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TWIF Vol. 72

Emma Glassman-Hughes Welcome to O-hi-OH NO THEY DIDN’T! I'm your host, Disappointed and Afraid; thank you for joining us this evening. Let’s get right down to it: Ohio legislature passed a bill today that would ban abortions after 6 weeks...

On Bernardo Bertolucci, Maria Schneider, and Reacting Too Late

By Kelsey Duchesne   In a 2013 interview on the Dutch TV show College Tour, Last Tango In Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted that the film’s rape scene was premeditated by himself and the male lead, a then 48-year-old Marlon...

The Official ~THINX 2016 Holiday Gift Guide~

Sooo, we thought we'd put together a lil (but actually pretty big—I spent a lot of time on this) gift guide full of everything to get your mom, your bff, your dog, and (most importantly) YOURSELF! Or me, feel free...

Giving Thanks: The Pipeline Special

Emma Glassman-Hughes This year’s Thanksgiving is about a lot more than elastic waistbands and gravy boats (but don’t worry--they’re still incredibly relevant). Not that there’s really ever a time where politics won’t interrupt holiday celebrations, but this year in particular...

I Have Many Questions For This Vintage Underwear Ad

  What if you thought about mortality every time you put on your underwear?   This is an authentic question that I have been pondering ever since my co worker Helen sent me an a vintage underwear ad this morning....

The Morning After: Notes From THINX

Emma:   As fucking furious and petty and self-righteous and desperate as I (and I know I'm not alone) am feeling right now, the only thing I really want to say is that, while my heart is breaking, my love...

Pepa & The First Female President

By Kelsey Duchesne For the entirety of my life, my Pepa (Pee-pa, formally Gramps, I renamed him when I started talking) has held the answers to all of my questions. I would sit at the kitchen table, watching him make...

The Truth About The Tampon Tax

Emma Glassman-Hughes This month, we were privileged enough to hear from a group so marginalized and so systematically silenced that their cries are rarely ever heard and their demands rarely ever met. We’re talking, of course, about meninists; known by...

Let’s Talk About The Bus, Haiti, and Male Entitlement.

Emma Glassman-Hughes   In the wake of the leaked footage of Donald Trump’s one-man, toxic-masculine, self-combustion show on an Access Hollywood bus with his locker room pal Billy Bush, this country has been rattled. Now that he has admitted to...

On Political Baes and Brands: Why THINX Is So Political

Emma Glassman-Hughes Similar to how Political Bae Angela Merkel sips her steins, we've been sippin' a little on the political friction engulfing the THINX-iverse. Many people are shook by the unabashed political agenda found in our company communications and social media platforms, and many people...

Other People Review: Chris Kelly's Directorial Debut Was Exactly What We'd Hoped For

By Kelsey Duchesne The opening scene of Other People instantly reveals that it will not conclude in a traditionally happy ending, while simultaneously affirming that it’s not a hope-shattering,  Love-Story-esque-drama either. Comedy and drama synergistically fall against each other so...

On The Invisible Burden We Bear For Prince Charming

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes Bitch Media, a real gift of a site BTW, put out an article this week about something close to my heart. And while, at its center, the piece offered some excellent insight, it carried a title...

On Never Trusting Hoes (Yep, 3OH3 Was Right)

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who just flat out refuse to take responsibility for their actions, or for systems of oppression within which they...

Nood: An App That Covers Your Ladyparts, Sort Of

        Nudity is taboo. I get it. We all get it (I think). But what I don’t get is why. I spent my childhood running around naked and talking about my body with my open, loving, boisterous...

On Letting Malia Obama LIVE

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes While it’s awfully sweet of the haters to be so concerned with Malia Obama’s health to the point that they’re judging her for her chosen forms of exercise (twerking, apparently) and recreation (saying she’s disrespectful and...

Why Fast Fashion Is a Totally Feminist Issue (And What We Can Do About It)

by Vikki Knowles      You might not think that whether that tee was churned out quicker than you can say what this season’s trends are was anything to do with feminism, but what with the diabolical sweatshop salaries - with women...

On Looking For Greatness Outside The Limelight

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes Especially during an election year, and as a writer who is interested in reaching a broad audience, it’s tempting to continue with the trend of 24-hour media conglomerates by focusing all attention and energy on the elites...

