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“The Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Announced To Press Schools On Sexual Assault

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  • Today, Democrats, Republicans and sexual assault survivors announced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which will increase the financial punishment on schools which violate the gender equality law Title IX by mishandling sexual assaults on campus. The act would also make schools provide an advisor for each victim of sexual violence in order to help them through the process of going through the school’s disciplinary proceedings, as well as make public the anonymous surveys about campus assaults. [MSNBC, New York Times]
  • Massachusetts has hastily passed a law designed to increase safety around abortion clinics in response to a recent Supreme Court decision which struck down “buffer zones” as a violation of anti-abortion protesters’ free speech. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

RIP Society: Black Cats Are Being Abandoned Because They Don’t Show Up In Selfies

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According to the RSPCA, a British animal charity, abandoning animals that aren’t photogenic has become “a national problem” in the U.K. Of the 1,000 cats currently living in RSPCA shelter, 70 percent are black. Between 2007 and 2013, there was a 65 percent increase in the number of black cats taken in at the Blue Cross animal charity. “Black animals tend not to photograph as well as other cats with more distinctive markings,” they told The Telegraph. Sadly, it seems that a pet’s ability to take a good selfie is worth a lot more to some people these days than how much love they can give. Many pet owners apparently complained when dropping the cats off at the shelter that they didn’t show up well in pictures, and prospective owners at the shelter requested to meet cats that were any color other than black. Meanwhile, orange and white cats, who show up better on camera, are being adopted left and right. This also makes it tough for the RSPCA to advertise the black cats in photos on their website. Even though these kitties were once thought of as bad luck, many Britons believe they bring the opposite, but their lack of photo cred seems to leave them in the dust. Come on animal lovers, we’re better than this! [CosmopolitanTelegraph UK] [Image via Shutterstock]

Presidential Masculinity Apparently Cannot Withstand Ordering “Lavender Ice Tea”

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While visiting a coffee shop in Kansas City, Missouri, today, President Obama ordered himself a regular iced tea — but, you know, a manly iced tea. An employee at Parkville Coffee offered the president a lavender iced tea, to which he replied, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”  I suppose he could have meant he had a bad stomach when it comes to species in the mint family and he’s not confident he won’t shit all over Air Force One. But this sounded to me like lavender iced tea is, you know, girly.

Am I over-thinking this? Probably. But what I really want to know is, how will this focus group with lavender supporters? [BuzzFeed] [Image of lavender via Shutterstock]

Study: The 20th Century Was Good For Women’s Brains

Brains Peak At 24
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It's all downhill from there, kids. Read More »
Love Gets You High
Falling in love releases a crazy amount of chemicals in the brain. Read More »
Watching TV Is Killing Us
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A huge study has shown watching TV really is bad for your health. Read More »

Women gain intelligence faster than men as society improves, potentially because of a need to learn more quickly in order to combat discrimination, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers behind the study argue that in fighting extra hard to succeed in a world traditionally dominated by men, women have had to develop the ability to learn more quickly. Because women spent centuries receiving less cognitive nurturing than men, they may simply be catching up as the world becomes a more equal place. I guess this is a compliment …? Keep reading »

This PHHHOTO App Turns Your Pictures Into GIFs

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A new iPhone app called PHHHOTO (created by a company called, not surprisingly, HYPERHYPER) turns your photos into instant GIFs. As you can see, even Diplo is into using it for selfies. When you take a photo through the app, it takes multiple pictures in a row and instantaneously forms a GIF from your creation. I tried it with a picture of yours truly, and it was super cool, but I can’t figure out how to save the thing into my phone’s camera roll or if that’s even possible. The GIF also moves really fast and gives me a little bit of a headache. It seems like the idea is to create your own social network within the app instead of sharing the picture elsewhere — maybe PHHHOTO will become the Instagram of GIFs? As the company oh-so-poetically says, “In the world of PHHHOTO, waves crash, ice cream melts and suns rise — forever.” Well, that’s one way to look at it. [PHHHOTO]

The Soapbox: On Richard Dawkins’ Rape Comments & How We Discuss Sexual Assault

Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry.

From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country’s current behavior in Gaza. Then he pivoted his examples — I would argue somewhat insensitively — to ones about about sexual abuse:

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Father-To-Be Poses For Pregnancy Photoshoot Because His Wife Didn’t Want To

Redditor DruishPrincess69 and his wife are expecting a baby, but when the mom-to-be declared that she wasn’t interested in posing for one of those obnoxious, cheesy, over-the-top pregnancy photoshoots, DruishPrincess69 did what most guys wouldn’t — he pushed out his beer gut and posed for the pictures himself. The results, shot by photographer Kerri Lohmeier, are hilarious. See more after the jump! [Reddit via Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

The Two Reasons I Stopped Taking Birth Control

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This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »
Real Talk: Birth Control
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Real talk on real women's birth control options. Read More »
Birth Control Myths
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Bigger boobs and weight gain are birth control myths. Read More »
The Two Reasons I Stopped Taking Birth Control

I stopped taking birth control in 2011. I find it not-ha-ha-funny that when I tell people this, the most common reaction I get is that it’s “dangerous” not taking birth control — and yet, so many people are willing to look the other way or not get angry when the highest court in our country denies women easy access to birth control. But wait! some people are saying. They can just buy birth control out of pocket! And my answer is yes, they could, except that it’s insanely expensive. And that’s reason #1 (not in order of priority) why I stopped taking birth control: I could no longer afford it. Keep reading »

Little Girl Learns Her Baby Brother Can’t Stay Small Forever

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Growing Up Is A Trap!

Sadie just came to the harsh realization that her little brother won’t stay a smiley baby forever. She’s adorable, yes, but crying hysterically about getting older hits a little too close to home for those of us in the grownup world! Hold off on your existential crisis, Sadie, it’ll hit you hard enough in about 30 more years. [via Buzzfeed]

Turkish Politician Admonishes Women For Laughing In Public

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  • The deputy prime minister of Turkey said women shouldn’t “laugh in public” because it’s “inviting in her attitudes” and unchaste. Look more miserable, ladies. [Huffington Post]
  • A former Hobby Lobby employee named Felicia Allen claims that three years ago while she was pregnant, she was fired when she applied for medical leave. Allen also said the evangelical Christian-owned company — which was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court that it can deny coverage of birth control to their employees — expressed no interest in hiring her back after her child was born. [RH Reality Check]
  • An appellate court ruled today that a 2012 Mississippi law that would force the state’s only abortion clinic to close is unconstitutional. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »
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