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On Friday, the Mississippi House passed the final version of HB 1523, a bill that would allow business owners to discriminate against basically everybody: queer people, anyone who’s had premarital sex, and anyone who doesn’t dress according to their biological sex. No, this is not an April Fool’s Day post. This is the so-called “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” and it’s very, very real.The law ostensibly protects “religious freedom,” specifically three “religious” beliefs:(a) Marriage is or should be recognized as the union...
Jessamyn Stanley is kicking asana in the yoga world. Here, she walks us through five poses for a rejuvenating spring practice Photo by Jena Cumbo If you had told 28-year-old Jessamyn Stanley after her first horrible yoga class experience—the breathing! The sweating!—that she would one day be teaching the ancient practice full-time, not only in her hometown of Durham, NC, but also in places like Dubai and London, she would’ve called you crazy. But during a particularly dark time in her life, Stanley tried yoga again and...
On March 14th, a study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal found that virtual assistant technologies, like Apple's Siri and Samsung’s S Voice, lacked the capacity to understand and offer support in cases of personal emergencies. Just three days after this study, Apple contacted RAINN—the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network—for help in developing this technology.On March 17th, Apple announced that Siri is now updated to understand phrases like “I was raped,” and “I am being abused,” both of which have been added to...
This weekend, Kesha shared an update in her legal case against Sony and Dr. Luke, giving fans a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors.In October 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, her producer, for sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. That same day, Dr. Luke countersued Kesha for defamation. In 2015, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Sony Music, saying that the company knew about Dr. Luke’s abuse and did nothing about it. She also sought an injunction to let her release...
Amy Schumer loooooved Hamilton (who didn’t?). But then she thought, “I could do that.” In "Betsy Ross," a sketch she just released, Schumer lures Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda to her rehearsal space to pitch her own hip-hop musical about a female historical figure: Betsy Ross. Inside Amy Schumer As poor Miranda sits and waits for his Uber, Schumer runs through her musical numbers, with reluctant help from her sister Kim Caramele playing Ross's nemesis “Karen Hurr” (“Oh, I get it, like Aaron Burr.” “No.”). The real-life Caramele...