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Hits and Shits

The Hits: 18 Year Old Taylor Townsend Becomes Youngest American to Advance to the Third Round of the French Open since 2003 Taylor Townsend, 18 year old Chicago native, was almost barred from attending the 2012 girls’ U.S. Open, even though she was the top-ranked junior at the time.  Why?  Solely because of her weight. …

From the Mouths of Babes: TANGERINE

Comprised of sisters Marika Justad (lead vocalist and songwriting) and Miro Justad (drums), along with Toby Kuhn (guitar), and Ryan Baker (bass), TANGERINE is a Seattle-based band playing the dreamiest of indie pop.  Their new single, “Nothing Better”, is a must-have for beach playlists, and from their first EP, Radical Blossom, “Feel This Way” causes involuntary swaying…

Look Away: Rockstars and Their Underage Prey

In 2000, Cameron Crowe introduced millions of people to Penny Lane, the beautiful young “Band-Aid” in his semi-autobiographical tale, Almost Famous.  Penny Lane is painted as mature, sexy and demanding of attention; a muse for the male musicians she tours with; a free spirit in love with a talented man. Pull back the tattered curtain, though,…

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Kids: Not For Me, Thanks!

During high school, thanks to the scare tactics of “sex education”, I became irrationally afraid of pregnancy. The fear never abated, and suddenly I found myself in my late 20’s, scrambling to get to Walgreen’s because it’s been 67 hours, and I NEED PLAN B RIGHT NOW, DAMN IT! I WANT TO LIVE! I HAVE…

FEMEN: Flower-Crowned Islamophobia

What do you get when you mix white women, flower crowns, racism and colonial imperialism? FEMEN! Unfortunately, FEMEN and their actions are no laughing matter. Self-described as a “radically feminist” organization, FEMEN’s roots are in protesting against sex trafficking of Ukrainian women and demonstrating for pro-choice legislation in Ukraine. The group was founded in Kiev,…