In the now-infamous video of Mitt Romney speaking to some of his contributors (you know, the one where he basically said he could care less about half of America ‘cause they’re all freeloaders), Mitt also talks about his father, who was white but was born in Mexico. Mitt said that “had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this. And I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.” Hahaha! ... Read More
  When I read that a cafe in Tokyo is providing customers the offer to sleep with a girl for about $80, I was like, hold the phone.  It’s not what you’re probably thinking, though--it’s quite literally just sleeping. If you feel like splurging, you can pay an additional 1000 yen (roughly $13) for your female snuggler to pat you on your head while you sleep, or you can stare at each other for one minute (staring contest, go!).  The ... Read More
Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani blogger who was shot by the Taliban last week for being an advocate for girls' education, has been moved from Pakistan to a U.K. hospital specializing in pediatric trauma. Malala traveled to the U.K. via an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates. Her departure was kept a secret until she was out of Pakistan due to safety concerns.  Both of the bullets that were lodged in her head and neck ... Read More
As we blogged yesterday, Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old activist from Pakistan, was shot in the head and neck after members of the Taliban held up the van she was riding home from school in. The bullet barely missed Malala’s brain, and other students also suffered injuries.  The shooters have been identified, but the Taliban is still promising to kill Malala if she survives.  She has been especially active in advocating for girls’ ... Read More
Listen to awesome music and support everyone's freedom to marry at the same time-sounds like a pretty great combination!  The Freedom to Love Now! concert, taking place on October 30th in NYC, will benefit Freedom to Marry, an organization that strives for marriage equality in more states across the country (yes, please!). The fantastic bill of performers includes Rufus Wainwright, fun., Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), They Might Be Giants, The National, ... Read More
Ari Seth Cohen, creator of Advanced Style--a fashion blog that features older people in amazing outfits--has partnered with Australian band Van She to create a series of videos that explore what happiness means. (Van She’s latest album is fittingly titled Idea of Happiness.)   Jean (L) and Valerie (R)   For the first video, Cohen picked two of the fabulous ladies from Advanced Style, Valerie and Jean (aka The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas), to talk ... Read More
    This Is Personal, a new social media campaign by The National Women’s Law Center, aims to educate and empower young women on keeping our reproductive rights intact and personal (since they clearly are a personal issue).       The campaign’s site provides helpful visual resources that clearly explain policies that jeopardize our reproductive rights, like a map highlighting states that require invasive ultrasounds before ... Read More
After Katie Roiphe wrote an article criticizing feminists nowadays for being too sarcastic instead of being “serious” and “straightforward,” Amanda Marcotte over at Slate wrote a response to Roiphe’s article, saying that feminists are sarcastic these days because, well, pretty much everyone is! In celebration of snark, we’ve compiled a list of ten of our favorite snarky feminists (in no particular order). First up is Janeane ... Read More
A new study from Japanese researchers at Hiroshima University has found that looking at photos of baby animals may actually help improve your productivity. The researchers tested out their theory by having small groups of participants play the game Operation.  They then had one group look at puppies and kittens while the other group looked at adult cats and dogs (yawn, right?).  They played Operation again, and the group that had looked at the baby ... Read More
Three members of Pussy Riot who were arrested (Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevic) currently remain in jail as their appeal hearing has been postponed to October 10. This court hearing may be the last chance for the musicians to be set free; alternate option would be sending the women to remote penal detention centers where they fear for their safety.  As this important date for the band approaches, J.D. Samson and Michael ... Read More
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