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Secret Society Gets Sorority Sisters to Vote

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

A secret society in Alabama has been named, indirectly, in a lawsuit filed by Kelly Horwitz, a former representative on the District 4 Tuscaloosa Board of Education, accusing the group of orchestrating voter fraud and bribery.

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Rent-a-Wife: Perpetuating Warped Gender Roles

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

A new LA-based business has women across America seeing red. The operation at the heart of so much feminist rage is called Rent-a-Wife and allows customers to hire a “wife,” i.e. surrogate mother/maid/woman to perform various household duties and chores for the child who never grew up.

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Wildfox CEO Accused of Forcing Minor to Trade Sex for Work

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Earlier this week, allegations were leveraged by Meghan Chereek against Jimmy Sommers, the 43-year-old CEO of Wildfox Couture, claiming that the executive promised the then seventeen-year-old aspiring model a contract and starring role in his Wildfox campaigns in exchange for coerced sexual favors.

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Cultural Appropriation Native American Edition

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

A number of big name fast fashion companies have come under fire in recent years for producing products that utilize racially insensitive Native American stereotypes. As The Guardian pointed out in an article a few weeks ago, despite the 565 historically, culturally and linguistically distinct tribes of Native Americans recognized in the United States, their culture as a whole tends to be broken down into the most simplistic, offensively inaccurate, terms. In other words, a culture based around headdresses, face paint, rain dances and fringe.

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Follow @TheSupremePontiff for Salvation!

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

The ecclesiastical practice from the Middle Ages of buying indulgences has suddenly become hip again thanks to the Vatican’s new, technologically-savvy pope.

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Hospital Charges Women Per Scream

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Zimbabwe is one of the poorest countries in Africa and, unsurprisingly, also one of the most systematically corrupt.

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The Hunger Games - Camp For Kids

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

The Hunger Games caused a huge stir when it was first released last year due to its graphic violence largely comprised of small children killing each other in increasingly gruesome ways. Now just imagine the onslaught of outrage that would occur if the futuristic society of the Hunger Games were to suddenly become a reality.

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Oprah: Rich Will Never Be Rich Enough for Racists

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

As one of the most iconic women in America, it’s probably a rare day in Oprah’s life when she’s not recognized constantly while going about her business in public. It’s surely an increasingly rare day when the multi-billionaire, media magnate is told anything is out of her price range. But such was the case on a recent trip she took to Zurich, Switzerland.

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Gluteus Maximus, Pun Intended

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Breaking news in first world problems: Men just can’t seem to keep their pants up. And no, I don’t mean in an Anthony Weiner sex scandal kind of way; men are apparently literally incapable of keeping their pants fastened around their midsections.

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Tiffany Exec Confesses

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

It seems like everybody in fashion these days is breaking the law in one way or another. Could the next chic trend be being found guilty in the courtroom?

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The Anti-Photoshop Push

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Earlier in June, U.K. retailer Debenhams announced that it would stop airbrushing models bodies in all of their lingerie ads and catalog images.

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What’s Wrong With Women’s Magazines?

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Last week, a small British magazine sparked an online controversy that has caused women throughout the publishing industry to become more than a little defensive.

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Dolce & Gabbana Go to Jail

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been under investigation for tax fraud since 2008, before they were finally indicted in November for failure to pay taxes owed on more than one billion dollars in income and standing trial on criminal charges just this past week.

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Change for Model Labor Laws

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Earlier this week, supermodels and founding members of the Model Alliance, Sara Ziff and Coco Rocha, joined together with New York state senators Diane Savino and Jeff Klein to propose legislation that would protect models under the age of 18 under an expansion of the same child-labor laws used to protect children dancers, actors and performers.

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The Death Knell of Unpaid Intern Culture

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

The recent spate of interns issuing lawsuits against their “employers,” in the aftermath of the Hearst class action suit being dismissed, has renewed the hope of a generation who society has decided are unfit for paid employment.

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Sexting as Art

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Artist Karen Finley recently placed herself in the lobby of the New Museum, in full-view of visitors, as part of a limited time only, interactive performance installation. No, this isn’t The Artist is Present: Part II, but rather Finley’s tongue-in-cheek take on sexuality in a digital age, called Sext Me if You Can.

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Being Fat in Fashion: The First Plus-Size Dress Form

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

A team of innovative Cornell apparel design students have made headlines this week with news of something that really shouldn’t be all that remarkable.

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UN Backs Woman Suing Prada

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Rina Bovrisse has been in a four-year-long legal battle with her former employer, Prada Japan over accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination

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Mother of Punk Muted at The Met

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

At the Met Gala in celebration of the new Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, very little actual punk behavior was permitted to go on. Besides the serious lack...

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The Coke Scandal That Never Was

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

In 2005, pictures of Kate Moss doing cocaine in, then boyfriend, Pete Doherty’s recording studio were published by the Daily Mirror.

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Women of the Wall

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

On May 10, the protests at the Western Wall in Jerusalem against the feminist activist group Women of the Wall came to an end.

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John Galliano’s Not So Warm Welcome Back

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Over the past few months, John Galliano has slowly, tentatively, been laying inroads towards a comeback in fashion.

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Rick Ross vs. Reebok and Rape

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Rick Ross was recently hired, and just as quickly fired, as the spokesman for a newly launched Reebok campaign. The reason for the brisk change of heart?

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Gloria Steinem Defends Kim Kardashian

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Kim Kardashian seems to always be at the center of every major tabloid story. Considering she does little else besides capitalize on her reality stardom...

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Gucci Addiction: The Diaries of a Straight Male Shopaholic

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

In an article for GQ Magazine, Buzz Bissinger, the best-selling author of “Friday Night Lights”, chronicles, apparently for the first time ever, some of his more extravagant shopping habits.

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Fast Fashions Dangerous Underside

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Fast Fashion retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 may make trendy clothing more affordable and available to the public, but that massive, quick, cheap production comes with a hidden price tag...

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Towards a More Diverse Runway

By: Emily Kirkpatrick

Now matter how glamorous the world of fashion and modeling can look to outsiders, it unquestionably has its dark side.

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