10 Reasons You’re So Tired All The Time

“I’m so tired” is the most basic complaint in the entire world, second only to whining about the weather. I think we like to say it because it makes us seem busy or worthy of sympathy, but sometimes we say it because we really are running on fumes and trapped in a cycle of burnout. In our culture, sleep deprivation is a badge of honor to humblebrag about. For most of college (and for most of my life, really), I would stay up until all hours of the night trying to accomplish everything on my to-do list or just trying to savor some relaxation time. I’d either fall asleep in the middle of a project with the light on or turn in super late, irrationally expecting myself to easily wake up early despite the fact that I had maybe three hours asleep ahead of me. I figured functioning on little sleep was just a matter of willpower and that I was a failure at the game, but then sometime in the past few years, I realized that my life looks entirely different when I’ve had a decent night’s sleep. When I discovered this, sleep felt like a super drug. Being well-rested made me a happier, more optimistic person, and I realized that when I wasn’t exhausted I could actually get shit done instead of spending a million years on the same task because I was too tired to concentrate. I’d venture that the exhausted, strung-out version of me (who of course still makes appearances) is an entirely different person who’s taken crazy pills and sees the world with entirely different stakes. Keep reading »

Rider Strong Is A Dad!

  • Rider Strong, a.k.a. Shawn Hunter on “Boy Meets World”, welcomed his first child with his wife Alexandra Barreto. The baby, a boy named Indigo, was born on December 28. Mazel tov!
  • As deflate-gate intensifies, Tom Brady says he didn’t alter his balls in any way (sorry, couldn’t resist) before the Patriots’ game against the Colts. [ABC News]
  • The demographic most likely to skip STD tests will freak you out! [YouBeauty]

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Writer Engages Racist Twitter Troll With Surprising Results

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  • Read how writer Ijeoma Oluo used love and patience to turn a racist Twitter troll into a friend. [Daily Kos]
  • Even Björk can’t get anything done in the music industry: “Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” [Feministing]
  • The tampon scene was pulled from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie — though this fan-made video is pretty solid — which begs the question, why are we so afraid of period sex? [Daily Dot] Keep reading »

House Passes “No Abortions For Poor Ladies” Bill On Roe v. Wade Anniversary

After backing down from a controversial bill that would make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, the Republican controlled House passed another anti-abortion bill today, called “The No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion” Act. Coincidentally, today is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that deemed abortion a decision to be made privately between a woman and her doctor.

This bill will prevent women from having their abortions covered by Medicaid, restrict her ability to buy insurance that covers abortions, block federal funds for abortion for women serving in the military, and prevent Washington, D.C. from using local funds to help women pay for abortions. It would also get rid of a tax break given to small businesses who provide their female employees with insurance that covers abortion. Keep reading »

One Black Turtleneck, Three Ways To Wear It

I’ve always thought of turtlenecks as being one of the more … oppressive articles of clothing. In addition to having a fabric chokehold around your neck, turtlenecks cover so much skin that they’ve always struck me as being totally boring. Plus, I grew up on Southern California, where denim shorts with Ugg boots is more typical of winter fashion. So yeah, for the better part of my life, I could give a shit about turtlenecks — but then I moved to the East Coast and had to start dressing for actual real cold winters, and my outlook shifted the more my teeth chattered. And as for being boring? Hardly. Turtlenecks are actually an amazing layering piece for when you want to be especially warm, and they help “winterize” certain pieces in your wardrobe that you maybe thought you could only wear during summer. So, in short, turtlenecks are remarkably versatile snuggly straight jackets and you should totally get one. Like the one above from J. Crew!  Once you do, here are three outfits to inspire you! [Turtleneck: $34.50, J. Crew
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Let’s Not Make “Babycore” Happen

Normcore’s time has come and gone, and health goths still cling desperately to relevancy, but but ready your body because Babycore is the new hotness, and it is going to slay every pre-conceived notion you had of what you should be wearing. Refinery29 reports on this dubious “trend” as artist Matt Starr’s desire to push the boundaries of our ceaseless obsession with nostalgia. In an interview with Paper Magazine, he says that “There’s a playful, laid back and comfortable aesthetic to baby clothes that most adult clothing brands don’t offer.” Yes, that’s right, Babycore is all about adults embracing BABY FASHION.

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