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“Confused Cats Against Feminism” Tumblr Puts An Eyeroll-Worthy Social Media Meme To Bed

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There’s only one way to address an Internet meme where dumb, mostly-white women insist not to “need” a social justice movement from which they have benefited enormously, and that is with cats. These two Tumblrs have more in common than you think: spoiled, pampered, oblivious … [Confused Cats Against Feminism]

Dulcolax Laxative Ad Welcomes You To Poop Prison

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Oh, how much fun it would be to work on the creative for a laxative brand’s ad campaign! And fun was clearly what the crazy kids at McCann Healthcare Worldwide were having when they came up with this ad for Dulcolax’s latest ad campaign. Turds! In poop prison! Counting the days they’ve been trapped inside someone’s bowels thanks to constipation! At least until Dulcolax arrives to set them free. Seriously, this has to be the best/worst ad ever. The turds are huddled around AN ASSHOLE, you guys. Genius! (Check out a few more subtle Dulcolax ads after the jump.) [Ads of the World via Ad Week] Keep reading »

Alabama Teen Receives Death Threats For Posting Smiley Selfie At Auschwitz

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Selfies strike again.

Breanna Mitchell, 18, of Roanake, Alabama, graduated from high school this year. In June, she celebrated this milestone by traveling to Europe with her grandmother and visiting Poland. Like many teens, Breanna documented her trip on social media. Sounds like a great story so far, right? The ugh moment is that Breanna snapped a smiling selfie at Auschwitz, posing in front of nondescript buildings with the caption “Selfie in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp” and a grinning emoticon. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: I Will March For Eric Garner — But Black Male Sexism Must Also Be Addressed

The Soapbox: I Will March For Eric Garner -- But Black Male Sexism Must Also Be Addressed

I recently read a piece written by Kimberly Foster titled “Why I Will Not March For Eric Garner.” The author plainly states her argument: she refuses to rally in support of Eric Garner — who died of cardiac arrest after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer — because she does not believe Black men equally support Black women in their struggle against oppression. In her own words directed to Black men: “I’m not settling for anything less than reciprocity. If you refuse to hear our calls for help, then I cannot respond to yours.”

Many were offended that the author used the untimely death of a man to launch a discussion about sexism in the Black community and I shared that sentiment. Yet the piece sparked a huge discussion about gender inequality amongst myself and a group of coworkers — who happened to be Black men — nonetheless. Keep reading »

Families Find Creepy Porcelain Dolls (That Look Like Their Daughters) On Their Doorsteps

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Over the course of this week, 11 families in the same neighborhood in San Clemente, California, found creepy porcelain dolls on their doorsteps. As if that in itself weren’t enough to fuel indefinite nightmares, each doll resembled a girl who lived in the house. The girls who received the porcelain doppelgangers were about 10 years old, and most of them attended the same school. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated the situation and found that the culprit was a “female adult” who lives nearby and goes to the same church as many of the families. She seems to have meant well and claims that leaving the dolls was an act of “goodwill.” As the story gained attention, another parent of a five-year-old girl came forward and said wooden dolls with interchangeable clothing were left on the family’s doorstep two weeks ago. There’s no word yet whether the same woman is behind this act. So. Creepy. [The Wire] [Image via Twitter]

North Carolina Teen Gave Birth After Secret Pregnancy & Buried Infant In Her Backyard

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A teen girl in North Carolina kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone but her boyfriend, then buried their newborn in her backyard. Police said the infant appeared to have bled to death because the umbilical cord was cut improperly.

Ashley Reed from Louisburg gave birth alone to her 8.5 lb. daughter, but texted her 18-year-old boyfriend through the birth. After the infant died — it’s not clear whether the baby was intentionally or accidentally killed — Ashley placed the newborn in a grocery bag and buried it in her yard. The body was found in late June; a funeral was held for the baby girl last week. Keep reading »

Women Still Aren’t Allowed To Compete In The Tour De France

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  • Women are still not allowed to compete in the Tour de France race, a nearly month-long cycling competition finishes this Sunday in Paris. This year, women cyclists can ride in a separate one-day-long race, called “La Course by Le Tour de France.” However, it’s dismaying that in the main race’s 100-year-plus history, the full competition is only available to men. Women cyclists are still pushing to compete in the main Tour de France in the future. [Daily Telegraph AUWashington Post, Guardian UK]
  • This pro-choice North Carolina couple who stand outside an abortion clinic every Saturday with signs are my new heroes. [The Daily Dot] Keep reading »

I Can’t Stop Laughing: Bride’s Accidental Text Results In The Most Epic Wedding Photo Ever

My stomach hurts from laughing so hard. One lucky couple can now include the world’s most iconic photo in their wedding album, and it’s all because of a little miscommunication. Bride-to-be Kristen, who was planning to marry in England, text messaged a group of friends inviting them to a bridal party barbecue and photo shoot, but she accidentally included the phone number of a stranger … who showed up … with an entourage.

See, when the stranger corrected the bride by telling her she sent the message to the wrong number, but that “me and my boys will be there” anyway, she clarified that the invite was off the table. His response: “We still coming.”

And the rest is history. Check out the text message that started it all after the jump! [NY Post] Keep reading »

Say What? 1-In-25 New Yorkers Is A Millionaire

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If you were to chuck everybody who wasn’t a millionaire out of New York City, the city would still have a higher population than New Orleans, according to a new study. Researchers at Spear’s magazine say 4.63 percent of the city’s population have assets of $1 million or more—excluding their primary residences—adding up to 389,100 millionaires. Read more on Newser…

This Girl Is Crowd-Funding Her Grad School Tuition (And It’s Actually Working)

Emily-Rose Eastop, a 26-year-old from London, is crowd-funding the expenses of her master’s degree program. The scientist with a talent for singing and dancing graduated in 2010 with a degree in Human Sciences, and was shocked when she was turned down for over 200 jobs (though it’s worth considering that she only applied for work through notoriously useless online job-hunting platforms). She’s spent the past fours years relying on the support of her mother and boyfriend to live and tutoring biology to make some cash here and there. Keep reading »

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