First women marched, and now, we strike. The date? March 8.
The organisers of January's Women's March on Washington (which then grew into a massive upswell of women marching in capitals and small towns alike across the world) have announced the date for their promised "Day Without A Woman", aka a general strike for women and their allies on International Women's Day.
Details on what this will actually look like—and how you can get involved—are still TBD, but the announcement helps flesh out some of the ideological background / reasoning about why this doing something like this matters now:
In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch
Pink pussy hat optional.
It's safe to conclude that Selena Gomez's new single is not about her new relationship with The Weeknd, purely because it's about the sad demise of a relationship and last we checked the couple were going strong.
So is it about Justin Bieber then? Well, we'll let you listen and weave your own lyrics-based-theories, but it does reference "when we were seventeen" and calls out the ex-lover for too much partying, not enough stay-at-home time.
Most confusing of all, perhaps, is how incredibly catchy and upbeat this collab with Kygo is, given the majorly down beat lyrics. Seriously: You'll have "nah, nah, Bowery, nah, nah whiskey neat" in your head all day.
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Perhaps predictably, February is the busiest month of the year for some wax bars. "It's like Christmas!" says Amy Finnegan Burns, director of operations for WAXON Waxbars. "People are going away on vacation, doing something for Family Day or celebrating Valentine's Day. With those three things combined, we are always fully booked after the sixth of February."
The most popular service for WAXON, which has six locations across Ontario and one in Nova Scotia, is still the Brazilian wax. "Everything bare" has consistently been the most requested service over the last 5 years, and makes up 70% of the brand's business. "The one thing that people do switch up depending on their mood or personal preference is leaving a landing strip," says Finnegan Burns. "We are seeing a slight growth in landing strips for women."
What has changed about the Brazilian wax are the people getting them. "What we’ve seen is a spread in demographic," she says. It's not just 25 year-olds requesting the service – clients are anywhere from 17 to 70 years of age. The most dramatic growth they've seen is in the 55+ age group, which increased by 10% for the company in the last year.
(A brief public service announcement: You need to wait 24 hours before engaging in sexual activity after having a wax. "That friction isn’t ideal for sensitivity and ingrown hairs," says Finnegan Burns. Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so that means you want to aim to wax – if that's your preference, we're by no means saying waxing or shaving is a must – Saturday, Sunday or Monday.)
The second most popular service for female clients? Arm waxing, which has seen a "massive increase" in the last two years, particularly in the summer months. "Nostrils is up there as well," says Finnegan Burns, who promises this is not as painful as it sounds. Hard wax is applied to a popsicle stick and spread on the outer and inner corner of the nostrils, then left to harden before being pulled out. "It is a quick 3 minutes," she says. "Among women and men it is becoming an incredibly popular add-on service. Five years ago, I don’t think [that demand] really existed."
So no one's saying she did—but just in case there are people who doubted that Gaga could both dance, catch footballs and hit every note flawlessly at the same time, we have the isolated vocal track of her Super Bowl performance to prove that she definitely was doing all her own vocal stunts.
As you'll hear in the track below—which strips back all the instrumentation/crowd cheering etc, and features only what was being directly sung into her own mike by Mother Monster herself—Gaga was most certainly not lip syncing, something that sometimes happens at these big live performances (coughMariahcough).