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Leslie Jones ‘Ghostbusters’ Role Was Originally Written for Melissa McCarthy

Would that have made you happy, world?

Danielle Henderson | March 10, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Rooney Mara on ‘Pan’, Hollywood’s Whitewashing Probelm and Storytelling

Rooney Mara has had a rollercoaster of a year, from appearing in the universally panned Pan to stealing our hearts (and Cate Blanchett’s) in Carol. She’s currently up for a…

Jenni Miller | February 23, 2016 - 4:30 pm

The Soapbox: Dissent Belongs In The Classroom

Driving home with my 16-year-old son this week, I asked him if any of his teachers had led a discussion regarding recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. He told me that…

Jess Burnquist | December 5, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Lena Dunham Faces Accusations That She “Molested” Her Younger Sister

In her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham tells a couple of stories that include references to her younger sister Grace which are intended to illustrate Lena’s…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 3, 2014 - 10:00 am

Zara Pulls Pajama Top Over Complaints It Looks Like Concentration Camp Uniform

Some of us look at this shirt and see a cute, striped top festooned with a pretty star and the word “sheriff.” Others look at the Zara toddler’s pajama top…

Jessica Wakeman | August 27, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Armani Mislabels Black Actress Alfre Woodard As Black Actor Idris Elba On Instagram

Do you know this actress’s name? It’s not a big deal if you don’t. I didn’t, until I used Google, which is what you do when you don’t know a…

Rachel Krause | November 20, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Elle Magazine Promotes “North Korea Chic” As Hot Fall Trend

For the most part, Elle’s list of “top fashion trends” for this autumn reads like any other: nautical, punk, pastels, Victorian, and Wednesday Addams are all fairly standard fodder for…

Rachel Krause | November 20, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Kylie Jenner Sparks Twitter Frenzy Over Her Misuse Of The Term “Bipolar”

The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous (“famous”) for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity,…

Rachel Krause | November 7, 2013 - 12:40 pm

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

Let’s get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be…

Rachel Krause | October 16, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Forever 21 Cites The Philosophies Of Ayn Rand With Their “Unstoppable Muscle Tee”

When I think of Forever 21, I definitely think of ethical egoism and the Objectivist movement, not sweatshop-like labor conditions and cozy accessories starting at $2.80. You can find this…

Rachel Krause | October 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm

The Standard Hotel Comes Under Fire For Trivializing Violence Against Women In Their Latest Ad Campaign

Sorry, André Balazs, but The Standard is maybe the least “edgy” boutique hotel chain of all time. Sure, it’s got the name recognition, the possibility of a celebrity sighting (or…

Rachel Krause | August 27, 2013 - 1:20 pm

In Defense Of Robin Thicke’s Song “Blurred Lines”

Ever since my sister introduced the Robin Thick song “Blurred Lines” to me all of four days ago, I’ve been listening to it on repeat for embarrassingly long stretches of…

Alyson Penn | June 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

VICE Makes Light Of The Suicides Of Female Writers With A Fashion Editorial

Fashion thrives on controversy in all of its many manifestations, but how far is too far? VICE, which has been distributing its fair share of maybe-too-much content since 1994, wants…

Rachel Krause | June 18, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Are These Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Lingerie Ads Degrading To Women?

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has a reputation for cracking down on campaigns that are otherwise seen as, well, fairly innocuous. Maybe our country’s lack of a similar bureaucratic process…

Rachel Krause | January 23, 2013 - 4:40 pm

This Hurricane Sandy Spread In Vogue Is Kinda Pushing It

Vogue isn’t exactly known for its sensitivity to, um, sensitive issues, and that’s fine. It is, after all, a fashion and society magazine, not The Atlantic. But every once in…

Rachel Krause | January 16, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Benicio Del Toro Holds A Naked, Unconscious Woman On A Magazine Cover (NSFW)

Can we all agree that Benicio Del Toro is the hottest? Okay, now that that’s out of the way ― there are two narrative scenarios that could plausibly have led…

Rachel Krause | December 11, 2012 - 2:20 pm

John Galliano Sues The House Of Dior For $18.8 Million

Last year’s anti-Semitism scandal saw John Galliano ousted unceremoniously from both Christian Dior and his own eponymous label, but there are two sides to every story, which may have something…

Rachel Krause | August 30, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Azealia Banks’s Banned “Dazed & Confused” Cover Isn’t Half As Bad As It Could Be

When I heard that Harlem-born rapper and lyricist Azealia Banks’s cover of art and fashion mag Dazed & Confused had been banned in seven countries before the issue even hit…

Rachel Krause | August 16, 2012 - 11:20 am

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy…

Newser | August 9, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Ouch: France To Unveil A Statue Depicting Carla Bruni As … A Working Woman

Carla Bruni certainly made her mark as one of the more, uh, contentious first ladies ever to hit French office: the longtime singer and model, not to mention the heiress…

Rachel Krause | August 6, 2012 - 1:20 pm
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