In our new column, Hemlines Rising, we’ll be exploring the evolution of certain fashion and beauty trends throughout history. Today: what color should your teeth be? Pick either black or white. More
Sappho did not rule Lesbos. She was a poet. Poets have never ruled anything. More
In a story straight out of a heartwarming Lifetime movie of the week, a former cabaret star named Pam Shaw is finally looking, at the age of 70, for a man to marry and “go to bed with.” She would have lost her v-card sooner, you see, but she was too busy focusing on her career to get married, and she doesn’t believe in premarital sex. She also lived with her mother until she was 57, which may have had something to do with it. Here are some photos of the kicky septuagenarian, as well as some facts about her. More
The new book Sex in the Office traces changing views of white-collar women through history, starting decades before working women were commonplace, and before the term “sexual harassment” had even been coined. As author Julie Berebitsky point out, sexuality in the office has almost always been viewed as a threat, but the nature of that threat has changed through the decades. The New York Post compiled a timeline of major moments in the history of sex in the office, based on the book. Here are 10 of them, from the movie theater to the courtroom, drawn from the Post’s time line and augmented with a few more recent examples of our own. More
Happy May Day, everyone! If you’re reading this post, I’m already out with my crew taking it to the streets to agitate for social change and maybe, hopefully, also see Rage Against The Machine reunite (a girl can dream). As you may know, in addition to being an ancient Pagan holiday, May Day is International Workers’ Day, a progressive day of action which sees mass demonstrations by workers, students, and citizens all over the world. In such non-revolutionary times as these, it’s easy to wonder what the point is of protesting, as those currently in power in this country are either unable or unwilling to make any meaningful kind of change (I’m looking at you, Barack Obama), nor are they likely to be overthrown any time soon. But take a zoomed out look at history, and it becomes clear that change can, does, and must happen, and it’s often affected by passionate ladies just like you.
To that end, I’ve assembled a gallery of bad ass revolutionary women. Marvel at their bravery, their moxie, and their ability to keep their hair looking sharp while fighting on the front lines. Do I endorse each and every one of their ideologies and methods? Not necessarily. But I find them all incredibly inspiring, and hope you will, too. More
Keep them alongside your slippers “believed to have been worn by” Marie-Antoinette for the ultimate vintage collection.
History buffs, serious question: who is the market for shoes owned by Marie-Antoinette? Don’t say “rich people.” Not all rich people are ridiculous. More
We’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day with a lot of books and movies that remind us of the enduring power of love. And when we get bored with those, we look at historical couples. Because on rare occassions, true stories are almost as good as fiction. Certainly, that’s the case with these ten couples: More
There are few times in life when you can openly announce to the world that you are going on a sex retreat and people will respond with glee and encouragement. But after your wedding, pretty much everyone you know will be happy for you to spend as much time as you’d like attempting to procreate while on your honeymoon. More
Do you guys know about Shakespeare? The Bard? Well, what you may not know is that he was a glovemaker’s son and therefore too stupid/poor to write the complete works supposedly attributed to him. You know who wasn’t too poor? The Earl of Oxford. He had enough eyeliner to write all the plays! Anyway, the people behind the movie Anonymous knew that what the American viewing public wanted was two solid ill-conceived hours of outrageous conjecture about Shakespeare’s real identity and they fucking gave it to us. Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff saw it so you don’t have to. More
Is this the most offensive Halloween costume yet? More
All the hairstyles! More
The great Oscar Wilde once said that “fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” How about every second? That would be even better, no? More