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Sweetie, a super young-looking computer-animated girl, has disturbingly attracted 20,000 sexual predators, all hailing from different countries and walks of life. Sweetie was created by human rights group Terre des Hommes Netherlands to bring to light the victimization of children in developing countries. After chatting with the 10-year-old Filipino girl in chat rooms, many older men solicited her for "sex performances" online.    Members of Terre des Homme entered chat rooms posing as Sweetie, but never approached men first. “We identified ourselves as 10-year-old Filipino girls. We did not...
In an increasing effort to be more diverse, Marvel Comics will be releasing a new series this February whose lead character is a teenage Muslim girl named Kamala Khan. Originally from Pakistan but living in Jersey City, Khan will struggle to not just combat super-villains with her kick-ass superpowers, (she can shape-shift!) but also address personal conflicts between her family’s expectations and her own desires. Khan’s character originated from a conversation between two Marvel editors, Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker. As Amanat explains, “I was telling him...
Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black, encourages you to sign this petition, and ask your senator to vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), on Thursday. In a letter written for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Cox, who is an out transgender woman, writes that 26% of transgender people have been fired because of their gender identity, and 78% have been disrespected or discriminated against in the work place. To top it all off, it's still legal to...
  If you’ve ever moved anywhere, you know that moving is essentially the worst process in the world. But sometimes it’s necessary. And you can do it. Step 1: Get a big notebook with pockets Your patron saint of this pain-in-the-ass process is Saint Notebook of Office Depot. It’ll have at least four sections: OLD APARTMENT, NEW APARTMENT, MOVING, and MISC. In it, you’ll obsessively make and cross off lists. Scraps of paper will be embraced by Saint Notebook’s loving pockets. Step 2: Give stuff away Decide how you really feel about each...
Amazing singer-songwriter and all-around fabulous lady Patti Smith, wrote a lovely piece for The New Yorker honoring Lou Reed. Recalling their mutual love for poetry, as well as her appreciation for the late musical legend, Smith addresses both the enigmatic and beautiful qualities of Reed in her essay. She writes, “I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. He...
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