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Sexplosion! Today’s taboo-breaking sexual renaissance examined, from Miley Cyrus to Lena Dunham

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Miley Cyrus photographed by Chris Nicholls

Briefly, in the early 1990s, I was a smut peddler. I edited an anthology called The Girl Wants To, which included art and writing about sex and the body, from Roberta Gregory’s “Bitchy Strips” to Barbara Gowdy’s strange, beautiful account of a young necrophiliac, “We So Seldom Look on Love.” The anthology was part of a growing wave of heated discourse by third-wave feminists—women making sense of sex in the ’90s. These were women who felt the need to write about want, desire, pleasure and other taboo information. Taboo because we were talking about our bodies and sexuality in ways we never had, at least publicly and en masse. Think forward, and think of what even the sweetest pop star imaginable, Katy Perry, is saying in virtually all of her songs: that she is a bi-curious, sexy dream-girl/gurl who refuses to “bite [her] tongue” any longer. Having been pushed down to the ground, she is up and roaring in the old-school manner of  “I Am Woman.” She is Helen Reddy 2.0, in other words: no bowl-cut and cardigan, no dulcet tones, but the same fervent desire to tell us that we, as women, need not suffer oppression lightly; that we are a pride of powerful lions.

Lately, there has been a sea change, with a powerful sense of another killer wave coming—a “sexplosion.” Writer and former Variety editor Robert Hofler used the term in his fascinating book of the same name. But while his exhaustive, illuminating book focuses on the period from 1968-1973, the wild time that followed the sexual revolution, Hofler’s theories suggest that the future of sex will become less “man-made.” And it already has, of course. Female performers are busily upsetting ideas about sex and power, about the naked body and their perceived passivity.

In her graphic song “Pour It Up,” Rihanna sings, “That’s how we ball out,” in a voice that is virtually empty of inflection. And in the controversial video for the song—“The really sad thing is that she thinks she’s being edgy and sexy when in fact she is slowly destroying her soul,” commented one disquieted fan—she sings this chorus as she presides over a strip club, sitting on a throne in a diamond bra, collar and Lana Turner wig, talking like a man, acting like a woman and unsettling our idea of what it means to be either.
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Who wore it best at the Girls Season Three premiere party?

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Girls Season Three Premiere

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Last night’s New York premiere of Girls Season Three was like something out of my fantasies. Natasha Lyonne, Steve Buscemi, Gaby Hoffman and Anna Wintour (in a Spring 2014 Prada fur) all at one party. Holy wow. Given how much “the ladies” (a.k.a. me) adore the show, its pretty fitting that I’d be seething with jealousy at this motley crew. So, like… can I at least pick apart their outfits? Just kidding, I have nothing bad to say.

Co-stars Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet pulled the colour co-ordination card, all favouring shimmering metallic, a forthcoming Spring 2014 trend, in their looks for the night.
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[CLOSED] The Ultimate Roadtrippin’ Contest: Win 1 of 10 copies of Girls: The Complete Second Season!

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Today in our twelve-day giveaway, we’re giving away ten copies of Girls: The Complete Second Season. Dive into one of FASHION’s fave shows, whose second season is even crazier, wittier and more dramatic than its first. This contest is only open for 24 hours and ends at 11:59 on July 22, 2013. Good luck!

Check back at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23 for the next prize in The Ultimate Roadtrippin’ Contest!


[CLOSED] The Ultimate Roadtrippin’ Contest: See what you can win in our summer giveaway!

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This time around we’re dishing out 12 days of road-trip-ready goodies, because nothing says summer quite like tossing a duffel bag into the car and hitting the road with your best friends. The contest features twelve weekdays of prizes that are sure to have you singing “If you like Piña Coladas…” a la Cameron Diaz in 2002’s The Sweetest Thing. Similar to past giveaways the contest starts with 12 items up for grabs, then 11, then 10 and so on.

