Jenna Zappasodi

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Interview: More Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War

About six months ago, we shared photographer Lalage Snow's powerful series of triptychs titled <i>We Are The Not Dead</i> depicting the transformative faces of servicemen before, during and after their deployment to Afghanistan. The 8-month-long project presented the evolution of these brave, young faces …

Historical Photography

28 Pieces From 2015 That Should Be Required Reading For Women

Add these to your list, stat.<p>If eyes are a window into the soul, writing is a window into an author's mind. And very often, that mind is dizzyingly interesting and contains insights about our world that we didn't quite know how to articulate on our own.<p>In a media landscape filled with tweets and …

Feminism

The 10 most viral Tumblr blogs of 2015

In 2015, Tumblr taught the Internet a few important lessons.<p>For example, we learned that all people can be broken down into two categories. We …

The Perfect Response To People Who Say Fat Women Can't Be Raped

"Fat girls are all green lights. Can’t say no: Not to chocolate cake not to getting raped."<p>“It has been brought to my attention... that I am too fat to be raped.”<p>That's how California-native Beck Cooper begins her powerful slam poem "Rape Prevention Potluck." Cooper performed the spoken word piece …

Why Critiques of the Campus Rape Documentary The Hunting Ground Only Prove its Point

Critics of the hit documentary <i>The Hunting Ground</i> - which illuminates in damning detail the prevalence of sexual violence at American universities - are ramping up their attacks just in time for <i>The Hunting Ground</i>'s prime time debut on CNN this Sunday, November 22. And if they aren't careful, their …

Senate Attacks Obama’s Landmark Climate Rules

The president has vowed to veto the resolution.<p>The Senate voted Tuesday to block key pillars of President Barack Obama’s climate change agenda.<p>In a 52 to 46 vote, the Senate passed a resolution of disapproval, striking down the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules on carbon pollution from …

There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out of the bottle, feeling them burn down my throat. Moments later, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I stopped, trembling …

Mental Health

25 Books You'll Want To Curl Up With In A Reading Nook

You won't be able to put these books down.<p>It's no wonder that reading nooks are a dream home feature for many book lovers. Reading nooks are cute, cozy, and a perfect escape from the daily grind. But what good is a comfy reading space if you don't have any great books to read? Enter the reading …

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

Ben Carson slams 'infantile' college protests

Ben Carson decried the ongoing situations at his alma mater, Yale University, and at the University of Missouri, where days of protests and a hunger strike backed by the football team culminated in the resignations of the system president and campus chancellor earlier this week. The problem, the …

Ben Carson

This woman spent her life fighting for democracy in Myanmar — now she's its leader

Aung San Suu Kyi spent most of her life fighting to get Myanmar democracy — she even spent 15 years under house arrest.<p>Now she's the nation's leader.<p>Suu Kyi is the head of the National League for Democracy, and her party took the vast majority of seats in Myanmar's election on Sunday, the first …

Can't Take My Eyes Off You: Why We Look at Pretty Faces

<b>Few visual impressions can be compared to humans’ interest for faces. New research suggests that our brain rewards us for looking at pretty faces.</b><p>A …

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, ending the political fight over the Canada-to-Texas project that has gone on for much of his presidency.<p>Secretary of State John Kerry concluded the controversial project is not in the country's national …

Once Again, Conservatives Utterly Defeated By Nancy Pelosi

My late, beloved grandmother loved to play poker. Her name was Doris. She wasn't a World Series of Poker-level player. As a 5-year-old, I once helped her by pointing out that she was about to fold with a full house. The other ladies seated around the folding table in the rumpus room of her co-op …

He Doth Protest Too Much: John Kasich and the GOP

After the most recent GOP Presidential whatever-you-want-to-call-it, some of you looking desperately for a Republican who seems, well, not kooky may have cast your gaze toward Ohio Governor John Kasich. He's low-key, he's intelligent, his eyes don't rotate in different directions when he campaigns, …

