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What Double Standard Drives You Crazy?

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Oh, good ol’ double standards! Reddit asked its users yesterday which double standard they hate most in modern society and commenters, both male and female, had some pretty sobering (and funny) observations to share. Do these ring true in your own life? Keep reading »

Here’s How To Read Your Cat’s Mind

Cats Have Feelings Too!

Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? She’s trying to tell you — through her body language! Graphic designer, illustrator and cat lover Cindy Suen created this adorable video as a guide to the ways cats communicate with us. Watch it for a whole new perspective on your kitty’s feelings. [Laughing Squid]

Study: Being Popular Doesn’t Make Teens More Immune To Bullying

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Sorry, teenagers, but new study of high schoolers has found that becoming more popular can actually increase the risk of being bullied. Researchers from Pennsylvanita State University and The University of California, Davis teamed up and interviewed 4,200 North Carolina high school students about their social lives. The team used the interviews to create something of a social map of the school and where each kid stood among their peers. They followed changes within the school’s social structure over the course of the year.According to professor Bob Faris, “The climb up can be painful. As kids get closer [to the top], they become more involved in social combat.” Students were asked to name which classmates had picked on them and admit who they had bullied themselves. (How on earth they convinced high schoolers to be up front with such sensitive secrets, I have no idea.) Keep reading »

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

What A Frustrating Lesson!

OK, so it’s a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you’re a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don’t have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesson about judgment on her first day of college calculus. The supermodel received a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, but all her professor seemed to see when he looked at her was a pretty face. Watch this clip from “Oprah’s Master Class” as Cindy tells her sobering (and infuriating) story — and think twice before you assume someone is dumb just because she or he is attractive. [Huffington Post]

This Student Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

This Student Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old from Long Island, has a whole lot of options for his college career. This time of year usually brings handwringing for high school students as decision letters from universities roll in, but not for Enin. He was accepted to all eight schools in the Ivy League and now has his pick between Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Yale and Penn.

Enin intends to become a doctor one day and would also like to study music. He ranks 11th in his high school class and scored a 2250 on his SAT. He’s taken 11 AP classes and volunteers at a local hospital. He even finds time to sing in his school’s a cappella group! The first-generation Ghanaian’s parents are both nurses, and Enin says financial aid will be key in helping him decide where to enroll — he has until May 1 to choose a school. Keep reading »

Cat Lady Craft Night Is My Actual Dream Come True

The heavens have opened and gifted us cat fanatics with a whole Saturday night dedicated to kitty-centered DIY projects. Cat Lady Craft Night is going down at the Brooklyn Craft Company in New York City this weekend and I will totally be there, presumably decked out in my favorite cat tights. This night of self-described “catlady nirvana” will teach crafters how to make papercut cat cards, cat mugs, cat earrings, cat tote bags and about a million other homemade goodies. The crafts are each at different stations for you to mingle between at your own pace while you eat snacks and guzzle cocktails. The evening also includes a raffle that benefits Brooklyn Animal Action, a no-kill group that works to better animals’ lives. I haven’t done much in the way of crafting before, so I’m really excited to try this out. Maybe I’ll even learn a thing or two churn out some Pinterest-quality creations? A girl can dream! If you want to come along and get your catlady on, check out the event page here to register and head to Brooklyn this Saturday. You know there’s nothing more awesome than a whole night of celebrating cats! [Image via Brooklyn Craft Company]

So Now There’s Vending Machine For Weaves

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Vending machines are the new home for anything and everything. You never know when you might find yourself on the go and suddenly in immediate need of cupcakeschampagne, pizza or even a new weave.

The Mane Vendor, a weave vending machine, was created by Marcella Ellis, owner of Marcella Ellis Hair Studios and School of Cosmetic Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. She wanted to give more convenience for shoppers but to also keep hair revenue within the Black community. Ellis also aims to provide franchise opportunities for those who want to start their own business. She told Clutch Magazine: Keep reading »

Is A Movie Version Of “Wicked” Finally Headed Our Way?

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Fellow Broadway fanatics, prick up your ears: a long-awaited film adaptation of the musical “Wicked” might finally be picking up speed. Stephen Schwartz, the musical’s composer, hinted to New York magazine the people who make such dreams come true are “starting to do some work on it.” Okay, so that’s pretty vague, but it’s better than the radio silence that’s been surrounding the project for the past few years. Schwartz still isn’t sure how many years away that film might be, but he’s currently in the process of considering how to make the story shine on camera. “What are we going to change? What are we going to keep? How do you use a whole new language and medium to tell the story?” he told New York. Well, I’m wondering the same thing! Will the quirk and charm of “Wicked” come across onscreen? Will Elphaba’s big flying scene look really epic with movie effects? If the success of Broadway-to-big-screen movies “Hairspray,” “Chicago” or “Dreamgirls” are any indication, “Wicked” is definitely worth holding out hope for! [NYMag.com]

This McGill University Campaign Takes Back The F-Word

The Law School of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, has had enough of the negative stereotypes that sometimes come alongside the word “feminist.” Their campaign, “McGill Law Feminists,” aims to remind us that feminism doesn’t have just one face. Members of the McGill community from a diverse range of backgrounds were photographed as they reclaimed the f-word. “Feminist” is not a bad word, and I love this campaign’s efforts to make that clear. [Ms Magazine, McGill Feminists]

Frisky Rant: “How I Met Your Mother” Broke My Heart And I Have Way Too Many Feels About It

Frisky Rant: "How I Met Your Mother" Broke My Heart And I Have Way Too Many Feels About It

SPOILERS AHEAD! 

I used to think people who got really worked up over TV series finales were a little insane. What could possibly prompt someone to spend days crying real tears over characters that don’t even exist? Why would viewers get so delusional as to believe a show’s writers and producers owed them something?

But then “How I Met Your Mother” broke my heart last night. Keep reading »

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