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Rihanna is a sneaky little evil genius - assuming it’s still evil for a woman to expose her nipples on her own terms. Instagram certainly thinks so; the popular social media app has come under fire recently for disabling the accounts of people, namely women, that post pictures exposing the female nipple. These penalizations extend even to celebrity users like Rihanna, Scout Willis, and Grace Coddington who are not taking it quietly. Yet the CFDA’s ... Read More
When Rihanna posted her Lui Magazine cover images, in which she happened to be topless, Instagram wasn’t having it. Within 60 minutes, the photo-sharing monolith had taken them down, warning the pop music sensation that nipples went against their no-nudity policy and that if she violated the rules again, she would have her account taken away. Rihanna was understandably miffed, but no matter: she just posted the images to Twitter and responded to Instagram ... Read More
  In Saudi Arabia, images are censored in extreme ways; figures in magazines are drawn over or crossed out. In “Out of Line,” the photographer Jowhara Al-Saud presents a groundbreaking approach to her country’s limits on free expression. Her photographs obscure any personal markers; the faces of her subjects are erased. The images could easily be mistaken for drawings, and this ambiguity only adds to the frightening sense that the viewer ... Read More
  Young South African artist Reshma Chhiba recently created a bold art installation, and her work has sparked debates. Chhiba’s assignment was to craft something to memorialize the inhabitants of a former women’s prison in Johannesburg, a jail that once contained some amazing female activists who fought apartheid (like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).    So what exactly did Chhiba make? A twelve meter long vagina crafted out of red velvet ... Read More
Apparently ladies are not allowed to craft in the big house. After zipping through Orange is the New Black this shouldn't be a shock, but we were still bemused when this letter sauntered into our mailbox today. Our June/July 2013 issue (that’s the 20th anniversary special) was banned in the State of Missouri Department of Corrections for the article "Return of the Mac(ramé )." Is it because the administration is trying to keep a strong DIY ethic down? ... Read More
The Ugandan government has proposed a bill that will allow women to be arrested for wearing skirts above their knees in public.  This proposed law, which directly targets women, isn’t entirely new to the Ugandan people. Uganda’s third President, Idi Amin 1971-1979 (who you may remember as depicted in the film The Last King of Scotland), also banned short skirts in a decree during his time in office.  Currently wearing short skirts is not ... Read More
I wonder if (and highly doubt) Apple realized the irony of censoring the word “vagina” out of the title of Naomi Wolf’s new book, Vagina: A New Biography.  The point of the book is to educate people about the vagina, and therefore about women – striving for a greater understanding and respect. And the title was clearly chosen at least in part to provoke and to de-stigmatize the perfectly harmless word that recently had Michigan ... Read More
With 3 members of Pussy Riot on trial in Russia, Madonna is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of them, urging the Russian court not to condemn the trio to prison.  The women, all in their 20s, are on trial for performing a song in a Russian Orthodox church protesting Putin and his support by the church’s leaders-- particularly Patriarch Kirill. The rockers’ prosecutor asked for a three-year prison sentence, although they could face up ... Read More
It looks like one boarding school on the other side of the pond is aiming to squash any and all signs of traditional femininity in its students. Just to be on the safe side, don’t plan on rocking anything above your ankle if you find yourself at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The prestigious school for young women ages 11 to 18 opened in Gloucestershire, England, in 1854, and it seems Cheltenham would prefer to hold on to the dress code from its ... Read More
Last November, atheist Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahady posted a nude photo of herself on her blog, tweeting and tagging it #NudePhotoRevolutionary. She and her boyfriend were then criminally charged with "violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam" -- spurring activists to "take back the nude photo," as it were. When blogger and activist Maryam Namazie got wind of this, she decided to take on the project of the Nude Photo Revolutionary ... Read More
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