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Female Character to Replace Tony Stark as Iron Man

By Lauren Linhard –

Iron Man fans are in for a serious plot twist – Billionaire playboy Tony Stark is giving up his superhero role and being replaced by a young, black woman named Riri Williams.

Riri is a young scientist, attending M.I.T at age 15, who has already built her own Iron Man suit. Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis announced the character’s addition in early July, noting that Riri has already made an appearance in the latest issue of Iron Man comics. Continue reading “Female Character to Replace Tony Stark as Iron Man”

Belly Dancing Group Promotes Body Positivity

By Lauren Linhard –    Photos by Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

“We can all speak to having issues with our bodies,” said 24-year-old Allison Brickell. “For me it’s about focusing on what my body can do instead of what it looks like.”

That list of “can dos” includes muscle isolations, body rolls, hip lifts, ribcage circles and a host of other moves that make up belly dancing, a passion that started for Brickell in high school. Continue reading “Belly Dancing Group Promotes Body Positivity”

When Life Gives You a Hot Dog Costume…

Becka Wall  – @beckawall

This little girl came to dance class on “Princess Day” as a hot dog, and so Hot Dog Princess was born. All hail our new princess/superhero/icon/life goal.

Female Cosplayer Battles Body Shaming

By Lauren Linhard –

You may have mistaken Alicia Snook for Emma Frost or Princess Ariel at the Great Philadelphia Comic Con, but one thing you couldn’t miss is how this badass woman is breaking down cosplay stereotypes.

It’s called cos-positive, a new movement in the cosplay community dedicated to challenging the idea that you need to look a certain way or have a certain body type to dress as a character. Continue reading “Female Cosplayer Battles Body Shaming”

Chyna – Breaking the WWE Glass Ceiling

Nick Nelson – Alexandria, VA

Professional wrestling has, historically, rarely been a women’s business. The few women in the industry have often been hyper-sexualized with the focus given to titillating the male viewers over putting on a good show. But when Chyna, given name Joanie Laurer, debuted at the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) as Hunter Hearst Helmsley’s “bodyguard,” everything changed. Continue reading “Chyna – Breaking the WWE Glass Ceiling”

What could you buy with equal pay?

By Becka Wall – @beckawall

Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s overall earnings “catch-up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. Women are paid, on average, 79 cents to every dollar a man makes – but that’s just scratching the surface. Continue reading “What could you buy with equal pay?”

Honey Do Me List

By Lauren Linhard –

Sex should be a toe-curling, back-arching, orgasmic good time. If not always, then almost always. But often it’s one of the first activities sacrificed when “life gets in the way.” This phrase, my friends, is the gateway drug to a monotonous, repetitive and, sometimes, totally forgotten sex life. Continue reading “Honey Do Me List”

Living the #SubLife: Tales from a Substitute Teacher

By Althea Atherton – Washington, DC

Last semester, I fell into the opportunity to teach a few semester-long classes as a long-term substitute. It was challenging, rewarding and unforgettable. But now that those classes are finished for the year, and because I’m not a traditionally trained teacher, I’ve stepped into a new role as a per diem sub – covering teacher absences because of illness, field trips or vacations. This is a totally different workflow.

Let me explain with some Rachel Maddow gifs. Continue reading “Living the #SubLife: Tales from a Substitute Teacher”

Forget the Snack Aisle – Make it Yourself!

By Becka Wall – @beckawall

This past month, I did something crazy.

Something unheard of.

I made all my own snacks. Continue reading “Forget the Snack Aisle – Make it Yourself!”

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