Photo: Rashida Tlaib For Congress

By Madison Feller

It was hard to miss the moment Rashida Tlaib won her primary election. On Aug. 8th, Tlaib beat out five other Democratic candidates in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, securing her spot in the November midterms, where she’ll run unopposed and likely become one of the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress.

It’ll be another first for Tlaib, who was also the first Muslim woman to be elected to Michigan’s Legislature, where she served from 2008–2014, when she reached the term limit. …

Omarosa on her stint at The White House, and her upcoming book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.



Seven hundred miles south of the White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman is in a soulless restaurant at Jacksonville International Airport, practicing her putting. It’s nearly 9 p.m., and most of the shops are now closed. But this golf-themed eatery is open; thank God, because it’s Omarosa’s favorite. The former White House aide and mononymous reality-TV villain is here four or five times a month, she tells me. It’s the best.

She picked up golf as a teenager, when her mom enrolled her in a program for inner-city kids. “Anything to get us out of the projects,” she…

If you’re one of the 100 percent of Americans that eat food, you’ve benefitted from the work of an undocumented immigrant


It’s a sunny July afternoon in a beautiful apartment in SoHo, and I’m trying to untangle my pen from Padma Lakshmi’s daughter’s hair. I’m here to watch the taping of a segment for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, and today’s special guest happens to be the Top Chef host herself. She also happens to have an adorable daughter who has popped up in front of me while I’m taking notes, somehow snagging my pen in her hair. …

I went to a post-#MeToo retreat for men and all I got was a renewed faith in the male species.

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Forty of America’s wokest men are sitting in a circle on a mountaintop in Ojai, California. Many are wearing AllBirds and joggers, taking notes in their Moleskines. The only woman anyone notices is Esther Perel, the 60-year-old, sun-tanned couples’ therapist in jeans, a spaghetti strap top and platform sandals.

“Masculinity is often framed as a performance,” Perel says. “All over the world, men go through multiple rituals and experience to ‘prove’ and ‘test’ their masculinity. Our culture thinks that we are born women and that we ‘become’ men.”

The men snap and nod their heads in agreement…

Sheila Heti’s New Book Motherhood Explores the Question of Whether to Become a Mother

“A vintage photo of a woman wearing a bonnet, holding a newborn baby wearing a white gown” by Les Anderson on Unsplash


If you’ve ever read The Bell Jar or momentarily perused Sad Girl Tumblr, you’re likely familiar with one of Sylvia Plath’s most evocative passages, which is widely known as the fig tree quote: “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked,” the narrator writes. She goes on to enumerate the various paths her life could possibly take, some of which will sound all too familiar to female readers today: a husband and…

Cynthia Nixon on finding her voice, balancing her career with motherhood, and which former first lady inspires her.



It seems, in some ways, that Cynthia Nixon entered the world a fully formed fighter. The actress, known the world over as Sex and the City’s career-driven Miranda Hobbes, Esq., has been working consistently since the age of 12. At 52, she is a Grammy, two-time Emmy Award winner. For years, she’s advocated for public education (her three children are all products of New York City public schools), LGBTQ rights (she married her wife, Christine Marinoni, in 2012), and women’s health care (her activism informed by her battle with breast cancer and her mother’s illegal abortion, before…

Kylie Jenner and the myth of the #GirlBoss.



Afew weeks ago in Kardashian Kulture, Forbes named Kylie Jenner “the youngest ever self-made billionaire” and the Internet predictably plotzed. Fans of the 20 year old pledged loyalty and cash, vowing to raise $100 million and earn Kylie the official B-word. Others argued Forbes was fake news: How can a woman from earth’s most famous clan possibly be “self-made”?

Twitter raged. Talk shows pounced. And big sister Kim doubled-down on the claim, telling Refinery 29, “I know so many people like that [who] haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I’ve seen the…

And when is the right time to tell them?

“A black-and-white shot of a woman putting a finger over her lips in a gesture of silence” by Kristina Flour on Unsplash


When I start seeing someone new, I like to play something I call The Baggage Game. Inspired by the gloriously tacky dating show Baggage on the Game Show Network — hosted by Jerry Springer, which should tell you everything you need to know — it works like this: Each of you shares a small, medium, and large piece of emotional “baggage” that you would bring to the relationship. At the end of this exchange, you both decide whether or not you can accept the other person’s issues and proceed as necessary.

The game introduces a goofy, awkward…

Beyond three strands of hair interlocked around each other, there’s a complicated story.

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I am what you might call a little hair obsessed. You can’t tell by looking at me though — I’ve worn the same style for a decade. But when it comes to thinking about, talking about and marveling at what hair means, I can go on forever.

In the pre-social media days, hair obsessed people like me had to peer into beauty salon windows to see a parade of styles, from braids parted like geometric mazes to updos that defied every law of physics. Now, though, you can be a hair voyeur online. …

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