Laverne Cox wasn’t always as sure of herself as she is today. Growing up in Alabama with a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she got bullied at school for being feminine and struggled with her gender identity. Hearing her talk about recognizing herself as worthy of love in her own right, rebuilding a foundation with her family and overcoming the shame she felt is incredibly inspiring. It does get better. [Refinery 29]
As a dog owner — though I really think of myself as a mother to a beautiful dog daughter — this story just breaks my heart. Imagine going out of town and returning to discover that someone you trusted to take care of your beloved pet while you were gone had actually sold that beloved pet instead. That’s what happened to Robby (above), who entrusted his girlfriend with his dog’s care when he was deployed to Afghanistan. Instead, his GF sold his three-year-old Shibu Inu, Baxter, on Craigslist, which has to be the most fucked up thing ever. Robby was able to track down the people who bought Baxter, but the new owners are reluctant to give the dog back because their children have grown “attached.” Keep reading »
What is it about Boston terriers that makes them so damn cute? Bosco the puppy would be fun to hang out with even if he wasn’t having his very first taste of peanut butter alongside his dog buddy Riley. But his utter and complete glee makes him that much more adorable. I get it, Bosco — nothing’s yummier than peanut butter. [Jezebel]
These days, I may be the queen of TMI, but I wasn’t always so comfortable talking about sex, let alone asking for what I wanted in bed. In the last few years, I’ve been a lot more openminded and in the process learned which kinky activities get me off — but asking for them? Sometimes I still get tongue-tied. And I know I’m not alone. Lots of guys have told me they’d like for their female partners to give them a little more direction in bed, while I know some women who have confessed to being shy about giving it. So, how can guys encourage their female partners to be vocal about their desires in a way that’s not pressuring? Let’s start with a few basic, often wanted but not always requested, sexytime activities…
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For far too long, dragons have been terrorizing helpless goats and children in the Seven Kingdoms, and it’s time to do something about it. Call 1-800-DRA-CARYS to donate to the worthy cause of catching fire-breathing dragons and finding them forever catacombs. And heads up! If you call in the next 30 minutes, you’ll be sent your very own photo of a dragon you’re helping to enslave right now. Don’t wait — call now, before another child of Mereen is dumped at Khaleesi’s feet. (Props to my buddy Greg Seals at The Daily Dot for making this hilarious spoof.) [The Daily Dot]
Deanna Jordan, a 28-year-old single mom of three boys, just graduated from UCLA with three (three!) degrees. Jordan, who grew up in Compton in Los Angeles, had her three sons from ages 18-22. Jordan told news station CBS2 that she knew she had a rough road ahead. “I had him and in the hospital I remember thinking, ‘I’m 22, there’s no future unless I can create one,’” so that’s exactly what she did.
Jordan became the first person in her family to attend college, and she now holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. She’s also the founder of a program that aims to assist in revitalizing education in Compton schools. Jordan works in the Compton mayor’s office and plans to eventually head to law school to become a district attorney. “You can’t really succeed unless you fail, and I failed a lot of times, but it was my persistence and my willingness never to give up,” she said. I am totally inspired. [Clutch]
I love everything about Meghan Trainor’s song “All ABout That Bass”: it’s catchy, it’s body positive, and the retro outfits and set design are so adorable. I just want to jump inside the music video and shake my booty in a pastel A-line from ModCloth. And what’s not to love about a summer anthem about a woman who “ain’t no size 2″ but can “shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do?” Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom of the top! [YouTube]