Posts tagged "history"

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!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 22, 2015

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 historia…

By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2015

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 dre…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 2, 2015

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 timeline…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 2, 2015

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] Follow me on Twitter.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 4, 2014

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,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 25, 2014

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 that…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 24, 2014

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 to make…

By: Cooper Fleishman / September 11, 2014

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…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 6, 2014

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…

By: Meghan O'Keefe / April 17, 2014

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:…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 21, 2013

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...

By: The Gloss / October 13, 2013

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 rule…

By: Cracked / November 14, 2012

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…

By: Rachel Krause / October 17, 2012

A Brief History Of The Pregnancy Test

I was commenting on how packaged pregnancy tests resemble fruit roll ups when my mother told me scientists once injected bunnies with a woman's urine to determine whether or not she was pregnant. "A rabbit?" I was a little stunned by the idea of poor, floppy-eared, innocent rabbits getting shot up with pee. "Oh yeah!" My…

By: Susan Finch / August 6, 2012

Love, Sex & Marriage In The Days Of “Downton Abbey”

The entire plot of the first season of PBS's standout show "Downton Abbey" revolves around the cultural customs and laws of heirs, women's rights, and marriage during the last hurrah of Britain's Edwardian era at the cusp of World War I. Then the current season covers WWI and beyond, from 1916 to 1920. This transitio…

By: Tres Sugar / February 7, 2012

Christian Dior’s “New Look” In A New Book

Designer Christian Dior helped revolutionize fashion with his "New Look," which refined women's dressing after World War II, ushering in an era of luxurious refinement. A new collection from Rizzoli gathers around 100 of Dior's signature styles and gives us a historical tour through the designer's ample closets. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Dior Couture re-positio…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 28, 2011

Our Recollections From 9/11: Kate

It’s been 10 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and we continue to feel very real aftershocks. In the hours, days and weeks following the tragedy, no one could imagine how much our world would change—how our concepts of peace and freedom would shift and morph, and how our sense of national…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 11, 2011

Our Recollections From 9/11: Julie

It’s been 10 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and we continue to feel very real aftershocks. In the hours, days and weeks following the tragedy, no one could imagine how much our world would change—how our concepts of peace and freedom would shift and morph, and how our sense of national

By: Julie Gerstein / September 10, 2011

4 Lessons I Learned About Resilience From The Survivors Of 9/11

I’ve heard friends say that this past week of being inundated with 9/11-anniversary footage and commentary has been overwhelming. I can more than empathize. As the co-author of Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, I spent close to two years steeped in interview footage of those who had…

By: Courtney Martin / September 9, 2011
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