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Why Are We Claiming The “Drunk Girl In Public” Video Is Staged?

"I Get To Rape Her, Not You"

The premise of the above “social experiment” video is to see how men would react to a visibly drunk woman in public. Spoiler: Four of five men attempt to take her to their homes. One helpfully attempts to get her to the bus stop she’s looking for.

The immediate reaction, for many people, has been to suggest that the video was staged, that the men are actors. Others have just said that it’s not necessarily staged, but it is obviously edited for content, which is true. The fact is that only a handful of the men who saw this woman actually approached her at all. Most of them went about their business. Marie Claire said, “We’re not comfortable with the way this particular ‘social experiment’ seems to suggest all men are predatory. They are not.” By focusing on the men who actually interacted with her, the video implies that roughly 80 percent of men react to drunk women in a predatory way. Say that maybe 50 or 60 men are actually present on camera in the course of the video — the vast majority just let her be. Keep reading »

Fitness Vlogger John David Glaude Bravely Bares His Loose Skin

Seriously, That Takes A Lot Of Courage

Fitness vlogger John David Glaude of the YouTube channel Obese to Beast has lost 160 pounds since he started getting into fitness, and that’s come with a side effect he didn’t originally expect: A lot of loose skin. It’s a predictable result of extreme weight loss, but not one that’s been well-documented in American culture.

Glaude wanted to do his part to change that, so this weekend he posted a vlog titled “My Biggest Insecurity: Loose Skin.” In it, he demonstrates some of the ways he creates the illusion of not having loose skin, and shows the areas of his body that were the most effected by the extreme weight loss – his arms, chest, stomach, and thighs. You can hear an anxiety in his voice that isn’t present in his other videos while he’s undressing and explaining how he hides the skin, what he does to feel comfortable in public, and how he’s felt about the way his body looks unclothed. Keep reading »

New Dad Builds Sick Infant Iron Man Costume To Help Him “Feel Brave”

New Dad Builds Sick Infant Iron Man Costume To Help Him "Feel Brave"

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent with a sick child, but I do know that the feeling of helpless must be awful. That’s why Eric Hart is doing everything he can to help his four-month-old son “feel brave,” while he’s kept in the neonatal intensive care unit. Eric is a professional prop maker who found a regular Iron Man costume pattern online and scaled it down to infant size for baby Collier, who was able to spend this Halloween looking like a fighter in true Superhero form. Keep reading »

It Gets 0.86 Percent Better For The Gays And Lesbians Every Year

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  • Public opinion of homosexuality improves by 0.86 percent per year worldwide. [The Daily Beast]
  • The Ku Klux Klan says that it’s embracing racial diversity in order to work toward building a “strong America.” OK. [The Root]
  • The Bath Film Festival has a feminist rating for movies this year. [Marie Claire]
  • Nico Lang dissects the cultural trope of the “crazy bitch” in relation to Taylor Swift’s new video. [Daily Dot]
  • Amanda Palmer regrets making a snap decision to continue extending an invitation to Jian Ghomeshi to join her in Toronto on her book tour. [Salon]
  • Read about the relationship between body hair and femininity. [YouBeauty]

A New Font Makes Reading Easier For Children With Dyslexia

File this under Simple Solutions For Complex Problems: Font designer Christian Boer constructed a font that is more easily readable for people with dyslexia by tailoring the letters to accommodate the perceptual problems that are characteristic of dyslexia.

The problem with standard fonts for people with dyslexia is that letters are made to look very similar to each other, with similar heights, proportions, and angles. For example, in most fonts, if you flip a “b” upside-down, it looks like a “p” – and that’s exactly what the brain does for many people with dyslexia. The solution Boer came up with for his Dyslexie font is extremely elegant: slightly alter the letters so that none of them use precisely the same heights and proportions. Angle some letters a little, so that “j,” for instance, doesn’t look so much like “i.” Make the letters bottom-heavy so that the brain can perceive that a letter is, in fact, an “h” and not a “y.” Keep reading »

This Is Easily The Most Disturbing Toy Ever Created

This Is Easily The Most Disturbing Toy Ever Created
A Fairy Wand With A Touch Of WTF

Disclaimer: This story is all kinds of NOPE.

When Nicole Allen made her way into a local Dollar Store to buy a small surprise for her daughter, she got more than she bargained for when she found a toy fairy wand called “Evilstick.” The wand is supposed to play music and invoke happy thoughts, which is exactly what the pretty, pink packaging and fairy wrapping led Nicole to believe. After buying the toy and taking it home to her daughter, Nicole peeled back the foil at the head of the “wand” to find something more fucked up than an entire aisle of creepy Tickle Me Elmos: an actual photo of a girl covered in blood and slitting her own wrists with a kitchen knife.  Keep reading »

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