Claire Hannum

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This #StandUpWorldCup Domestic Violence PSA Reminds Us That The Event Has A Dark Side

This short, simple PSA says so much in just a few seconds. It’s easy to forget that the World Cup often correlates with increased levels of domestic violence (as I’d imagine many major sporting events do). For some people, the games are less about fun and more about living in fear. The PSA is part of Tender…

Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

I Can’t Stop Watching This Baby Owl’s Dance Moves

I am oddly mesmerized by this baby owl’s bizarre dance moves. Sure, the little guy is adorable, but something about those wide eyes paired with the music is just a little bit odd. Good thing the cute factor (and those lashes) makes up for it! [Tastefully OffensiveBird Rescue Charitable Trust]…

Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

#LookADouche Has Been Arrested For Public Intoxication

Justin Lookadoo, also known as #LookADouche, everyone’s favorite misogynistic motivational speaker, has been arrested for public intoxication. According to an Indiana news station, he was set to speak to a group of middle school students in Evansville on Tuesday but never showed — because he was in the county jail.

Police found Justi…

Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

12 Tips For Handling Mercury Retrograde Without Becoming A Train Wreck

Starting June 7 (and lasting until July 2), the planet Mercury went retrograde, causing our lives to go haywire. Mercury Retrograde happens several times each year, but somehow, it never gets any easier to cope with. Mercury is thought to rule communication, transportation and deep thoughts, which skews all these things off-balance when retrograde begins.

Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

Watch This Cat Give His Soldier Human The Warmest Welcome Home Ever

Finn the ragdoll cat really missed his human, Nick, while he was away for a drill. Even before he walks through the door, Finn (and his fellow kitty Boo, who we hear off-camera) knows he’s coming and can’t contain his excitement. Watching Finn leap into Nick’s arms is all the proof I need that cats, for…

Claire Hannum / June 19, 2014

Did Energy Drinks Kill This Teenage Girl?

Lanna Hamann, a 16-year-old high schooler from Arizona, died suddenly of a heart attack on vacation in Mexico this weekend, and her mom, Kris, believes it was the result of consuming nothing but energy drinks all day. According to friends and family members, Lanna spent all Saturday on the beach drinking energy drinks, but no…

Claire Hannum / June 19, 2014

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Does the thought of reading it now make you want to cringe with embarrassment or would you jump at the change to gain some perspective on the course of your life so far?

Dr. Irving Finkel of London, a self-proclaimed diary rescuer, has it made…

Claire Hannum / June 19, 2014

I Am Obsessed With Taylor Swift’s Instagram Replies To Her Fans

Taylor Swift has been stoking the fire of her ever-obsessive fan base by sending surprise replies to her fans on Instagram these past few months. I would venture that she’s tagged in a lot of pictures, so I’m not sure how she chooses which ones to respond to, but they range from posts of fans who…

Claire Hannum / June 19, 2014

“The Feminist Utopia Project” Imagines A World Without Misogyny

What would a feminist world look like? The Feminist Utopia Project anthology, which is currently in the making, aims to help us discover exactly that. Writers Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff are leading the project and are putting together a collection of pieces that will get us thinking about what life might be like i…

Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

Laverne Cox’s Moving “It Gets Better” Video Is A Tearjerker

Laverne Cox wasn’t always as sure of herself as she is today. Growing up in Alabama with a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she got bullied at school for being feminine and struggled with her gender identity. Hearing her talk about recognizing herself as worthy of love in her own right, rebuilding a…

Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

Study: The Concept Of Trophy Wives Is Pretty Much A Big Fat Lie

Trophy wives may be nothing but a myth perpetuated by sexist research, according to a new study. Researcher Elizabeth Aura McClintock of Notre Dame reviewed the data from a large set of young adult heterosexual couples, looking to find out how people really choose their partners. She looked into two different reasons that drive pairing u…

Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

The Daily Squee: Boston Terrier Puppy Tries Peanut Butter For The First Time!

What is it about Boston terriers that makes them so damn cute? Bosco the puppy would be fun to hang out with even if he wasn’t having his very first taste of peanut butter alongside his dog buddy Riley. But his utter and complete glee makes him that much more adorable. I get it, Bosco — nothing&#8217…

Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

The Soapbox: School Dress Codes Are Vehicles For Body-Shaming And It’s Time To Do Something About It

Remember school dress codes? Did they ever give you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as a teenager, or did they stay comfortably off your radar? Peggy Orenstein’s opinion piece on the subject in The New York Times brings up some of the more troubling questions about what the real purpose of those rules i…

Claire Hannum / June 18, 2014

Study: That Guy You’re Into Has No Idea You’re Flirting With Him

It’s pretty clear from any real-life dating experience or missed meet-cute that people aren’t too great at picking up on flirtatious signals, but now science is able to prove it. The research, conducted by the University of Kansas consisted of two studies. The first study gathered 52 pairs of single, heterosexual college students who thought…

Claire Hannum / June 17, 2014

Where Can I Get My Hands On A Churro Ice Cream Sandwich?

Does anything sound more delicious than a churro ice cream sandwich (besides, maybe, a gold-encrusted sundae)? Yes, the trendy dessert craze can be overwhelming, overpriced and overhyped, but how else would we receive delicious summer treats like this hybrid churro delicacy? Created by chef Sylvia Yoo at Churro Borough, a catering company in LA, the sandwich consist…

Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

Coming To A Bar Bathroom Near You: Pregnancy Tests!

Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States, so apparently, the obvious solution to lawmakers is to put free pregnancy tests in the restrooms of local bars so women can make sure there’s no bun in the oven before they order a beer.
I don’t know about you,

Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

Kerry Washington Wants Women In Film To Step Up

“So, I want to tell on myself, because a dear friend of mine, Pat Mitchell, who herself is a badass woman in the business, having run PBS and the Payley Center for Media, she called me a few years ago, because she for a long time worked for TED … She called and said, ‘I’m…

Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: This Single Mom Just Graduated With Three Degrees, So You Can Definitely Handle This Week

Deanna Jordan, a 28-year-old single mom of three boys, just graduated from UCLA with three (three!) degrees. Jordan, who grew up in Compton in Los Angeles, had her three sons from ages 18-22. Jordan told news station CBS2 that she knew she had a rough road ahead. “I had him and in the…

Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

These Girls Are Using Art To Combat Street Harassment And I’m Loving It

The awesome ladies behind the non-profit Hollaback have turned to art as a method of fighting back against street harassment. Hollaback NYC held a “Girl Power” art workshop in a Brooklyn park recently which encouraged its tween and teen participants to create visible street art that spoke out against the catcalls and harassment many women face…

Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

16 Tiny Changes That Make Life Easier

Sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed at the thought of how much I want to accomplish in a given day or week, or how much growing stands between me and whatever distant, self-actualized ideal I hope to someday be. On days when I wake up cranky, thinking about stuff like this creates a snowball effect and…

Claire Hannum / June 15, 2014

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