Black Friday & Beyond

Whether you’re protesting the egregious miscarriage of justice in Ferguson, the low-wages and conditions for many workers in major corporate chains, or just the general unsavory capitalist exploitation of this long weekend, there are plenty of reasons to Ban Black Friday. On the other hand, there are thousands of small businesses not owned by the white, […]

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The Ethics of Feminist Swag

The news is out that those ever-so-hip “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts sported by everyone from Common to Alexa Chung were produced in a Mauritian sweatshop that pays its female workers $1 an hour. While there’s been some pushback by The Fawcett Society (the women’s rights charity behind the shirts), it seems […]

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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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