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Prince William Covers Attitude Magazine And Meets With LGBTQ Community About Homophobic Bullying

It’s a difficult task to know your place as a straight ally to the LGBTQ community following the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend. The best and most important thing to do is shut up and listen. It’s not about you — it’s about them and their stories, experiences, and… More »


American Girl Introduces Melody Ellison, Civil Rights Activist

Melody will be available in stores late summer. More »


Beyonce Will Reportedly Direct And Star In Movie About Saartjie Baartman

Although Saartjie’s story is marked by deep racial and sexual exploitation, her history is being reclaimed as a symbol of perseverance. More »


Dear Donald Trump: When Was It, Exactly, That America Was “Great”?

America hasn’t always been “great” for people who don’t look like Donald Trump. More »


Earliest Use Of The F-Word Discovered

NICE ONE.

An English historian, Dr Paul Booth, claims to have found the earliest use of the f-word, as we use it today (like, “fuck off”) in some court papers from 1310.

1310 y’all!

The prof said he found references to a man called “Roger F***ebythenavele” who was being… More »


Watch Prom Fashion (And Dance Moves!) Evolve Over The Past 80 Years

Prom: how quickly it shifts from the Most Important Night Of Your Life to a warm, hazy blip in your memory by the very next day, not to be given so much as a thought until years, if not decades, later. Teen Vogue sent me down memory lane with this video featuring eighty years’ worth of prom style. If I’m being honest,… More »


Today’s Lady News: Earth Day Edition!

It’s the one day of the year we acknowledge this beautiful planet of ours and all the ways we’ve destroyed it! More »


Which Of These Four Women Could We Soon See On A $20 Bill?

The nonprofit campaign Women on 20s is on a mission to put a female face on the US $20 bill by 2020, and is winding down to a final vote of which female legacy most deserves to be immortalized on currency. The campaign began when executive director Susan Ades Stone called in assistance from a group of accomplished historians… More »


The Only Interesting Thing About DressGate Is That Humans Can’t Necessarily See Blue

No matter how many scientific explanations I read about THE DRESS last Friday, nothing made it feel any less inexplicable or mystifying –  until I read about how human beings may not necessarily be able to see blue on our own. Blue might be a sort of psychological phenomenon. That has put that ugly-ass dress… More »


Madonna’s Social Media Manager Is Out Of His Or Her Damn Mind With This #RebelHeart Hashtag

You know how the heart emoji was the most popular word of 2014? After viewing Madonna’s Twitter timeline, I’m convinced that she single-handedly made it so.
In an effort to promote her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart, Madonna has apparently hired a 15-year-old to handle her social media accounts, and that 15-year-old is splattering her… More »


Watch A Timelapse Of 100 Years Of Beauty Trends

Dang, I wonder how long this model had to sit? Watch this timelapse as a hair and makeup crew walk her face and hair through a century of beauty trends. What’s your favorite? (I’m weirded out by the fact that mine is 1910 — it’s so simple!) [h/t i100]

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A History Of Destruction In American Protests, From Boston In 1773 To Ferguson In 2014

I’ve been scrolling through the #Ferguson hashtag all morning. Last night, protesters burned buildings down, destroying businesses; they overturned cars, they smashed windows, they looted. This is a moment of extraordinary anger. Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the murder of Mike Brown, and, as it turns out, that no-indictment is rare  — or,… More »


Engender Health Looks At Contraceptives Throughout History

The next time anyone tells you that contraceptives aren’t “natural,” ask them how exactly they aren’t natural. Sure, it interferes with a natural bodily process, but then there’s the fact that women have been making contraceptives for all of documented history, as this Engender Health video demonstrates.
So what’s more important — the fact… More »


Fleshlight Wants You To Remember A Very NSFW 9/11

I was going to stay away from the brands-tweeting-smarmy-sentiments-about-9/11 stories today. But then the people behind Fleshlight, the world’s premier manufacturer of fake vaginas for dudes to have sex with, had to go and make 9/11 about them.

Making fun of brands is a tired genre. Brands gonna brand. Brands will always find a way… More »


The Soapbox: On The Stonewall Rebellion’s Trans History

President Obama issued a proclamation at the end of May stating that June is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, but June has unofficially been Pride Month for the LGBT community for decades. We place it in June, and our pride parades at the end of June, to mark the anniversary of the… More »


Seduce Him Like It’s The 17th Century: Dating Dos And Don’ts From Hot Bitches In History

In a world filled with online dating, Tinder, Facebook messages, one-night stands, speed dating, match-making and good old-fashioned true love, where’s a hot bitch to turn to for solid dating advice? Well, why not history? Sure, names and dates and technology changes over time, but human nature doesn’t.  If we look back at some hot… More »


Proof That Turn Of The Century Suffragettes Could Snark With The Best Of Them

This hilariously biting piece of satire was written by suffragette activist/poet Alice Duer Miller in 1915, but replace the word “votes” with “reproductive rights” and it could easily be a modern day blog post. Here’s the full text, in case you can’t read the small print in the graphic: … More »


Your Grandma Wore This Weirdly Awesome Bra In WWII

All those badass Rosie the Riveters who took over traditionally male jobs during WWII were hiding a secret under their clothes: They were wearing plastic bras! Yup, apparently the “Saf-T-Bra” (as it was dubbed) was a garment for women working in factories during the 1940s. Read more at The Gloss…More »


The 4 Most Impressively Weird Sex Lives of U.S. Presidents

When you become president, something in your brain snaps. You’re a normal person for a while, and then, as soon as you take your oath on Inauguration Day, the part of your brain that normally makes sure you don’t get too weird with sex collapses in on itself, and a new game begins. The rules… More »


Vampires And Werewolves: A Brief Pre-“Twilight” History

There once was a time when, upon hearing of vampires or werewolves, people did not automatically jump to express devotion to Team Whatever. (I can’t even.) In fact, people actually whipped out their wooden crosses and silver bullets and ran. Of course, nowadays we don’t run for any damn thing, but it’s always fun to… More »


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