TIME society

This Is What a Feminist Wedding Magazine Looks Like

Betty Clicker Photography

Catalyst's creators want to challenge industry norms

Correction appended, May 10, 2015

Brides and grooms come in all races, sizes, sexualities and ages. Unfortunately that diversity doesn’t typically translate to the glossy pages of wedding magazines — which studies have shown often depict lithe heterosexual brides in big white gowns, and rarely showcase any type of diversity.

Tired of the stereotypical couples and content (from dieting to decorating advice) found in between advertisements in traditional bridal magazines, progressive wedding planner Liz Susong and feminist wedding photographer Carly Romeo decided to join forces and create an alternative. The result is Catalyst, a feminist magazine due out in May that celebrates love but takes a critical look at weddings.



Romeo, 29, started shooting weddings in 2013 somewhat reluctantly after moving home to Richmond, Va., and realizing it was one of the only ways she could make a living as a photographer.

“I have a lot of capital ‘F ‘feelings about weddings in general, as an industry and as a social item,” says Romeo, who has an academic and activist background in feminism. “I believe that your wedding is a great day but not necessarily the best day of your entire life. I care more about people who want to have a great marriage and not a great wedding necessarily.”

And so, despite fears of isolating her potential clientele, she wrote a manifesto explaining the importance of being a feminist wedding photographer.

Susong, who had recently walked down the aisle hand-in-hand with her husband and had feminist readings at her Washington D.C., ceremony, strongly identified with the message and reached out to the Romeo.

“As all good relationships begin, we met on the internet,” Susong, 27, tells TIME.

But Susong and Romeo soon realized they weren’t the only ones who felt as if there was a progressive void in the reported $51 billion wedding industrial complex. After holding a successful “un}convention” for wedding professionals with similar ideologies in November, they decided to take their message out to those who have felt marginalized by the wedding industry.

In less than a week and a half, Susong and Romeo raised the $13,490 they needed on Kickstarter to fund printing their magazine. The duo are funded for two issues, but hope to continue if the first volume is a success. As of now, Catalyst is available online and at select bookstores.

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Apart from celebrating diverse couples and offering fun horoscopes and DIY tips, Catalyst also features articles that critique everything from diet culture to monogamy to the idea that a feminist wedding can even exist.

“We don’t have a shortage of content at all,” Romeo says. “The demand and interest has been so encouraging. It is going to keep growing.”

Correction: The original version of a photo credit in this story misstated the name of the photographer. It is Betty Clicker Photography.

TIME A Year In Space

SpaceX Rocket Launches for International Space Station

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Apr. 14, 2015.
John Raoux—AP The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Apr. 14, 2015.

It is packed with 4,300 pounds of supplies

SpaceX launched a cargo ship to the International Space Station Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule were scheduled for liftoff Monday, but the launch was postponed because of weather and, as creator Elon Musk put it, the fact that the “moon was in the way.”

One of the deliveries—in what MarketWatch reports as SpaceX’s sixth resupply mission—is an espresso machine for Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

The Dragon is packed with 4,300 pounds of goods.

TIME viral

Google Doodle Celebrates the Pony Express With a Game

There once was a time before Gmail

Before there was Gmail to deliver our messages, there was pen and paper. And before that, at least in the United States in the 1800s, there were ponies.

In honor of the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express on Tuesday, Google created an animated Doodle game that commemorates the mail delivery service. If Googlers click on the Wild West-themed Doodle, they can help a pony deliver mail across America. (Just watch out for cacti).

In the video above, animator Nate Swinehart explains the history of the Pony Express and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Doodle process.

TIME A Year In Space

Daughter Wrote Astronaut Dad a Sweet Note He Can Read From Space

All with the help of 11 Hyundais

Many parents travel for work, but a Texas 13-year-old named Stephanie has a father with a particularly challenging commute—he works in the International Space Station.

And so, to let her Dad—who ABC reports is probably Expedition 43 commander Terry Virts—know how much she misses him, Stephanie decided to write him a very, very large note that he could read from space.

“It might make him miss us even more, or miss Earth,” Stephanie said in Hyundai’s latest ad.

Since it would be nearly impossible for Stephanie to scrawl a note that’s big enough for her Dad to read, the car company deployed a fleet of 11 Hyundai Genesises to write a 5.5 square km note in Nevada’s Delamar Dry Lake. That’s one and a half times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Stephanie’s astronaut father got the message, according to Hyundai.

TIME Body Image

Chrissy Teigen Gives Instagram a Refreshing Look at Her Stretch Marks

"Stretchies say hi!"

We typically don’t turn to supermodels for a healthy perspective on body acceptance. But Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model Chrissy Teigen has taken to Instagram to spread body positivity.

Usually tabloids are the only ones flaunting celebrity stretch marks, but on Monday night, Teigen posted a photo with the caption, “Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!”

