[Content Note: Fat hatred; lookism; bullying; eliminationism.]So, many years ago, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries did an interview with Salon all about how the brand is for young, thin, attractive people. It's one of those interviews...Show More Summary
What do Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce all have in common? They’re featured on Forbes’ 2013 ranking of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women –our 10th annual look at the heads of state, CEOs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, celebrities and billionaires who truly matter most.
Have we reached Peak Hunk? USA Today examines the trend of “sexy guys—not gals—featured in racy TV spots” since a shirtless Isaiah Mustafa first mounted a horse to promote Old Spice in 2010. In a recent ad for Kraft salad dressing, a...Show More Summary
Photo: Coqueran/FameFlynet Pictures We haven’t talked about this at great length yet but I’d been thinking about Zoe Saldana’s comments about race in recent interviews (BET and Allure) she’s done to promote the new Star Trek film. I don’t know. The key problem in Zoe’s comments seems to be rooted in the fact that she [...]
Passion Pit, Carried Away Their Tiny Desk Concert is pretty cool.How about you?
Ed note: This is a guest post by Kelly Castagnaro, Communications Director at the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). Only days before today, the International Day against Homophobia, a Russian man was beaten, mutilated, and murdered after revealing he was gay to two strangers. His death reminded me of the many other deaths [...]
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, which basically means it’s the season for teen mom shaming. And damn if the Candie’s Foundation doesn’t deliver! On May 1 they revealed their new celebrity-endorsed PSAs, which include lots of messages that provide the super useful combo of shame and no actual helpful information whatsoever. I want [...]
Happy Mother’s Day! A Mother’s Day letter by Gloria Malone: “The problem with being a teen mom is that I don’t hate myself nearly as much as you wish I did.” To celebrate Mother’s Day, give the gift of prison phone justice. Mamas in the South continue the fight for reproductive justice. Download a Mother’s [...]
[Content note: Racism, sexual abuse, war, violence, misogyny]Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling:A prominent barrister in the UK specialising in reproductive rights has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13. To...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Sexual violence; victim-blaming.]Yes, it remains a real fucking mystery why the US military has what is euphemistically referred to as a rape problem:An Air Force brochure on sexual assault advises potential victims not...Show More Summary
Happy Birthday to you!Happy Birthday to you!You like to sit in the dark eating braunschweigerwhile watching bad mooooooovieeeeees…And OMG Shoez I do, too! I love you, Spudsy.Thank you for being a friend.
Of Norwegian and Pakistani ancestry, British born Nadine Shah is an uncompromising vocalist/composer hailing from a small coastal village in the North East of England called Whitburn. Her dark tales of love, loss and lust are fast earning her favourable comparisons such as ‘the female Nick Cave’. Show More Summary
I (reluctantly) admit it: I am one of the many women who teared up watching the new Dove Real Beauty campaign’s “Beauty Sketches” video: As a 20-year-old college student who, like many (most? All?) other women my age, has struggled with...Show More Summary
[Content note: Homophobia, rape, rape culture]Tuesday:Steubenville's football coach got a two-year contract extension. I hate everything.Folk singer Richie Havens died yesterday.Watch Havens' legendary performance of Freedom at Woodstock.One Direction is heading for a showdown with Justin Bieber at the Billboard Music Awards. Show More Summary
[Content note: Homophobia, terrorism, sexual abuse]It's A New Week:Pat Robertson says marriage equality is a plot by the Illuminati. Or something.Singer Rolf Harris has been arrested in connection with a sexual abuse investigation.Chrissy Amphlett, frontwoman for the Divinyls, died Sunday at her home in New York. Show More Summary
Critics have been having a field day with “Real Beauty Sketches,” the latest ad campaign from Dove. They’ve underscored that most of the featured women already appear close to our society’s beauty ideals—white, under 40, blonde, thin; they’ve labeled the campaign both racist and misogynistic. Show More Summary
AlunaGeorge, featuring chanteuse Aluna Francis, is quickly becoming one of the breakout bands of 2013. Consisting of Francis and producer George Reid, the electronica group combines intimate vocals with synthesized pop, house, R&B, and dub-step. Show More Summary
Break of Reality, Vintage Their cover of the Game of Thrones theme song went viral(ish) a couple weeks ago. It is pretty great.How about you?
The flagship video for the Dove ad campaign "Real Beauty Sketches" has generated over seven million views since its debut less than a week ago. The video documents an experiment Dove conducted where several women, each sitting alone, describe themselves to a forensic artist behind a curtain as he sketches them. Show More Summary
I’ve finally stopped rolling my eyes hard enough to talk about Ray J and his new single “I Hit It First.” This (terrible) track is basically three minutes and 20 seconds of shade thrown at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, based on the well-known fact that Ray J was Kim’s partner in the infamous sex [...]