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Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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  • Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, “Anonymous Vs. Steubenville,” about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the sexual assault of a teen girl by members of the Steubenville High School football team. The article focuses on Deric Locstutter, one of the hacktivists within Anonymous, and how he faced jail time for exposing the coverup of the assault, rather than the issues directly pertinent to rape culture. I’m happy to hear the story won’t disappear into history, but I’ll hold off judgment until I see how it’s handled. [Daily Dot]
  • Administrators of a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma have directed all doctors to stop prescribing contraceptives for birth control. I guess everyone needs to lie about having bad cramps now, huh? [The Nation] Keep reading »

Study: Being Popular Doesn’t Make Teens More Immune To Bullying

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Sorry, teenagers, but new study of high schoolers has found that becoming more popular can actually increase the risk of being bullied. Researchers from Pennsylvanita State University and The University of California, Davis teamed up and interviewed 4,200 North Carolina high school students about their social lives. The team used the interviews to create something of a social map of the school and where each kid stood among their peers. They followed changes within the school’s social structure over the course of the year.According to professor Bob Faris, “The climb up can be painful. As kids get closer [to the top], they become more involved in social combat.” Students were asked to name which classmates had picked on them and admit who they had bullied themselves. (How on earth they convinced high schoolers to be up front with such sensitive secrets, I have no idea.) Keep reading »

Ill-Advised Tryst Ends With Woman At Bottom Of Well

Ill-Advised Tryst Ends With Woman At Bottom of Well

It’s tough to imagine an outdoor tryst ending much worse than this: at the bottom of a well, with hypothermia setting in. Where was her partner? Read more on Newser… [Photo: Natalie from "All My Children"]

9 Indispensable Tips For Tax Season (And Life In General)

9 Indispensable Tips For Tax Season (And Life In General)

Well, it’s April, and you know what that means: tax season is in full swing. Did you shudder just now? Pee a little bit? Plug your ears and start singing, “LALALALA” at the top of your lungs? We’ve been there, but what if this year (and every year from now on) were different? Someone once told Ami that money is a reflection of your soul, and that forever changed the way she approached her taxes. Mostly because she didn’t want her soul to look bad in front of the federal government, but still. What if we all approached our taxes with less fear and more gumption? What if we were proactive and responsible and motivated? Hey, it could happen. Here are some helpful tips that you can easily apply to tax season…and life. Do with them what you will. Keep reading »

This Student Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

This Student Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old from Long Island, has a whole lot of options for his college career. This time of year usually brings handwringing for high school students as decision letters from universities roll in, but not for Enin. He was accepted to all eight schools in the Ivy League and now has his pick between Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Yale and Penn.

Enin intends to become a doctor one day and would also like to study music. He ranks 11th in his high school class and scored a 2250 on his SAT. He’s taken 11 AP classes and volunteers at a local hospital. He even finds time to sing in his school’s a cappella group! The first-generation Ghanaian’s parents are both nurses, and Enin says financial aid will be key in helping him decide where to enroll — he has until May 1 to choose a school. Keep reading »

Black Women’s Hair Is Under More Scrutiny With The Army’s New Grooming Regulations

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  • The Army released new regulations on Monday for hair and grooming which seem to specifically target Black women’s hairstyles. The new regs now forbid braids or cornrows larger than a quarter of an inch (dreadlocks and twists have already been banned since 2005). As a result, Black women who wear their hair this way have to either get a new hairstyle or cover it with a wig. [Huffington Post]
  • Hobby Lobby is fighting the Obama administration not to pay cover contraception for women in their health care plan, but they seem to have no problem at all investing in contraception makers with their retirement funds. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

That Doesn’t Go There: Woman Steals Rolex Watch And Hides It In Her Vagina

It was only a matter of time before authorities found Kenneth Herold’s missing Rolex … in his masseuse’s vagina. Lady parts were not designed to be used as storage lockers, yet that hasn’t stopped countless women from stashing valuables in their front hole. Christina Lafave was one of those women.  Keep reading »

This McGill University Campaign Takes Back The F-Word

The Law School of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, has had enough of the negative stereotypes that sometimes come alongside the word “feminist.” Their campaign, “McGill Law Feminists,” aims to remind us that feminism doesn’t have just one face. Members of the McGill community from a diverse range of backgrounds were photographed as they reclaimed the f-word. “Feminist” is not a bad word, and I love this campaign’s efforts to make that clear. [Ms Magazine, McGill Feminists]

Teen Girl Accused Of Stabbing Her Best Friend To Death Over Naked Selfie Photos

Teen Girl Accused Of Stabbing Her Best Friend To Death Over Naked Selfie Photos

A teenage girl in Mexico is accused of fatally stabbing her best friend to death because, police suspect, the friend had posted naked selfies photos the two had taken together to Facebook. Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez (left), 16, allegedly stabbed Anel Baez (right), also 16, a total of 65 times at Baez’s home in Guamúchil. Baez had come over to patch things up following a dispute over the naked photos, and police allege that after excusing herself to go to the bathroom, Gutierrez grabbed a knife in the kitchen and began stabbing Baez. She reportedly fled the scene and was arrested three days later at Baez’s funeral. According to Notus, Gutierrez had sent a threatening tweet (from a now-deleted account) to Baez in the weeks before the attack, writing, “It may seem that I am very calm, but in my head I have killed you at least three times.” Police are expected to charge Gutierrez with murder later this week. [NY Daily News; Notus]

Stephen Colbert Responds To #CancelColbert By Shutting Down The Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity To Orientals Or Whatever

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Stephen Stands His Ground

Stephen Colbert has finally responded to the hashtag #CancelColbert, which was trending last week on Twitter. In true “Colbert Report” fashion, he did it in character as a pompous blowhard conservative who “doesn’t see race.” A quick recap for those of you who were down a hole all weekend: in response to a news segment about racism towards Native Americans, someone from the Comedy Central Twitter account tweeted a joke about Asians referencing an older skit from a prior Colbert show about racism. Some people on Twitter freaked out over the perceived racist slight and created the hashtag #CancelColbert, which eventually started trending. Although at least from what I could see, many folks tweeting it were saying not to cancel “Colbert.”

On last night’s show in a segment called “Who’s Attacking Me Now?”, Stephen Colbert responded to #CancelColbert … or, as he put it, “the dark forces trying to silence my message.” Keep reading »

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