July 30, 2014

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Butch And Proud

Originally posted on The Dish:

Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart explains why she identifies as a “butch lesbian”:

In part, it’s because the language of gender identity has always been a bit bewildering to me—I’ve felt hungry, happy, gassy, and anxious, but never male or female. Even so, it has been tempting to interpret my experience in ways that separated it from that of other women. This is especially true because cis-gendered women have a distinct tendency to define themselves in ways that don’t include me. I hear women throw out things like, “As women, we all know how important it is to feel pretty,” or “We, as women, are naturally more tender and nurturing,” statements that never seem to include women like me. Not only do I dislike feeling pretty and prefer arguing to nurturing, I don’t even particularly like eating chocolate. Popular culture, and women themselves, often imply that I lack many of the most…

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July 28, 2014

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Wonder Woman’s New Costume

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:

Have you seen the new Wonder Woman costume? Forget Superman and his “S” that stands for peace, or his cape that Edna would turn her nose up at. Forget Batfleck and his cat ears.

Wonder Woman is where it’s at.

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Now I’m not going to disagree that the breast-plate couldn’t have used a hint of red to the metal. But in this dark and dreary vision of the DC universe that FOX has latched on to, it’s good to see someone who is only some sunlight away from blinding you with her brilliance.

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July 28, 2014

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How Social Media Makes Us Feel Less Alone and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

Fun little round-up

Originally posted on TIME:

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1. Just Look at Yourself

Work, email, social media, a never-ending to-do list, too many commitments, too much on the schedule — you’re crazy busy. But are you this busy because it’s just the nature of life in our increasingly digital, device-driven society? Or is it — as a series of recent studies suggest — because you’ll do just about anything to avoid introspection? “In 11 experiments involving more than 700 people, the majority of participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just 6 to 15 minutes.” (Can an Introspection App be far behind?) Louis C.K. often touches upon this need to be busy: “Sometimes when things clear away and you’re not watching anything and you’re in your car and you start going, oh no, here it comes, that I’m alone, and it starts to visit on you, just…

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July 22, 2014

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Burlesque Off Broadway: A Trip to My Kind of Circus

Last night at Anthem, Burlesque Off Broadway put on a helluva show. From the description of their event: 

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls (18 and older please) step right up and be SHOCKED and AMAZED by wonders your eyes won’t believe, mystified by the beauty that you will behold, amused and enchanted by acts that are death defying and down right devious! You don’t want to miss out on this one time event featuring the many wonders of the world…We have Kittie Katrina “The Tattooed Lady” Shannon Million “The RingMaster” and featuring Bonnie Valentine, Paige Turner, Dolly Bootiful, Jonas of Men of Arrow, Christy Eidson of Girl on Girl Comedy, Polly Amore, Lola von Liberty, and Aimee Jane, Grace & Luna “The Fire Femme Fatales” Kittie Katrina and Shannon Million bring you sideshow starlets. Comedian Christy Eidson, Fire eaters, hoop artists, a pole dancing god, drag queen diva, and a bevy of burlesque beauties. 

burlesqueSo. Much. Fun. Thought I’d share some pics from the event and a video of Jonas the Pole Dancing WONDER. First, some pics…

Polly Amour is a friend of mine. I caught her before the start of the show and grabbed this selfie. Which I adore. 

Me and the sultry and hilarious Pollly Amour.

Me and the sultry and hilarious Pollly Amour.

Polly Amour singing her sweet ass off.

Polly Amour singing her sweet ass off.

Luna and Grace, the ladies of fire.

Luna and Grace, the ladies of fire.

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Breathing the fire…

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Bonnie Valentine, blowing up balloons in a creative and cute routine.

Bonnie Valentine, blowing up balloons in a creative and cute routine.

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The Hostess with the Mostess

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About Jonas. The man stood 3 feet from me and looked directly into my eyes, without looking away for a good thirty seconds. Then, he said to me, (from the stage) “Watch this…it’s for you.” OMG. I never blush, but I am pretty sure I was glowing in the dark. The hottest thing I’ve seen in AGES. ALL HAIL JONAS.

 

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July 19, 2014

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Thriftstore Junkies Unite! Send me your pre – loved, your bizarre and your repurposed…

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

New blog y’all

Originally posted on bargainpirate:

Admission: I am a junkie for thrifting. I prefer thriftstores, but am no stranger to yard, garage & estate sales.

Starting next week…I’ll be posting finds & discoveries from myself and an as – yet – to – be – determined army of shoppers & friends.

Typically, I am a clothes shopper, but I’ve been documenting unusual finds for over a year. You can find an archive by looking for the following hashtags:

#thriftin
#thrifted
#thriftstore
#thriftstoreweirdness
#thriftstoreclowns
#depressngfigurines
#creepydoll
#notsodepressngfigurines

So. If you are interested in sending photos or videos of your booty–whether as a regular contributor or a guest-blogger, please email me at kchapmangibbons@gmail.com.

