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Tom Ford, the designer/director, accidentally spilled tea all over the place when asked in an interview if he would dress the US's new first lady, Melania Trump. "She's not necessarily, uh, my image" he said to Joy Behar on The View about Melania, and admitted that he already declined an offer to dress her a couple years ago. 

 
He quickly amended his answer, giving a few more reasons he wouldn't dress Melania. Ford says he's a registered Democrat, that he voted for Hillary in the recent election, and that he's sad that she's not in the White House instead. Besides that, he noted that he didn't think it was appropriate for any public political figure to wear clothes as expensive as his. “Even had Hillary won," he added, "she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes, they’re too expensive. That's not a bad thing, they’re not artificially expensive, it’s how much it costs to make these things, but I think the first lady has to relate to anybody.” 

His line of reasoning drew some serious side-eye from the audience, as Joy pointed out that Ford has dressed Michelle Obama in the past. But Ford was not having it. "Michelle I dressed once, when she was going to Buckingham Palace for dinner with the Queen," he retorted. "I thought that was appropriate. I live in London, so that makes sense." As an afterthought, he added, "And it was an honor." He also talked about current and upcoming projects, including Nocturnal Animals. Ford stayed pretty neutral with his answer, but other designers have been more forthright about their decision not to dress Melania. 

Sophie Theallet, who has been dressing Michelle Obama for the past 8 years, issued a statement on Twitter about her own reasons. "As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas. The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world. I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband's presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same." 

Sophie Theallet has been the most outspoken, but a source told People magazine that Sophie's not the only designer to shun the Trumps. “This has already been going on for months. Designers wouldn’t lend to Melania, Ivanka or Tiffany, so they either bought the items themselves or wore Ivanka’s brand." We'll have to wait to see if this trend continues, or, if like Carolina Herrera predicts, that designers will be won over by Melania in the end.

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It seems like every other week, there is a mass shooting in the news. Just this week, a gun-wielding man injured 9 and killed 1 person on the popular Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Sunday, while another man injured 11 people with his car and a knife on Ohio State University campus on Monday. 


In fact, the Gun Violence Archive recently ran a study that showed that on average, a mass shooting occurs in the United States on 5 out of every 6 days. They defined 'mass shooting' as an incident that leaves 4 or more dead, not including the shooter. 

The problem has gained nationwide attention, and recent events have spurred President Barack Obama to announce “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” In 2016, the June 12th massacre at Pulse (a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando) which was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, saw the tragic deaths of 49 people. (The deadliest massacres were back in the 1800's and 1900's, when white mobs and American troops killed hundreds of Native American and Black people in each of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857). In 2015, there was the Charleston AME shooting, where a 21-year old white man killed 9 Black churchgoers in a racially-motivated hate crime. In 2014, a 22-year-old UCSB student committed the Isla Vista rampage, killing 6. 

In 2012, a young man killed 26 people, mostly children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. In 2007, a Virginia Tech senior killed 32 other students on campus. And in 1999, two high school students at Columbine High School used four guns and two pipe bombs to murder 13 others. 

Mass shootings are not a uniquely American problem, but other countries have found much more success in curbing the shootings. In Australia, the 1996 massacre of Port Arthur killed 35, sparking national change. After the shooting, the country banned automatic and semi-automatics assault rifles and pump shotguns, created a gun registry, and established a 28-day waiting period for firearms. Since the 1996 policy changes, there have been 0 mass shootings in Australia to date. 

England has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. After the 1987 Hungerford Massacre, the country banned most semi-automatic long-barreled weapons, and after the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre, also banned most small firearms. Although there has been one mass shooting since then, which killed 12 in 2010, the shooter in that case used his own legally-owned guns. 

In Canada, guns are legal, but a 1977 ruling established a requirement for potential gun-buyers to get a background check before purchasing. While this has curbed killings, there have still been 11 mass shootings since the 1977 law - one of which was actually committed by a U.S. citizen, who brought his handgun to Canada - and the deadliest of which was a school shooting at the Ecole Polytechnique. The school shooter in that case was also a young man, who killed mostly women engineering students because, in his own words, he hated feminists. From 1995 to 2012 in Canada, all guns had to be registered, but each state dropped this requirement, eventually including Quebec because of a Supreme Court decision in 2015. While Canada does still struggle with mass shootings, it is a fraction of the problem in the U.S. 

In the United States, a study by the Guardian found that in the 20 deadliest shootings in 2015, most of the gunmen used their own, legally-owned firearms. President Obama, in an attempt to follow through on his campaign promises, has made several attempts to strengthen gun control laws. However, most of those bills died in the Senate, so there has not been much gun control reform in the past few years. From comparing U.S. laws to other countries' laws, how do we stack up? Tell us your opinion in the comments below!

