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Flight Diverts Because Two “Adults” Won’t Stop Fighting Over Legroom

A flight had a “Bridesmaids”-style diversion on Sunday (minus colonial woman sightings on the wing) when two passengers couldn’t stop bickering over legroom. A man and a woman headed from Newark to Denver were seated in the “Economy Plus” section of the plane, which is designed to be a bit comfier than regular coach seating (read: [...]

The Top 7 Hair Metal Videos In Which The Music Is So Powerful It Defies the Laws of Physics

I don’t know you, but I’ve spent an awful lot of my life wishing that I’d been a teenager around the time that I was born. Bon Jovi was touring for Slippery When Wet in 1987! “Here I Go Again” was topping the charts! “Talk Dirty to Me” was one of the most popular videos [...]

Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: Kinky Boots

This is me apologizing to everyone I’ve ever lived with (mostly you, Mom) for watching this movie every time it pops up on TV. Kinky Boots is a “based on a true story but we won’t tell you the real ending and we took a lot of creative license” type of movie that we have seen countless times. It’s not the... Read More

Toys and Tater Tots: A Proposal Story

I feel like I’m reading a lot of stories and seeing a lot of media that feature women who complain about a lack of engagement ring. One reason for this might be a lack of representation of women proposing to men; the only pop culture portrayal I can think of is Monica proposing to Chandler on Friends. And he was already planning... Read More

Home Inspiration: Shark Week Finds

As Shark Week comes to a close, I would like to remind everyone that sharks can be enjoyed year round. Learning about the attack style and swim patterns of great whites like Colossus is captivating, but the fun doesn’t have to end. Incorporate a reminder of just how scary-cool sharks can be into your home — if [...]

Dungeons & Dragons Can Be A Game For Girls, Too

“It’s a good thing that boys are challenged the way they’re taught their exclusive activity is open only to them.” These are the words of a 25-year-old man named Sam. He may as well be speaking about any male-dominated space — ground combat, restaurant kitchens, construction work — but Sam was referring to one space [...]

It’s A Shame That Some Obituaries Focus On Lauren Bacall’s Beauty & Love Life Over Her Talent

Two Hollywood legends passed this week — Robin Williams, 63, on Monday morning, and Lauren Bacall, 89, on Tuesday night. They died in extremely different ways, but both were household names who’d been in numerous iconic films. But these two deaths are being handled very differently — Bacall’s obituaries and remembrances are far more focused [...]

The Soapbox: Why We Cannot Have Reproductive Justice Without Fighting Police Brutality

“Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you, we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs upon the reasons they are dying.” — Audre [...]

Record Machine: In The City by The Jam

I woke up with the Paul Weller song “From The Floorboards Up” stuck in my head, and it felt like as good a sign as any to talk about his old band in this week’s column. Previously, I’ve talked about two other releases from The Jam — Funeral Pyre/Absolute Beginners and All Mod Cons — but In The City is... Read More

4 Essential Travel Tips For The Chronically Anxious

So if we’re not all clear on the fact that I deal with sometimes-crippling anxiety as a result of PTSD yet, let’s just put that out there now. I tried to cure it by going on a big adventure, thereby exposing myself to constant emotional stimulation/isolation and it turned out to be an unsuccessful ploy [...]

Model Says She Was “Face Raped” By Burger King’s ‘Seven Incher’ Blowjob Ad

“Is this an ad for blow jobs or fast food?” That’s a question posed by “Jane Doe,” the young model who appeared in that infamous, beej-inspired Burger King ‘super seven incher’ ad. The print ad, which ran in Singapore, features a pretty blonde woman with red lipstick opening her mouth as a big Burger King [...]

Persephone Pioneers: Rachel Hills

This week for Persephone Pioneers, we feature TEDx speaker, journalist, blogger, and soon-to-be author, Rachel Hills. I met Rachel about two years ago during her tour of the U.S. for research of her book coming out, The Sex Myth. There was an announcement on Feministing of her seeking out interviewees for her book, and of course, being that sex, relationships,... Read More

30 Regrets We Can All Relate To

This morning, I was telling Sophie about the time my father kept throwing “the shocker” in family photos after his “friends” from work lied and told him it meant “I’m badass.” Now, we have a pile of photos from a reunion barbecue that need to be incinerated before they make their way to the internet. [...]

Incredible Badass Feminist Sinead O’Connor Doesn’t Want To Be Called A Feminist

“I don’t think of myself as being a feminist. So I don’t really think about feminism a whole lot, to be honest. I wouldn’t label myself anything, certainly not something with an ‘ism’ or an ‘ist’ at the end of it. I’m not interested in anything that is in any way excluding of men. … [E]qually, I’m [...]

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Apologizes For Remarks About Domestic Violence

So, Stephen A. Smith had a bust weekend. The ESPN panelist kicked off Friday with some what-the-fuck-did-he-just-say? remarks about victims who “provoke” domestic violence and all Internet hell broke loose. On the show “First Take,” Smith and other panelists were discussing Ray Rice, an NFL player who physically assaulted his now-wife and has been suspended [...]

Record Machine: New Sensations by Lou Reed

When Lou Reed died late last year, I confessed that I did not own any of his albums on vinyl, but I’ve since rectified that gap in my collection with the recent purchase of New Sensations. From 1984, New Sensations has one of my All-Time Favorite Songs, “I Love You, Suzanne.” With the opening line, “You broke my heart and... Read More

Homeless Pets Are Now Featured In Some Ikea Showrooms

Ikea stores in Tempe, Arizona, and Singapore have teamed up with Home for Hope and the Arizona Humane Society to add life-sized cardboard cutouts of homeless animals to its showrooms. The cardboard critters, which are based on real photos of shelter cats and dogs, will be placed in the spots a real-life pet might hang out — on [...]

Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo Will Marry In Mexico Tomorrow

Adam Levine will marry Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo at a Mexican resort tomorrow. Other Victoria’s Secret models, as well as Jonah Hill, will be in attendance, though our invitation seems to have gotten lost in the mail. Congrats! [Daily Mail UK] Scott Disick’s hospitalization for alcohol poisoning last month was not filmed for “Keeping Up [...]

PurrVerse: Autobiography Of A Queer Gamer Girl

My first real game, the one I remember best, was Zork — good, old-fashioned white text on a black background. I was obsessed with it, the challenges intrinsic in playing it, and the mythology attached. I read the books that came with the series obsessively, and even did a school report (sadly not preserved for posterity) [...]

Did Size Discrimination Get This Woman Kicked Off Instagram? (Hint: Probably)

Samm Newman, a 19-year-old college student, was shocked when she found out her Instagram account had been removed for “violating community guidelines.” A photo she posted of herself in her bra and underwear (which adheres to Instagram’s rules against nudity) was flagged by users as inappropriate. Newman told NBC4i, “I’ve seen [lingerie] pictures like that all [...]

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