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The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio) The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent) Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be eligible for clemency. [...]

The Hacked Sony E-Mails Are A Distraction From The Larger Issues, And It’s Wrong To Use E-Mails Stolen From Anyone, Ever

I don’t take George Clooney that seriously, most of the time, but his interview with Deadline spoke to a lot of things I’ve been reflecting on about my job lately. In it, Clooney spoke about a petition of support he tried to circulate after Sony was attacked by what the FBI has now concluded were, [...]

8 Times Friends With Benefits Actually Works

“Friends with benefits” might be one of the most complicated relationships you could possibly get yourself into. This kind of relationship typically starts off really fun and convenient (a best friend who you can make out with? SCORE!) but almost always, someone ends up getting feelings which results in ruining the friendship all together. Buzz kill. But FWB doesn’t always [...]

Laverne Cox Literally Falls To The Floor After Receiving Christmas Gift From Beyonce

A photo posted by laverne cox (@lavernecox) on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:15pm PST Can you blame her? When “Orange Is The New Black” star and trans rights activist Laverne Cox opened her mail and discovered a holiday card and gift from Queen B herself, she had what I think any of us would consider [...]

Who Knew Christmas Decorations Could Be Weaponized?

Want to hear a story about Christmas decorations that escalates very quickly? Then you’re in the right place, because we’re about to go down Bonkers Lane! In Ross Township, Pennsylvania, Fairley Road is a cul-de-sac with one house in the middle. The house in the middle of the cul-de-sac belongs to Bill Ansell, who, once [...]

Listen To These Audiobooks On Your Flight Home For The Holidays

Now that “Serial” is over, what the hell are you going to listen to on your flight back to your family’s house for the holidays? My flight from New York City to my mom’s house is surprisingly quick, but it’s just long enough for boredom to start creeping in if you don’t come prepared with [...]

Watch President Obama Call Only On Female Members Of The Press At His Year-End Press Conference

President Obama held his last press conference of 2014 today, and when it was time for questions, he intentionally called only on female members of the press. Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained: “There are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of [...]

Cast Of “Orange Is The New Black” Puts A Litchfield Spin On “The 12 Days Of Christmas”

Though we won’t be getting new episodes of “Orange is the New Black” until the middle of next year, the cast has returned for a bit to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, with this Litchfield Prison-centric version of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Almost all of the cast participates–except, tragically, Norma the mute lady. Which [...]

This Weekend Open Thread Needs Brain Bleach

Ugh, MRAs. I just finished my semester, and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to do one of my term papers on MRAs. Specifically, on the MRAs who use Reddit, using activity theory. It seemed like a good idea at the time, OK? Yeah, except I had to read through … Continue reading This Weekend Open Thread Needs Brain Bleach

Stephen Collins Claims He’s “Not A Pedophile”

Child molester and former “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins told Katie Couric he is “not a pedophile” because “a pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I’m not. I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I’m absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted [...]

This Week in Misogyny: 2014 is Almost Over, Finally

Maybe people are too busy preparing for the holidays to devote as much time as usual to being misogynistic pricks, because the news wasn’t nearly as bad this week as it usually is. It’s a Festivus miracle! (As usual, trigger warnings...Show More Summary

‘Tis The Season (To Pretend There’s No Season At All)

Listen. I’m not one to ever come out against presents. I love sea turtle calendars just as much, if not more than the average person, but I really need society to get the hell away from me with this whole “let’s be jolly” thing. This is not the most wonderful time of the year. Not … Continue reading ‘Tis The Season (To Pretend There’s No Season At All)

Did Vaccines Give YOUR Child The Gay? Morons Investigate!

Are you concerned that measles, mumps and rubella aren’t the only things your child is being vaccinated against? Could the same shot that immunizes your daughter against deadly viruses could also be immunizing her against the dick? Could that shot in the butt you got as a kid cause you to crave even more shots [...]

Bad Humans, Good Dogs

I thought it might be interesting to see why rescuers often ended up hating humans, so I thought I’d share a few stories that explained why. I also thought it would be a nice holiday gift for those of you who enjoy feeling a little righteous anger and adolescent-level scorn now and then. You could … Continue reading Bad Humans, Good Dogs

This Amputee Pop Star’s Video Will Change Everything You Thought About People With Disabilities

Anyone can do anything. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or your abilities. That is one of the powerful messages in this amazing new video from Viktoria Modesta. More » This Amputee Pop Star’s Video Will Change Everything...Show More Summary

Admit It, At Some Point You’ve Been Tempted To Start An Airplane Brawl Like This One

I kid, but this is actually terrible: yesterday, a brawl broke out between three women on an Air China flight from Chongqing to Hong Kong over a crying baby. Two women were woken up mid-flight by crying, so they confronted the baby’s mom, a 27-year-old woman named Chan Juan Sung. I’m going to take a wild [...]

PM News: An Easy How-To Guide On Putting Together The Perfect Festive Holiday Outfit

A how-to guide on creating the perfect festive holiday outfit. -College Fashion Great holiday party dresses under $50 you'll love. -The Frisky Could this be the picture of Cameron Diaz's enagagement ring? -Ok! Magazine Meet Instagram's Photoshop police. Show More Summary

Friday News Bites: Cuba, Sydney, Happy Goats + More

Hello, fellow unicorns. This week, we’re a bit more international with our news bites, and I also have a few bonus stories that amused me. With all the horrible things that happen, it’s good to find a few points of light. Let’s get to it. Show More Summary

2014: The Year In Jenna Marbles Being Weird

Jenna Marbles is one of my greatest pleasures. My thoughts on Jenna Marbles are almost unequivocally positive. I started watching her channel when she posted “Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work” about Yuksul Aytug’s truly idiotic comments about female Olympians and have watched every single main-channel video since then. Jenna Marbles is basically the highlight of [...]

Health Today: Could This Be The Next Big Thing In Natural Skincare?

Could this be the next big thing in natural skincare? -Bustle Someone wants to trademark “I Can’t Breathe” for commerical purposes -The Frisky Everything you don’t want to know about household germs (but should) -Greatist You can teach...Show More Summary

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