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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
Known for supporting victims of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to be an advocate for survivors’ voices. A spokesman for Senator Gillibrand says that she—along with Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill—supports advocacy group Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment’s petition that calls on President Obama to take away Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read More