BRB Riding The Emotional DNC-Coaster

Compiled by Emma Glassman-Hughes This past week of Democratic National Convention coverage has given us everything from a well-deserved and inclusive respite from the bigotry of the previous week, to an exclusive look into Joe Biden’s side hustle, to fantasies...

On Journalistic Integrity Out On The Trampaign Trail

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes After a shitstorm of Melaniac proportions like that of this week’s RNC speech fumble (ya know, wherein Melania Trump recited a speech that directly lifted lines from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech?) it’s tempting to throw...

KIM KARDASHIAN, KANYE WEST, AND TAYLOR SWIFT: OUR FIRST & LAST PIECE ON THE FEUD HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD

By Kelsey Duchesne    Okay, I know, I know. This Kardashian-West-Swift feud happened almost 48 hours ago, a.k.a a lifetime ago in the 24-hour Twittersphere. Thinkpiece upon thinkpiece has already been written, assessing every possible angle to the story. I’m sure...

On VAW Again (Because It's Still A Problem)

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes You know those days when you wake up from a terrible night’s sleep in a pool of your own sweat because New York City cranked the humidity up to Unbearable% during the only summer that you...

On Alton Sterling and Racialized Violence

By Emma Glassman-Hughes    ***FYI: this post is coming straight out of South Africa, where I've been for the past few weeks.***   South Africa is famous for a few things: great white sharks, rugby, notoriously tough-to-master accents, and apartheid....

THINX CELEBRATES PRIDE

In the spirit of Pride Month, Team THINX (+ Tushy) came together to discuss how to be an ally once the parade confetti settles. In this THINX Talks, Kelly, Ian,and Elliot share their thoughts on identity, safe spaces, the spectrum, and...

A Completely Biased Review of The Neon Demon

Written by Kelsey Duchesne    Warning: There are spoilers galore, and I did not like this movie. Like, at all. Just a heads up!  When I heard there was going to be a new horror movie starring Elle Fanning and...

On The Poor Priorities Of Piers Morgan

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes Kanye’s music video for his song “Famous” strikes during an interesting political moment where racial tensions remain high, and simultaneously, the national conversation about rape culture is shifting. Nothing earth-shattering, but lately cracks in the faults...

On The Importance of Dads and Self-Fulfillment

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes This weekend, our country celebrated one of my all-time favorite holidays. If you’re worried that you missed National Cat Day, don’t be (that’s October 29)--this time I’m talking about Father’s Day. I love celebrating my parents...

On Violence and Self-Preservation

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes   We're about to take one out of Samantha Bee's book, so buckle up, folks ~~~       *deep breath* I'll start by saying - I am grateful to be alive. We are lucky to be...

On Why Spending Too Much of My Hard-Earned Money To See Beyoncé Live Was The Most Feminist Thing I Could Have Done With My Tuesday Night

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes   It was June 7th, an unseasonably brisk night in Flushing, Queens. I was wearing a weather-inappropriate outfit carefully curated to look both like a freshly picked lemon, and like a bumble bee. I had a...

Live fast, die young, sweaty girls do it well: a dramatic account of my relationship with sweat

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes   It’s 99 degrees in the California sun. It’s Friday, which means it’s running day. I’m 12. I’m gap-toothed. I’m free. I run the usual mile-and-a-half trail in record time, focusing on nothing but the horizon...

We Heard You, Amber: Why We Need To Support Other Women

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes and Kelsey Duchesne   From Kelsey: There is no space for Amber Heard. When she showed up to the LA County Courthouse with a bruise and a scratch on her face, eyes sunk deep, and no...

How #GiveElsaAGirlfriend Can Help Us Learn to Love Ourselves Like JBiebs Would Have Wanted

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes I’m not gonna dance around it: I don’t particularly like the Disney franchise. I suffer from a phobia of all rodents--cartoon or otherwise--and I’m put off by the brave-new-worldy nature of the parks. Sorry Mickey, but...

Ain't No Hollaback Girl... for your discrimination (this shit is bananas, T-E-D C-R-U-Z)

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes    It’s no secret that President Obama’s legacy on LGBT issues is going to leave behind a trail of rainbows at the end. However, up until recently, the national conversation about LGBT+ rights has centered on...

Donald Trump is not a pussy, so let’s not flatter him with that title

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes In this time of immense change and discomfort, with an election cycle that’s been rearing its ugly, complicated, and often sexist head for months on end, there is but one thing that we are certain about:...