Here’s the Hilarious ‘Bad Lip Reading’ of the Democratic Debate We All Needed

Mark Peterson—Redux<p>Brooks Kraft—Corbis for TIME<p>Susan Walsh—AP<p>Win McNamee—Getty Images<p>Mark Peterson—Redux<p>Jim Young—Reuters<p>Jessica McGowan—Getty …

10 women talk about why they choose to travel solo

It’s always interesting to read a book about the region you’re traveling through. Having someone else’s experiences as a companion on the road gives …

Ho Chi Minh City

The Biggest Issue Women Face Today, According To Gloria Steinem

"The most dangerous place for a woman in this country is her own home."<p>Feminist icon Gloria Steinem offered a powerful reminder in an interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" that one of the most basic goals of the women’s rights movement -- safety from violence -- is still far from achieved.<p>In an interview …

Women's News

Gloria Steinem on Playboy, Amy Schumer and When Not to Vote for Women

It’s been a busy half-century for Gloria Steinem. The feminist, activist and founder of <i>Ms.</i> Magazine has been crisscrossing the globe since the 1960s, …

27 Incredible Things Gloria Steinem Said in Just 1 Hour

The prominent feminist activist, organizer, and writer sat down for a one-on-one interview with Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.<p>Only Gloria Steinem, arguably the most influential women's rights activist in the world today, can pack in a semester's worth of gender studies and history …

UFC Champion Ronda Rousey: Self November Magazine Cover

UFC champion Ronda Rousey is <i>Self's November cover star</i>. The inspirational athlete told the magazine, "I want to see the standards that women hold themselves to change. In terms of looks, I feel like we're given an impossible standard to live up to. It should be more diverse and show that every …

Ronda Rousey

It Is Time to Get on Board, Progressives!

There can be no debate about the debate. Hillary Clinton completely outshined her opponents. She did her homework. She was honed and razor-sharp. And surprisingly warm, too! She not only showed that she had the smarts, the competence and the experience to be President, but also the toughness and …

Middle-class

Women who have had abortions read out the abusive tweets they’ve received

<b>Last month, a group of women discussed their abortions out in the open.</b><p>#Shoutyourabortion was started by writer Lindy West and activist Amelia Bonow, …

Americans, Your Presidential Election Is Nuts

As a Brit, I came, I saw and I’m befuddled.<p>I met Dr. Ben Carson briefly in the CBS Green Room as we both were preparing to be interviewed—him about his presidential race, me about my new book. Fair to say I did not feel inspired from our encounter. We talked about gun control, and Russian President …

Cruel practice of ‘breast ironing’ affecting millions of girls

<b>The horrific practice of beating girls’ chests with hot irons to stop their breasts growing is happening right here in the UK.</b><p>Leyla Hussein, an …

What it looks like when men are photoshopped out of politics

We all know that politics around the world is male dominated and now a new video sends the message home in a powerful way<p>Women are noticeably absent from many prominent parts of public life - from comedy panel shows to the benches of politics. Or if they are there, they are in the minority. Now …

12 British Poets Share Their Favourite Poems For #NationalPoetryDay

The theme for 2015 is "light".

Gary Busey Serves Up Five Amazing Busey-isms: Watch the Funny Clip!

| Mon., Oct. 5, 2015 4:17 PM<p>It's no secret that <b>Gary Busey</b> is a <i>bit</i> eccentric, so we put his signature strangeness to the test when we caught up with …

This is Larry Wilmore’s brilliant moment: It’s not all about Trevor Noah on Comedy Central

<b>(Comedy Central)</b><p>Noah hasn’t quite found his footing, but at 11:30 p.m., Larry Wilmore is bringing the brilliance night after night<p>Sophia A. McClennen<p>October 6, 2015 4:25pm (UTC)<p>As Trevor Noah stepped in to take over “The Daily Show" there was much speculation about whether the new host could keep …

Comedy

How to Quiet Your Racing Thoughts When You're Highly Sensitive

A few years ago I sat in bed at 3 a.m. looking out at a lonely full moon, frustrated and trying unsuccessfully to quiet the swarm of swirling, non-stop thoughts in my head. Recoiling from a fresh breakup, my heart was still healing and all I wanted was some peace and quiet. But my mind had other …

Meditation