I don’t remember where or why I picked up Speak, but I know I needed it when I found it. And I know my mother needed it years later. More
Okay, so you know how you always mute car commercials when they come on Hulu because they just have a whole bunch of obnoxious 2011 dubstep in an attempt to be “edgy” while sexy models in red dresses flicker across the screen? Yeah, Beyonce‘s new commercial for Toyota is not that kind of commercial. More
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Hip hop gets a bad rep. Look, while I’m the first person to say that it’s possible to like things that are problematic, I’ll also be the first person to call out any hip hop artists who are sexist, homophobic jerks with lyrics to match. But people act as if hip hop is the only medium in which that kind of behavior can fly. Nobody is calling out metal music for its violent lyrics about women, are they? Not really. And when I look back on some of the pop punk songs I used to love in my early teens, I can’t help but cringe at how sexist and slut shaming so many of the lyrics were. I shouldn’t even start to go into the number of indie rock artists out there who have been accused of committing actual abuse in real life. More
Seriously. Take a long, hard look at the video. More
About to graduate from college and looking for a place where you’re more likely to climb to the highest peak? Here’s why you should try to do so in another country. More
Is this common? More
Personally, I’m feeling kind of sleepy. I’d say “hungry” but no, not so hungry right now. I couldn’t tell you whether or not I’m feeling empowered because I’m pretty sure that term is ludicrous.
The new Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached is about two people who, well, sleep together with no strings attached. If not for the fact that Portman is getting Oscar buzz for Black Swan and needs to be in the news right now, this movie would probably get buried and we could all move on with our lives. But instead, we’re being treated to pearls of wisdom from Ashton Kutcher. He said that he hopes young women will be “empowered” by Portman’s character. More
Last year, I had the honor of attending the inaugural G(irls)20 Summit, an event where young women from around the world met just before the G20 to discuss global women’s issues. (If you missed it, you can read all about it here.) The T-shirts for the event were created by designer Tu Ly, and she’s back at the helm this year. More
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“Talking about Karen Owen and her fuck list now? Surely TheGloss is late to the party!”
No, I am not late to the party. I didn’t want to go to the party at all. But now that my geriatric neighbors are talking to me about whether or not Karen Owen is a symbol of my generation (I think 85 year old Mrs. Steinberg down the hall wants to hang out and compare fuck lists, I really do) I feel like I’ve been abducted, bundled in my snuggie and dragged kicking, screaming, biting and wailing to the party.
So, fine. Fine, you harpies. Let’s talk about Karen Owen. More importantly, let’s talk about why Karen Owen and her now famous fuck list really shouldn’t be the that big a deal. More
After presenting their communique, several of the delegates responded to questions from the audience (including yours truly in part 3). Thanks to Natalie from Google for getting video of the Q&A. You can also view more at the G(irls)20 official … More
When I was invited to teach a blogging seminar as part of the G(irls)20 summit, I was worried that all the delegates – who range in age from 18 to 20 – would be way more web-savvy than I was. … More
July Lee may be nineteen years old, but she’s already more world-wise than many people twice her age. Born in Mexico to parents who had immigrated from China, she moved to southern California at age six. Although she mostly grew … More