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Picture this: You’re at the Olympics. You’re about to compete for the gold medal in swim. And then you get your period. Worst nightmare. This adds a whole new definition to “riding the crimson wave,” am I right? Some might cry and give up, what with the fluctuating hormones and killer cramps. Olympic viewers saw swimmer Fu Yuanhui of China visibly expressing her pain. Poor girl! Women all over feel for you (I know I do, because I...
Today Jenny Hval announced the follow-up to her 2015 album Apocalypse girl. Hval concerns herself with below-the-surface tensions and uses experimental production and brittle singing techniques to create songs that are unsettling, spooky, and intimate. The Norwegian singer and producer worked with Lasse Marhaug on the record, which is called Blood Bitch and is out 9/30 via Sacred Bones. Hval wrote extensively about what the album is meant to convey, read her words below,...
It's hard to say which subway ad campaign is, like, the ~most offensive ad campaign of all time~ (actually, no, it's not: it's this one), but what's not hard to say is that many of them—from the casually racist ad for a Bravo reality show to those incredibly graphic anti-soda campaigns—are not exactly what you'd like to be looking at first thing in the morning as you head into work. And the recent proliferation of explicit...
So it's not that I expect safe and predictable things from American Apparel. After all, this is a company that courts controversy in everything from its advertising to the inflammatory interviews that CEO Dov Charney has given over the years. And yet I couldn't help but still be a bit surprised when I saw a Buzzfeed post titled "American Apparel Now Sells a $32 Period Power Shirt" with a "pretty NSFW" warning. Before I...

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