UVA Freshman Says She Was Gang Raped At A Frat House — And Then Discouraged From Reporting It

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  • The latest issue of Rolling Stone has an incredible and disturbing feature about a student at the University of Virginia who was gang raped at a frat house her freshman year and was told by the school not to report it. [Rolling Stone]
  • Rebecca Traister has written a fantastic piece for The New Republic about why it took so long for Bill Cosby’s alleged crimes to get attention — in short, it’s because Cosby made White American feel good about race. [The New Republic]
  • On Camille Cosby and the problem with asking “Why did she stay?” [Jezebel]
  • But hey, if allllll of these accusers are lying, Cosby should totally sue. The Root explores why that won’t happen. [The Root] Keep reading »

Breaking News: Study Finds Dudes Like High Heels

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Brace yourselves, universe: scientific research has found that wearing high heels makes women more attractive to men. Who would’ve thought!? Study author Nicolas Guéguen summarizes his findings by noting, “Women’s shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men’s behavior.”

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From Folklore To Film: The History Of Cinderella

From Folklore To Film: The History Of Cinderella

Many of us know the Cinderella story thanks to Disney’s popular animated film, but the fairy tale about a girl with a magical guardian dates all the way back to the first century. Since then, several versions have popped up in literature, music, film, and TV, and we recently got a peek at the newest incarnation with the trailer for 2015′s “Cinderella.” And before that, Anna Kendrick will be stepping into the glass slippers in “Into the Woods,” out this Christmas. Let’s take a look at the evolution of Cinderella, from ancient Egypt to now. Read more on Tres Sugar…

The New John Lewis Christmas Ad Will Melt Your Heart

The New John Lewis Christmas Ad Will Melt Your Heart
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I was having a rough morning when someone very special to me knew just what would cheer me up: penguins. Every year, UK department store John Lewis releases a new Christmas ad meant to tug on the heartstrings just before the holidays. Over the years, the annual ad has become a spectacle of sorts, with the store holding a screening of the commercial for its staff before a debuting the short at a red carpet premiere event at it’s flagship store in London. This year, £1 million went into making the commercial, with £6 million set aside for promotion…and, in my opinion, it was worth every penny. Keep reading »

The Problem With Refinery 29′s Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The Problem With Refinery 29's Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called “Elaine” (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology’s propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists — including a number of ex members who have been excommunicated from the Church — descended upon the post’s comments section accusing Miller of essentially penning an endorsement for the controversial faith, while others implied that Miller might be a Scientologist herself. Miller defended herself in the comments, writing, “I’d only heard the story from an outsider’s perspective, and I was curious about what an average, active member might have to say. The piece was meant to present — not endorse — her opinions and experience to the reader.” While I believe Miller’s intentions were good (and I don’t believe she’s a member herself), I’d like to join those ex members in calling bullshit on her methods. Her “profile” of “Elaine” reads very much like straight up propaganda, not journalism. Keep reading »

You’re An Instagram Addict, But It’s Not Your Fault

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We all know the compulsive itch to check Instagram at the most inopportune of moments (or worse, in our actual free time when we could be doing so many things that are actually constructive). Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products, recently sat down with Business Insider to explain why the app is so damn addictive. If you can’t tell by the title of his book, the factors are pretty bleak, and were definitely strategized in some boardroom long before you downloaded the app. Keep reading »

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