Make It Stop: “I’m Broke & Can’t Afford To Go Out With My Friends”

Make It Stop: "I'm Broke & Can't Afford To Go Out With My Friends"

As a result of chronic underemployment, I’m poorer than most of my friends. The problem is that they always invite me to go to expensive restaurants and happy hours at trendy spots. Just one of those happy hour hangouts costs as much I’d spend on grocery shopping for the week. It’s nice that they want to include me in their plans, but it makes me feel horrible to stress over how much everything costs when I’m out with them. If I come clean that I can’t afford to go, my fear is that they’ll stop inviting me out altogether, which would solve my problem, but it would also suck to have no friends. I already feel like a broke loser, I don’t want to be a broke, friendless loser too. How do I make this better so it doesn’t feel like I’m choosing between my friends and my wallet?

I’m certain lots of people are in your shoes. Except instead of underemployment, they’re in grad school, they’re paying off students loans, they’re saving for a wedding or a house, they just lost a job or just had a kid. Whatever the case, plenty of people can’t afford to toss their hard-earned cash at exotic drinks that end in -tini. Keep reading »

Emma Watson’s Second HeForShe Talk Is A Call To Arms

The truth is, the 'What now?' is down to you.

Carrying on the noble work of Hermione Granger, Emma Watson took the world by storm last fall, when she spoke at the UN on behalf of the HeForShe campaign, which pushes for global gender equality. Her second speech for the campaign took place yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and this time, Watson pushed for more than just attention surrounding gender disparity — she issued a veritable call to arms.

After noting how remarkable it was that the original speech garnered over 11 million views, “sparking 1.2 billion social media conversations,” she announced a plan to launch a program called Impact 10x10x10, explaining that it would focus on “engaging governments, businesses and universities, and having them make concrete commitments to gender equality.” But rather than rest on lofty sounding goals that only focus on macro applications that would hopefully trickle down, Watson went one step further and issued a call to arms, asking people to do the same in their daily lives. Keep reading »

Wanderlust: I’m Not Afraid To Travel Alone

I am traveling alone through the islands of Hawaii and I am a young woman. I am not worrying about getting raped every moment of my journey, unlike writer Tara Burton, who wrote about her fears in an article for Salon called “Dangers of Traveling While Female.” I don’t feel as if my life or body is in any imminent danger simply because I’m in new surroundings with people I may not know. After all, it has usually been in the most familiar places back home — my residential neighborhood, at school or local night clubs — where I have been stalked, street harassed or treated like an object.

While traveling, I don’t feel as if the likelihood of such dangerous encounters increase. As a matter of fact, oftentimes, I feel safer. When people hear that I am traveling alone, they seem to feel a sense of responsibility and concern for my safety and well-being. They take an immediate interest in my boldness; and all of a sudden, I become a woman worth protecting. Keep reading »

Kendall Jenner Is Unenthused About Her Karl Lagerfeld Campaign In This Creepy Video

In a twist that shocked absolutely no one, Karl Lagerfeld has announced that Kendall Jenner is the star of his 2015 campaign. Please enjoy this video (after the jump) featuring Kendall speaking in a bleak and near-satanic sounding voice about the joys of bright colors, despite a clear inability to muster joy herself. Come on Kendall, you have a personality on your reality show! I know it exists! Despite the fact that you’re mostly paid to look pretty and not talk, I know you’re capable of speaking in a tone other than the vocal equivalent of dead eyes. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Confession: I Don’t Wanna Hold Your Hand

Yesterday, I came across an article on Elite Daily titled “8 Scientific And Romantic Reasons Why We Love Holding Hands.

“Ew. Gross. Blech,” I said to myself. It occurred to me that this was probably not the reaction other people had upon seeing this article. Probably other people who are not terrible curmudgeons said to themselves, “Oh! How lovely and romantical! Yay hand holding!” and then promptly shared the article on their Facebook pages.

I do not like to hold hands. Arm linking is fine, particularly if it is keeping me from falling down after a night out, but holding hands drives me right up the wall. I can do it for maybe a minute, and only if I am sitting down and not talking. Keep reading »

Sean Penn Is Adopting Charlize Theron’s Son

  • Sean Penn has reportedly filed paperwork adopting Charlize Theron’s three-year-old son Jackson. A source told Us Weekly, “Sean always knew that to truly earn a place in Charlize’s heart, connecting with Jackson was one of the most important parts,” which seems to be the worst reason to adopt a child ever, but whatever. The two are also reportedly considering adopting more children to give Jackson a sibling. [Us WeeklyRefinery29]
  • Diplo called Taylor Swift fans the “worst people in the world.” LOL. [Us Weekly]
  • The royal family is vacationing in the Caribbean right now and I’m super jealous. [People]

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