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In the wake of the November presidential election results, many Americans are taking to the streets in protest. In the past week, more than 200,000 people have started using the tag #NotMyPresident, the ACLU published a plan for impeachment, and tens of thousands of people are peacefully protesting in major cities. 


10,000 protesters showed up for Anti-Trump protests in New York, with more marching in Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, and more. A "Million Women" march on Washington is also being organized for Inauguration Day. President-elect Trump is a polarizing politician by any standard, but why exactly are so many people protesting these election results?

Well, a lot of it has to do with the American political system. The presidential race actually includes two votes: a popular vote, and an electoral college vote. The popular vote is by the people - 1 citizen, 1 vote. Simple democracy, right? Except that the president is not chosen by popular vote. Instead of being based off the popular vote, the president is elected only based on the electoral college vote. So what exactly is the electoral college?

The electoral college is a small group of private individuals. They are not voted in by citizens, nor do they work their way up to their positions. Instead, they are appointed by state legislatures, in closed-door meetings. In total, there are 583 electors from all 50 states. That means that only 583 people, instead of the 319,000,000 US citizens, get to decide on the president.

Most of the time, the electoral college vote and the popular vote turn out the same way - with a few notable exceptions. The only four elections in all United States history to have this conflict happened in 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000. This year's election marks only the fifth time in the nation's history that the electoral college vote contradicted the popular vote. 

While there was some backlash on these occasions, it does not compare to the scope of this year's protests. In fact, these protests are completely unheard of for a modern American presidency, according to Douglas Brinkley, professor of presidential history at Rice University. 

Douglas stated that there have not been widespread demonstrations on this scale since Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860. After President Lincoln won only about 40 percent of the popular vote, protests across the country broke out spontaneously, he added.

The popular vote this year, while not entirely counted yet, is widely attributed to Hillary Clinton, who had literally 1,000,000 more votes than Trump - polls now put her at 61 million voters, and him at 60 million. Could this be what is angering protesters? 

Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton, had the following to say: "We have a First Amendment. People are angry. People are upset. And they want to express their point of view that they are very frightened, in very, very strong disagreement with Mr. Trump, who has made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign. I think that people are saying, ‘Mr. Trump, we have come too far in this country fighting discrimination and bigotry. We’re not going back. And if you’re going to continue that effort, you’re going to have to take us on.’

Nevada Senator Harry Reid agreed with him, saying "If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.”

In the past few days, many people - most notably California Senator Barbara Boxer - have been calling for the end of the electoral college. According to Boxer, the electoral college is an "outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society." She added, "When all the ballots are counted, Hillary Clinton will have won the popular vote by a margin that could exceed two million votes, and she is on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama. This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency."

This is not the first time that Americans have tried to abolish the electoral college. In fact, a 1969 amendment to do so did pass the House Representative Committee, then was approved by President Nixon, but finally lost in the Senate, by only two votes. In fact, opposition to the electoral college is so widespread that in November 2012, Donald Trump himself tweeted, "The electoral college is a disaster for democracy" - garnering 96,000 'likes' and 138,000 retweets. After his nomination, Trump was quick to recount his earlier words, tweeting "The electoral college is actually genius".

In the divided nation, many disagree with the protesters. Robert Pittinger, a Congressman from North Carolina, said about the protesters "The grievance in their minds, the animus, the anger – they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not." Ted Cruz agreed, stating that protesters are just "leftist agitators who crossed the line, who are trying to silence a voice they don't like."

Donald Trump responded to the protests, telling the nation, "Don't be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don't be afraid." When asked why people were protesting, he replied "That's only because they don't know me. I just don't think they know me." Police have been attempting to end the protests by using tear gas on crowds of men, women, and children, and arresting over 100 people nationwide so far.

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On November 9th, the day after the US Presidential Election, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin - a writer for The Social Network, West Wing, The News Room, and Moneyball - penned a touching letter to his daughter.


Weirdly, he addressed it to "Sorkin Girls," though he just has the one daughter, 15-year-old Roxy. We think he meant to include his ex-wife, laywer Julia Bingham? He should have double-checked his letter for typos, since Julia is neither a Sorkin nor a girl. Anyway, the letter is an emotional reminder to always keep fighting inequalities, even in the face of stunning defeats. 

Sorkin is a noted Democrat. He routinely donates money to Democrat candidates, and was part of the anti-Bush campaign in 2004, teaming up with MoveOn, along with Rob Reiner, to do commercials.  

He was a supporter of Obama, and is sad to see him go (as are millions of Americans!) But what's more tragic is his elected replacement, Trump. Trump has been preaching hate, and his public vitriol has brought out the worst in America.  

