Sarah Gray

Dating Don’ts: The Danger In Being Just One Of The Guys

Yesterday, I teared up over a iPhone photo of my high school best friend looking stunning in a potential wedding gown. It was captioned, “This could be the one!” My watery response startled me just as much as seeing a childhood friend looking bridal. Two days ago, I felt a genuine jolt of elation upo…
By: Sarah Gray / July 9, 2013

The eBook You Never Knew You Never Wanted: Rep. Michele Bachmann Erotica

Though Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, it is Tea Party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann who's cast off into the northern country's snowy forest in this summer's smoldering romance tale as the inspiration for Fires of Siberia.  Publisher Badlands Unlimited describes the book as: "...an old-fashioned bodice ripper romance that brings the heat for the…
By: Sarah Gray / May 23, 2013

Two More Anti-Gay Attacks In New York City

On Monday in New York City, thousands of people marched in honor of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old man who was shot to death this weekend for being gay.  Protesters, which included the openly gay City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, shouted, "We're here. We're queer. Homophobia has got to go!"…
By: Sarah Gray / May 22, 2013

Satiate Your Craving For “Arrested Development” With Bluth Family-Inspired Food

If you are like me, this past week has been filled with anticipation for the return of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. So why not actually feed your craving for the Bluth family? No, I don't mean gnaw off Buster's other hand like a seal. I mean head over to the Brooklyn restaurant Three Letters for "Final…
By: Sarah Gray / May 22, 2013

One Woman Director Out Of 20, Cannes? That’s Pretty Dismal

So we all know that there's a dearth of women in the movie-making business — just in case you're not up to speed there was a whole study done about it.  The best place to view this disparity is the Cannes Film Festival in France: of the 20 films competing for the top prize, the Palme…
By: Sarah Gray / May 21, 2013

False Alarm: Disney Still Keeping Sexualized Version Of “Brave”‘s Princess Merida

Last week, I wrote about how bummed I was that the heroine of Disney's "Brave" is undergoing a makeover before she becomes an official Disney Princess. Her unruly hair is tamed, her figure is slimmed and the Scottish Princess is a much sexier version of the character millions grew to love. I was only one…
By: Sarah Gray / May 19, 2013

The Rest Of Hollywood Is As Sexist As Seth MacFarlane

It's never really a good year for the Bechdel test.  But is it possible that things are degenerating for women in film? According to a study done by USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the answer is yes. A study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith found that over the five…
By: Sarah Gray / May 16, 2013

Don’t Want To Get Raped? Drink Less, Hong Kong Official Suggests

Gee, don't you just love that in the battle to train men to not rape, you have the security secretary of Hong Kong, Lai Tung-kwok, stomping on all our efforts by suggesting women just drink less? I do. It's my favorite. Having the government permit men to not taking responsibility for their actions and place…
By: Sarah Gray / May 15, 2013

Who Is A “Grown A$$ Woman,” Anyway?

This past Monday night, women and quite a few men brought their most honest queries to WNYC  hoping to glean some wisdom on "How to be a Grown A$$ Women."  Lindy West, of Jezebel, fielded the questions (and threw in some of her own), and the panel included the expertise of bloggers Twanna…
By: Sarah Gray / May 15, 2013

Men In Pakistan Village Decide Women Are Not Allowed To Vote

Welcome to Pakistan! Home to the second largest gender gap in the world, according to the World Economic Forum's 2012 Global Gender Gap Report. Many women in Pakistan face violence, intimidation and sometimes death for wanting to receive an education. Sounds like a recipe for repression. The AP reports that in 564 of…
By: Sarah Gray / May 8, 2013

Texas Quietly Works To Restore Funding For Women’s Health

If you're like me, you might be doing a double take. Take your time. Pause. Read the headline again. Your brain has not jumbled the words. It does say restore, not restrict. If you've been following the gradual dismantling of access to family planning and women's health services across the United States, you're probably shocked and excited by…
By: Sarah Gray / May 8, 2013

Disney Isn’t “Brave” Enough To Leave Princess Merida As Is

When Disney's "Brave" came out last year, I was thrilled. So excited, in fact, that I went to see the movie at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, complete with a pre-movie live show! I am a not-so-closeted Disney fan. Though I'd never take my love this far, I did grow u…
By: Sarah Gray / May 8, 2013

7 Celebs Whose Scandals Threatened Their Endorsement Deals

Oh, the ever complex symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their corporate sponsors.  Making each other money one handshake and photograph at a time.  Yet all can go awry quite quickly in the fickle world of celebrity.  Do something scandalous?  It could cost you ... a buttload. It has been quite the few weeks for celebritie…
By: Sarah Gray / May 6, 2013

“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

Th anti-domestic violence campaign, "No More Abuse," has been launched in the desert of women's rights: Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity.  Just last month it was considered a "victory" of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles.  (Granted the privilege comes with…
By: Sarah Gray / May 2, 2013

FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision -- Tummino v. Hamberg -- mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA…
By: Sarah Gray / May 1, 2013

LEGO Construction Worker Stickers That Build Sexism!

Last week the blog Talking To Strangers posted about a LEGO sticker showing a construction worker figurines catcalling, "Hey Babe!" LEGO issued a response, where they said, "To communicate the LEGO experience to children we typically use humor and we are sorry that you were unhappy with the way a minifigure was portrayed here." I'm…
By: Sarah Gray / April 30, 2013

Five-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies At Indian Hospital

Last night, a five-year-old girl died in a hospital in India from cardiac arrest, succumbing to wounds suffered when she was raped. According to a hospital official, the child had been in a coma for over a week and suffered brain damage as a result of being smothered during the attack to stifle her cries.  Two…
By: Sarah Gray / April 30, 2013

Girl Talk: I Was In A Sorority & I’m Not A Psycho

My phone blips. Another email. Given that I'm stuck at an un-jaywalkable intersection in the East Village, I pause to open it. It's another reply to my sorority sister's chain email. The subject line from  35 emails ago simply reads: "Interesting." I'm immediately engrossed, missing the walking man and chance to cross the street. Earlier…
By: Sarah Gray / April 25, 2013

New Mexico Republican Calls 19-Year-Old Labor Advocate A “Bitch”

New Mexico GOP official Steve Kush called a 19-year-old labor advocate from the group Working America a "radical bitch" over Twitter. He also made rude comments about her on Facebook, which were responded to by Bob Cornelious, former Republican party county executive director, insinuating that she was a prostitute.  Cornelious later apologized, but as of…
By: Sarah Gray / April 24, 2013

The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms. Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, "Consistent and…
By: Sarah Gray / April 23, 2013

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