For Every Somaly Mam, Countless Others Tell the Truth

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Everyone loves to build up a hero, and perhaps dismantling them just as much. By now many have heard of the scandal surrounding Cambodian humanitarian Somaly Mam and her self-named anti-sex-trafficking foundation. The story of degradation and then triumph that catapulted her to public attention has been found to have gaping holes in it after […]

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cancelled in Wake of Brunei Protests

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Looks like the Dorchester Collection of hotels, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is being reminded that homophobia and misogyny is never en vogue. The Dorchester Collection had to cancel the fashion prize that it awards to rising designers each year amidst controversy that has surrounded the hotel group since the sultan decided to enact […]

NEWSFLASH: One More Reason Why Military Women Need More Protection from Sexual Assault

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Though lawmakers such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have done much in the past year to bring the issue of military rape to the forefront of the U.S. Congress, a recent case of sexual assault in the Army shows that there is still a lot of work to be done. Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, […]

Still We Rise: Remembering Maya Angelou

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Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? In this verse from what is arguably her most beloved poem, “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou dares to delight in the black female body, a body that has borne the brunt […]

NEWSFLASH: 101 McDonald’s Workers Arrested in Huge Protest

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Between 1,000 and 2,000 McDonald’s employees and labor rights supporters flooded McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., on Wednesday, just hours before the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Chanting slogans such as “No Big Macs, No Fries, Make Our Wage Supersize,” the protestors called for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize. But as they […]

We Heart: HGTV for Cancelling New Show Over Hosts’ Anti-Gay Views

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Home improvement cable network HGTV backed out of airing an upcoming reality TV series on house-flipping after it came to light that the stars of the series were anti-gay, anti-abortion activists. Twin brothers Jason and David Benham, noted real estate developers who have made a name for themselves in fixing up dilapidated homes and selling […]

A Week of White House Progress on Campus Rape

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The Obama administration has been ramping up its efforts to combat campus rape this year. Just this week, the White House released a 20-page report on combating campus rape, launched a star-studded PSA on the issue and announced that 55 colleges and universities are under federal investigation for the alleged mishandling of sexual violence cases. The […]

U.S. Army Releases “Racially Biased” Hairstyle Regulations

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Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the National Guard in Georgia has always plaited her hair into two twists around her head. She has been in the military for six years and has worn her hair natural (meaning no chemical treatments [perms] or hair extensions [weaves]) for four of those years. But according to the new hair-grooming […]

We Heart: Fake Magazine Covers That Expose Real Inequality

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What would happen if, instead of celebrities and supermodels, magazine covers showcased women and girls who are invisible to society? That was the motivation behind the Cover Stories campaign, launched by Catapult, a crowd-funding site that connects nonprofit women-oriented projects to potential donors and supporters (think of it as a feminist Kickstarter). In observation of […]

While Loving Lupita, Don’t Forget Gabourey

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Like most people who have souls, I teared up listening to Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress during Sunday night’s Oscar telecast. I admire Lupita not only for her obvious talent, but for her honesty and willingness to defend black beauty. Her inspirational speech on the intersection of race and beauty at Essence‘s […]