The contest opens July 18th with 12 Starbucks gift cards that promise to keep you caffeinated from point A to point B. Other prizes to look forward to include Stila’s Festival Collection makeup gift sets offering you everything you need to look bright and beautiful for spontaneous roadside photo shoots. Another day we’ll be giving away Karl Lagerfeld’s fave Italia Independent sunglasses to keep you cool and stylish as you speed away from the city lights. The contest closes August 2nd where one lucky winner will scoop up the ultimate prize, a 5-day road trip with the 2013 Ford Escape Titanium worth $1,000.

Be sure to check back every day at 12:01 a.m. to enter the daily contest which will only be open until 11:59 that night. Good luck and happy road tripping to all.


It Girl: This new series might just be Toronto’s answer to Girls

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What happens when the It girl is over it? Just ask Wren Marlowe, or rather Aussie-born actress Misty Fox who plays her in the new series It Girl. The series follows Marlowe as she navigates the strange after-hours landscape that only an It girl understands (late night pocket dials from the hot band guy and tripping on organic mushrooms are just a few examples), while contemplating a shift in that life’s course. As you might imagine, mess ensues, and we’re being treated to a bit of it in the just-released trailer, which features comical cameo appearances by members of Broken Social Scene, The Darcys and…me, who throw Marlowe for a bit of an existential loop. I play the almost-real version of myself and share important views on ombre. Directed by Claire Edmondson (she’s made videos for Austra and this site), It Girl might just the hottest thing since a naked Lena Dunham.

For more information on It Girl, visit Itgirltv.com.


Allison Williams is the new face of Simple skincare

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Allison Williams new face of Simple skincare

Photography by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The cast of HBO’s Girls just keep getting more and more influential. Today it was announced that Allison Williams is the new face of sensitive skincare line Simple. The brand prides itself on having no perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants in its products and it seems like this promise was what drew Williams in.

Given that she portrays the impeccably put-together Marnie (well… at least in the first season of Girls) so well, it’s hard to envision Allison Williams dealing with problematic skin in real life. But indeed, she’s just like the rest of us. Read more »


Paint your nails like Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa: Deborah Lippmann is doing a Girls nail polish collection

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Deborah Lippmann Girls nail polish

Our obsession with HBO’s hit series Girls knows no bounds. And now we can further show our support-slash-solidarity for the four twenty-something characters thanks to a nail polish collaboration with Deborah Lippmann.

A four-colour, limited edition Deborah Lippmann Girls nail polish set was just announced and will launch in January 2013. Representative of the four Girls girls, the set includes a colour named for each: there’s “Hannah” (described as a “hapless hunter green”), “Marnie” (a “prim and proper pink”), “Shoshanna” (a “virtuous vivid violet”) and “Jessa” (a “bohemian burgundy”).
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What’s in your bag, Allison Williams?

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Allison Williams Purse

Photography by Stephanie J. Algieri

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Girls is back. Girls is back! One of our most intense cultural obsessions returns with its Season 2 premiere on January 13, 2013 at 9pm on HBO Canada, and what better way to celebrate than with a look inside the beautiful bag of one of its beautiful stars, Allison Williams.

Our former cover girl was in Toronto last week to promote the new episodes as well as the release of season one on DVD and Blu-Ray (Its accompanying book of Lena Dunham’s tweets is epic, FYI) and graciously dumped the contents of her Jason Wu Daphne shoulder bag. While her stuff was being photographed, I super-fan quizzed her on the return of Booth Johnathan as well as what the next season looks like for character Marnie Michaels, who seemed to be floundering sans-boyfriend and roommate at the end of season one. “She’s having a rough go. She’s without the same comforts that she had in season one, so she’s very influx, and that is something that I know that I, and a lot of my friends can relate to,” she said. “When it rains, it really does seem to pour especially when you’re in your mid-twenties when you don’t have a lot of foundation already laid down it can just throw everything into upheaval at once—job, everything.”
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