Activism

Operation Flawless: A Confessional Recap

Operation Flawless: A Confessional Recap

I want to thank every single person who contributed even a single selfie. You are all amazing. You are all beautiful. And it is your faces that helped me keep going. I love and respect all of you. I know it was hard. I bow down to you. Monday was the end of Operation Flawless, a social media campaign encouraging women to reject conventional beauty standards and post “unattractive” selfies. I spent... »

Operation Flawless: Selfies against Big Beauty

Operation Flawless: Selfies against Big Beauty

In case you’ve forgotten, a couple of months ago, Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel wrote a ridiculous article declaring selfies to be a “cry for help” and the ultimate anti-feminist act. Our own Surly Amy responded, schooling Ryan on the importance of self-portraits throughout history. Selfies give us the power to control the way the world sees us. We show ourselves at our best. We show the world that ... »

The (Un)Censorship Project

The (Un)Censorship Project

Introducing the (Un)censorship Project!   This post, including the digital imagery, was created by Skepchick, Melanie. It was originally posted over on Skepchick but we feel that it truly qualifies as art and should get its 15 minutes over here in the Lab too. In fact, it might even fit into Lauren’s collage project! Enjoy!     ________________________       Ori... »

Filthy Lucre – Why We Love Molly Crabapple

Filthy Lucre – Why We Love Molly Crabapple

The first time time I saw the artwork of Molly Crabapple was in 2008 at Ad Hoc Gallery in Brooklyn. Her artwork must have made an impression on me because all I can remember from that show is marveling at the detail in an allegorical circus scene of hers. I also wanted to cut new mats for her drawings because they were a little dinged up and I thought they deserved some classy, 8-ply goodness (I w... »

A Brief Overview of Last Night’s Twitter Fiasco and Why Twitter Blocking is Important

A Brief Overview of Last Night’s Twitter Fiasco and Why Twitter Blocking is Important

For those of you who perhaps live under a rock, you might not have noticed that last night twitter changed their block function. The new version, rather than preventing blocked users from following or mentioning blocking users in their tweets, simply prevented blocking users from being alerted to those tweets. This was, needless to say, an unpopular move and, amid a rising current of angry users, ... »

Getting Groped – Gender Bias and Genderbending

Getting Groped – Gender Bias and Genderbending

Last week I talked about my experiences going to conventions in less than conventional dress, but I left the account of my being fondled brief as I thought it deserved its own discussion. This is that discussion, and it comes with what is becomming a distressingly boilerplate trigger warning. One of the big questions I had when I started wearing my Slave Leo costume was whether I would have the so... »

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Congratulations to the Skepchick teams for raising over $2,500 for Light the Night and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! I promised to create a warm non-alcoholic beverage in honor of this achievement. However, I’m so proud of you all that I decided to make two recipes, one with booze and one without! Both are variations on hot cocoa, and I hope you enjoy–the treat is well-deserved!... »

An Introduction and Part I of The Iron Chariot

An Introduction and Part I of The Iron Chariot

I contemplated my first Mad Art Lab post for a while before putting it up. This is going to be the first in a series of posts centered around photography and the Secular Movement. Specifically, they are going to be posts about photos that I feel represent my experiences in the Movement and the stories that have come out of those experiences. This theme is gigantic. I don’t know how I am goin... »

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