Chavie Lieber

Journalist, Photographer, Woman

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Would you wear rape-preventative underwear?

Excited to share my first piece for Racked.com

 AR Wear, a New York-based retail company, started a campaign via Indiegogo to sell “wearable protection when things go wrong.” Their line of anti-rape pants, shorts and underwear—think Lululemon with a special lock component instead of hidden pocket—will have a super fitted design, making it hard for predators to pull the clothing off their victims. AR Wear has since raised almost $55,000 in crowdfunding to start their new line.

"We developed this product so that women and girls could have more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault,” the underwear’s creators, Yuval and Ruth, wrote on the funding page. “We wanted to offer some peace of mind in situations that cause feelings of apprehension, such as going out on a blind date, taking an evening run, “clubbing”, traveling in unfamiliar countries, and any other activity that might make one anxious about the possibility of an assault.”

The product has webbing and cut-resistant straps to create an “innovative skeletal structure.” Photos on the campaign show a scissor can’t even cut through the material. The item locks at the waistband, so it can’t be pushed aside or pulled, but can be easily pulled off by wearers who can release the hold to unlock.

Click here to read the full piece on anti-rape underwear. 

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A darker side of Chagall on display in New York

Most people associate the work of Jewish modernist painter Marc Chagall with with dynamic colors illustrating Eastern European Jewry’s vibrant folk culture. But Chagall also had a deeper, darker side to his art, one that reflected the artist’s tormented conscience after witnessing Europe’s anti Semitism, persecution, and poverty in the years leading up to the Holocaust.


Chagall: Love, War, and Exile,” a new exhibit at New York’s Jewish Museum open through February 2, 2014, offers 53 pieces of the artist’s work that explore the darker ethos of Chagall. Focusing on the years between 1930 and 1948, during the rise of fascism and the Holocaust, the exhibit provides a visual reckoning with the emotions that plagued the artist.

Check out my review of the new Chagall exhibit in Tablet today… 

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On a hilltop with the “Chassidic Beekeeper”

"For the past two years Uri Laio, known as the Chassidic Beekeeper, has been tending six hives in the outskirts of Los Angeles to make the purest honey possible for Rosh Hashanah. His hives are gated inside the backyard of the Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, where his bees pollinate the fruits and vegetables growing on the school’s biodynamic farm.

The 29-year-old California native uses the reinvigorated ancient practices of “backwards beekeeping,” a treatment-free method relying on observations rather than pesticides or chemicals. Whereas most commercial beekeepers build plastic structures for their bees and provide them with sugar, corn syrup, pesticides and antibiotics, backwards beekeepers take a holistic approach to their craft and don’t provide comb foundation or pharmaceutical treatments.”

Read my profile in the Times of Israel about the Chassidic Beekeeper

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If anyone is missing a cat name Django (pronounced Jango the D is silent) I stole him last night. Not on purpose. I was extremely intoxicated and thought he was just some random stray I was rescuing. I twas not until this morning when I was haphazardly going for a glass of water that I remembered I took the cat and noticed that he a collar. Django is a very frisky black cat, he also has very sleepy eyes and appears to be stoned although I don’t think he is. If Django belongs to you I would like to give him back, I have been feeding him cheese all morning and I really don’t want him to shit all over my apartment. So please feel free to get back to me and get your cat back. Thanks! And sorry for stealing him (on accident)

This girl got drunk, accidentally stole a cat, and then made the greatest craigslist post ever. Don’t worry, Django got back to his owners safe and sound.