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  The feminist Twitter goddess Suey Park, responsible for the activist hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, has a special gift for us: #ActivistPickUpLines. From its inception, feminism has been a complicated uphill battle with its fair share of internal conflict, not to mention that we live in a world where people shy away from the movement because of prejudice and stereotypes; it’s quite refreshing to see some witty feminist conversation making the rounds on mainstream social media.    #ActivistPickUpLines is the perfect addition to this lovely Valentine’s holiday, touchingly reminding us...
  We’re surrounded with a uniform image of the vulva— in pornography, in erotic art, and even in scientific diagrams. Without access to diverse images, our culture shames women for the shapes and sizes of our labia, clitorises, and vaginas, and more and more women are encouraged to consider invasive procedures like labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The vagina as an icon is political; it can be used to make women feel objectified and judged, or it can be a symbol of our rich diversity.        The sculptor...
  Celebrity memoirs, autobiographies, and self-help books are all the rage, but what makes Girls star Lena Dunham’s stand out is that she actively avoids the old cliche topics that seem to be recycled from publication to publication; she admits, in her adorable self-effacing way, that she isn’t a mother, a businesswoman, a dietician, or a sex therapist. She’s herself, and that’s certainly book-worthy.    Her text, Not That Kind of Girl, is a welcome confessional, sprinkled with what are sure to be relatable tales of romance gone...
  Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s compassionate message to his daughter is one such letter.    Flanagan, a clinical psychologist, recently sat in...
  There’s nothing like being read to; simply put, being told a story makes ya feel loved.Shelter animals around the world deserve to feel special and cared for, and the Animal Rescue League of Berks County thought of an unusual way to nurture their underprivileged cats. As part of the shelter’s new program, kids from Grade 1 to Grade 8 visit the animals and read to them; the shelter reports that the kids’ reading improves and the animals are calmed by the voices. We, human and...
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