Katrin Higher

Medicating And Oversimplifying Women’s “Moodiness”

I wanted to like Julie Holland's opinion pieceon "Medicating Women's Feelings" in the New York Times yestesday, but I couldn't. Her first sentence in a piece about the dangers of prescribing women medications for normal feelings is "Women are moody." By and large she explains important issues surrounding "women's emotionality" and the how we…
By: Katrin Higher / March 2, 2015

How About No: Models In ‘Glittery Blackface’ At Milan Fashion Week

Oh fashion industry, you never learn, do you? This weekend during his Milan Fashion Week presentation, Italian designer Claudio Cutugno presented his his all-black collection -- including the models donning glittery blackface. Ew. Why couldn't this just be about all black clothes, man? Cutugno says he was inspired by an artist and claims that he "didn't…
By: Katrin Higher / March 2, 2015

University Of Michigan Fraternity Causes $430,000 Worth Of Damage To Resort

This is why (fraternities) can't have nice things. Back in January, the destructo-frat Sigma Delta Tau, of the University of Michigan, caused immense damage to the Treetops Resort in Northern Michigan. Besides destroying 40 rooms at the resort they also destroyed the hallway and the ceiling as seen in the picture above. How do you…
By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015

Japan Builds Robot Bears To Care For The Elderly

File this under "things the elderly get that I want now in my 30s." The "Robear" designed by Japanese robotics company RIKEN is primarily designed to lift elderly patients out of bed and into wheelchairs, taking off the strenuous burden that normally rests on human caregivers. Japan is expecting a large elderly population in the…
By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015

Badass Shark Scientist Eugenie Clark Dies At Age 92

At age 17, during her interview to apply to Columbia University, Dr. Eugenie Clark was told by the dean: "Well, we can admit you to Columbia ... but I can tell by looking at you that after we put in all our time and money to give you an education, you're going to get married…
By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015

Seattle Girl Receives Jeweled Gifts From Crow Friends

This is not a fairy tale or a "Portlandia" sketch. This is real life eight year old Seattle native Gabi Mann, who routinely receives trinkets from her garden's visiting crows as a thank you for feeding them regularly. Gabi has been feeding her crow friends since she was two years old and has collected hundred…
By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015

‘World’s First’ Gay Married ‘Throuple’ Are Everything

IF you couldn't really understand that sentence, basically the world's first male "threesome couple" or "throuple" got married on Valentine's Day in Thailand. Even better than the fact that this happened is that their names are Bell, Art, and Joke which makes me want to fly to Thailand immediately and hang out with them (if…
By: Katrin Higher / February 28, 2015

Dog And Owl BFFs Give You Reason To Live

There has been a recent influx of coverage on interspecies friendships as of late -- in part because of the National Geographic series "Unlikely Friends" on Netflix and also with the interspecies friendship Android Advertisement. This influx also happens to be the best thing that's ever happened to everyone. Think of it like seeing…
By: Katrin Higher / February 23, 2015

Surprise: Tech Industry Getting Worse For Women

According to a piece in the Los Angeles Times, women are leaving the tech industry in droves. This is something I have called for a while now -- this very myopic insistence of "filling the pipeline" simply won't work if the industry remains sexist from a structural standpoint, i.e. still being shitty to wome…
By: Katrin Higher / February 23, 2015

Richard Pryor’s Prescient Pre-Twitter Statements Regarding The Oscars

In advance of this year's very white Oscars it's sobering to read that infamous comedian Richard Pryor called it way back when. In 1977, Pryor dryly exclaimed "I am here tonight. To explain why black people. Will never be nominated for anything." With Selma grabbing a Best Picture nomination but nary else, and frontrunner…
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

Magic Anti-Aging Chocolate Is Biggest Lady Cliche In Existence

Apparently there are some scientists who have invented "anti-aging" chocolate called "Esthechoc" and now moms in their 40s all across America are squealing with glee! OK, not yet because it seems like it may not even really be a totally proven thing. Even though their very Euro-centric marketing campaign looks like they are going…
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

Hundreds Gather For 50th Anniversary Of Assassination Of Malcolm X

Yesterday marked 50 years since the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X, and 300 people gathered in the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in New York City to hear remarks from family, elected officials and political activists.
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

“Two And A Half Men” Ends And Feminists Of America Rejoice

Even though notorious domestic abuser and all around douche king of America, Charlie Sheen was dumped from this trash show four years ago, we still had to deal with it being on the air with Ashton Kutcher as his replacement until now. Its ending symbolizes a small victory for women in entertainment as well a…
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

Plastic Jesus Wins The Oscars!

Which film is going to win Best Picture this year? Who cares when you have Plastic Jesus as your resident-shocking subversive installation artist! Banksy is SO 2014. If you're like me, you hold a contradictory position towards Hollywood and the Oscars. On the one hand, I LOVE the red carpet fashions, the beauty and…
By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

Evil Texas Attorney General Attempts To Void Marriage License For Same-Sex Couple

In the latest news from evil Texan men in power, on Friday, Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the state's Supreme Court to revoke a marriage license issued to same-sex couple Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant (above). Bryant and Goodfriend have been together for over 30 years and a county judge granted them a marriage license…
By: Katrin Higher / February 21, 2015

New York City Is A Beautiful Frozen Wasteland

My commute to work yesterday nearly transported my body into a new set of molecular properties, when, sure enough, I looked at my weather app and saw just a solitary number 1 as the degree in Fahrenheit. My knees cracked and ached as I walked the five avenues to my office from the subway i…
By: Katrin Higher / February 21, 2015

Frisky Rant: STFU About Renee Zellweger’s Face

Judging by the amount of venom I’ve seen being spewed at RZ in the past 24 hours, you would think that her face was the cause of death for 1,000 children. I think I also heard about 1,000 iterations of “SHE RUINED HER FAAAAAAACE.” And this is without even paying attention to much besides social…
By: Katrin Higher / October 22, 2014

Joan Rivers Showed Women It’s Okay To Be An Asshole (If You Want)

Yesterday, the world lost one of  THE most daring and fearless stand-up comedians we have ever known, male or female. Joan Rivers was a special kind of icon. She is one of the greats, up there with Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Being fearless i…
By: Katrin Higher / September 5, 2014

The Soapbox: The Three Dimensional Feminism Of Sally Draper

A lot has happened since 2010 when we got to witness Sally Draper’s temper tantrum as a little girl, and feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte made the astute observation that Sally Draper was a feminist hero. That tantrum was our first glimpse into what would later become Sally's numerous instances of resistance…
By: Katrin Higher / April 29, 2014

The Soapbox: Some Good News (Really) About Rape Jokes

As if we didn't already have enough reasons to say RIP Society: French "YouTube comedian" (I know) Remi Baillard recently released a video called "Free Sex," in which he's filmed pretending to fuck unsuspecting women in public. Invariably, the women notice Baillard air-humping them and give him dirty looks. And this dumb shit…
By: Katrin Higher / April 14, 2014

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