How can Iowa City be sex-positive without locally-owned, feminist sex stores?

Whether it’s choosing the farmers market over Walmart or the Haunted Bookshop over Amazon, Iowa City denizens have a fondness for supporting locally-owned small businesses. In one arena, however, the ability to shop locally is hindered by a complex combination of factors including zoning laws, differing approaches to “economic development” and conservative Midwestern morality. Unlike […]

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Finding the flaws in flawed reviews of ‘Dear White People’

“Having something important to say,” opines The New Yorker’s Richard Brody in his review of Dear White People, “isn’t the same thing as making an important movie, or even a good one.” While Brody found the film to be a too-tame series of “epigrammatic, calculatedly provocative monologues” meant to “simulate” controversy instead of actually causing it, for the most part, critics, audiences and the bulk of the non-racist internet love Dear White People. […]

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Style: 10 fashion trends for fall

Collage by Rachel Jessen

As Meryl Streep explains in her amazing, “cerulean sweater” speech in The Devil Wears Prada, even if one “doesn’t care” about fashion or solely shops second-hand, what happens on the runways of New York City, London, Paris and Milan directly affects what is being sold to you. Trends presented during last February’s Fall/Winter 2014/2015 fashion […]

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