1. I don't care what you say, I will never try oil pulling
I do not understand this fad at all. As she explains in the article, there are some minimal benefits to oil pulling, but don't start talking about how it's going to purify or detoxify your body if you want me to keep listening. I'm sure the Ancients had many Secrets, but quick weight loss and tooth whitening were not among them.
2. Elliot Rodger and the poisonous ideals of masculinity
As I'm sure all of you know, recently a young man went on a shooting rampage in Southern California, killing six people and himself. Before he died, he made Youtube videos and wrote a manifesto that made it clear that while mental illness was the reason why he did what he did, misogyny was what directed it. There is nothing wrong with masculinity, but the way that our society prizes it above all else is sick and dangerous.
3. Bunny Yeager, pinup portraitist, dies at 85
Bunny was the photographer who captured so of Bettie Page's most iconic images. I actually had not heard of her until she passed, but I was really inspired by her life, and by the fact that a woman was so responsible for helping create images that still inform my own style and expression.
4. Laverne Cox is on the cover of Time magazine
The amazing Lavern Cox is on the cover of Time! I think this is a great move for them, frankly; the Orange is the New Black star was snubbed for their 100 Most Influential People list, despite being the overwhelming front-runner in an online poll that they took that featured her. She is an incredible woman, and I think that it's great that she is opening up the discussion about trans issues.
To be honest, I have not always been as sensitive as I should have been towards trans folks that I've encountered. I let my curiosity about their changing bodies be the focus of my discussions in a way that I now realize was very invasive. So thank you, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock and other amazing trans activists, for pointing out what so many of us do that makes can make the trans community feel alienated.
5. Junebugs and Georgia Peaches review The Oblong Box's budget pinup tops
I'm always looking for a good deal, and these budget pinup tops look like the bomb. I always appreciate it when blogs bring lesser known brands to a broader audience, and I think once they get a few more colors back in stock, I'm going to have to place an order for one (or two) myself.