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Ariana Grande’s Latest Diva Demand Is To Be “Carried Around Like A Baby”

  • I am prettttttty obsessed with this rumor that Ariana Grande demands to be carried around like a baby when her feet are too tired from walking. [Dlisted]
  • The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning and some of the nominations were kind of surprising. I’m mostly just psyched that Jeffrey Tambor and “Transparent” got nods. [Golden Globes]
  • Matt Bellamy acknowledged his split from Kate Hudson on Twitter, thanking his fans for their support and writing, “It’s for the best.” [People] Keep reading »

Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts From Artisans I Found Through Instagram

Instagram is of course awesome for documenting your daily life in photographs, and following the happenings of your friends and loved ones. But I actually follow a whole big list of total strangers on Instagram, many of whom are artsy craftsy types who make beautiful handmade home decor, accessories, jewelry, etc. There’s a whole interconnected network of these artisans who support each other’s work and sell their wares. If you’re sick of giving gifts from major retailers and want to support small businesses instead, Instagram is a great resource for finding gifts that are truly special. Here are some I suggest…

Yo, Facebook, Please Stop Suggesting I Friend A Bunch Of Random Dudes I Don’t Want To See Again

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The other day I noticed something kind of strange about the “People You Might Know” list on my Facebook account. In addition to the usual array of strangers or acquaintances with whom I share mutual friends and thus “might know,” Facebook was suddenly suggesting some new faces with whom I shared no mutual friends. A few were unfamiliar at first, until something about their face or name jogged my memory.

First: Wait, is that the guy I went on one date with three summers ago and it was so hot that my ass sweated through my dress in the cab and I had a huge butt-shaped sweat stain and he never asked me out again? Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian Blames Pregnancy Weight Gain On God

  • Kim Kardashian, whose sense of self-importance is unparalleled, told Elle UK that her pregnancy weight gain was a lesson from God. She told the mag: “I’d think God was doing this for a reason. He was saying: “Kim, you think you’re so hot, but look what I can do to you.’ My body just went crazy. After five months I swore I’d never get pregnant again. I got so huge and it felt like someone had taken over my body.” Yes, someone did. THE BABY GESTATING IN YOUR WOMB. [Gawker]
  • Avril Lavigne is asking for prayers for her undisclosed health issue. [Billboard]
  • The full story behind how the New Jersey Nets got their “I Can’t Breathe” shirts is an awesome one, but one extremely important question remains: WHY WHY WHY did they use Comic Sans? [NYTimes] Keep reading »

Lena Dunham: “Why I Chose To Speak Out” About College Rape

Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me. Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun. I did not wish to be contacted by him or to open a criminal investigation. I am in a loving and peaceful place in my life and I am not willing to sacrifice any more of it for this person I do not know, aside from one night I will never forget. That is my choice. …

When I finally chose to share my story, I did not do so in a vacuum. I was inspired by all the brave women who are now coming forward with their own experiences, despite the many risks associated with speaking out. Survivors are so often re-victimized by a system that demands they prove their purity and innocence. They are asked to provide an unassailable narrative when the event itself is hazy, fragmented, and unspeakable. They are isolated and betrayed by people close to them who doubt their reality or are frustrated by their inability to move on. Their most intimate experiences are made public property. …

I was ready to admit to the ways being sexually assaulted has shaped my sense of self as a woman entering adulthood, compromised my emotional security, and haunted me even during the most joyful periods of my life. I hoped I might inspire others to share, and that forming these connections would assist us all in healing.

Lena Dunham has penned a beautiful essay for Buzzfeed about her decision to write about being raped in college in her book Not That Kind Of Girl. The essay is written somewhat in response to conservative critics who have questioned the validity of her story and have gone out of their way to “disprove” it, including trying to track down the man who raped her. Yesterday, I told you about how one former classmate, who happens to be named “Barry,” the pseudonym used in the book, has been mistaken for Dunham’s attacker. Going forward, new printings of Not That Kind Of Girl will be more clear that “Barry” is a pseudonym; Dunham apologizes for the confusion at the beginning of the essay, calling the resemblance between Real Life Barry and Book Rapist Barry “an unfortunate and surreal coincidence.”  Keep reading »

Lena Dunham’s Publisher To “Tweak” Book Passage About College Rape

In her debut memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, there’s a scene in which Lena Dunham describes being raped by a fellow classmate when she was attending Oberlin College. The man is named “Barry” in the book and he’s described as the “campus’s resident conservative” who wore purple cowboy pants and worked at the library. Well, it turns out that aspects of Dunham’s description of Barry match that of a former student named Barry – who was a known conservative on campus –but this Barry maintains he is not the man who raped Dunham and that the two have never met. Obviously, that hasn’t stopped some people from assuming they are one in the same, which is why Real Life Barry hired a lawyer to contact Dunham and Random House about absolving him. (He also started a GoFundMe account to pay for his legal fees, which is referenced below.) Attorney Aaron Minc says that his attempts to reach Dunham and her publisher went ignored — until they threatened a lawsuit. So, yesterday, Random House released the following statement, clarifying that Rapist Barry was not actually named Barry at all and that future printings of the book will make that clear. Keep reading »

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