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The problem with Out’s profile of Milo Yiannopoulos 

Some journalists think their job is simply to push “facts” out into the world and see what happens. They lob grenades over the editorial wall and don’t think they’re responsible for the explosion on the other side.

This is what gay magazine Out did Wednesday, when it published a pretentious profile of Milo Yiannopoulos: “Send in the clown: Internet supervillain Milo doesn’t care that you hate him.”

The piece has rightfully led Out readers and commenters to ask: Why is a gay, progressive magazine showering such attention on one of the culture’s most toxic trolls? 

Rather than take the white nationalist icon to task, Out treated Yiannopoulos to a lifestyle piece. The author follows Yiannopoulos as he runs errands, including a trip to the barber and tailor, while the provocateur spouts racist and anti-trans garbage unchallenged. (Opinion)


‘Blackhair’ magazine puts a non-black model on its cover

The British magazine Blackhair calls itself “the black woman’s style bible." On the cover of the December/January 2017 issue is a woman with what looks like a large red afro. But there’s just one thing: The model isn’t black.

This fact came to light when the model herself, Emily Bador, who describes herself as half English and half Malaysian, posted the magazine cover on her own Instagram on Monday. She told fans that the image was not used with her permission and that it was taken when she was 15 years old. She also apologized to black women specifically for taking this cover opportunity from a black or mixed race woman. 

After Bador’s apology, Blackhair itself stepped forward with statements on its social media, but claimed ignorance about the situation.

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Women fire back at Oprah Magazine’s fat shaming with #RocktheCrop 

“Can I pull off a crop top?" "If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one.” When O magazine wrote that response they probably didn’t see the wave of outrage, viral hashtag and badass response coming their way. But that’s probably because they’re part of the problem with fashion advice.


With one cover, Erika Schenk is shattering stereotypes about fat and fitness 

Erika Schenk has been an avid runner for nearly a decade. But 18-year-old Schenk isn’t just gorgeous and fit — she’s also a plus-size model. That’s why the world rejoiced when Schenk’s Women’s Running cover hit newsstands. And rightly so, people are finally starting to understand the truth about weight and fitness.

I think Superman is who he is because of the incredible women in his life, the Loises who have made him even more extraordinary than his genetic makeup. Lois is an essential balancing point for Superman. Her strength is she treats him as normal. She’s not afraid to say no to him. She’s not going to let his superpowers get in the way. It’s important for Clark to have a person at home who can balance him out and be his tie to humanity.
—  Henry Cavill on the importance of Lois Lane to Superman’s identity, Parade Magazine, 18th March 2016
  • INTERVIEW: Well, I actually did see someone tweet something like, "I hope it's not your politics that made you come out as bi." [both laugh] The world is a really weird place.
  • STENBERG: But that's how intersectionality works. I oftentimes receive the question, "What do you think is the most important social issue to focus on?" Or, "What's the most important component of identity? Is it gay rights or race or feminism?" And I'm like, "Well, they're all intertwined. It's all one conversation at the end of the day. You can't just pick one." I mean, people experience all kinds of prejudice because of all different parts of themselves. And that doesn't make one part more important than the other. We live in a society that does not openly accept every kind of human being. And so the result is when you are yourself and someone who's marginalized, it becomes a revolutionary act—just being comfortable in your own body and being comfortable speaking, sharing your ideas. It's really amazing and also, like, kind of sad. [laughs] I hope one day it's not revolutionary just to be yourself, but I think that the work that's being done around identity and personhood is so important.

Allure magazine wants you to know you can have an afro — even if you’re white

The beauty magazine included what it’s calling a “Loose Afro” among its ‘70s-inspired hair how-to’s. But as several Twitter users pointed out, the classic Afro style wasn’t worn by a black model. Nor was the black history of the Afro mentioned whatsoever. Besides appropriation, this is adding insult to injury.
Caitlyn Jenner: "If You Look Like a Man in a Dress, It Makes People Uncomfortable"
In other words, transphobic stereotyping from a woman who's just been awarded one of the magazine's "Person of the Year" awards thanks to her transition and resulting position as a figurehead for the trans community. Great!

Caitlyn Jenner made TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” shortlist this year, eventually placing seventh in the top ten list. 

Alongside an in-depth profile documenting her journey and current (role model) status, TIME has now published its interview with Caitlyn in full. It’s a fascinating read, with Caitlyn talking fame, family, and road trips among other topics, but not always a pleasant one, even in the context of frothy PotY acclaim. And that’s because it’s peppered with a lack of awareness bordering on prejudice — which Caitlyn’s been taken to task for in recent months — born of her privilege and, let’s be honest, an often conservative and disconcertingly gender-normative worldview.