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  “I’ve decided to tell you about my never ending story,” reads a card in Canadian teen Amanda Todd’s hand in a soundless black and white YouTube video.    I remember watching this video years ago, feeling a chill come over me as I read the words written by Amanda in black marker on the cards she holds up to the camera.  Half her face is out of the shot, but as the story progresses, you can still see the overwhelming sadness she felt while retelling her tragic story.

  Ladies – it’s time to celebrate. We are close to achieving a society in which women are no longer judged by their waistline or the number on the scale. A society in which young girls never, ever diet. A society in which fat ladies star on hit TV shows. Or so the New York Times seems to think. In a ridiculous article titled “Women On TV Step Off The Scale,” New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley argues that “Self-acceptance has become a new form of defiance on television, especially among younger female comedians.

The Taliban shooting of 14-year-old girls’ education rights activist Malala Yousafzai has united Pakistanis in their condemnation of the attack and their support for Malala. Protests and vigils have been held around the country, with some protestors declaring, “I am Malala,” and others carrying a banner reading, “We want our daughters to be like Malala.” Pakistan’s president, prime minster, and political leaders joined Amnesty International and the United Nations in condemning the attack, according to NBC News.

There are three main reasons I don’t frequently donate to charities, and believe me I would love to.  The first is that I’m a broke college student.  The second is that one of my jobs is telemarketing/fundraising for my college.  But the third is that I am sometimes concerned about how donations are actually being spent.  Well, now there’s a great website/organization that aims to help specific women’s issues, and the website tracks how every dollar is spent.  Catapult lets you find a project either by location or topic (e.g.

  Malala Yousafzai is in “satisfactory” condition at a military hospital, but the next few days will be critical, the Associated Press reported today. The 14-year-old Pakistani girls’ education rights activist was shot by a Taliban gunman on Tuesday.  The spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, said she is being kept unconscious and on a ventilator, and that it was too soon to say whether she had any significant head injury. The bullet entered her head and went into her neck towards the spine. Doctors operated to remove the bullet.

Have you ever recognized that people tend to get a little bit cray when they turn 30? Every 29.5 years, Saturn enters the same constellation it was in when you were born. Your first Saturn return occurs when you are between the ages of 28 and 30. Does that sounds familiar?  Does it make you think of No Doubt’s album Return Of Saturn? It isn’t a coincidence.  Gwen Stefani wrote that album when she was going through her Saturn return in the year 2000 and named the album directly after that.

People still remember Mickey Avalon, right? Anyone who’s experienced the lyrical genius on display in his hit song “My Dick” could never forget him. And don’t even try to deny it, we know every time the song comes up on shuffle in the car you’re singing/yelling along. Our excuse is that the vulgarity is so bad that it’s almost good. We can all agree that this was a song made to be parodied, and there have been attempts in the past, most notably Margaret Cho’s “My Puss” from a few years back.

Ladies (and gents, too): it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and people everywhere are displaying that little pink ribbon of support for loved ones who have been affected by the disease. But now you can go a step further in supporting the cause – by donating a mammogram to minority women and men through the Denise Roberts Breast Cancer Foundation.  The foundation, which aims to help inform and equip minority men and women with the tools and education to make proactive decisions on their breast health, is asking for $65 donations on their site through PayPal.

Sick of people assuming that successful women must have slept their way to the top? You’re not alone. Freelance writer Andrew Goldman, who writes the “Talk” Q&A column in The New York Times Magazine, recently asked The Birds star Tippi Hedren if she considered sleeping her way to the top. In any context, this is a pretty offensive question, but it may be especially so here. Goldman was interviewing Hedren about an upcoming biopic based on her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, who sexually harassed her and ruined her career after she refused to sleep with him.

Malala Yousafzai began her activism at age 11. In early 2009, she began writing a blog for BBC Urdu about her life in Swat Valley as the Taliban banned girls’ education.  On Tuesday, the 14-year-old Pakistani education rights activist was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, and she is currently in critical condition. The following are excerpts from her blog, all published by BBC Urdu in January 2009. This is what Malala fought for. This is why the Taliban targeted a 14-year-old girl.   • I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taleban.
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