Last week I had a very interesting interaction with my two roommates. We were each in separate rooms in varying stages of undress and dysfunction – one girl asking a question while standing in her bedroom sans pants, another girl perched on the toilet offering her answer, and still another voicing her concerns from the kitchen through a mouthful of M&M’s.
Dear reader, you will respond to this scene in one of two ways: what the f*ck,or sounds about right.
If you’re leaning towards the first option, I urge you to reevaluate the level of authenticity in your friendships. But if you side with the latter, welcome to my home. In my time spent living in an asylum apartment with several other women, I have learned that true female friendship is often exhibited by behavior that might warrant arrest if committed in public. We like to stay updated on each other’s personal lives about as much as we feel obligated to hear about each other’s bowel movements. I like to think that our male friends would be disgusted to learn how we actually live – “what do you mean your flatulence doesn’t smell like roses?!”
I think it’s time we all get over ourselves and be a little more gross. Because friendship means comfort, and comfort means not apologizing for how you look when you’re truly comfortable. This comic is a lighthearted look at the sweet mundanities of feminine friendship.
By Maddie Rizzo.
In my last spring break, I disappeared for a night. While I suspect that this was the second time I’ve been roofied, I’ll probably never know for sure. After waking up in a strange place and returning home, I saw the damage that I believe I had caused--the tears and panic in my mom’s eyes, my boyfriend sitting in the driveway crying as he waited for me to come home. I don’t know what happened that night.
One might think the goal of a lingerie company would be to sell lingerie. But it seems Victoria’s Secret is more focused on selling an ideal image of beauty to its consumer rather than quality bras. Unfortunately, whether Razek prefers it or not, the straight, cisgender, leggy and thin white woman does not represent the majority of the United States population
In today’s era of reckoning, strength, and empowerment, it is important to remember the generations of powerful women who fought for equality and contributed to the victories that we have captured, as well as those that we will continue to pursue.
This self-portrait series highlights different insecurities and flaws that should be seen as pieces of art instead of something to be ashamed of. Each image represents a different “flaw” society tells us we need to change or cover up. Instead of hiding these “flaws,” embrace them.
Femininity and the expression of the feminine has been confusingly (and sometimes misguidedly) reflected in our society, its image ricocheting across surfaces of different textures and layers with different purposes--sometimes empowering, sometimes demeaning, sometimes both? We examine the complicated relationship behind feminine power and its intention.
Illustrator Mary Sutton notes that putting yourself out there and speaking your mind can be difficult, especially as a woman. Exposing her work, an extension of herself, to others has always been something that she’s especially struggled with. In an era where all our lives are available online, however, everything we do is trackable and therefore judge-able. Successes and failures can be broadcast with equal permanence.
Designer Olivia Jimenez’s series is meant to point to women in history while cementing them around us. In so doing, she hopes to remove the boundaries of the historical figure by making them as fluid and resilient as the sky or sea or the natural world at large.
Street harassment is a prevalent issue for women and young girls in every society. In one survey, 65% of women in the United States reported being harassed on the street. Mary Sutton depicts street harassment through the common phrase, “You Should Smile More” with a series of drawings.