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Unbound Banned on MTA + More
A New York City Ad Campaign is Calling Out the Disparities Between Male and Female Health
Unbound Babes, a women’s sexual and wellness company, recently submitted community designs based on the question: What does self love mean to you? The resulting images depict fully dressed women lounging by the bathtub, in bed, in a field of flowers - each subtly incorporating Unbound’s sex toy products. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) rejected the submissions despite the clear purpose of the campaign - to place health, pleasure and happiness at the fore.
Image: Unbound Babes
Choosing (or Not Choosing) Motherhood
Women artists—and women in general— often face guilt and stigma when choosing to consider their careers over potential for motherhood. The choice presented between one’s art and having a baby can feel limiting on all sides, especially since artistry can require significant alone time. Ultimately, partners and affordable child care can make an enormous difference in how domestic labor and child care is distributed.
Women Struggling to Receive Life-Saving Pap Smear Tests Due to Government Cuts
A proven method of detecting potentially cancerous processes in the cervix, Pap smear tests have saved the lives of countless women since their inception. With over half of the female population in the UK neglecting to receive Pap smear tests as a result of government funding cuts, thousands of women are being excluded from this arguably innate right.
Female Role Models Make Women Ask for More
A recent social experiment found that women exposed to strong female mentors were more likely to ask for and expect more out of their career. This matters for salaries and raises, standards for workplace relationships, and goals for the future. Rather than subscribe to the idea that women always engage in toxic competition with one another, let's acknowledge the way women can mutually empower each other.
This Female Riot Grrrl Group is Tackling Female Mental Health With Music
NKamikaze Girls, an art-punk group based in the UK, is eliminating the stigma of mental health using “music as a means to challenge attitudes and taboos surrounding mental health.” Berlin, a song on their Seafoam album, captures the stigma of mental health candidly in the lyrics: “I lost myself/I stood to the back of the venue/And I worried about/My mental health.”
Image: Girl, Interrupted
The Unmaking of an Incel
One former incel— or “involuntary celibate”— tells his story of how he came to the community of woman-hating white supremacists, and how he left. A more recent outcrop, members of the incel community has engaged in acts of terrorism that have targeted women. Initially defined by the subject as a “support group” where men can discuss their loneliness, he advocated for the stripping of misogynistic content from incel forums. Ultimately, he found that talking with adults outside of the incel community allowed him to see a path forward.
Two-Bedroom Apartment is a self-portrait series sprung from the loins of loneliness. It is an exercise in self-love, both by appearing scantily clad in the photos, and by turning volatile, racing emotions into something that feels better. This series aims to be kinder to oneself, to take a moment and bask in the little bit of light that creeps in.
According to a 2014 New York Times article, people are 2.5 times more likely to Google “is my son gifted?” than “is my daughter gifted?”, even though girls are 11% more likely to be placed in gifted programs (Stephens-Davidowitz). Writer Erin Sheedy observes this statistic in her real-life babysitting business.
If you look good, you feel good. And if you’re wearing clothes that do good for the world, you feel even better. Vivian Yang curates a day-by-day style guide for your week with clothes that not only empower yourself, but empower those behind the material.