This is going to be lots of fun.

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July 17, 2014

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23 Moments of Grace

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

At 43, I found this essay so reassuring. So honest. Regardless of your opinion about Suey’s beliefs and/or tactics, there is no denying her. Bravo!

Originally posted on Suey Park:

The focus on my age this year has been puzzling. It seemed like every story and lead-in had to mention the infamous “23” before my name. Growing up as an avid Chicago Bulls fan during the Michael Jordan era means I have an affinity for the number 23 and therefore have not be troubled by my proximity to this number.After all, age in as impermanent as time and the funny thing about it is it’s always changing.

When I turned 23 I thought it would be an exciting year, but I had no idea what the year it would actually entail. I wish I could sit here and compile all my interviews and articles and proudly display my worldly success, but of course I wouldn’t be me if it weren’t for my somewhat sweet melancholic reflections.

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July 17, 2014

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The Sad, Strange Aftermath of the Conor Oberst Rape Accusations

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Cometh the news, cometh the thinkpieces. The news that Joanie Faircloth — the woman who, in January, accused Conor Oberst of having raped her a decade ago — has withdrawn her accusations has thrown the spotlight back on the whole sorry case. Despite the fact that he’s essentially had his name cleared,…

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July 17, 2014

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History of the Center For Sexual Pleasure & Health

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Originally posted on Bluestockings Magazine :
Welcome to our month-long series on sex & sexuality! If you’d like to contribute content related to the field of sex & sexuality (academic, prose, poetry, art, etc.) please submit to blogbluestockings@gmail.com. (This collaboration is brought to you by Chanelle Adams, Editor in Chief of Bluestockings and Web Development Intern at…

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July 16, 2014

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He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)

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Originally posted on The SisterWives:
Released in 1963. I did NOT make up this post title. I wish I had. *Trigger Warning: Domestic abuse In the history of the world, no one has ever loved anyone the way I loved my husband. I felt that way all the way up until the moment he dislocated…

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July 16, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: A Two-fer of Funny and True

Your eyes twinkle Like brilliant stars Or firefly asses—   (@Bandersnaaatch) July 14, 2014 Y'know, in the grand scheme of things, there isn't one. Get on with it.—   (@benerdist) July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014

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Come Hither Orgasms, Lest We Have To Talk About Their Absence

Since my dear darling Jessica shared her musings about some of the things that chase her orgasm into deep space, I thought it might be helpful to have an opposite list…things that bring orgasm into inevitability. What she said about truth and disclaimers. 1. Led Fucking Zeppelin. I know. This is likely true of many, […]

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July 15, 2014

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If You Haven’t Worked a Day in Your Life, You Probably Don’t Love Anything

Originally posted on The Indisputable Dirt:
You’ve heard it before, the beloved aphorism from the ever-intriguing Confucius; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’ve also heard it attributed to Albert Einstein, but the internet tells me that Confucius coined it, so we’ll go with…

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July 15, 2014

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Hobby Lobby, my mother and the many faces of happiness.

Originally posted on News from the Front:
-I’m going to have to start this with some very uncomfortable autobiographical material. I’m not crazy about getting this personal. However, my experiences are germane to the topic at hand. My mom had me when she was eighteen. I forget if she was married before or after I…

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July 15, 2014

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The Rise Of The Notorious R.B.G.

Originally posted on The Dish:
Rebecca Traister is thrilled by Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s rise to meme-hood: Throughout history, we have acknowledged male strength, especially in its seniority, as serious and authoritative. Older women, on the other hand, have existed mostly as nanas, bubbes! Those sturdy, ambitious souls who also staked claims to public eminence were cast as problematic;…

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July 15, 2014

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Coldplay, And Other Things I Can’t Orgasm To – Expertly Elucidated by @jessbytheway

  Disclaimer: This is MY truth, not THE truth. Let’s face it: every man and woman knows when an orgasm is absolutely out of the question. Here are some things that are guaranteed to put my orgasm well out of reach 1. Coldplay – This isn’t a personal attack on the band. In fact, in some […]

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July 15, 2014

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DIY Air Conditioning for $8

Hot as blazes here in Nashville. Some of us need cheap ways to minimize our murderous urges.

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July 15, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Do The Turtle Edition

From @nprnews: Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better n.pr/1oOgGXq #EmotionalIntelligence—   (@KCGibbons) July 14, 2014

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July 15, 2014

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Take On Doctor Who

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
I only wish this were longer.

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July 15, 2014

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Ask A Feminist: Is BDSM Inherently Misogynist?

