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Dishing Up Domestic Nostalgia  by Tonya Davidson
Dishing Up Domestic Nostalgia

Dishing Up Domestic Nostalgia

I have this fantasy about hosting a retro potluck. My friends would show up at my door with casseroles, macaroni salads, Jell-O salad and Spam loaves—all of which I’d present on macramé trivets. We’d drink old-fashioneds and applaud ourselves for our commitment to ironic leisure. My plan never quite gets off the ground, however, because, well—Jell-O salad is gross.

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Are Emoticons a Woman Thing?  by Katie Bicklell
Are Emoticons a Woman Thing?

Are Emoticons a Woman Thing?

They’re everywhere you look: winking in text messages, slipping into corporate emails, littering Facebook news feeds. They stare up from computer screens, those frozen grins begging for approval.

They are emoticons, and research suggests their use is highly gendered. The first emoticon was the digitized smiley. It gained popularity in the 1980s after computer scientist Scott Fahlman suggested to participants on a message board at Carnegie Mellon University that they should use :( and :)  to distinguish their serious posts from those that were jokes.

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Why Cougars Deserve Respect  by Jeanie Keogh
Why Cougars Deserve Respect

Why Cougars Deserve Respect

Ever since The Graduate (1963) and Harold and Maude (1971), the older woman-younger man paradigm has been a topic of cinematic curiosity. However, it wasn’t until the term “cougar” emerged 25 years ago that the relationship gained a more public profile.

The term was reportedly first coined in the 1980s by members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team to refer to older female fans who sought to date hockey players.

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Choice Feminism  by Meghan Murphy
Choice Feminism

Choice Feminism

HOW OUR RALLYING CRY GOT CO-OPTED (AND WHY WE NEED TO TAKE IT BACK)
Have you noticed that a lot of conversations about female empowerment today seem to be stuck in a discourse of choice that makes it difficult to challenge—well, anything at all?

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The Lure of Bonnie Marin  by Shawna Dempsey
The Lure of Bonnie Marin

The Lure of Bonnie Marin

At 6 a.m., Bonnie Marin begins another day cooking over a hot grill. Breakfast orders pour in, but as always her mind is elsewhere. She daydreams of giant storks standing on wet floors.

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Filmmaker Tracey Deer  by Tara Michelle Ziniuk
Filmmaker Tracey Deer

Filmmaker Tracey Deer

Tiffany Deer is giggling uncontrollably. Her sister, filmmaker Tracey Deer, is holding the camera and laughing along. The laughter is contagious, the intimacy compelling. This is the opening sequence from Club Native, which, during its 78-minute running time, entertains viewers even as it educates and often challenges them.

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Tegan and Sara  by Anna Lazowski
Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

While working on their latest album, Sainthood, Tegan and Sara spent a month at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, where Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac and Nirvana have recorded. One day, Sara Quin found herself in the midst of a truly memorable moment.

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Rhymes With Cubic Pear  by Renee Bondy
Rhymes With Cubic Pear

Rhymes With Cubic Pear

Back in its heyday, I performed in a local production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. I performed the monologue called “Hair,” in which a woman tells her story of being pressured by her husband to shave her pubic hair. After shaving, she feels “puffy and exposed and like a little girl.” Her husband is turned on. After she refuses to keep shaving, he is unfaithful, they attend couples’ therapy and ultimately, they divorce.

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Serena Ryder Rides High on Success  by Cindy Filipenko
Serena Ryder Rides High on Success

Serena Ryder Rides High on Success

It’s a couple of days after the U.S. election and Serena Ryder is still enraptured by U.S. president Barack Obama’s victory.

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The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry  by Misha Warbanski
The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Take a look around your bathroom. The average North American woman uses 10 or more personal care products every day.

From toothpaste and soap to antiperspirant and moisturizer, personal care products are made from 10,500 chemical ingredients that are as much a part of our daily routine as sitting down to breakfast.

And like most things that happen before a mug of morning coffee, it’s easy not to think about them too much. But researchers and women’s health activists are sounding the alarm bell about the makeup of makeup.

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