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Little Boy Gets Stuck In Toy Machine, Has Worse Day Than You

Having a rough week? At least you’re not little Colin Lambert. The 18-month-0ld waited until his grandma turned away for just an instant to climb his way into a claw toy machine, only to find himself thoroughly stuck. When he limbed into the machine’s chute, his grandmother tried to grab him by his feet and pull him back out, but he kicked her hands away and hauled himself over the machine’s glass partition to play with the toys inside. It was all fun and games until he realized he couldn’t get out on his own. Firefighters were called in to rescue Colin, which only took them a few minutes. Instead of scolding, they rewarded him for his antics by letting him pick out a free toy from the machine. Lesson learned! [People; WBIR] [Image via Facebook/WBIR News]

Fox Anchor: Young Women Serving On Juries Is A Bad Idea Because They “Don’t Get It”

"Excuse Them So They Can Go Back On Tinder Or Match.com"

Kimberly Guilfoyle and her co-hosts on “The Five” decided on Tuesday’s edition of the show that young women are just too out of it to be functional members of society. They argued that most people become conservatives as they get older, and that young women start as liberals until they marry and gain enough “life experience” to do a political 180 (the party starts at around the 1:45 mark in the video). They claimed, with completely straight faces, that single women tend to lean to the left because they believe they “need the government to take care of them.” So, I guess they think that women aren’t capable of functioning without a husband to pay for their shit or facilitate their lives. Then if there’s no man to assist them, we’re supposed to presume that these “helpless” women want their government to take care of them in a dude’s place? I mean, considering the U.S. government’s track record as of late (and really, since the beginning of history) no sane person, especially a sane woman, would ever actively plan on Congress or the Prez coming to save them. But alas, this was only the beginning of Guilfoyle’s ramble. Keep reading »

“Dachshund’s Creek”: Because Who Needs James Van Der Beek When You Have Puppies?

Dachsund's Creek
Perfection

Confession: I’ve never really watched “Dawson’s Creek.” That said, this adorable all-dachshund version of the series has finally convinced me to give it a shot. Anyway, much more importantly, how cute are these dachshunds!? They even have sweet hairstyles! Enjoy and get your puppy-fueled nostalgia on. [College Candy]

New Pew Study Shows That Women Are More Likely To Be Sexually Harassed Online

todays lady news
  • A Pew study looks at the differences in online harassment for men and women, and what do ya know, women are more often the target. [Slate]
  • Feminist blogger Lindy West imagines a social network that is specifically feminist and anti-racist. [Daily Dot]
  • Read about racism in the newsroom. [New Republic]
  • A Joan Didion documentary is crowd-funding on Kickstarter! [Kickstarter] Keep reading »

What’s Better For You, Butter Or Margarine?

Like It's Even A Debate

ASAP Science asks one of the most important questions in nutrition: According to science, what’s better for you, butter or margarine? Not what’s better in general, obviously, because that’s a laughably easy question to answer.

They break it down thusly: Butter has one or two ingredients and is minimally processed but is high in saturated fat; margarine has a ton of ingredients and is extremely processed, is sometimes high in trans fats but sometimes not, and it’s hard to tell what its nutritional value is because there’s a lot of variation. So, bottom-line, it depends on what your nutrition goals are and how good you are at moderating what I can only assume are your unstoppable cravings for butter. Keep reading »

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Last week, we published a story by Tiffanie Drayton about encountering a strange man multiple times in her neighborhood in the span of a few days, including on her own block, who then hunted her down on social media and sent her creepy and “flirtatious messages.” The experience made her feel incredibly unsafe, understandably so, and I was distressed to see some commenters be quick to dismiss his completely bizarre actions as coincidental or a misinterpretation on her part, mimicking the way some of her friends responded. Unfortunately, I think that happens a lot. On one hand, the instinct to dismiss those concerns — “I’m sure he’s not stalking you, he probably lives on your block/has an innocent crush/won’t actually DO anything to hurt you” — could be a (misguided, but well-meaning) attempt to make the person feel better/safer. On the other hand, they are also an example of the ways in which we tell women to ignore their instincts and give complete strangers, in particular men, the benefit of the doubt and a trust that has not been earned.  There are very, very good reasons for women to not feel safe in this world of ours. The ways in which women’s personal spaces are violated on a regular basis are plentiful, from street harassment to inappropriate comments at work to online threats, and sadly, so too are stories of these behaviors taken to the extreme. As these 12 examples from Whisper illustrate, women who have been stalked are left isolated, do not always get the support they deserve from family, friends and community, and find the fear stays with them even after they’re finally “safe.” Keep reading »

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