What the Harlem Shake Can Teach Us About Copyright

Recently, the Harlem Shake took the Internet by storm. It seemed like there was a new video uploaded every 15 minutes featuring some group of people getting wild and crazy to the sounds of an electronic dance music (heretofore EDM) beat that demanded they “Do the Harlem Shake.” Many people pointed out that no one in these videos were actually doing the Harlem Shake. This did not keep some of us from loving those videos any less. However, this week it was revealed that all that Harlem Shaking may be leading to a Harlem Shakedown. Read More What the Harlem Shake Can Teach Us About Copyright

Ask the Editors: Someone Else’s Breakup

Welcome back to Ask the Editors, where we here at Persephone do our best to bring together the multi-generational wisdom of our editorial team to answer burning reader questions. If you’d like to ask a question of your own, you can use this completely anonymous Ask Us form.

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Persephone Pioneers: Julia Serano

Julia Serano is a writer, biologist, curator, spoken-word artist, and musician. Whew. Her 2008 book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, ignited readers by offering a critique on both mainstream and feminist views of gender. As a trans woman, she offers a unique perspective on sexism, cis-sexism, feminist and queer communities, and the argument that femininity is an empowering, yet often demonized, trait that needs to be celebrated. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Julia Serano