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The Red Umbrella Project Helps Sex Workers Write Their Truth

Sex Work Past
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Is it OK for an elementary school teacher to have been a stripper? Read More »
McNugget Prostitution
Woman tried to exchange bjs for nuggets. Read More »
On Sex Work & Feminism
Actress Billie Piper talks about sex work and feminism. Read More »

Stories of sex work are rarely ever told by the people actually doing the work. And the sex work narrative typically portrays those involved in the industry as victims, martyrs or worse — immoral harlots bent on unraveling the very fabric of society. That’s why the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP) aims to give sex workers a voice: their own. Keep reading »

Just Announced: All The New Cast Members On “Game Of Thrones”

"Game Of Thrones" Lingo
"Make water," "smallclothes," and other words and phrases from the series. Read More »
Hot For Dinklage
Why Kate has it bad for Peter Dinklage. Read More »
NERD ALERT!
Winter Is Coming!

We’re currently going through “Game of Thrones” withdrawal, so we were extra excited to see the new “GoT” season three cast announced. The cute kid from “Love, Actually” will be on the next season, as will mod-tastic actress Diana Rigg.

New major characters include Lady Olenna Tyrell, aka “The Queen of Thorns.” She’s the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell. There’s also Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully, a famous knight and the uncle of Catelyn Stark, and Thoros of Myr, a member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners.

There are too many to name, so watch the video to check out all the new characters and the actors who will be playing them!

The Fine Print Of Being A Playboy Bunny

Apparently, back in the day, being a Playboy Bunny involved a lot of rules and regulations. The job came equipped with a 26-page manual, explaining all the rules and regulations of the game — including who and what you could fraternize with, how to wear your makeup, and the proper way to get a sub for your shift. Those bunnies were nothing if not organized.

Click through to see more on Bunny Council Meetings and Bunny Mothers. [The Selvedge Yard] Keep reading »

Topshop Will Soon Be Available At Nordstroms

Rihanna For Topshop?
Will the singer be collaborating with the retailer too? Read More »

Well, some of them, anyway. Topshops will plant themselves in 14 Nordstrom locations, says the department store giant. There’ll be TopShop and TopMan offerings available, and even limited edition only-available-at-Topshops-inside-Nordstrom items. You can never have enough on-trend floral rompers and ear cuffs, we suppose.

The Nordstrom encampments are only part of Topshop’s plan for U.S. domination. Expect to see 15 to 20 more store locations in the coming year. In the meantime, Nordstrom is stoked on its new tenants — they’re hoping the collaboration will bring more fresh young 15- to 30-year-olds through its doors. [CNBC]

Tavi Got To Play With A Mini-Horse And I’m Mini-Jealous

Julie Meets Tavi
Julie Gerstein fan-girled out when she met Tavi at Fashion Week. Read More »
Tavi Gets Animated
Tavi Lends Her Voice To A New Animated Short Film
Tavi lent her voice to a new animated short film, "Cadaver." Read More »
Tavi's Music Video
Style blogger Tavi Gevinson stars in a music video for Wilco. Read More »
Will Tavi write a book?
Tavi Gevinson may write a book about... being Tavi Gevinson. Read More »

So, Tavi Gevinson, and some of her friends from the webzine Rookie have been traveling across country this summer with the gang at Urban Outfitters. It pretty much sounds like a buttload of fun; they’ve been making stops in major cities and towns along the way to meet up with fans, hold workshops and go shopping. But on their recent stop in Portland, Oregon, they also got to stay at a farm, and chill with a bunch of chickens, goats and mini-horses. Can you beat that? No, no you can’t. [Urban Outfitters]

Saturday Playlist: An All Girl Summer Jam Mix, Just For You

Music Taste
What your favorite band/singer says about YOU. Read More »
Umlauts In Music
Lady Gaga and others who've used umlauts. Read More »
Fuzzy Math
A brief history of fuzzy math in music. Read More »

I listen to music all day while I’m working and, thanks to Spotify, I also make my own mixes. I like this, especially, because I used to DJ a ton and I think I’m pretty good at mixes — figuring out what follows which song, and how it should all flow together.

I made this all-ladies mix a while back, and am stoked to share with you some of my fave girl-bands and female musicians, past and present. Enjoy, after the jump! (And tell us what you’ve been listening to lately in the comments!)

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