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How can we prove gender inequality really exists? By playing Halo 3, of course. Jeff Kuznekoff, an assistant professor at Miami University, and Michael Kasumovic, an evolutionary biologist for UNSW Australia, teamed up to conduct a study measuring bullying and gender. In order to accurately get the information they wanted, the popular first-person shooter game, Halo 3, was used. If you are unfamiliar with the game, the process is simple: players from around the world can log onto a “live” account to play as a team against other teams. Read More
  On June 17, 2015, Raul Labrador – Idaho’s 1st district representative – introduced the H.R. 2802. The bill specifies protection against any discrimination of a person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” The First Amendment Defense Act "protects" the religious freedoms of employers, meaning they could fire unmarried pregnant women or LGBT employees. Read More
Meet Radamenes. He’s Polish, cuddly, and above all else, helps to save the lives of other animals. After surviving a respiratory infection, he felt it was his duty to assist his veterinarians in caring for the animals of his shelter. Radamenes adds extra warmth to his recovering, husky friend. Here, he gets up close and personal with a fellow cat. We imagine he’s telling his friend to “keep fighting!” This sick cat can’t clean itself, but that’s okay, because Radamenes is to the rescue! Radamenes stands guard over two kittens. Read More
On July 10, Sandra Bland, driving to a new job at a Texas university, was pulled over for failing to use her blinker when changing lanes. The Root reports: “Police claim that during the stop she became combative, was thrown to the ground, arrested and charged with ‘assault on a public servant.’” On July 13, she was found dead in her jail cell. Police deemed it “self-inflicted asphyxiation,” and a coroner ruled it a suicide. However, those close to Bland, and the black activist community at large, are suspicious of these claims. Read More
Last night, Caitlyn Jenner gave an inspiring speech as she accepted the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She told the audience that transgender people “deserve your respect” (just as everyone deserves your respect, regardless of their identity, but apparently some of us skipped Pre-K). Today, young trans people not only are already trying to navigate being a teenager, but are also “coming to terms with being transgender. Read More
    Let an asshole plug your asshole! If you’d like to stick some glaring racism where the sun don’t shine, the “Donald Trump Plug” can be yours for only $27.99! Fernando Sosa, a Mexican immigrant who “usually [makes] butt plugs to insult dictators, homophobes, and politicians,” has blessed this earth with a butt plug of Mr. Trump. Butt plugs: the 21st century voodoo doll.   “So my response to Donald Trump’s remarks who says Mexico sends their worst, their rapists, and their drug dealers. Read More
Now this is impressive: Doris Long just became the world’s oldest abseiler, or person who descends very high vertical structures on ropes. She took up the sport at 85, and Sunday, the 101-year-old beat her own record as the world's oldest abseiler when she once again lowered herself down 328 feet of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower in the United Kingdom.   Not only did she break an already impressive record, but Long’s feat helped raise $122,305 for Rowans Hospice. This was her sixteenth time doing the abseiling for hospice. Read More
Dear everyone who has ever said, "You'll want kids someday," Let’s start from the beginning. At the age of 15, I watched, “The Miracle of Life,” in my biology class, and nearly vomited everywhere during the childbirth scene. This doesn’t make me different from anyone else in the class, because we were all in shock. If you show a 15-year-old an unshaved coochie with a child coming out of it, the reaction is going to be negative. Actually, anybody old enough to understand childbirth will probably be disgusted—I certainly couldn’t watch it again. Read More
No one should be excluded from a job based on their identity or their sexuality – especially when that job is protecting the country. This week, The U.S. Military will announce their plans to no longer exclude transgender individuals from being service members. “We must ensure that everyone who's able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Officials will assess the cost of the necessary changes, such as bathrooms and uniforms, over a period of six months. Read More
Three months ago, Youtube beauty guru Em Ford of My Pale Skin began posting pictures of herself without makeup to social media. A twenty-something ex-model turned filmmaker, Ford’s bare-faced selfies were a refreshing reprieve from the scores of lacquered, perfected Instagram selfies usually floating around the Internet. With an online following more than 200, 000 subscribers strong, Ford’s face attracted no small amount of public commentary. And in a viral short film uploaded earlier this month, Ford shed some light on that revealing experience. Read More