However, Americans are pushing back against hate! Instead of focusing on the awful things that the president elect has promised to do, many people are choosing to spend their energy on positive things.  

In dark times, it's important to seek out the happy things in life and not let yourself get too bummed out. True, the national election has gone down a dark road, but local elections have seen some wonderful changes around the country, and it's lovely to see people standing up to support each other.

Roxy is just 15, but she's already politically aware, and has posted pro-Bernie sentiments on her Instagram. She's pretty typical of her generation, since teens are becoming more involved in politics. In fact, of voters aged 18-25, the overwhelming majority voted blue! This means that as time marches forward, we'll see fewer Trumps elected. How's that for a bright side?

Give Sorkin's letter a read below, and feel free to post your opinion in the comments! If you're feeling inspired, shop the classic Sorkin look - including iconic glasses - below...

Sorkin Girls,

Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.

And the world took no time to react. The Dow futures dropped 700 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews. On the other hand, there is a party going on at ISIS headquarters. What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?

So what do we do?

First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do.

Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, “coastal elites,” educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do…

…we’ll fucking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless. We don’t have majorities in the House or Senate but we do have representatives there. It’s also good to remember that most members of Trump’s own party feel exactly the same way about him that we do. We make sure that the people we sent to Washington—including Kamala Harris—take our strength with them and never take a day off.

We get involved. We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it—whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t. We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality—not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but for equal opportunities. We stand up.

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

Roxy, I know my predictions have let you down in the past, but personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime. If he does manage to be a douche nozzle without breaking the law for four years, we’ll make it through those four years. And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good. Honey, it’ll be your first vote.

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.

Love, Dad

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Is he 'the one'? What even is 'the one'? Is the idea of having a perfect match, one 'love of your life', 'Mr Right' a little outdated? Well, yes, the Disney version is. Hate to break it to you but you're unlikey to find your soul mate the first time round. You'll kiss (bang) a few frogs, settle for a couple of safe bets and get your heart broken by a love rat, but there is still hope. 


Think of 'the one' as being 'the right one' rather than 'the perfect one'. Because there's no such thing as perfect. You're not a Disney Princess- that sounds harsh, but you ain't. Can you talk to animals, swing down buildings by your hair or heal broken legs with your magic locks? Nah, you can't. And if you could you'd hopefully be a superhero not some princess searching for their prince. So, since you're not a Disney Princess, you're not going to find your Prince Charming. 

The one, in reality, is your best friend who you'd happily spend the rest of your life with- there will be fights, tears and heartbreak, but if they're the one you'll both love and support each other through it all. 

1. You Make Sacrifices For Each Other 

You make sacrifices for one another, and your life together, but never try and change each other. 

2. You Feel Comfortable Planning

The thought of planning a holiday with your last fella filled you with dread, but with this one you're happy to make plans months, christ even years, into the future. 

3. You Share Similar Values 

No, this doesn't mean you have to agree on everything. After all, opposites do attract, but only in regards to personality quirks and passions, not core values. If you don't agree on kids/marriage/politics and other big lifestyle factors, then you won't work out. It's all well and good loving one another, but if one of you sees kids as a deal breaker and the other doesn't then maybe it's time to face the music. 

4. Love Is The Easy Party 

He's the one when you realise that being in love is the easy part, and the rest of having a relationship is the hard part. It's the daily squabbles about washing up, bills and who last cleaned the bathroom that take work, if he's the one then the loving and supporting one another is the easy part, and life is the hard bit. 

5. He's Your Bestie 

You tell him everything, you don't keep secrets, you're not embarrassed to express your feelings and he's the first person you want to tell about your day. Grab onto that kind of love, it'll last a lot longer than the dude with really good abs who doesn't care about that amazing sandwich you ate for lunch. 

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With his latest in a series of political blunders, presidential candidate & reality star Donald Trump has managed to alienate even more women in the United States. After being exposed on national television for his misogynistic views, videotaped bragging about sexually assaulting women, Donald doubled down on his stances. In the latest debate, he loudly interrupted front-runner Hillary Clinton countless times. 


He was so audacious as to call the former Secretary of State "such a nasty woman," causing female viewers everywhere to accidentally snort their drinks out their noses laughing. Donald didn't mean to start a hashtag, but a huge number of people are now using #nastywoman to mock him on social media. For those voters still undecided, seeing Trump flail around and attack Clinton's character was a final straw. To show your political spirit, grab one of these hilarious "Nasty Woman" shirts - from Nasty Gal, no less, who have rebranded themselves as Nasty Woman for the moment - and the best part that the proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood! 