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, TRY NOT TO MAKE THEM ABOUT AN OLD WHITE DUDE

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes We already covered some of the #hashtag #basic misogyny plaguing the election cycle this week and last week (which reminds me, I have to renew my Woman Card at the post office because it’s about to...

Not Knowing is the Pits (or maybe the moobs...?)

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes This week, there were two stories that spoke to the epidemic of the women’s health taboo--AKA our lifeblood at THINX (lol...literally tho). The first was Queen Chrissy Teigen, new mom and #1 Husband-Picker, who tweeted to the...

Good Doc Recommendations! (So you can skip Chris Brown's. You're welcome.)

Written by Kelsey Duchesne Okay, so---a trailer came out on Monday for a documentary called Welcome to My Life. This documentary is about the success, struggle and comeback of singer Chris Brown. Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, you...

The Final Straw for Final Clubs

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes Upon reading this week’s story about tantrums thrown by some of Harvard’s all-male final clubs when confronted with the possibility of integrating women into their spaces, I had to laugh. I had to laugh partly for...

QUESTIONS I WOULD LIKE TO ASK RICKY MA, CREATOR OF THE SCARLETT JOHANNSON ROBOT

Written in a jk-but-not-really manner by Kelsey Duchesne   Artificial intelligence meets genuine sexism :/ How do we feel about this one!? Posted by THINX on Tuesday, 5 April 2016     First of all, how are you? Are you enjoying all...

Kitty Genovese, Revisited

Written by Kelsey Duchesne This week, the latest GIRLS episode centered (quite literally) around a play about the 1964 murder of 28 year-old Kitty Genovese. The episode was titled Hello Kitty, and show creator and star Lena Dunham took to...

Dear Gay Talese: The Official Team THINX Suggested Reading List

Written and Assembled by Kelsey Duchesne & Team THINX Last weekend, American author Gay Talese spoke to a room of 600 people at The Power of the Narrative conference, held by Boston University. When asked what female writers have inspired...

Feminism ain't an algebra problem--let's not simplify! (is that right? #math)

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes The complexity of conversation: feminism in 2016. Can you dig it!? My #feministgoals recently have been focused on emphasizing the importance of complexity; rejecting one-dimensional portrayals of just about anything that comes my way in search...

Silvana Lima and Beauty Standards in Pro Sports

Written by Kelsey Duchesne Silvana Lima may be the A-list athlete you’ve never heard of. Despite being a two-time Vice World Champion and eight-time Best Surfer in Brazil, Lima still works as a French Bulldog breeder to make ends meet....

My Grandma, on Reproductive Rights

Written by Kelsey Duchesne and her Grandmother, Jackie My Grandmother (here forth referred to as 'Nanny,' which is what I call her,) Jackie, has been a nurse for 35 years, but caring for other people has been a lifelong trait...

Islamophobia and the Syrian Revolution: Let’s Unpack That, Shall We?

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes   In the U.S., many suffer from a rare, chronic illness called SimplifyingConflictsAndUsingThemToBeRacist-iosis. It is a very serious disorder, but luckily it is not without a cure. Let’s examine, shall we? The most recent diagnosis comes to...

The Most Biased Review You'll Ever Read (re: 'Everything is Copy,' the Nora Ephron doc)

Written by Kelsey Duchesne I will start by clarifying that this will not be an unbiased review of the Nora Ephron documentary, Everything is Copy. I loved it. I have watched it twice and will force friends to watch it...

TWIF: Vol. 35

  1. Chicago Tells Tampon Tax to Shove It. So far, we’ve booed it off the stage in New York, California, and Great Britain, and the tampon tax is getting sweatier by the day. This gift of a week added Chicago...

On Body Hair and Lacks Thereof

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes   Almost a year and a half ago, I quit cold turkey. I’m not talking about smoking or eating processed sugar; I’m talking about another potentially harmful habit: I’m talkin’ shaving. The old ball and shave,...

WHY THE UTERUS TRANSPLANT FAILURE IS STILL A SUCCESS (alt title: lady science rocks)

Written by Emma Glassman-Hughes Simultaneously having a vagina and working for a company that spotlights the all-but-ignored aspects of women’s health, I’ve inevitably come to appreciate the importance for more than just the conversation about lady science, but the action...

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