The Soapbox: On Who Is Deserving Of The Benefit Of The Doubt & Why Black Women Choose Abortion

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A world without abortion is unsustainable for Black women. The barriers that exist to basic healthcare make it a fundamental necessity to have the constitutional right and unobstructed access to terminate a pregnancy we cannot carry to term. If you hold the belief that a person should not exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy under any circumstances, I challenge you to read to the last paragraph. Open yourself up to the possibility that there is more room for discussion, more opportunities for compassion, and that a world can exists where allowing Black women to choose for themselves, devoid of judgment, when to be pregnant.

Every day we make dozens of decisions: what to wear, what to eat, and with whom to spend our precious time, among other things. Some of us are privileged to have more decision-making power than others. And all decisions are made in the context of our everyday lives; where we live, what we look like, into which circumstances we were born, etc. One consequence of decision-making is being given the benefit of the doubt by the people around you; that is, being trusted that you are deciding for yourself the best thing to do. Unfortunately, this value isn’t extended to everyone, especially not Black women who still bear the burden of genuine mistrust. Keep reading »

Etsy Spotlight: You Totally Need This Handmade “I’ll Have What She’s Having” Card

When Harry Met Sally

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of “When Harry Met Sally,” which is obviously the most beloved film of all time (or at least, it is to me). The Etsy shop Seas and Peas clearly knows how to celebrate with this awesome card depicting one of the movie’s finer moments. It’s handmade out of recycled paper, so even the trees will thank you for it! In Sally’s honor, I vote for the creation of a “days of the week underpants” companion card. [Seas and Peas]

UCONN Settles With Students Whose Sexual Assault Complaints It Mishandled

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In October 2013, a group of current and former students accused the University of Connecticut of violating Title IX by mishandling their sexual assault cases which occurred at the school between 2010 and 2013. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights launched an investigation into the school and whether it failed to follow the gender equality law that provides equal opportunity and access to education.

UCONN still refuses to broadly take responsibility for its failures. But today it was announced that the school is settling with five of the students it is accused of failing. Keep reading »

First Look: Carrie Mathison Is Still Drinkin’ And Poppin’ Pills In This “Homeland” Season 4 Preview

Homeland Season 4 Preview
Still Ugly Crying Too!

If you’re not caught up on “Homeland,” beware that there are spoilers ahead, i.e. in the very next sentence so stop reading now, you’ve been warned. When we last saw “Homeland”‘s Carrie Mathison, the bipolar CIA agent was mourning the death of her beloved tiny-lipped, ginger-haired, terrorist-sympathizing boyfriend Brody, expecting his child and preparing to take a new job as Station Chief in Istanbul. Fans were left wondering how the show would evolve now that it wasn’t going to be Brody-centric, and I’m afraid this teaser trailer for the fourth season doesn’t tell us much. Thankfully, we can take comfort in the knowledge that while Brody is six-feet-under, Saul Berenson and Peter Quinn still have Carrie’s back.

Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo Will Marry In Mexico Tomorrow

  • Adam Levine will marry Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo at a Mexican resort tomorrow. Other Victoria’s Secret models, as well as Jonah Hill, will be in attendance, though our invitation seems to have gotten lost in the mail. Congrats! [Daily Mail UK]
  • Scott Disick’s hospitalization for alcohol poisoning last month was not filmed for “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” His struggles with substance abuse won’t be a storyline on the show next season, because while a lot of the on-camera hijinks are scripted, this is a real issue in his life. He’s reportedly now in counseling. [Radar Online]
  • A billion Disney Channel stars got together to record an epic cover of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” from “Frozen.” Apparently, they’re all BFFs. [Huffington Post]
  • The Warwick women’s rowing team posed tastefully nude in a charity calendar, and their Facebook page was briefly banned because it was “inappropriate content” — while the men’s team’s identical page remained intact. I spy a double standard. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Arizona Will Drop Child Abuse Charges Against Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

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  • Arizona said it would drop child abuse charges against an unemployed, sometimes homeless mother who was arrested for leaving her kids inside a car while she went to a job interview if she agreed to certain conditions. Shanesha Taylor, 35, agreed to take parenting and substance abuse classes, as well as establish education and childcare trusts which contain no less than $10,000. That last provision sounds extremely unreasonable to a low-income mother, in my opinion, but likely reflect the tens of thousands of dollars in donations that Taylor received after her arrest became public. Hopefully Taylor’s children, who were taken by Child Protective Services, can be reunited with their mom ASAP. [The Root] Keep reading »

We Live In A World With A Prince George Baby Lookalike

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It’s not enough to live in a world with Kate Middleton and Prince William impersonators, or a prematurely-canceled television show devoted to a Prince Harry “doppelganger” trying to trick a bunch of dumb American women into believing he’s the real royal. Now we gotta drag the baby into it, too. Meet Freddie Minnis, an 11-month-old baby boy from Essex in the UK who is a Prince George lookalike. What that means beyond being a publicity stunt for the website which hosted the lookalike contest, I don’t know, but I’m sure Freddie’s mum is relieved she can put this kid to work pronto. Although … they both just look like regular babies to me.  [Daily Mail UK] [Left image via Daily Mail UK; right image via Getty]

10-Year-Old Girl Writes Adorably Scathing Review Of The Cinderella Restaurant At Disney World

10-Year-Old Girl Writes Adorably Scathing Review Of The Cinderella Restaurant At Disney World
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Apparently, Cinderella’s Royal Table is the Lamborghini of Disney World restaurants. If you haven’t made a reservation for the highly-coveted princess eatery at least six months in advance, you can forget about it. One 10-year-old Disney World guest, however, did not find the experience to her liking, and wants to save future Disney visitors the trouble. In a one-star review under the TripAdvisor username WDWexpert, she shared her subpar experience of dining surrounded by princess-loving plebs with plastic wands and being offered the most mediocre of food options: chicken nuggets. The full review is too good not to include in its entirety:

We went to this restaurant for dinner after having heard that it was one of the best at WDW (Walt Disney World). Having gone to WDW many times before I can safely say that unless you have young ones that love princesses it isn’t worth your money. When I first went I was counted as an adult by disney (tickets and such) but, was ten about to turn eleven. My parents and I had saved the money to go because a) When we made our reservation we were told when we asked if it was character dining that it was not. B) We thought it would be a nice end to our trip and C) We had never gone and thought that we should try something new. Keep reading »

University Of Oregon Public Safety Officer Reveals Co-Workers’ Extensive List Of People Who Should “Eat A Bowl Of Dicks”

A former University of Oregon public safety officer is suing the University after being fired in 2012 for reporting misconduct within the school’s police department. According to the released officer James Cleavenger, a handful of his fellow officers kept a “Bowl of Dicks” list which they regularly updated instead of working. For those unfamiliar with a “Bowl Of Dicks” list, it is a list people and things that should eat a bowl of dicks. Yes, it’s that simple. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit's They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Somehow I managed to enter my third decade on Earth without ever having tried a cat’s eye with gel eyeliner before. Of course I’d worn eyeliners — browns, golds, even blues — but something about that thick, black cat’s eye intimidated me. I thought you needed to have that “cool girl” look, like the author Caitlin Moran or Alex Vause on “Orange Is The New Black.” But a quick Google Image shows a wide variety of celebs in winged eyeliner, from Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson, to Dita Von Teese and Rihanna. Cat’s eyes, it turns out, are surprisingly versatile.

So I bucked up and tried black gel eyeliner for the first time, coached by my coworkers Sophie and Katie (who couldn’t believe I was a black eyeliner virgin). The product was a sample of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, which turned out to be perfectly easy for a newbie like me. Keep reading »

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