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:
Q: What is your opinion on BDSM? Obviously people should be free do to whatever they want in the privacy of their bedrooms… but don’t you get suspicious when guys nonchalantly admits to enjoy getting off at the thought of humiliating and/or beating  a woman? Doesn’t it sound like…

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July 13, 2014

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What the Television We Watch Can Tell Us About Our Politics

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Originally posted on unfettered equality:
In 1999, NBC premiered Aaron Sorkin’s new series The West Wing, a television show that follows the life of fictional President Josiah Bartlet and his staff. It was two years before 9/11, and television audiences were enamored by Sorkin’s portrayal of a “utopian” White House. Premiering shortly after the Clinton…

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July 13, 2014

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Learning From Mindless Pleasure

Originally posted on The Dish:
For Oliver Sacks, who turned 81 this week, getting high can be a lesson in empathy. Melissa Dahl marked Sacks’ birthday with the above video, in which the neurologist talks about what he gained from his experiences with LSD and amphetamines: So one bonus, then, of drug experiences is that…

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July 13, 2014

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Mythbusting Sex

Originally posted on The Dish:
A sexplainer from Aaron Carroll:

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July 2, 2014

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Dan Quintana…

Originally posted on Art Festival:
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July 2, 2014

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Sherlock Season 4 Is Coming In 2015

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
The rumors have been rife. Martin Freeman has suggested more than once we’ll get a stand alone Christmas special, only to have someone from the production higher ups write that off as nonsense. The last rumor was actually yesterday, but I decided I wasn’t going to pay any attention…

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July 2, 2014

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What I Learned as a Woman at a Men’s Rights Conference

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Originally posted on TIME:
Detroit once epitomized the possibilities of the American dream: as the hub of the U.S. auto industry, money, power and a sense of virility seemed available to the men who worked hard enough, in factories and in boardrooms, to attain them. Now, the city is a husk, and as the jobs…

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July 1, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: The Lighter the Color (on the graphic), The More Liberal in the Future Edition #demographics

WaPo: Where the median age is getting younger (& older) wapo.st/1iW9etK http://t.co/MbzV5UDjcs—   (@Auriandra) July 01, 2014

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July 1, 2014

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The Bubble and the Dog – Oil painting…

Originally posted on Art Festival:
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July 1, 2014

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7 New Ways to Sit Less

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Originally posted on TIME:
You probably know by now that sitting for long periods is a big health no-no. Not only can sitting make you fat, but in 2012, Australian researchers found that people who sit for more than 11 hours a day have a 40% increased risk of death from any cause, according to…

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July 1, 2014

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My Extremely Religious Uterus Would Like a Word

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Originally posted on The Life and Times of an Exceptionally Tall Mormon:
Once again, a bunch of old white dudes have decided what should and should not be happening in a woman’s nether regions. With the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case, I am needless to say angry at one more example that the men…

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July 1, 2014

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Ryan Adams Returns With “Gimme Something Good”: Listen

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Originally posted on TIME:
Ryan Adams is set to release his 14th solo album on September 9th — and he’s giving fans an advance taste with the first single, “Gimme Something Good.” On the track, the singer-songwriter returns to his fist-pumping roots with a gritty guitar-driven jam perfect for cranking on the stereo while summertime…

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July 1, 2014

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The Navy Is Getting Its First-Ever Female 4-Star Admiral

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Originally posted on TIME:
American military history was made Tuesday when Michelle Howard became the first woman in the U.S. Navy to be promoted to a four-star admiral. Howard was also named Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said during a ceremony that Howard’s promotion to the Navy’s second-highest position is a…

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June 30, 2014

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Meet Missy Elliott’s Protégée, Sharaya J

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
After Missy Elliott’s surprise BET Awards performance with Pharrell Williams Sunday night, and last week’s release of Faith Evans’ new track, “I Deserve It,” on which Elliott spits an old-school style verse, the music world has been abuzz with news of her long-awaited comeback. During nine long years out of the spotlight, Elliott’s…

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June 30, 2014

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Leaving This World With Mary Poppins

Originally posted on The Dish:
After receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s five years ago, Sandy Bem decided she would kill herself before the disease completely overtook her life. In May, Sandy and her husband Daryl gathered family to announce that she had set the date: [Bem's daughter] Emily says when she showed up at the meeting…

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June 30, 2014

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The Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Patriarchy, Not Democracy

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Originally posted on TIME:
This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a severe blow to women in the United States when it ruled that “closely-held” corporations, such as Hobby Lobby, can refuse to provide insurance coverage for birth control based on owners’ religious beliefs. Liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor partially joined Justice…

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June 30, 2014

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Ginsburg’s #HobbyLobby Dissent | ♫ by Jonathan Mann ♫

This may be the only good thing to happen today. I share it with hopes it will give you a little joy in an otherwise dark day.

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June 27, 2014

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Is Feminism Hurt More Or Helped By the Online Activism?

