The Evolution Of Madonna’s Feminist Message

March 20, 2014

Women of a certain age will remember the wannabes; they might even have been one. The surf slang was popularized in the mainstream to describe the packs of peroxide blonde high school girls in thrift shop attire—vented t-shirts, denim jackets, rubber bracelets all accessorized with lace, especially the fingerless gloves—who roamed American malls in the mid-1980s.

Costumed in crucifixes and layers of lace, Madonna bounced onto the world stage in 1983 inviting us to take a Holiday, and by the end of 1985 she had become a phenom due to her sophomore album, “Like a Virgin.” The appeal to high school girls was apparent; Madonna captured the imaginations of the wannabes, and once she held them and other record buyers in the palm of her hand, she crafted messages of empowerment. One might trace it back to “Material Girl.” In her Marilyn Monroe caricature, Madonna uses her old-fashioned feminine wiles to get what she wants, materialistically.

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History’s Cool Kids: The Best Of Old School Cool

March 19, 2014

While nostalgia for yesteryear can feel mawkishly selective, there is a certain je ne sais quoi appeal to fashions past. Enter “old school cool”, a community on Reddit that catalogs some of the best photographs that capture the human appeal of years past. From the vintage to the recent and the celebrity and the criminal, enjoy forty of the best photographs of old school cool:

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Paul Newman Venice

Paul Newman boating around Venice, Italy during a 1963 film festival.

Louis Armstrong Playing At The Sphinx

Louis Armstrong serenades his wife at the Sphinx.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen resting after completing a 500 mile race in the Mojave Desert.

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner in the late 1950s.

David Bowie Mugshot

The mugshot of David Bowie after being arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester, New York.

Old School Cool Hippies

Tony Hawk In The Early 1980s

Tony Hawk in the early 1980s.

JFK

John F. Kennedy and Jackie O take in the America's Cup.

Showgirls Playing Chess In 1958

Showgirls play chess before a show in 1958.

Ice Skating In New York

Ice skating in Rockefeller Center in New York City during the early 1930s

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with a glass of cognac.

Aubrey Hepburn

Aubrey Hepburn

Eatmore Ice Cream

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Princess Yvonne And Princess Alexander In 1955

Princess Yvonne And Princess Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, Germany, enjoy some mid-day activities in 1955.

Franklin D Roosevelt At Harvard

Franklin D Roosevelt takes a break during crew at Harvard.

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry poses for the camera while driving in New York City.

James Brown In 1967

James Brown in 1967

Krazy Kat Club In 1921

A photograph from the Krazy Kat Club in 1921.

The Stoned Rollers

The coolest bowling team ever.

Muhammad Ali 1964

Muhammad Ali poses with his prize winnings during a photoshoot in 1964.

New York Subways In 1980s

Sophia Loren Playing Pool

Sophia Loren lining up a shot in pool.

Filming Of Psycho

Stanley Kubrick takes a selfie during the filming of Psycho.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

Old School Computers

Mick Jagger And Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger hangs out with Andy Warhol in New York City.

Old School Cool

Boating

Old School Cool Biker Gang

Old School Cool Pictures

Old School Cool Ditka

Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka waves to reporters before the game.

Old School Cool Photographs

Sean Connery Teaches Handstands

Sean Connery teaches handstands during breaks of shooting a James Bond film.

Old School Villians

New York City In 1982

Best Of Old School Cool

Waiting for a bus in Iran in the late 1970s

Old School Cool Scooter

Roadside Flowers

A woman sells flowers on the roadside of California in the early 1970s.

The Beatles Arrive In America

When the Beatles arrived in America.

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The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs In One Chart

March 8, 2014

Most Dangerous Jobs

Lucy McRae: Blurring The Lines Between Art, Technology And The Human Form

March 8, 2014
Lucy McRae Evolution Image

Source: Lucy McRae

Few artistic subjects are more fascinating than the human body, and few artists are more talented than Lucy McRae, who works in the space where fashion, technology and the human form overlap. Ditching the restrictive titles that she could easily claim—artist, architect, thinker—Lucy McRae prefers to call herself a Body Architect. Much of McRae’s work takes the natural human silhouette, distorts it, and then recreates that image for an entirely different effect.

Gold Sequins Covering Human Body

Source: Grey Aviary

Man Covered in Grass

Source: Lucy McRae

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Can People Drink Too Much Water?

March 7, 2014

Is water intoxication an actual issue of scientific concern? Watch and find out.

Braden Summers’ Stunning “All Love Is Equal” Photo Series

March 4, 2014

Braden Summers London Stroll

Braden Summers Wedding

Any time you open a magazine, you’re inundated with photos of models gazing into each other’s eyes, ostensibly depicting an extra glossy, extra edited version of the romantic “ideal”. The problem? It’s almost always one composed in the eyes of a heterosexual. Addressing that, one photographer has created a breathtaking photo series that depicts love from an underrepresented vantage point. Braden Summers, a photographer based in New York, made it his mission to travel the world and show that all love, regardless of its face or gender, is beautiful and a worthy photographical subject.

Braden Summers Intimacy

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