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How One Artist Is Working To Make The Equal Rights Amendment A Reality

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Photo courtesy of Natalie White

The U.S. Constitution has some unfinished business

It's 2016 and the current frontrunner to be the 45th president of the United States of America is not a man, but women in this country still face massive systemic inequalities. Problems like wage inequality, gender-based discrimination, poor or even no access to adequate health care, and sexual harassment still run rampant in our society. Even though the rights of women have come a long way since granted the right to vote in 1920, there is clearly a lot of work to be done to advance the cause of true equality. It's inspiring to live in a time when President Barack Obama writes a paean to strong women and declares himself to be a feminist, but there's still room for improvement, so that young girls in this country know to look up to, as Obama so beautifully put it, the Tubmans, and not just the Benjamins.

One way in which our country can take a step toward true equality is via the passing of the long-proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). First drafted in 1923 by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman, the ERA was finally passed by Congress in 1972, before being sent to the 50 states to be ratified in order to meet the understandably arduous requirements in place to enact change upon the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, the ERA fell three states short of the required 38 needed to ratify it and has thus hung in limbo ever since. Despite being annually reintroduced to Congress, it has yet to pass.

In recent years, many celebrities, like Meryl Streep and Patricia Arquette, have attempted to get the ERA passed, and now an artist named Natalie White has picked up this political mantle. White, who has served as a model and muse for artists like Peter Beard, had a gallery show in New York earlier this summer in which she dealt with explicitly political themes, all in keeping with her fight to ratify the ERA. White also staged a 250-mile, 15-day walk from New York City to Washington, D.C., this July in order to raise awareness for her cause. We spoke with White the day after she completed her walk about the Equal Rights Amendment, what inspired her to walk 250 miles, and what she wants to happen next in the fight for gender equality.

What got you interested in reviving the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment?
When I found out about the huge gender wage gap, I was so shocked and thought it couldn’t possibly be true that white women make 78 cents on the dollar compared to white men, black women make only 64 cents, and Latina women only make 54 cents. I thought it was shocking and it had to be a lie. When I found out it wasn’t, I did my research about why we got to the place we did in the United States. And one of the main reasons we got there is because the Equal Rights Amendment never passed. So I started asking around, especially asking older women, why it hadn’t passed. And a lot of people thought it had! Or they thought that we were protected by the 14th Amendment, but in fact, the Equal Protection Clause has not been used to help women at all. We are not a protected class of people. So I decided I had to do something about this, and I’m lucky enough that my art has given me a platform, and I’m lucky enough to be successful at selling and showing it; if I didn’t use my platform to start to talk about discrimination against women, I’d feel like, why do I even have this?

Have you always been politically involved?
I’ve done protests at anti-nuclear groups. I’ve protested drug laws that are ridiculous, but I’ve never really been active. I’ve just shown up at protests and supported it. This is the first time I was ever in a leadership role.

What was the idea behind doing the 250-mile march?
It was to show the struggle and show that people are really serious about this. Like, I’m so serious about this cause that I’m doing this march. We’re going to walk 250 miles in July from New York to D.C. when it’s hot outside, and I’m willing to do that. I think that people really need to see this because they are so incredibly passionate about this. There are so many different organizations out there that are bringing up really valid points, but women’s issues have been neglected for so long, and I wanted to show people that, hey, there is a group of people out here who are so furious that they’re willing to walk from New York to D.C. And we’re going to have parties and events and inform people about this.

How was the actual walk? What were some of the best and most difficult moments that you experienced over its 15-day course? 
The most difficult experience was in New Jersey when I was walking across a bridge. I have really bad vertigo and I’m really scared of heights, and it was one of those bridges with grates on the bottom where you can see through all the way to the water. And there was water but there were also all these cars going back and forth. I was going across the bridge, and I’m thinking to myself that I’m going to make it all the way, I’m not going to get nervous, I’m not going to lose my head. But I get halfway through, to the middle of the bridge, and all of a sudden fear kicks in and I start getting a panic attack. I had already started going slower because I thought if I was going slow I would be less likely to get scared. But then I just fell to the ground and started crawling on my hands and knees in the middle of the bridge, and my friends were ahead because I didn’t want to bother them, and so they didn't see me. I was just crawling across this bridge on my hands and knees until I got to this metal panel and I crawled up it so I could stand up, and I’m swaying back and forth, and my knees are shaking, and I stay there for seven minutes before my friends noticed that I wasn’t around and came back for me. So that was a pretty bad moment!

The best time… this one day we hit 25 miles, and we weren’t even in pain. We felt like superheroes. Like we could keep going to Miami. And this was after we had done 15 miles the day before and the day before that we’d done 20. The day we hit 25 we felt like we could do anything. 

That’s such a great metaphor for what you’re trying to accomplish politically; like you have to keep going for it and keep pushing and you don’t even know what you’re capable of until you start doing it.
Thank you. It’s like more impossible things have happened on this earth than people reviving a constitutional amendment. That we should have equal rights for women in the United States—for all people in the United States—should be a no-brainer. 

What's next for you post-march? Where do you see your fight going next?
We can’t stop until this amendment is passed through. Contact your congresspeople. Nobody is going to give this to us. We’re going to have to take it. We’re going to have to force people to vote yes on this issue or we’re not going to vote for them. I’m not going to stop the fight. This is just the beginning. We’re not asking for something more than anyone else, just for something equal.

To find out more about Natalie White's fight for equal rights, visit her site: NatalieWhiteforEqualRights.org.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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