Sayyida al-Hurra, the Beloved, Avenging Islamic Pirate Queen

The phrase "Muslim woman" evokes a wide variety of images today, many of them dangerously prejudicial; one image that's not conjured up nearly often enough is that of an independent and beautiful woman who had the King of Morocco in the palm of her hand—and also controlled much of the western Mediterranean Sea with… » 3/03/15 12:00pm 3/03/15 12:00pm

Woman Sues Because Massage-Promising Magic Tights Were 'Just Socks'

A Queens woman is suing hosiery company Kushyfoot—"the first brand in women's hosiery to incorporate the ancient healing art of Reflexology in its products"—alleging deceptive business practices because the shaping tights she purchased did not, in fact, deliver a magical fatigue-lifting massage. Sadly, they were "just… » 1/15/15 12:30pm 1/15/15 12:30pm

City Urges Hurricane Victims to Get Over It Because We've Got A…

The New York City Marathon is the largest in the world. This year, 47,000 people registered for the race. But, snag: Hurricane Sandy rolled into town, wreaking havoc, killing dozens, knocking out power, and pushing entire neighborhoods out of their homes. And rather than cancel the race and divert resources to… » 11/01/12 4:01pm 11/01/12 4:01pm

Awful Teacher Makes Students Write Cards to Her Kiddie Porn Collecting…

Here's a tale that will make you think maybe home schooling wouldn't be so terrible after all: A fifth-grade teacher in Queens, New York is in trouble for having her students write holiday cards to her boyfriend—who happens to be in prison and has a record of being into kiddie porn. » 2/16/12 9:05pm 2/16/12 9:05pm

Some Parents in Queens Think Vaccinations Are Only for Heathen Children

In news that will most likely desiccate the last little puddle of faith you have in human rationality, some enthusiastically religious parents in Queens are asking a judge to nullify a law that would keep their children out of school if classmates are carrying communicable diseases such as measles, mumps, and chicken… » 2/12/12 4:45pm 2/12/12 4:45pm

If You Haven't Been Making Out In Church, You've Been Missing Out


One minister has come up with a novel way to both keep church from being boring and keep the spice alive in the marriages of his parishioners: have them make out in front of the rest of the congregation. Yes, these Sunday morning sexytimes are part of Pastor Maurice Johnson's sermon at Winners Church in Queens, or,… » 11/20/11 4:35pm 11/20/11 4:35pm

New Cleopatra Biography Promises to Shed New Light On The Powerful Queen

Another book about Cleopatra is comin' atcha this holiday season. I get that Cleopatra was interesting and triple extra sexy and all that, but I wish there was more out there about the real Egyptian Queen of Badassery, Hatshepsut. » 12/05/10 5:26pm 12/05/10 5:26pm

Chambers Of Blood And Velvet: Subverting The Classics For Feminist Ends

What do the Wicked Stepmother, Medea, Pandora and Lilith have in common? They're all badass bitches, and they're all getting a revamp. At least, if Lillian Slugocki's call for submissions works out the way she hopes it will. » 2/05/10 3:30pm 2/05/10 3:30pm

Lindsay's Birthday Cash; Angelina Earns More Than Jen

The Royal We

While anti-Monarchists are unlikely to give a toss, those aspiring queens with an allegiance to Rome will be glad to hear that the 300 year-old law that prevents Catholics from ascending to the British throne (or marrying rulers!) is being challenged by those who claim the archaic legislation flies it the face of the… » 9/29/08 11:20am 9/29/08 11:20am

Young Women Are Dominating At NYC's Aviation High

Despite what airline ads might lead you to believe, not every woman in the airline industry is a flight attendant. In this week's Village Voice, the female students at Aviation High in Long Island City, Queens are profiled. At Aviation, students are taught to become licensed airplane mechanics, and, not surprisingly,… » 4/10/08 12:00pm 4/10/08 12:00pm