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'Body Utopia' Explores The Explosive Beauty Of Nonconforming Bodies

In a recent ARTnews essay, Wangechi Mutu -- the artist of the work above -- implored her fellow feminists to not only think deeply about the amount of women artists active in the contemporary art world, but also the way women are portrayed in artworks themselves.<p>“How often do women appear in art, …

10 Badass Illustrations That Challenge Body Image Issues Women Face Today

"Being different and having flaws is normal!"<p>Cécile Dormeau, a French illustrator living in Germany, has gotten nothing but good feedback on her BLOB illustrations. The colorful drawings are all so different, but they have one thing in common: They are realistic depictions of women's bodies. "I'm …

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Super size me: giant street art around the world – in pictures

German graffiti artist Claudia Walde, aka MadC, is famous for her giant murals. Her new book Mural XXL showcases the best large-scale graffiti around the globe, from a building-high portrait of architect Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo to a huge upside-down alligator in Atlanta

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18 amusing examples of London's subversive graffiti

Much graffiti serves no purpose other than to promote the tagger who's defacing the property, much like a dog marking his territory.<p>But there are a few street artists — Banksy is one — whose works arguably enhance their environment.<p>An anonymous London photographer who goes by the name Mobstr takes …

Top 10 Painting Shows You'll Be Talking About This Month

Alex Chaves, <i>James and Shawn</i>, 2015, oil on canvas, 42 x 50 in. Courtesy of Night Gallery. Photo: Lee Thompson.<p><b>The First of Fall: 10 Painting Exhibitions Opening in September 2015</b><p>The month of September is now upon us--always an exciting time in the art world, as art collectors return to their city …

Here's Why You Should Stop Saying 'I Could Do That' About Art

As in, "Hey, what's with that piece of conceptual art. I don't get it. Like, I could do that."<p>"Ideas alone can be works of art," Sol LeWitt explained in his epic "Sentences on Conceptual Art," a pretty brilliant primer on the ins and outs of modern art making.<p>Ideas "need not be made physical," he …

More needs to be done to take care of these ridiculously cute cats in Istanbul

It’s 5 p.m. and it’s feeding time for these Istanbul street cats.<p>“I’ve [fed them] for 10 years,” 65-year-old Veysel says. The sweet old man with kind blue eyes can’t stand to see them hungry, so he comes twice a day to make sure they eat well. He brings a giant bag of dried kibbles, and several …

Craft Supplies, Spray Paints and Glittery Things Bring Abandoned Irish Cottages Back to Life

Nostalgia can often slow us down and infringe upon the present if we let it. Photographer Jill Quigley‘s approach, in her work entitled <i>Cottages of</i> …

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Powerplant Youth - Photographs and text by Daniel Seiffert | LensCulture

<i>Daniel Seiffert is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is his winning entry and artist’s statement. View his profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.</i><p>Das …

Hipster Barbie Pokes Fun at Artsy Instagram Photos

There’s a new rising star on Instagram. A clever account called Socality Barbie is attracting quite a bit of attention for posting satirical hipster …

Time-lapse: The Dazzling Colors of Iceland Under the Midnight Sun

You know those brilliant colors that appear when the sun is just rising or setting? While you may be lucky to see those colors for minutes in most …

Time-lapse Photography

How Someone Stole My Identity to Steal Camera Gear

It’s been a funny week. A couple of days ago, while I was sitting in the office reformatting my MacBook in sunny West Sussex, I was also sort of …

‘Gender fluid’ dad Jas Sutherland says he is a 'straight lesbian'

'I'm a man AND a woman': Meet the ‘gender fluid’ dad who is engaged to an older lady and describes himself as a 'straight lesbian'<p><b>Jas Sutherland, 28,</b> …

San Francisco Elementary School Creates Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

When one California elementary found out that a handful of their students didn’t fit traditional gender norms, they decided to do something about …

It's 2015 and these sexist ads exist. Here's how people are fighting back.

We’re all for an anti-littering campaign (Because raise your hand if you like seeing a whole bunch of trash on the ground? Nobody? That’s what we …

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Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old's parents

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her …

Sexual arousal has a similar effect on men's and women's risk-taking

When it comes to condom use among heterosexual couples, there's evidence that women are often expected to be the sensible ones, in terms of raising …

Artist Breaks Gender Boundaries With Stunning New Photo Series

In most mass media, the female form comes in about three different colors and contours, and one all-purpose gender presentation. The standards are …

20 years ago, the world pledged to reform laws that hurt women. How's it going?

On Sept. 4, 1995, delegates and activists from 189 countries came to China to discuss and finalize the momentous Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a roadmap to raise the status of women.<p>One big part of the plan was a pledge to “revoke any remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of …

Why I Think Kiran Gandhi is a Total Badass, Because Period Shaming is Very Real

<i>This story originally appeared on Bustle.com.</i><p>When I was 13 years old, my family was invited to an event at the local Hindu temple. Unfortunately, I just so happened to have my period that day. Expressing concern, my mother told me I really shouldn't be going to the temple while on my period. When I …

Mosque Banned Her for Being Trans

Sumayyah Dawud says she was booted for revealing her gender identity. The mosque chairman says she can pray as a woman if she can ‘prove’ her …

Donate to Support #EqualityinTanzania

The LGBTQ rights Support Fund is the only LGBTQ-led fund focused exclusively on supporting national LGBTQ activism to advance social justice …

Missouri students protest transgender teen's use of girl's locker room

When Caitlyn Jenner took to television in April to announce she was transgender, messages of support poured in from across the country. She was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair and received an ESPY award for courage.<p>But even as Jenner starred in a reality TV docu-series about her transition, a …

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An Important Ruling for Transgender Rights

In a significant decision Thursday, a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that courts must weigh “unique threats and vulnerabilities” to the transgender community during asylum proceedings. The decision emphasized the distinction between sexual orientation and gender …

How to Buy a Slave Girl From ISIS

Thousands of Yazidi women have been enslaved by ISIS. Does paying their captors for their freedom fund the terrorist organization?<p>ERBIL, Iraq — In a …

How Lego is using Doctor Who and The Simpsons to create the next big video game

In 2005, Nick Ricks started a new job at a then-little-known British game studio called TT Games. He’d previously worked at places like Lionhead and Bullfrog Productions, game studios where beloved titles like <i>Dungeon Keeper</i> and <i>Fable</i> were made, but he decided to make the move to TT for one very …

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Adorable ferrets sleep only when together, on top of their special blanket 【Pics】

Here at RocketNews24, cute cats and Shiba Inu get a great deal of love, <b>but what about the underrepresented ferret?</b> It can give the others a run for …