Claire Hannum

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school. According to one Lumberton father: "If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don't…
By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

A New Study Suggests Twitter Could Cause Your Divorce, But I’m Not Convinced

According to a new study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, people who are very active on Twitter are more likely to be involved in intense confrontations in their relationships -- the kind that are catalysts for things like cheating, breakups and divorce. At least, that's what the…
By: Claire Hannum / April 9, 2014

Pro-Tip: Trashing Fellow Women Like A Schoolyard Bully Is Not How You Create Change

Another day, another conservative group trashing the feminist movement that helped them into their educated, privileged positions in the first place. Sigh. [LA Times] President Obama signed those two executive orders today to help close pay disparities between men and women.
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

Beyonce Wants You To Own Your Sexuality, Dammit

"I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made u…
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

Human Ken Says Human Barbie Is His “Arch-Nemesis”

Justin Jedlica, also known as the Human Ken Doll, has a problem with Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova, who he calls his "arch-nemesis." I'm getting a crazy flashback to that time when I was six and made my Barbie kick Ken out of the Dream House. Jedlica and Lukyanova have met in the past, and Jedlica…
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

The Daily Squee: Watch These Cats Totally Ignore This Guy’s Magic Tricks

Magician Rick Lax knows all kinds of nifty tricks, or as Gob Bluth would say, illusions. He's probably used to receiving a major reaction from his audiences who are impressed by his skills of trickery. But in this video, Rick goes up against his toughest critics:  cats. Their visible boredom as he pull…
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd?

I would tell you my answer to that question, but I think you already know. [Funny Or Die]…
By: Claire Hannum / April 8, 2014

Is There Anything Cuter Than Metal Rockers And Their Cats?

Cats? Metalheads? What's not to love? In the new book Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett, metal musicians smile for the camera with their sweet pet kittehs. It's a pairing I never thought I'd see, but now that I have, I'm head over heels for the adorable weirdness that is rockers with their felines. "I…
By: Claire Hannum / April 4, 2014

Kate Winslet Kind Of Wishes She Hadn’t Been Drawn Like One Of Jack’s French Girls In “Titanic”

“I don’t sign that [picture]. It feels very uncomfortable. Why would you do that? ... People ask me to sign that [picture] a lot ... It’s still haunting me. It’s quite funny really. There’s a photo of it as well that someone has lifted from a still of the film, and that photo gets passed…
By: Claire Hannum / April 3, 2014

The Penn Women’s Lacrosse Team Totally Trashed A Bar Last Weekend

Last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team got a little too crazy at a bar -- breaking glass and flashing people crazy. According to Casey Neff, general manager of Fado Irish Pub in Center City, PA, 50 guests arrived under the lacrosse team's reservation and proceeded to wreak havoc all night. The party stayed o…
By: Claire Hannum / April 3, 2014

What Double Standard Drives You Crazy?

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?
By: Claire Hannum / April 3, 2014

Here’s How To Read Your Cat’s Mind

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.
By: Claire Hannum / April 3, 2014

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

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…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

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

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 lesso…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

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 betwee…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

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…
By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

So Now There’s Vending Machine For Weaves

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 cupcakes, champagne, pizza or even a new weave. The Mane Vendor, a weave vending machine, was created by Marcella Ellis, owner…
By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

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

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…
By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

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…
By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

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 the…
By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

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