locati wants you to know. After 30 years working as a painter, Locati decided to start using her intensely anatomical, Michelangelo-inspired technique to ... Read More
It was almost 75 years ago that Madeline first uttered her famous “pooh-pooh” to the tiger in the Paris zoo. I want to know her secret, because that girl doesn’t look a day over six and a half. As it turns out, Madeline’s appeal is as ageless as she is. Young ladies and gents continue to delight in Madeline’s adventures, even though she doesn’t communicate solely with Emojis or tweet @MissClavel. Rather, her appeal lies in her ... Read More
Sending your grandma a birthday card is about to get way more rad! On October 10th, it was confirmed that the United States Postal Service will be issuing a commemorative stamp in honor of politician Harvey Milk, a.k.a. the first openly gay man to hold a public office in California. (Side note: I highly recommend the biopic starring Sean Penn...guaranteed to make you cry like a little baby or your money back!!)  Stuart Milk, Harvey's nephew and founder of the ... Read More
Questions have become answers! In a sitdown with CNN, supercool voice actress Susan Bennett talks about what it’s like to be telling the 25% of the population who own iPhones (that's 78 million people, yo) if it’s going to rain or where they can buy pizza. That's right: She's Siri. Bennett recorded the Siri voice all the way back in July 2005. At the time, she had “no idea where [it] would end up.” She didn’t even hear herself on the ... Read More
“In the United States of America, all men are created equal. Women? Eh... not so much.”  This is the rallying cry behind filmmaker Kamala Lopez’s newest documentary: Equal Means Equal. Following social justice visionaries like Michael Moore (Sicko) and Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), Lopez and company are “journeying across the country to learn what women think about their lives, how/if they want them to change and what difference a ... Read More
Between 1908 and 1924, a photographer named Lewis Hine worked for the National Child Labor Committee, documenting the lives of child workers across the country. Now, the Library of Congress has collected more than 5,000 of these photographs, along with the story behind each one. Though your mind may be stuck in "Newsies" mode right now, the collection actually reveals a forgotten gamut of young women and girls in the strangest and most shocking of ... Read More
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