- A social studies teacher named Peter Heck spoke a high school commencement and instead of encouraging all of the graduates to pursue their wildest ambitions, he really just told the boys to do that. Heck urged the graduating girls to “devote yourself to your families and children. … We need more women as invested mothers.” His word’s echoed a college graduation speech given recently by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who urged graduates to get married and have kids. [Huffington Post]
- Louisiana has just passed a bill prohibiting any unmarried people from using a surrogate to have a child. Since same-sex marriage is also illegal in Louisiana, there is no way for same-sex couples to have a child this way. Calling bullshit on that, Louisiana. [Feministing]
- Enraged by the injustice done to them, these fearless survivors of sexual assault are telling both their attackers and society that enough is enough! [Glamour] Keep reading »
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Erin Faith Page was chosen to represent students at New England College’s commencement this year. The school also chose Senator Kelly Ayotte as a keynote speaker at the event, offering her an honorary degree. The problem? Erin is an out lesbian who believes that Ayotte’s conservative politics make her a terrible choice for the honor.
But New England College, a small, private liberal arts college with around 1,800 students is sticking by its choice. ”The College is pleased to have Senator Ayotte speak at our Commencement Ceremony as we have a rich tradition of welcoming differing viewpoints and celebrating freedom of speech,” NEC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Watman told The Frisky. In case you’re not familiar with Ayotte, she is staunchly anti-gay marriage, supports the Defense of Marriage Act, and most recently voted against the gun control bill. In a petition created by Page, she writes that Ayotte: Keep reading »
Reddit user alyak72 decided to forgo the traditional celebratory tone of most college graduation announcements and take the brutally honest route instead. I’m sure many of today’s college graduates feel the same way, but damn, those tears and the pleading for cash are a little intense. What would you do if you got this card in the mail? [Neatorama]
Kara Koskowich really wanted to make a statement when she graduated from high school, so rather than donning the traditional white graduation dress, Kara made her own — out of old math homework. [CNN]
Graduation speeches are tough. You have to avoid the usual cliches about how students are floating on the sea of life or opening the doors to their future, and that isn’t easy. My college graduation speaker—some bigwig woman at the World Bank—hit both of those. Not that you could hear over the protesting of my fellow classmates. So I’m feeling a teensy bit jealous that the lucky ducks over at Harvard have such an awesome graduation speaker—the amazing and hilarious Amy Poehler. “We wanted someone people could recognize, who could give a funny and engaging speech,” the school’s class marshal explained. “During her time on ‘SNL,’ Amy was a part of our growing up, and there’s no doubt she’s pretty hilarious.” Not to mention that she’s also a Boston native.
This got me thinking—who would I have liked to see give my commencement address? Some picks after the jump. Keep reading »
This month, I turned 22. Young, I know, but for me the birthday served as another float in the parade of reality that my graduation day is marching closer with each passing moment. Instead of the usual array of fun and frivolous gifts wrapped in brightly colored paper, far too many people chose to get me “work clothes” for my birthday this year.
I am graduating from New York University in May. And it’s not just others who are preparing me for the life change that’s about to happen. Each morning, I wake up and remind myself that I need to get a job—and not of the smoothie shop variety. I’ve spent more time than I care to admit contemplating how to craft the perfect employer-alluring business card and website. And if all this worrying, wondering and work wardrobing wasn’t enough, almost every conversation I have had with someone 25+ over the past five months has turned into a mental probing of my potential to deal with “the future.” Keep reading »
- Two lesbian students said their Oklahoma high school won’t let them graduate as long as the girls are living together. Melissa McKenzie moved in with her girlfriend Kelsey Hicks and Hicks’ family. But McKenzie claims she was kicked out of school when administrators learned that and told her she could return when she went back to her parents’ home. Hicks had also dropped out of school last month, but said the principal discouraged her from returning. Although Hicks admitted she’s been in trouble at school in the past, she said the principal pushed her towards getting her GED instead because she’s gay. [Advocate.com, News9.com]
- One of the U.K.’s leading midwives has accused the National Health Service of “scaring” women out of having a home birth. [Telegraph]
- Watch a trailer starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard as Winnie and Nelson Mandela in a biopic of her life, “Winnie.” [Clutch Magazine]
Employment rates reached 9.4% this month—the highest they’ve been in the past 26 years. Great, so nearly a tenth of the U.S. is unemployed, and I’m graduating college in a semester––yikes! While I’d totally love to embrace “funemployment” come December, I just don’t think my Dad will approve of that. So in the spirit of I-better-start-looking-for-a-job-now-or-I’m-gonna-need-food-stamps-and-I-don’t-know-how-they-work, here are some very creative ways other people have taken to the job search. Keep reading »
Chelsea Sarvis, a senior at South Carolina’s Chapin High School, wants to wear pants to her graduation. But according to Principal Mike Satterfield (surprise, surprise, it’s a male), unless she wears a dress, she won’t be attending. That’s right—if she doesn’t conform to what I thought were antiquated stereotypes and flaunt a “feminine” frock, she won’t be able to go to her own graduation.
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Kanye West is a lil’ cocky and we like it! While giving a Grammy acceptance speech for Best Rap Album, the producers tried to usher him off the stage, cuing up the music while our baby tried to thank his mama. But he let everyone know he wasnâ€™t done, and we werenâ€™t done checkinâ€™ him out either. So if youâ€™re still jonesing for the jawbone that just wonâ€™t quit, you have to check out his music video for the latest single off Graduation, â€œFlashing Lights.â€ Weâ€™d be happy to flash the rapper our headlights! Bound and gagged, Kanyeâ€™s got junk in the trunk and is happy to let a woman in lingerie beat him. Heâ€™s sooooo gangsta! And if youâ€™ll do anything to get Kanye with the lights off, heâ€™s coming to a town near you as his Glow In the Dark tour hits the road in April.
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