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Girl Gang Panic in the Pulp Fiction Aisle

Our podcast on Girls in Gangs, we noted how concern over girls' involvement in gangs first emerged during the juvenile delinquency panic of the 1950s, as evidenced by a slew of B-movies and pulp fiction devoted to girls gone gangster.

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7 Cowgirls Who Ruled the Frontier

It’s easy to be fascinated by these rough-and-tumble frontier women. Cowgirls defied the gender norms and expectations of their time, trading skirts for chaps and housework for horses. In the 1922 book “The Cowboy: His Characteristics, His Equipment,” author Philip

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A Brief History of Slutoween

If I had a dollar for every time I've seen a social media comment along the lines of "why are Halloween costumes for women so sexy??!" I'd have enough money to march over to my neighborhood Halloween superstore and buy

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Why are witches green?

What's up with our popular conception of witches as a green-skinned hags? It is, after all, one of the most common witch-related Google queries.

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Cheesecake Studies: The Golden Girls, According to Academia

As if the 15 Emmys "The Golden Girls" won over its seven-year run isn't proof enough of its pop cultural significance, academics have even stepped out of their ivory towers onto the lanai to consider the deeper meanings of cheesecake

Domestic Violence: 7 Important Facts

Many people probably aren't aware that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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11 Stunning Mastectomy Tattoos

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Sister Words: ‘Vagina’ and ‘Vanilla’

One morning spent comparing the etymologies of “vulva” and “vagina” (one of the many Stuff Mom Never Told You job perks), I made a side note discovery. The word “vagina” is far more closely related to “vanilla” than “vulva.” In fact,

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11 Wonder Woman Halloween Pumpkins

You want a feminist superheroine jack-o'-lantern? Of course you do.

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Cosmetic History: 18th-Century Beauty Patches

During weeks when my adult acne acts up, I sometimes wish I could do as the 17th-century ladies did and cover up my pimples with beauty patches.

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