When it comes to teen pregnancy, Mississippi has the highest rate in the nation. The state has 55 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19 — a whopping 60 percent above the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And it is not too difficult to see the culprit: abstinence-only sex education dominates the state and schools are only allowed to teach, you know, birth control if they got special permission. Keep reading »
“A lot of my earlier songs are blaming other people and never thinking that I ever did anything wrong, because I was always trying to be completely loyal and honest and pure. It’s so nice to come to a place where you can see how you absolutely enabled all these things to happen. It makes you stop being angry at people. It makes you start being more empathetic. … Even when now there have been times that I’ve just felt so, so bad, I can take myself out of it for a moment and go: ‘You watch, you’ve felt this way before, you’re going to feel great again. And then you’re going to feel terrible again, and then you’re going to feel great again.’ And when you’re feeling this way, at least know that there’s value in it — just as much value in your suffering as in your pleasure. “
– This piece in The New York Times about Fiona Apple and her new album is filled with gems. She talks about once being so angry at her label (which kept her new album in limbo forever) that she would hike for eight hours a day, every day, until she could no longer walk and needed months of physical therapy afterwards. She also talks about her ex-boyfriend, the magician David Blaine, and playing in “the big water tank he uses to drown in.” You know, normal relationships stuff. She is so crazy-in-a-good-way. [NY Times] [Photo: NY Times]
God, I love Charlize Theron. She hit up “The Colbert Report” last night and gives as good as she gets. There’s the usual movie promotion blah-blah-blah about “Snow White and the Huntsman,” but she and Stephen also took the conversation to an interesting place while discussing beauty and narcissism. “I don’t think narcissists are just vain. I think they are obsessed with beauty because it symbolizes power and self-worth,” she said. “It’s sad this story was written in 18-something-something and this story still resonates.” It’s interesting to hear one of the most gorgeous women on the planet to voice an opinion like this. [Colbert Nation]
Friday night, while playing a show in New Jersey, Shirley Manson stopped her band midway through a song when she saw a man in the audience hit a woman. A fan’s YouTube video shows Manson singing “Stupid Girl” and then suddenly starts waving at her band to stop. She yells at some guy in the audience, “Dude, never hit a fucking woman! What the fuck is wrong with you, man?!” As the guy is ejected by security, she keeps yelling at him from onstage, and mocks him when the guy apparently says the woman he hit “started it.” (A commenter on the YouTube post claiming to have seen the fight says the guy who got kicked out was being aggressive to other concertgoers before the show even began.) I wish more singers took a stand like this when they see violence against anyone from the stage. You’re so awesome, Shirley Manson. [Telegraph UK]
Beer sales are rising. Condoms are disappearing from school nurses’ offices. Yes, prom season is upon us! While some girls scouted the racks at Nordstrom (and at least one prom-goer scouted her local KKK office), other girls are busily sewing their own prom dresses. But I’m not interested in the normal-looking dresses that show skill with a Singer sewing machine; I’m more fascinated by the weirdo, hot glue gun-laden shit that looks like it sent someone home on a “Project Runway” competition.
I will spare you the 700 teen girls around the country who fashion their own dresses out of duct tape in an attempt to win $20,000 from the Duck brand duct tape college scholarship contest. You’ve seen one duct tape dress, you’ve seen them all. But here’s six of the weirdest other homemade prom dresses that have kept our nation’s quirky teens busy.