Notes on Vamp

Dazzling to the eye with a dark, fecund mystery that’s laced with myth and history, ‘the vamp’ is omnipresent in contemporary culture. While her roots can be traced to goddesses synonymous with seduction and ruin, in this century, she has been iconically codified through fashion and film. There are the sartorial choices that influence our understanding of vamp, […]

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bell hooks is a badass: A few fave quotes from her residency at The New School thus far

Revolutionary feminist theorist, activist and pop culture critic bell hooks is holding court again at The New School, inviting a few heavy hitters to sit down and dialogue with her about race, class, gender, sexuality, contemporary culture and feminism. We were lucky enough to see her engage with Gloria Steinem and Laverne Cox on two […]

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Selling Sex Positivity and Fair Trade Condoms: Sustain’s Meika Hollender

As the world’s only fair trade, vegan, chemical-free condom company that donates 10% of their profits to women in need, Sustain sells sex with a radical twist. The founders of the company are equally unique: father-daughter team Jeffrey and Meika Hollender started Sustain with more than money in mind. As their website declares: “We believe […]

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The Motherload: Brutal Booty Claps And The Female Gaze in Mastodon’s Latest Video

When I heard that the booty quotient in Mastodon‘s video for “The Motherload” was off the charts, rivaling Nicki Minaj or Rihanna’s recent offerings, I was ready for a 21st century “Girls Girls Girls,” rife with cliché raunch and classic metal misogyny. What I saw completely took me by surprise. More shocking than the sheer magnitude […]

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