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Mercury Retrograde: Shadows Searching for Light

Mercury retrograde is not to be feared. It’s a rhythm to be rocked. It’s a song to be sung. It’s an excuse to get your introspective groove on. ...

Effects of climate change in my backyard

Sunday morning, September 21, Rita Renee Toll-Dubois and her lifelong partner Ranger Jean Rogers of Lynn, quietly boarded one of the many Cambridge buses heading to the People's Climate Change Marc ...

Lena Dunham Not That Kind of Girl

Lena Dunham is on a 12-city press junket for her newly released book, Not That kind of Girl, (for which she received a 3.7 million dollar advance from her publisher). ...

Black Children Are Beloved and Beaten

"Beloved and beaten" is a phrase that best depicts how many African American children—past and present—are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African American parenting discipline sty ...

Autumnal Equinox & The New Moon in Libra: What it Means to be Seen

Each new moon acts like a symbolic fertilization and release of the energy of the sign in which it occurs. ...

Alison Bechdel Receives Genius Grant

No doubt this year was a big one for Alison Bechdel, not only did her graphic novel "Fun Home" have a stellar ride as a musical at ...

Alix Olson the Protagonist

If your queer coming of age happened in the 90's then you would have certainly been aware of the burgeoning movement of queer women performers. ...

Fall Art Season on the LES, Angela Dufresne, Ian Tweedy, Jean Lowe

The fall art season in New York starts on the Lower East Side and will ripple through Chelsea and mid-town by next week (to say nothing of what's happening in Brooklyn.) So if you found yourself on ...

A Gay Icon Gone

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her. ...

Venus In Virgo; Love Works

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. ...

Back-to-school not welcoming to all LGBTQ-students in Massachusetts

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students—especially LGBTQ  students. ...

What It’s Like to Be a Woman Who’s 6’2”
The Cut
November 20, 2014

I've gotten more comfortable with myself — but not with the feelings my body seems to bring out in other women.

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Toni Morrison completely schools Stephen Colbert on the topic of racism
Salon.com
November 20, 2014

Morrison is absolutely brilliant in the interview -- and she takes credit for Obamacare VIDEO

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Netflix Postpones Bill Cosby’s Comedy Special
nytimes.com
November 19, 2014

In the latest fallout from the rape accusations involving Bill Cosby, Netflix has postponed a planned stand-up special by the comedian, and a lawyer for Mr. Cosby issued a denial of a new claim from a woman who said he raped her decades ago.

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Grand Theft Auto V - Reinforcing Violence Against Women
osmopolitan.com
November 19, 2014

Nobody is playing Grand Theft Auto to get a lesson in morality. And they can now play it to have highly realistic sex with prostitutes.

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Women’s Complicated Relationships to Beauty Standards
The Cut
November 19, 2014

We asked women on the street what they think their breasts look like. New York Women Draw Their Own Boobs

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Visions of Heaven and Earth in an Ancient Chinese Tomb
hyperallergic.com
November 19, 2014

Archaeologists have unsealed a 1,000-year-old brick tomb in northern China containing unusually well-preserved murals of heavenly and earthly scenes, Live Science has reported. These include drawings of the constellations, the occupant...

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Christie's Latest Blockbuster Edges Closer to the $1B Mark
BLOUIN ARTINFO
November 18, 2014

Christie’s again set a record for all auctions everywhere on Wednesday evening at its Rockefeller Center headquarters, taking in a mind-boggling $852,887,000 for 75 works.

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When Did the Art World Get So Conservative?
Vulture
November 17, 2014

When we’re treating works of art as ruthlessly and unsubtly as we would hate speech, is it political progress or aesthetic ignorance?

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Ronald Reagan's hip-hop nightmare: How an ugly cocaine controversy reignited 30 years later
Salon.com
November 17, 2014

The hip-hop community is convinced Reagan oversaw a vast trafficking network during the crack epidemic. Is it true?

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'Serial' and White Reporter Privilege
The Awl
November 17, 2014

To borrow a This American Life-ism: What happens when a white journalist stomps around in a cold case involving people from two distinctly separate immigrant communities? Does she get it right?

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How Museums Affect the Brain
hyperallergic.com/
November 17, 2014

It seems self-evident that architecture impacts our emotions. Medieval landowners constructed foreboding castles to strike fear in the heart of potential invaders; churches flooded their buildings with light to encourage heavenly thought. It may be partly for this reason that

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The Problem With Serial And The Model Minority Myth
buzzfeed.com
November 17, 2014

It needs a bad minority to balance the scales. Hello, Jay. (Spoilers for anyone who hasn't listened to Episode 8.)..

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Gay Men and Misogyny: Rose McGowan’s Half-Right
NY Mag
November 12, 2014

She said gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so.

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Can This Police Department Help End Campus Rape?
The Cut
November 12, 2014

“Perpetrators start out picking a victim a jury wouldn’t believe. It is premeditated,” Hull says. “It is a brilliant way to perpetrate crime, and it works, because we as a society have bought into [blaming the victim].”

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Slashed and Hidden from Sight: The Strange Power of Cursed Paintings
hyperallergic.com
November 12, 2014

Can a painting drive a person to madness? While there is no doubt staring at something like Goya's unnerving Black Paintings for hours might be destabilizing, the powers of derangement in art are mostly superstition. Yet at the University of London's Royal

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Victory For Transgender Activists Over Sharia Law
buzzfeed.com
November 12, 2014

"As long as section 66 is in force the appellants will continue to live in uncertainty, misery, and indignity. Therefore, section 66 is...

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Obama's call for an open Internet puts him at odds with regulators
The Washington Post
November 12, 2014

“What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby,” said the FCC chairman. We know that is not how the parable goes...

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The LGBT Kids Who Flee Their Countries And Their Families For The U.S
buzzfeed.com
November 11, 2014

Some of the thousands of Central American children trying to get to the United States are seeking a love and acceptance they can't get at...

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Wendy Davis lost big and took Texas Democrats with her.
slate
November 11, 2014

Last year, Texas state senator Wendy Davis was a rising star, both in Texas politics and in the Democratic party, after her awe-inspiring filibuster temporarily killed a draconian bill intended to shut down nearly all the abortion providers in the state.

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