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4 Terrible Messages That Girl-Centered Ads Are Sending

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The Internet has exploded in an estrogen-charged fury of pro-girl viral ads, each more emotionally manipulative than the last. And it’s a good thing, because prior to the summer of 2014, American girls were languishing in princess towers, completely clueless that they had any value beyond their homemaking and boob-flashing skills.

As a grown woman and a mom of middle school daughters, I’m convinced that the new wave of viral ads are just as pandering and insulting as the things they’re trying to prevent. You just have to get past your gut reaction of “Yay! Girls!” to see it. Read more on Cracked…

5 Tips for Working From Home Without Going Insane

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Working from home has all the advantages of supervillainy: You set the rules, no one can stop your monologues, and Internet access will cause your contempt for humanity to grow. Most online “tips for working from home” are softballing participation trophies for toddlers. Their idea of advice is “Remember to do some work” and “Try to be conscious for a few hours each day.” If you need that kind of help, you’re the reason most jobs treat adult humans like naughty schoolchildren who have to be bullied into homework. Read five tips for grownups working from home on Cracked…

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Rape On College Campuses

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The frustrating part for me, as a Hobart and William Smith grad (technically just a Hobart grad, because it’s actually two schools that share faculty, campus, dorms, and an administration), is that it’s not that surprising. It was well-known for my entire four years that the campus was what I should probably call “a less than safe space for women” but will instead call “kinda sorta rapey.” At the time, I genuinely thought it was because HWS was just a particularly shitty place (although I always really admired my professors), but now that I have some distance from there, I’ve realized that I was just a dumbass kid with no perspective: This is actually a national problem. It’s happening in colleges across the country, because apparently no one can figure out how to deal with this. And I think I know some reasons why. Read more on Cracked…

5 BS “Achievements” People Need To Stop Taking Seriously

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Read any list of things that motivate employees to work harder and you’ll find that recognition for a job well done regularly outranks money. If I had to guess, I’d say that’s probably because the only people who bother to write lists like those are companies that want to pay you less than you deserve. Still, it’s an interesting idea, and one that I’m guessing isn’t completely without merit.

If you need proof, just consider the countless awards and honors that people spend their entire professional lives working toward, knowing full well that, ultimately, they’re meaningless. Read more on Cracked…

5 “Deviant” Sex Acts That Science Says Are Good For You

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Sex is like a lifelong normalcy contest. To find happiness, you should spend every day worrying about the kinds of sex you like, and whether you’ll ever meet someone else who shares those likes. Then you comfort your untouched body by rubbing your hands all over it, wet though they may be with the sweat of anxiety and sadness. Ha! No, don’t do that. That sounds awful, and besides, if you spend all your time worrying, when will you have time to bone? You won’t! You will remain unboned, maybe forever.

So here’s my real-life advice for you, which I want you to remember forever — instead of worrying about what kind of sex you like (or, even worse, what kind of sex other people like, because nothing could ever be less important than something you don’t want to see and no one wants to show you), use this rule of thumb: “The freakier the sex, the better it is for me, according to science.”  Read some examples on Cracked...

8 Ridiculous Sex Toys For The Budget-Conscious

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Humans love sex, and humans love toys. Sex toys are a thing. We tend to think they’re alright, too.

But here’s the thing about sex toys: All the really cool (and really frightening) gear tends to cost you a big ol’ pile of cash. Have you ever wondered what an inquiring mind could achieve with just a few bucks in his pocket? Hey, here’s an idea: Why don’t we see what manner of crotch-fondling apparatus is prepared to jump into our slightly sticky shopping cart if we shop around with the absolute maximum budget of, say, $10 per product? Read more on Cracked…

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