Social media often gets a bad reputation for fostering feelings of fo-mo, wanderlust and other insecurities. And that’s why it’s so refreshing when public figures like Teigen — or, recently, Amy Schumer — offer an unfiltered look at supposed flaws.

TIME Music

Spotify Says Ed Sheeran Puts People To Sleep

Ed Sheeran
Kevin Winter / Getty Images Ed Sheeran onstage on June 17, 2014 in Burbank, Calif.

Sam Smith also makes people drowsy

Don’t let the fact that Ed Sheeran wrote a song called “Wake Me Up” fool you. After analyzing more than 2.8 million “sleep-themed” playlists, Spotify found that the British pop star is the most popular musician people listen to while falling asleep.

In fact, Sheeran’s songs make up seven of the 20 most-streamed sleep songs from around the world. (Sam Smith is also pretty popular).

Here are Spotify’s most popular sleep-related songs, as reported by Billboard:

1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
2. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
3. Love Me Like You Do (from Fifty Shades of Grey) – Ellie Goulding
4. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
5. I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
6. Rain for Sleep – Rain Sounds
7. All of Me – John Legend
8. Earned It (from Fifty Shades of Grey) – The Weeknd
9. Let Her Go – Passenger
10. Skinny Love – Birdy
11. Say Something – A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera
12. FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West
13. The A Team – Ed Sheeran
14. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
15. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
16. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
17. Fix You – Coldplay
18. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
19. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
20. Latch (Acoustic) – Sam Smith

TIME movies

Ben Stiller Reveals Who’s Playing Derek Zoolander’s Son

Ben Stiller shared a photo from 'Zoolander 2'

Ben Stiller took a break from filming Zoolander 2 in Italy Monday to share a picture of his character’s progeny:

Meet @cyrusarnold. Son of Derek. #Zoolander2

A photo posted by Ben Stiller (@benstiller) on

“It’s out!!! I am playing Ben Stiller’s son in “Zoolander 2″!!” actor Cyrus Arnold, who appeared in two episodes of Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat, tweeted. “So happy to share the news with all.”

Although we must say, Derek Jr. looks like he has some work to do on perfecting his “Blue Steel” since his babyhood:

Although according to his Instagram, Cyrus has been perfecting other signature looks:

WOOD you like to be here with me?

A photo posted by Cyrus Arnold (@cyrusarnold) on

Good bye hair!!! #haircutday #hair&makeup

A photo posted by Cyrus Arnold (@cyrusarnold) on

TIME World

A Sword-Wielding Polish Prince Just Challenged a U.K. Politician to a Duel

"I’d like us to meet in Hyde Park one morning, with our swords, and resolve this matter"

The son of a celebrated Polish cavalry officer has formally challenged an English parliamentary candidate to a duel.

Polish prince Janek Żyliński challenged UKIP leader Nigel Farage to a 18th-century-style duel in a video posted on Youtube. Janek is the son of Andrzej Żyliński, a Polish officer who led a charge against the Nazis in 1939, according to the Independent.

“I’ve had enough of the discrimination against Polish people in this country,” Żyliński said before brandishing the sword his father used in World War II. “The most idiotic example I’ve heard of has been Mr. Nigel Farage blaming migrants for traffic jams on the M40.”

“What I’d like to do is to challenge you to a duel. I’d like us to meet in Hyde Park one morning, with our swords, and resolve this matter,” he continued.

“It is an impressive sword,” Farage said in response to the video, according to Sky News. “I don’t have one but I’m sure we could find one if we had to. But I’m not intending to accept the offer.”

[The Independent]


Watch the Star Wars Imperial Army Destroy Los Angeles

Freeway overpasses weren't made for this

A fleet of ships from the Imperial Army have invaded a galaxy that is far from far, far away.

Star Wars fans created a video that shows what it would look like if the troops of the Dark Side decided to attack Los Angeles, going after the Santa Monica Pier, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and other southern California landmarks.

The YouTube video has been viewed more than 300,000 times in three days. It provides perfect fodder for fans heading to Los Angeles for this weeks Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, Calif.

TIME Crime

Toddler Falls Into Cheetah Pit After Parents Reportedly Dangle Him Over Railing

The zoo is considering pressing charges for child endangerment

A 2-year-old fell into a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday after his parents reportedly held him over the railing.

“Unfortunately we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the railing,” the zoo’s executive director, Dr. Christopher Kuhar, told an ABC affiliate. A fire department official said the mother was seen holding two children at the time of the accident.

The zoo is considering filing child endangerment charges against the parents, CNN reports.

While the toddler suffered leg injuries following the 10- to 12-foot fall, the cheetahs made no attempt to come in contact with either the boy or parents, who entered the cheetah pit after he fell.

“I think they were just curious as to what was going on and why somebody was in the pen with them because it’s not every day that somebody is just in the pen with them,” zoo visitor Terra Lurie told a local NBC affiliate.

Read next: Watch Live Video of the Newborn Giraffe at the Dallas Zoo

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