Lily Allen
No, not like the singer. Lily Allen is a resident of LA, CA with an undergraduate degree in art history and anthropology from NYU. She loves soccer, art, strong lady protagonists, and 80s music, and finds writing oh so terribly dull.

Meet Comic Artist and Animator Colleen Lynne Cox

Colleen Lynne Cox is a Brooklyn-based animator, comic artist, and illustrator who we suspect may also have super powers (particularly the ability to live without sleep). Part of the Whiteboard Animation Studio team, in recent months Cox has also…
By Lily Allen

Is "Perfectionism" Stalling Woman-Focused Media?

Today in eerily parallel news: Hollywood won’t touch Wonder Woman with a ten foot pole, and EA Games “can’t commit” to including women soccer players in their best-selling sports video game, even though professional female athletes actually already…
By Lily Allen

Cunningham's Menswear Too Much for Internet?

Last week, the New York Times ran a video by Bill Cunningham featuring men’s street styles from NYC collected over the past month. Whether you love or hate the bright colors, busy patterns, and slimmer cuts, you have to admire the guys’ creativity…
By Lily Allen

Bad Sex? There's Even an App for That

We all know ladies want passion, excitement, romance, or a mix of the three in bed. And seriously, what’s sexier than data, graphs, and, wait for it… achievement points? Enter Spreadsheets, the new app from Ardenturous Labs in Silicon Beach, Los…
By Lily Allen

Schools Need to Be Involved to Fight Rape Culture

The two teenagers charged in the heartbreaking case of Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old who was cyberbullied after a photograph of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was passed around her school, appeared in court last week. They're being…
By Lily Allen

How to Be a Playgirl: Memoirs of a Ladyporn Editor

In 2007, determined to trade in her stable marketing job to follow her passion for journalism, Mental Floss’ Jessanne Collins seized the best career opportunity the recession had to offer: an editing job at Playgirl magazine. In her new mini-memoir…
By Lily Allen

Why Are People Angry at Male Feminists?

First there’s that song we’re all sick of: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which the singer had the nerve to suggest was a sexual liberation of women. This week there’s Hugo Schwyzer’s woman-blaming final salute to the Internet in New York…
By Lily Allen

Dating an Older Guy: Like a Vacation... But Not

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times — OK, what’s the lesson I’m supposed to be learning here? Thus has gone my love life in the past eight months, the stars aligning to send me three 30-something guys in a…
By Lily Allen

How Bad is Hollywood for Women Behind the Camera?

The new Hollywood Boys Club tumblr reads like the Guerrilla Girls do L.A.… and realize women face the same struggle for opportunity and exposure in film as they do in the art world. Moderated by mysterious online entity Operation Anonymiss, the…
By Lily Allen

A Ban on Schoolgirl Skirts? Girl, Please

If there’s an article of clothing that could match the hoodie in controversy it’s the schoolgirl skirt. Here in America, we’re lucky no one is allowed to dictate what we can and cannot wear in daily life. Sure, parents have some control over their…
By Lily Allen

The Straw That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs

Sadly, we live in a word where enjoying a drink can make you vulnerable to drugs that facilitate robbery and sexual assault. Know-nothing jerks love to advise: “Don’t go to dangerous parties” or “Don’t hang out with bad people,” as if that is…
By Lily Allen

Why Women Rock the LA and NY Tech Industries

News that New York and Los Angeles are growing their tech industries and gunning for Silicon Valley may intensify the L.A./N.Y. rivalry, but it’s a win-win for women. Though involvement in the New York and Los Angeles tech industries still leans…
By Lily Allen

Is Academia at Odds with Motherhood?

Despite the strides women have made in American society, there continues to be a persistent dearth of women in academic science. Though Larry Summers would ascribe this to lack of aptitude, the scientific thing to do would be to analyze some…
By Lily Allen

Here's Why People Don't Believe Rape Victims

Sadly, in a world where some rapes are “legitimate” and others are written off as murky misunderstandings, it follows that some victims’ responses are considered “appropriate” while others produce skepticism. Slate recently spoke with Officer Tom…
By Lily Allen

Are the Best Feminists High-Rollers?

When I was little, before I even knew what feminism was, I had two types of proto-feminist heroines. First, the members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, who demonstrated, unequivocally, that the boys in my class who said girls were bad at sports…
By Lily Allen

6 Essential Career Tips You Need to Know Now

Image via James Bartolozzi Lindsay Hoffman is a new, on-air DJ at New York’s FRESH 102.7 FM. Warm, laidback, with a wicked sense of slightly self-deprecating humor, she’ll tell you her job is to “know everything going on in pop culture that moms in…
By Lily Allen

Where's the Dude Edition of 'Sexy Feminism'?

Sexy Feminism: A Girl’s Guide to Love, Success, and Style is a new book by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudolph that aims to market feminism to young women. Though the book is sure to bring its own, unique perspective, it’s not the…
By Lily Allen

How to Have the Best Nap of Your Life

If describing the nap as an art form makes you skeptical, number yourself among the blessed (and rested). I’ve never been able to do it. Even in Kindergarten, where consuming craft supplies and sleeping are most kids’ strong suits, I would lie on my…
By Lily Allen

What Happens When We Crush Too Much

Now is that weird mid-July period where you realize that summer romance you were supposed to have probably isn’t happening. All your friends are on vacation while you’re stuck in the office or at home enviously clicking through their trip pics on…
By Lily Allen

College Relationships Are Distracting, and It's OK

If I had to guess, a lá Family Feud, the “Top Ten Things That Distract College Students”, my list would read: Alcohol, Facebook, stoned Planet Earth marathons, planning offensive theme parties, trying to get published on Texts From Last Night, and……
By Lily Allen