Stories in Viva that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
An Interview With Emily Lyons: Leader of the Femmepire
Emily Lyons is a top-notch lady entrepreneur filled with ambition and drive – and she's just getting started. She's rebellious, independent, and an MVP game-changer in her industry. In this exclusive interview with Spotlight, Emily walks us through it all. From leading the Femmepire to her biggest inspirations and aspirations, Emily Lyons is here to stay in the land of lady bosses.
An Interview With Sara Fitzpatrick: Founder and President of ARTHOUSE
Sara Fitzpatrick, founder of the prolific ARTHOUSE, is making waves for lady entrepreneurs everywhere. You might recognize some of the shows her company has marketed—Come From Away, anyone? It hasn't been easy, but she believes women have a huge advantage in her field if they choose to harness it. From personal growth to company growth in a male-dominated field, Sara has learned to Focus Her Fucks. In this exclusive interview with Spotlight, we dive in to Sara's world of Broadway, business, and success.
- Created with: INTIMINA
10 Best Amazon Deals for Women’s Intimate Health
Amazon is a great place to get all of your "girl goods" fast, easily, and at your own convenience. Women’s health products are no exception – that's why we've created our favorite list of feminine intimate-care products;including cups, PMS relief, sprays, trackers, underwear, and more.
- Created with: FOREO
I Tested the FOREO UFO—And It Gave Me Skin That’s Out of This World!
FOREO is a relatively new brand that became known for technology-oriented skincare featuring gentle silicone tools and awesome results. Some of their hit products include the LUNA 2, the ISSA, and the ESPADA blue light acne treatment. If you're as curious as I was about their FOREO UFO product, you definitely have to read this review.
The Good, the Bad, the Co-Ed; A Women's College Discussion
So, what is the big deal about women’s colleges? “I chose a women’s college....based on the community and shared values of women’s independence and empowerment.” - Mount Holyoke College Alumn
“You are not a woman! And you never will be!”The words hit me like a slap in the face. And their volume. The crowd at the Mexican restaurant valiantly attempted to ignore my mother, who was making a scene. “I know who you are, and I know what you are and that’s all you’ll ever be!” My demure shock turned into anger like a time lapse video of an algae bloom.“You know nothing about me! You know what I let you know, and that’s it! Don’t you ever, ever…” and just as quickly, my anger passed. I found myself standing, preparing to leave the restaurant and walk the three miles of sidewalk-less forest road home.“Sit down, son.”“Stop. Calling. Me. That.”“Why? You’re my son.” Without a word, I started toward the door. My mother grabbed me by the sleeve.“Sit down.” Her voice was far more gentle than just moments ago. I swallow my pride and sit.“What makes you think you are a woman?” She asks me.“What makes you think you are?”“I can give birth. I have. To you.”“And the other four, whoever they are.”“Don’t get snotty.”“Sorry. Do you honestly think the ability to give birth is what makes you a woman?”“Ye…”“And that said, with the anguish that this has caused in our family, between us, do you really think it’s okay for you to just rub it in my face how I’ll never have children?”“Well, not with Samantha…”“No, mom. No. The problem wasn’t just Sam. She has her own things as well, but it wasn’t just her.”“What are you saying?”“I’m saying that the reason we tried and failed…” eight times, dear reader, “to have children wasn’t solely because of her own trauma.”There was a heavy silence. The tension built. Now it was my mother’s turn to get angry.“You told me she had an IUD.”“I lied.” I said, mirroring her tone. “Sam is a survivor. I’m not going to tell you the story, it’s not table talk, but if you ever feel like finding out, you should ask her. She didn’t change her number after she split. The point is that the problem is with me.”“Oh my god, that’s what this is about! This whole transgender thing is because of Sam leaving!”I make a face. “Are you joking? How would that help?”“I don’t know, I don’t understand anything about this.”“Well, let me explain.”“I don’t want to understand.”“Understand what, mother? Me? You don’t care to understand what is happening to me? You think you know all, that you can find the appropriate Bible passage and just pray really hard and it’ll all just float away?! Why do you think I am like this?!”“I DON’T! I THINK YOU’RE TRAUMATIZED FROM YOUR DIVORCE! I THINK YOU PRETENDING TO BE A WOMAN IS ALL ABOUT NOT FEELING LONELY ANYMORE!”“I’m not. In fact, I’ve accepted that I may never find someone to share my life. And I took it gladly in exchange for not feeling the weight of my dysphoria anymore.”“Oh my GOD! YOU ARE NOT A WOMAN!”“Yes,” I hissed at her, the restaurant not even attempting to not stare, “so you have said. Very loudly.”“It’s true!” Suddenly the anger was back. As if she, by virtue of having failed to force dad to wear a condom when she was 16, knew everything. I was done.“WHAT IS A WOMAN, MOTHER?!”
The Funeral Industry
What’s a woman’s role in the funeral industry? From my view, nothing of any respect. That probably sounds a little harsh, and granted, I am speaking from my own personal experiences (which are many and varied)—but from what I’ve witnessed, the funeral industry is one of the last bastions of ‘Good ole boy’ chauvinism.
An Interview with Nikki Sharp: Wellness Expert and Author of the “5 Day Detox”
Nikki Sharp wants you to love your body without having to torture it. No extreme dieting or unhealthy fitness regiments; with Sharp’s book “5 Day Detox” and her overall outlook on living life in the healthiest ways possible, she is an exemplary role model for all women looking for ways to love, appreciate, accept, and help their bodies. After experiencing firsthand what it was like to live an unhealthy lifestyle in the modeling industry, her meal preps, podcasts, books, and tips serve as easy ways to live your best life. In this exclusive interview with Spotlight, Sharp reveals what led her to help herself, and ultimately, help others.
A Lesson in Feminism and Adult Entertainment for Rudy Giuliani
It’s hard to hold my tongue when I hear people, particularly men, claim that a female who has worked in the sex industry is not allowed an opinion, certain rights, or is not a ‘credible’ source of information.
Beyond the 'Reasons' Review: Part 1
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers of the first two seasons of 13 Reasons Why. This is 1 of 3 reviews of the Netflix series.
Best Books About Feminism Every Feminist Should Read
Whether you're looking to begin your path as a feminist, or simply further expand your knowledge on the movement as a veteran feminist, we've got you covered.
I'm Not the Pretty Girl
Do you ever feel like you're not going to find your soulmate? I definitely know that feeling. I also know the feeling of thinking that you're not enough for someone. I know the feeling when your mom or dad says, "You would be one hell of a catch," but I know that I wouldn't be. I know the feeling of being crazy excited when you're finally talking to a hot guy and then you feel like you're worth something because someone like him wants you. I used to know these feelings. Not anymore.