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15 Of The Most Outrageously Stupid Responses To The “Dear White People” Movie Trailer (And Smart Responses To Them)

"Dear White People" Movie Trailer
And Now For Some Stupid Responses...

A new film called “Dear White People” swept accolades at the Sundance Film Festival and is making its way to theaters this fall. To market the comedy, a trailer was released recently that has since been viewed over a million times on YouTube and has also received thousands of comments. I mistakenly read through some of them.

Since I did and was horrified, I wanted to extend a piece of advice to The Frisky readers: cease and desist from writing a comment about the “Dear White People” movie trailer before reading this list. I urge you to do this, not at my behest, but to save yourself from looking like one of the most ignorant, rude and possibly racist individuals to exist in the 21st century.

Without further ado: “15 of the Most Outrageously Stupid Responses To The ‘Dear White People’ Movie Trailer (And Smart Responses To Them).” Keep reading »

The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

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  • Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters’ genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in the UK to do the cutting yourself or to take a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation. [Guardian UKNew York Times]
  • Judge G. Todd Baugh, the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim “acted older than her age” and was as responsible as the older man who assaulted her, has been publicly reprimanded by his peers. Baugh only sentenced her rapist, a 47-year-old teacher at her school, to 31 days in jail. The victim later committed suicide. [Los Angeles Times]
  • India is struggling with a surfeit of men due to a prevailing cultural preference for sons, which has led parents to abort fetuses once they learn the gender is female. [Reuters] Keep reading »

This Young Woman Took 6.5 Years Worth Of Selfies In Order To Document Her Trichotillomania

This Young Woman Took 6 Years Worth Of Selfies In Order To Document Her Trichotillomania
A Selfie For Every Day That She Tore Out Her Hair
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How I gave myself a bald spot and other stories of life with dermatillomania. Read More »

A lot of ink has been spilled about how the proliferation of selfies is a reflection of our culture’s increasing self-absorption and a sign that people are only getting more vain. But taking pictures of yourself regularly doesn’t have to be shallow. For example, meet BeckieO, aka Rebecca Brown, a 21-year-old British woman who took a selfie a day for six-and-a-half years in order to document her struggle with trichotillomania, a disorder that compels her to pull out her own hair strand by strand. Starting in 2007 when she was 14, she amassed over 2,100 selfies, which she then assembled into the video above, in order to show the physical and mental progression of her disorder. The pictures are accompanied by different notes indicating various life moments that occurred during the ups and downs of her disorder, like school exams, new boyfriends and a diagnosis for depression. In some of the photos BeckieO is balding or has very short hair; in others, she wears wigs. There are periods where her hair has been able to grow out a little, before the cycle starts all over again. As BeckieO continues to struggle with trichotillomania, her selfie project goes on too, and she also works as an advocate for others who suffer from the disorder. “Every day is a struggle not to revert back to baldness,” she told the BBC. I admire the bravery it takes to share that struggle — which so many don’t understand — with the world. [Refinery 29]

Lena Dunham Asked Her Twitter Followers Why They Use Birth Control

Lena Dunham Asked Her Twitter Followers Why They Use Birth Control
Real Talk: Birth Control
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Part one of our Real Talk on real women's birth control options. Read More »

In light of the last month’s ruling by the Supreme Court that some employers with religious objections to birth control can deny coverage to female employees, Lena Dunham asked her followers Twitter to start an conversation about why we need the stuff in the first place.

The responses she received served as a reminder that there are about a million reasons that someone may rely on birth control — and that you don’t need a reason in the first place. Conservatives, take note. Keep reading »

New Book Claims Bill Clinton Has A Mistress Whom Secret Service Agents Call “Energizer”

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Hillary Clinton might be about to run for office, so that means rumors of her husband cheating are reappearing right on schedule. The latest scuttlebutt comes courtesy of a new book about Secret Service agents called The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. In it, author Ronald Kessler claims Bill Clinton has a “buxom blond mistress” who visits the former president so frequently at his Chappaqua, New York, home — when Hillary’s not around, of course — that the agents call her “Energizer.” Says Page Six: Keep reading »

