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The Consumer Electronic Show, a four-day technology event in Las Vegas which featured 4,500 exhibitors, came under fire recently for rescinding an innovation award that had been given to the company Lora DiCarlo. Their award-winning product? A sex toy. Lora DiCarlo, a company headed by founder and CEO Lora Haddock, developed a robotic massager called the Osé, which claims to be “the only product designed for hands-free blended orgasms” utilizing “micro-robotics” to mimic human touch. The organizer of the event, the Consumer Technology Association, claimed that...
In arguably their most aggressive attack on Roe vs. Wade yet, Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is around six weeks of pregnancy. Considering most people are not even aware they are pregnant at six weeks, Senate Bill 9 would make it almost impossible for people to have abortions. Now that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has retired, abortion opponents are hoping the Supreme Court will be...
There is a racial divide on social media regarding Surviving R. Kelly. Most black folks I know have posted about the docuseries (thankfully, black people in my networks are expressing support of the victims of sexual abuse and coercion, though their posts suggest to me that is not the case with their entire friends network). In contrast, nearly all white folks I know are not even acknowledging the docuseries, the R. Kelly conversation, nothing. This divide/contrast reminds me that white people are not required to know...
Emma Snodgrass created a sensation in 1852 by showing up in Boston wearing pants. She was mocked, arrested and sent home to her father in New York City, only to return again and again. Each time the police found her out, arrested her, and sent her home. She became national news. She was "the wanderer in man’s apparel," the "foolish girl who goes around in virile toggery," and "an eccentric female who roams about town." Emma Snodgrass was the pretty, petite, 17-year-old daughter of a New York...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been sweeping the news cycle, and continues to show that she is not backing down to her opponents. In her debut appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, she debunked many xenophobic and anti-immigrant comments Trump made in his national address. I did not watch Trump’s address because part of my self-care is never listening to that man’s voice. But according to the Huffington Post, in his speech, he demanded that Democrats agree to put more than $5 billion into his infamous...
  When the Trump administration instituted its cruel “zero tolerance” immigration policy in April, over 2,500 migrant children were separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border and placed in detention centers. Despite a June 26 court mandate to reunify these families, over 200 kids still have not been returned, and many more are now in detention with their families. That’s why writers Elizabeth Ballou, 25, and Kristin Stadum, 43, launched the D.C.-based book donation organization 2000 Libros this past July, with the aim of sending...
The Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, a Southern Indian state, has been the center of much contention over the past few months. For centuries, the Sabarimala Temple has banned menstruating women, typically between the ages of 10 and 50, from entering or coming close to the sacred structure dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Ayyappa. According to NPR’s Lauren Frayer, Lord Ayyappa is “a Hindu god who devotees believe is celibate and cannot have contact with women of menstruating age. Some believe that’s because such women...
On Monday morning, January 7th, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam granted Cyntoia Denise Brown clemency. Brown was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 for killing Johnny Mitchell Allen, who bought her for sex when she was just 16, CNN reports. On August 7th, 2019, Brown will be released to parole supervision, the governor’s office notified in a statement. “The decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case,” the statement read. “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at...
Taking part in any active duty during a war is tough, but when you’re hundreds of miles from home in a totally different country hounded by the constant threat of death, it’s gonna make you miss home comforts. Which is why during WWII, The American Red Cross came up with, erm… a truly innovative way to give their boys overseas a taste of back home (and by innovative, we of course mean batshit). America joined the war effort in December of 1941. And pretty soon, The...
R. Kelly’s reputation as a sexual predator has been public knowledge for decades. In 1994, a 27-year-old R. Kelly married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, who he was mentoring at the time. In 2002, Kelly went to court after a video was released in which he allegedly performed sex-acts including urination on an underage girl. Kelly was charged with possession of child pornography as a result of the video, but he disputed, claiming he was not the man in the tape. The young girl refused to testify,...