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Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye From Schools

Texas Abortion Ban
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Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye From Schools
  • Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, under pressure from the Tea Party, is trying to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s harrowing Nobel Prize-winning book about a young African-American girl, from schools because it contains scenes of sexual assault, which conservative Tea Party members argue is “child pornography.” They want to ban the book from schools because they believe that the federal government should have no say in what specific books make it onto state reading lists, and they object to both the content and “graphic language” in Morrison’s award-winning book. Oh brother. [The Atlantic]
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas received a $1 million donation from the Ross Perot Foundation. Margot Perot’s statement reads: “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health. Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do — providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Her 10 (Birthday!) Best: Cameron Diaz

Today Cameron Diaz turns 41 — happy birthday C-Dawg! We’re not sure how we feel about her being cast as Miss Hanigan in the film remake of “Annie,” but we’ll always love her for her sperm-as-hair-gel turn in “Something About Mary.” To celebrate, we’ve got Cameron’s ten best looks. Take a peek through, and tell us which is your fave!

SS: Cameron & Portia
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Cameron + Gwyneth
Gwyneth Paltrow has taken control of Cameron Diaz's sex life. Read More »
Snoop And Cameron Diaz
What's their connection? Oh, he sold her weed once in high school. Read More »

This Linguistic Map Of The U.S. Fails To Take Into Account The Full Range Of “You” Expressions

you vs yinz linguistic map

I’m totally fascinated by the way people talk. Accents, vocabulary and emphasis varies so much, depending on where in the country you live. I lived in the Midwest (land of “pop,” not “soda”) until I was 9, which is probably why my speaking accent is generally pretty flat and indistinct. But I also happened to move with my family to the South and the Northeast, so I’ve heard a wide range of accents and ways of speaking. My flat accent is probably why I won my fifth grade declamation contest when I lived in Fort Worth, Texas. (It was with a poem creepily titled “Touch of the Master’s Hand,” ahem.)

Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student in statistics at North Carolina State University, created a series of 22 maps exploring the varied and wonderful language and pronunciations around the country. Katz looked at everything from the way people pronounce the word “lawyer,” to the various and sundry terms for traffic circles (roundabouts, rotaries, etc.). The data is really fun to look at, but I must take exception with his discussion of how people around the country address a group. Yes, there’s “y’all” in the South, “you guys” in the West and “you all” in a small pocket of Kentucky. But there’s also “youse” in Philadelphia and “yinz” in Baltimore and Pittsburgh!

Take a look at Katz’s map, and some of the other ones at the link and tell us about the little phrases and words people say where you live!

Words We Hate
We want to retire these words and phrases forever. Read More »
"Twerk" in the dictionary
Twerk Has Been Added To The Oxford Dictionary
See what other words made the Oxford dictionary cut. Read More »
12 Sexy Accents
What are the 12 sexiest accents in the world? Read More »

My Side Part, My Self

Bangs Are "In"
... and other life-shattering revelations from the New York Times. Read More »
Bangin' Bangs
best celebrity bangs
Here's some hairspiration: the best of celeb fringe. Read More »
Jessica's Bangs Trauma
Ahhhhh, get them off!!! Read More »
my side part myself

For the past several months I’ve been more dissatisfied with the way I look than usual. Sorry to say, but I’ve never been particularly good at practicing radical self-love and acceptance, preferring instead to vacillate between mild self-criticism to severe self-loathing. Of late, that’s been of the physical nature — my body issues are well-documented, but oh my God, lately? I’ve been hating on my face.

My faaaaaaaace. It’s so big! There’s so much cheek! I have a huge blockhead, what the fuck? For the past six months or so, my facial self-criticism has been really especially bad. I’d look in the mirror and have weird moments of disconnection. That’s not my face? Do I really look like that? My face doesn’t make sense in its current configuration. What is that about?

But! This week, I finally solved the Great Face Caper of 2013. Keep reading »

Adam Levine Shows The World How Much He Hates Wearing Clothes

The Adam Levine Way
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Adam Levine <3's A Baja Hoodie
Adam Levine Rocks A High-End Drug Rug On The Today Show
Adam Levine's fancy faux-hemian style. Read More »
J. Love Wants Adam!
The actress sets her sights on the Maroon 5 frontman. Read More »
Adam Pulls Out
Adam Levine advocates (I think?) the pull-out method of birth control. Read More »
Adam Levine shows the world how much he hates wearing clothes

You know, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Adam Levine’s fiance, Behati Prinsloo. She did seem to come on the scene all of a sudden. But she’s totally won me — and likely thousands of other women — over, by tweeting this hilarious pic of her man in nothing more than underwear and sunglasses. “’70s porn called,” Prinsloo wrote on the photo. “It wants its vibe back. Immediately.”

And she’s witty, too! Keep reading »

Forget Miley, Here’s How To Talk To Your Sons About Robin Thicke

Miley & Robin At The VMAs!
What WAS that? Let's revisit (in GIFs)! Read More »
Girl Scouts Attacked
Girl Scout photo
Lawmaker says Girl Scouts promote homosexuality. Read More »
Thicke's "Give It 2 U"
Watch: Robin Thicke's New "Give It To U" Video, Featuring 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar & A Whole Lot Of Booty Dancing
The singer's booty-tastic new video. Read More »
  • Last thing we’ll say on the subject, we swear: Parenting blogs are filled with articles tackling how to talk to your daughters about Miley Cyrus. But how do we talk to our sons about Robin Thicke? As writer Eric Clapp points out, “We need to call bullshit on attempts to end domestic violence and misogyny towards women by only talking to our daughters.” [Eric Clapp]
  • My Girl Scout Council is not, as the name might suggest, a wholesome diary of all the fun Troop 347 had on their annual camping trip. Oh no, it’s a website devoted to “documenting pro-life concerns about the Girl Scouts council by council.” As you do. [RH Reality Check]
  • An 18-year-old woman in Puerto La Cruz, Argentina, was arrested for killing her newborn baby after giving birth in her house. The woman hid her pregnancy from her family, and when she was taken to the hospital following the incident, she screamed that she didn’t want to be a mother. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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