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell's Arrest, Motherhood & Race

In last week’s Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for “abandoning” her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s. (Just yesterday we learned that Harrell has been let go from her job.) I had mentioned in my post that Harrell is Black, prompting a few folks to ask why I needed to note her race. Instead of penning my own response, I thought it would be a good idea to hear from women of color who are mothers. We gathered for a virtual roundtable to discuss Harrell’s situation and  explorehow race impacts motherhood in the United States today. Meet:

Our conversation begins after the jump: Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Trigger Warnings & Facing Trauma

The Soapbox: On Trigger Warnings & Facing Trauma

When I got to my friend’s place for my self-defense lessons last week, he told me we were going to do basic self-defense techniques and toward the end, simulated assaults. The simulated assaults were walk-bys: We would walk across the room in opposite directions and he would either do nothing, or he’d very suddenly grab my throat and wrist. The purpose was to train me to react quickly and correctly if it were to happen to me in real life.

But it had happened to me in real life, and after the first or second walk-by, I wound up having visceral, vivid flashbacks to my former partner putting me in arm locks and finger locks, pinning me, kicking me, putting his hand over my mouth, pushing my head into the floor or the bed. I hyperventilated and cried, and my friend hugged me and helped me calm down. He also didn’t let me stop, because the things I experience will upset me sometimes and I still have to know how to handle it, especially when physical danger is involved.

Which brings me to trigger warnings. Keep reading »

What A Relief: The Real Larry From “Orange Is The New Black” Is Not Such A Schmuck

It’s strange that my own story has now been told in my wife’s memoir and, in a way, by the Netflix adaptation of it, yielding such delights in my inbox as a link to an article called “A Guide to the Internet’s Love of Hating Larry Bloom From ‘Orange Is the New Black.’” What can you do with that? Well, I read every word, clicked on every link, and laughed my ass off, appreciating the passion and level of detail that went into documenting the love of hating Larry Bloom. And when my friend’s teenage daughter texts me to say that she just wants me to know I am so much cooler than that guy, I appreciate that, too. …  I stuck by Piper because it never occurred to me to do anything else. I later signed a marriage contract with Piper Kerman, and a life rights release with Jenji Kohan and Netflix. And now, here’s my version of the story. If you ever meet me, I hope you’ll discover I am neither the saint of Piper’s book, nor the schmuck of a hit show.

Never before have pop culture consumers of the world been united in such certainty: we hate Larry Bloom, Piper’s ex-fiance on “Orange Is The New Black.” Just seeing Jason Biggs’ face on my computer screen brings on the douchechills. ‘Tis a pity for real-life Larry, an editor and writer named Larry Smith, who finally opened up about being half of Netflix’s most famous couple in a long essay for Medium. Keep reading »

Hollywood Sucks At Depicting LGBT Characters Onscreen

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  • According to a study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, only 17 of 102 films released by Hollywood’s seven largest studios during 2013 depicted gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans characters. Those characters were mostly minor roles and ones which portrayed the sexual orienation negatively. Of the films which did portray LGBT folks, they were more than twice as likely to portray gay male characters than lesbian or bisexual ones. So, you’ve got more work to do, Hollywood. (P.S. “Brokeback Mountain” obviously didn’t come out in 2013, but I couldn’t resist and excuse to post a pic of the hot Heath/Jake kiss.) [GLAAD.org via IndieWire] Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: Bride’s Favorite Mascot Walks Her Down The Aisle After She Loses Her Father

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When Jennifer Sullivan unexpectedly lost her father to a heart attack six months before her wedding, she brought in her favorite mascot to walk her down the aisle. “I knew that I would be thinking about him the entire time,” Sullivan told WSVN News. “I knew I needed to do something really special to take my mind off of it and make the moment as lighthearted as possible.” Sullivan is a hardcore University of Miami fan, and a former employee of the school’s athletics department. Sebastian, the Miami Hurricanes mascot, was all too happy to step in on her special day, wearing a jersey with her late father’s nickname, Big Walt, on the back. It couldn’t have been a more fitting tribute. [CosmopolitanWSVN News]

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