Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz was raped in her own dorm bed. As a senior thesis, the visual arts student will be doing a performance art piece called “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight,” in which she will carry a dorm mattress around with her for as long as her rapist is also a student at Columbia.continue reading
by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make the right choices, their $13-an-hour jobs will keep the lights on, put food in the fridge and gas in the car. We asked […]
by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 9, 2014, 1:16 p.m. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called “One Million Moms for Gun Control.” It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons. “We all were […]
by Kylie Hastings Shortly after I found out I was pregnant with our second child my breast milk supplies began to diminish — the one in my breasts and the one in my freezer. Our daughter wanted to eat more and more and I had less and less to give her and it was heartbreaking. We were just two months […]
Provocative story The San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season began with the production of Bellini’s “Norma,” a provocative story about a Druid priestess who betrays vows of celibacy and bears two children with her secret lover. The one she has made untold sacrifices for betrays her for a younger virgin priestess (hmmm…this story sounds strangely familiar). We follow Norma through […]
All your favorite celebrities have come together with Everytown for Gun Violence to create this video, demanding the creation of a real plan to promote gun safety. Check it out.
When Chris Herries, a Stanford senior, spoke to Bloomberg about sexual assault, the Internet exploded. “Stanford Student Compares Rape to Not Locking Up Bike,” wrote Jezebel, a feminist website; a number of other publications followed suit. Commenters labeled Chris with epithets and speculated as to whether he had a criminal record. Women are not bikes and no one deserves to be raped. […]
“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?” – Sojourner Truth, 1851 Truth was an advocate for abolition and women’s rights. In her famous, […]
Yet another reason why Laverne Cox is awesome. In this video from Keppler Speakers, the “Orange is the New Black” star describes her experience with street harassment and expresses her compassionate understanding of harassers as people in pain.
Coming off the tail end of the Video Music Awards just the night before stars gear up for yet another (and more prominent) award show tonight. It’s none other than the Prime Time Emmy Awards! See what hit and what missed on It wasn’t just the red carpet that made its annual debut. Red was clearly the “it” color at […]
by Kylie Hastings I sat on the little chair in the Pediatrician’s office holding my 2 month old as the Nurse Practitioner came in. She didn’t even look at us and went immediately to her chart. She seemed cold and uninterested and yet she would end up saying one of the most comforting and memorable things someone could have said […]
On Saturday afternoon, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, 18-year-old Michael Brown. The killing sparked immediate protests in Ferguson which was followed by a heavily militarized police response that drew national condemnation. Here is a day-by-day chronology of what happened in Ferguson, drawn from the best reporting by journalists and witnesses on the […]
With the recent death of Robin Williams, depression is being talked about everywhere. Television news shows, blog posts, social media outlets—everyone seems to have an opinion, whether or not they’ve personally lived through depression. I went through a three year period of very deep depression, which I survived with the help of a couple of amazing women/counselors, prayer, exercise, and […]
Now that a few days have passed – let’s talk about what really happened at Outside Lands. For those of you that missed the show or have never heard about Outside Lands, it’s a three day music festival that takes place in Golden Gate Park. That’s right, three incredible days of music, art and surprisingly enough some incredibly great food […]