Very grateful to be a part of this conversation. And for the record, I think feminism is more vibrant than ever…because the conversation is not confined to academia or traditional “feminist” spaces. Long live Twitter. “There is a rough and tumble and often sharp-edged side, too,” says the US-based feminist blogger and tweeter K C Gibbons. […]

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June 27, 2014

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Chasing the Unicorn: How To Make Money as a Writer

Originally posted on Choose Your Own Adventure:
10. Be Nic Pizzolatto. Write True Detective.  Since it is no longer possible to be Stephen King because his son has filled that position, be a relatively unknown fiction writer who cranks out searing dialogue, refuses to let anyone option it, insists on running the show himself and…

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June 27, 2014

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Espresso Encounter with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Originally posted on Five.:
1. “You’ll absolutely die when you hear what happened today at the café,” my then-girlfriend said, poking her head around the kitchen door to watch me struggle to cut the ribs off the entire bunch of dinosaur kale with a dull knife. “Mmmhh?,” I responded. “Well, we were listening to that…

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June 27, 2014

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Refusing to Blink

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. “Enjoy every minute.” “They’ll be grown before you know it.” “It goes by so fast.” In my pre-motherhood days, I thought these were just the sentimental musings of people who were either being dramatic or who couldn’t think of anything else to say and…

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June 27, 2014

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“Why can’t ‘run like a girl’ also mean ‘win the race’?”

Originally posted on Emily L. Hauser – In My Head:
Thanks to @blazing over on Twitter, I just welled up watching the following, what amounts to an ad for Always feminine products. I’ve thought about the phrase “like a girl” a lot, and every time I do, it makes me furious. It’s belittling and dehumanizing and deeply…

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June 26, 2014

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What if I fall?

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:
“What if I fall?”  “Oh my darling, what if you fly?” Do you ever ask yourself if you like the person you are? If you are who you’ve always wanted to be? Do you know who you want to be? To be honest, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago…

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June 26, 2014

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In McCullen, Supreme Court Demonstrates Ignorance of What Really Happens Outside Women’s Health Clinics

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For months, I’ve been talking to fellow pro-choice activists in New York City about whether we could get a buffer zone passed here. There was a pretty solid consensus: we could do this, but we should wait for a decision on McCullen vs. Coakley, the Supreme Court case looking at Massachusetts’s 35 foot buffer zone…

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June 26, 2014

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Nashville street photography #207

Originally posted on G.L. Brown, Photographer:
Kristen Chapman Gibbons:My favorite so far. Exuberant. Just like my city. Originally posted on G.L. Brown, Photographer: View original

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June 26, 2014

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One year later

Originally posted on Texpatriate:
Yesterday, State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Tarrant County), the Democratic nominee for Governor, underwent her famous (or infamous, based on your political persuasions) filibuster. At issue was a bill then-known as SB5, an omnibus anti-abortion rights piece of legislation that did four main things. First, it banned all abortions at 20 weeks,…

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July 28, 2014

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Capaldi: “There Will Be No Flirting, That’s For Sure”

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
As the roll out for Doctor Who‘s new series has approached, Moffat has said in interviews that this will be a new day for the Doctor. “The fairy tale is over.” The Doctor’s crush on his companion has changed. When I read these interviews, I wondered if this was Moffat’s…

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July 28, 2014

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Webcam Captures 100 Endangered Baby Turtles Hatching in Florida

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Originally posted on TIME:
An endangered species just got a slight population boom. A live webcam in the Florida Keys captured the hatching of approximately 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on Monday. It is the first high-definition video to capture a sea turtle hatch, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The national service…

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July 27, 2014

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JOHNNYSWIM Prepare to “Take the World” on “Diamonds” LP

Originally posted on theqhblend:
JOHNNYSWIM Recording partnerships with romantic chemistry are strewn throughout popular music―and it seems the tradition is set to continue with JOHNNYSWIM. After working the indie circuit for several years, the Nashville based duo have unleashed Diamonds, their first full-length LP. The record tracks the trails of the heartbroken and star crossed, highlighting…

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July 26, 2014

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The Two Biggest Challenges Faced By Social Media Marketers [SURVEY REPORT]

Originally posted on BundlePost:
As we continue our series from the survey we conducted on social media marketing, the question of overall challenges is the focus. We asked hundreds of social media marketers, agencies and brands what are the two biggest challenges they face with their social media marketing efforts. We were somewhat surprised by…

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July 24, 2014

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Jack White delivers 33-song, three-hour set in Chicago, marking the longest show of his career

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Photo by David James Swanson / JackWhiteIII.com With each concert behind Lazaretto, Jack White finds a way to one up himself. Last night in Chicago, he played an astonishing 33-song setlist that included covers, live debuts, and an 11-song encore. When it was all said and done, the concert lasted nearly…

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