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'Pretty Woman' and the Ugly Truth About Prostitution

Twenty-five years ago today, one of the most successful romantic comedies in the history of film, <i>Pretty Woman</i>, debuted in the United States. To date the film has grossed almost half-a-billion dollars.<p>Julia Roberts charmed audiences as the "happy hooker," and her chemistry with Richard Gere, playing …

Meet The Bloggers Influencing African Fashion

<i>This post was previously published on the Chayet Chiénin's blog, Nothing but the wax.</i><p>Bloggers can seriously influence the way industries think -- in fashion and beyond. It's not for nothing that famous brands, big and small, enlist the services of these bloggers like crazy. These trendspotters, on …

Your Creative Calendar: 65 Things To Do, See, and Hear This February

Get ready to go back in time with Rob Corddry, cover Frank Sinatra with Bob Dylan, read Kim Gordon’s memoir, and kill zombies this February.<p>The final 60 seconds of this year’s Super Bowl produced probably the best movie to come out in the last five or six years. I wish I could watch it again for …

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

The Progressive Pope Has a Blind Spot

Francis has been moderate on many topics, but on women he’s no different from his predecessors—and don’t expect a conference in Rome this week to …

Feminism

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

Humanist chaplain John Figdor: “Religion introduces moral problems that wouldn’t exist otherwise”

Let’s start with this one: “There is no God”<p>When students come to John Figdor, the humanist chaplain at Stanford, they’re often comfortable with their atheism. Big questions about God aren’t necessarily on their minds. Big questions about ethics are. “I began to notice that students were less …