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Medicating And Oversimplifying Women’s “Moodiness”

By: Katrin Higher / March 2, 2015
I wanted to like Julie Holland's opinion pieceon "Medicating Women's Feelings" in the New York Times yestesday, but I couldn't. Her first sentence in a piece about the dangers of prescribing women medications for normal feelings is "Women are moody." By and large she explains important issues surrounding "women's emotionality" and the how we… More »

University Of Michigan Fraternity Causes $430,000 Worth Of Damage To Resort

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
This is why (fraternities) can't have nice things. Back in January, the destructo-frat Sigma Delta Tau, of the University of Michigan, caused immense damage to the Treetops Resort in Northern Michigan. Besides destroying 40 rooms at the resort they also destroyed the hallway and the ceiling as seen in the picture above. How do you… More »

Japan Builds Robot Bears To Care For The Elderly

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
File this under "things the elderly get that I want now in my 30s." The "Robear" designed by Japanese robotics company RIKEN is primarily designed to lift elderly patients out of bed and into wheelchairs, taking off the strenuous burden that normally rests on human caregivers. Japan is expecting a large elderly population in the… More »

Badass Shark Scientist Eugenie Clark Dies At Age 92

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
At age 17, during her interview to apply to Columbia University, Dr. Eugenie Clark was told by the dean: "Well, we can admit you to Columbia ... but I can tell by looking at you that after we put in all our time and money to give you an education, you're going to get married… More »

Seattle Girl Receives Jeweled Gifts From Crow Friends

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
This is not a fairy tale or a "Portlandia" sketch. This is real life eight year old Seattle native Gabi Mann, who routinely receives trinkets from her garden's visiting crows as a thank you for feeding them regularly. Gabi has been feeding her crow friends since she was two years old and has collected hundred… More »

Watch This Series On The Reality Of Gay Conversion Therapy

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015
VICE has finished up its three-part series on gay conversion therapy. [VICE] Erskine College in South Carolina has issued a statement that it is officially anti-gay, after two volleyball players came out at the college. [RawStory] The U.S. Department of Education has found the New York Public Schools in violation of Title IX… More »

Kelly Osbourne Keeps Her Word, Quits “Fashion Police”

By: Megan Reynolds / February 27, 2015
She said she'd quit, and now she's doing it. More »

This Giant Gilded Clitoris Is A Work of Art, And I Don’t Mean Metaphorically

By: Beejoli Shah / February 27, 2015
The Nashville Scene reported a delightful little story today, possibly even better than any llama car chase (one woman's opinion): a giant golden statue of a clitoris is now residing at a Tennessee university. The Scene's Arts Editor Laura Hutson wrote this most excellent description of the scene: Nashville may be It City, but Sewanee is closing… More »

Tinder’s Problems Translate From Dating To Trading

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015
An analyst from Morgan Stanely released an analysis this week of Tinder’s parent company, IAC/InteractiveCorp, and was able, through business-speak, to put into words exactly the issues everyone has with Tinder but hasn’t quite been able to identify. Tinder is a liability for IAC/InteractiveCorp for the following reasons, according to this analyst:  … More »

Indiana Passes Bill Outlawing Abortions Due To Birth Defects

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 27, 2015
Indiana passed a bill this week which would ban doctors from knowingly performing abortions when they knew the mother was doing so because of either the sex of the child or because the child was going to be born with a birth defect or disease. The first reason here is, of course, entirely made up. More »

I Want To Die, Like, Yesterday Just So I Can Be Buried In This Pod That Turns Me Into a Tree

By: Beejoli Shah / February 27, 2015
Earlier today, this caught my eye on a friend's Facebook wall: an Italian design company has designed an organic burial pod that will turn the deceased person's ruins into soil nutrients that will grow a tree. EXCUSE ME, WHAT. If I can't attend Hogwarts, the next best thing would definitely be to transfigure myself into a tree upo… More »

Parents Lock Daughter In Shed For Six Years Because They Hated Her Boyfriend

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 27, 2015
Police are investigating the parents of Zhang Qi, a 24 year-old woman living in village of Jingang in central China’s Hubei province, after it was revealed they had kept her locked in a dilapidated, garbage filled shed for the past six years. Apparently, the parents disapproved of her boyfriend at the time, and in additio… More »

Pussy Riot Hopes To Inspire “Individual Bravery”

By: Claire Hannum / February 27, 2015
"Our real goal is individual bravery, when each person decides, 'I'll go out onto the square—I can do it, even if it's cold, even if they'll arrest me.' That's how change begins." Maria “Masha” Alekhina of Pussy Riot spoke to Glamour alongside her bandmate Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and shared the duo's goals for a better Russia and… More »

Facebook Has Serious New Suicide Prevention Tools

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015
Yesterday, Facebook announced new measures to help users who might be at risk for self-harm. It’s become too common that we hear stories about Facebook users who speak to their distress and end up hurting themselves or worse, and in the meantime, their friends don’t know what to do. Facebook’s new… More »

Conservative “Street Artist” Gives CPAC’s Most Cringey Speech So Far

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 27, 2015
There's always been a little bit of coolness envy coming from the Right, and it's understandable. "Young Republican" has been synonymous with "giant dork" and "square" since forever. There's no question that our music is better (Sorry, Pat Boone!) and that we tend to have a lot more artists in general. Better musicians, better comics,… More »

Is This Dress White And Gold Or Black And Blue? The Internet Can’t Decide

By: Megan Reynolds / February 27, 2015
It's blue. It's blue and black. Right?! Right. *rocks back and forth weeping quietly, scared for the future of humanity*… More »

Today Is The Third Anniversary Of Trayvon Martin’s Death

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015
Today is the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, and a crucial moment to think about what justice is for Black Americans. More »

Couple Passes Away Peacefully Together In A Real-Life “Notebook” Story

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2015
Floyd and Violet Hartwig were married for 67 happy years before dying side by side in their home, at the ages of 90 and 89, on February 11. In many ways, their life was like a series of scenes straight out of "The Notebook" -- minus a breakup and all those unread letters. Like Noah and… More »

Here’s A Live Feed of Llamas On the Lam

By: Megan Reynolds / February 26, 2015
BE FREE, LLAMAS. BE FREE. More »

18 Things White America Needs To Reconcile To Truly Become Colorblind

By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 26, 2015
Black History Month presents the opportunity to explore African-American history: A history marked by the struggle for a fair and equitable America that treats its citizens and residents with respect and dignity, regardless of skin color. However, that struggle is often painted as "the issues of the past" that have been overcome and surpassed thank… More »

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