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What’s Up With Penthouse Magazine’s New Female, Feminist CEO? (Q&A)Photo by 10 Mix

What’s Up With Penthouse Magazine’s New Female, Feminist CEO? (Q&A)

Originally Published: Esquire.com • November 15, 2016

Earlier this year, the Penthouse brand was taken over by an unusual character: Kelly Holland, a woman and self-declared “left-leaning feminist…”

Kelly Holland: The common belief, and it’s been perpetuated by the press, is that free porn has killed porn. Read more...

Who Owns The Dead? (The New Republic)Photo by MudflapDC

Who Owns The Dead? (The New Republic)

Originally Published: The New Republic • June 25, 2015

“We didn’t have to get in the car, go to the [funeral parlor] in our fancy clothes, and have our grief in the packaged amount of time,” said Beth Barbeau, 52, one of the death midwife’s clients, who cared for her dead mother, Sharon Bailey, at home for two and a half days before she was cremated in a cardboard casket that Barbeau’s young sons decorated. Read more...