Teenage Boy Writes Touching Letter About Emma Watson’s Gender Equality Speech

Emma Watson

Emma Watson’s speech on gender equality at the UN may have sparked a seriously bizarre marketing stunt/prank on 4Chan/stupid hoax, but it also educated countless young people and did a massive amount of good. One of those young people, 15-year-old Ed Holtom, loved her speech so much that he wrote into UK’s Telegraph to express his support. In his letter, he worries that some of the other boys at his school have a more hostile view towards feminism, and he makes a call to action for other young people to reject gender stereotypes. Holtom told BuzzFeed, “I was inspired by Emma Watson’s speech, but also by Beyoncé’s philosophy of female empowerment. I didn’t expect anyone to take an interest in it, but I’m so glad people agree with me!” Is this kid awesome or what? The letter that appears in the Telegraph was shortened a bit, but he provided BuzzFeed with the full version, which you can read after the jump!

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Why California’s Active Consent Law Is Not An Outrage

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s Active Consent bill yesterday, making it law in California that in order to receive state funding, universities must have policies stating that students must obtain verbal or nonverbal consent before having sex (a lack of objection or resistance does not constitute consent), provide victims’ advocates, teach incoming freshmen about consent during orientation, and not punish victims for underage drinking when they come forward.

I don’t know why there’s a chunk of people who are invested in claiming this is an outrage — OK, I have some ideas, and they mainly have to do with fairly predictable pushback to social change. The bill has had its critics, as has the idea of affirmative or active consent in general. Here’s why this bill (now law!) is by no means an outrage: Keep reading »

The DIY Bible: 33 Recipes For All Of Your Cosmetics, Beauty & Home Care Needs (With A Shopping List!)

The DIY Bible: 33 Recipes For All Of Your Cosmetics, Beauty & Home Care Needs (With A Shopping List!)
DIY Spa Day
How To Have An At-Home Spa Day That Feels Like The Real Thing
How to pamper yourself like a pro. Read More »

So ya wanna go all-natural, eh? Tired’a lookin’ around for recipes, ehhh?

Well here you go! There are about a million reasons to DIY your makeup, self care, and home care routines and it gets even cheaper the more you make (these recipes will bring your cost down up to 95 percent), as you can recycle old makeup containers, including any you end up having to buy the first time. Keep reading »

Beyonce Crashed The Global Citizen Festival And It Was Perfection

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I Have Too Many Feels

Beyonce made a surprise appearance during Jay Z’s set at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC this weekend, and it was glorious. She joined him to sing Justin Timberlake’s vocals in “Holy Grail,” and then added her voice to “Young Forever” (in a totally on-point outfit, I might add). You’d think that being fresh off the heels of their On The Run tour would make these two sick of performing together, but it just never gets old for the rest of us. All rumors aside, I am forever obsessed with these two. They bring out all the feels every damn time. [Rolling Stone]

My Facebook Post About An Ass-Grabbing Customer Went Viral

Customer Who Put His Hand On His Bartender's Ass Messed With The Wrong Pissed Off Woman

Two weeks ago I quit my bartending job. A man came into my restaurant, had a drink, and made a lewd comment to me, while he also happened to have his hand on my ass. It’s now a somewhat internet famous event, as I posted about it on my Facebook page and the note took off.  That one little pic now has almost 19,000 likes, and near 10,000 shares. My anecdote got some press attention as well, with stories published on Jezebel, Huffington Post, NYMag.com, and even as a full-page spread in the New York Post. That article in the Post likely contributed to the attention the whole thing received as the Customer in question apparently called me a “fucking cunt” on the phone to their reporter, claiming that he had “grabbed a lot of asses” but never mine.  To be clear, I never said he “grabbed” me (just touched me), but I can’t imagine that the reporter made the distinction over the phone. Nor would it be emphasized by various Facebookers who were tagging and attacking him in response. You see, I made the saucy, dangerous, and arguably underhanded choice to include the name of this customer when I posted about it on Facebook. I will never know whether that was a good idea, because I will never witness the full repercussions of my actions. Keep reading »

Danish Restaurant Hot Buns Selling Sex Toys With Burgers

Danish Restaurant Hot Buns Selling Sex Toys With Burgers

A burger joint in Copenhagen, Denmark, isn’t chicken about arousing controversy: It’s now selling sex toys along with hamburgers. Starting Thursday, Hot Buns is adding dildos, vibrators, whips and other sex-oriented products to the menu.

It’s a natural fit, considering the restaurant puts as much emphasis on the tank top and hot pants worn by its all-female staff as it does on the burgers. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…

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