Celebs including Katy Perry have been spotted in the #nastywoman shirts, and recently Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave an inspired speech alluding to it. "Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote. And, on Nov. 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever." Weird Al has also jumped in on the action, releasing a new song, "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women". 

There are only a couple weeks until the highly controversial 2016 election, and the world is watching the US. Ladies, peek at the #nastywoman merch below, and don't forget to get out there and vote! Guys, you too can show your support for Hillary with the shirts below. Show everyone that you don't care what people like Trump say about women while you encourage others to vote by wearing your opinions! 

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Let's talk about one of the biggest stories in the news lately: the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline is a gigantic project, designed to carry 500,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota. 


The project -which is funded by America's colossal banks, including Citibank, Bank of America, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase - has drawn criticism for ignoring environmental regulations and for destroying Native American land. The pipeline has been unfolding disastrously; after skipping required environmental tests, the construction crews barreled through sacred Standing Rock Sioux land, digging up burial sites, and refusing to let people in to recover the bones. 

People across the nation, including over 100 Native American tribes and environmentalists like The Sierra Club, have been protesting the pipeline for several months. Back in September, the protests made the news for rampant brutality. Security forces at the site used pepper spray on protesters, then released attack dogs on them. Then, journalist Amy Goodman was arrested just for reporting on the protests! This was part of a big push by the banking corporations to keep this story out of the news. They charged Goodman with criminal trespassing, then rioting, but could not get either charge to stick. 

Then again just this month, Shailene Woodley, the young actress who rose to fame through "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Divergent", was arrested at a protest and charged with criminal trespassing. What does it mean for us? As we were shocked to see in the 2010 documentary "Gasland", oil companies have done some serious damage to our country. We watched American citizens light their tap water on fire, straight out of the sink. Thanks to harmful oil extraction processes, water crises have been rocking the U.S. These protests show the growing concern about the harm this pipeline could cause.

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If you've been on any social media in the past week, you know about the latest development in Kardashian news. No, it's not nude Insta pics from Kim, nor is it more family drama between Khloe and Kylie. This time, it was something much scarier: a robbery! Poor Kim was taking a nap in her Paris apartment when masked attackers burst in, tied her up, and stole over $10 million worth of her jewelry- including her 4 million dollar engagement ring. 


Kim has been conspicuously absent from social media since the robbery. She's clearly suffering through post-traumatic stress: she used to dress up in meticulous designer outfits and strut the sidewalks for the paparazzi - but in the past weeks, she has only ventured outside wearing baggy sweatpants, sunglasses and hats to disguise her face, and has tried to hide from the media. 

Some people are taking the opportunity to laugh at her misfortune, taking to Twitter and Insta to post horrible things at her, like "@KimKardashian should have gone the whole hog and finished her off aswell." -@alexmorley1 and "@KimKardashian Glad you were robbed...You deserved it. What a slutty c*nt." -@daniel_malice. No wonder she's trying to avoid the spotlight! These pathetic people are celebrating her misfortune, calling her slurs, and wishing her death - just for being an annoying celebrity! It's obvious that @alexmorely1 and @daniel_malice have a problem with women. Her sex life has nothing to do with her robbery, and calling her slutty just reveals this troll's own insecurities. 

Although I'm not a fan of the Kardashian clan, I don't wish Kim harm. The robbery isn't funny. The Kardashians are annoying, sure, but they don't deserve to be terrorized. Nobody does. Besides that, it's pathetic to tweet at celebrities (who will never read your tweets), and it's terrible to spend your own time and mental energy on hatred. These malicious haters need to go outside and live their own lives, instead of hiding behind the internet and obsessing over their enemies. 

The worst part about the robbery was not the malicious Twitter trolls' comments, but the awful comments from Karl Lagerfeld - who is supposedly Kim's friend! The respected fashion designer weighed in on the robbery, announcing " If you are that famous and you put all your jewelry on the Net, you go to hotels where nobody can come near your room. You cannot display your wealth and then be surprised that some people want to share it with you.” What a callous *sshole! 

Karl is "victim-blaming" - which we often hear about in cases of sexual assault. Everywhere we turn, we hear people blaming women for being attacked: for what they were wearing, where they were walking, or what they were drinking. It's incredibly important to push back against those people! It is NEVER your fault for being victimized by others. I'll repeat that for those of you in the back: IT IS NEVER YOUR FAULT IF YOU ARE ATTACKED. If Karl is Kim's friend, why does he say "you cannot display your wealth"? Why not "you cannot break into someone's house and hold them at gunpoint"? Why is he blaming Kim for her attack, and not even mentioning the attackers? 

Hypocritically, Karl has an Instagram himself, and regularly posts pictures of himself wearing clothing and accessories worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet he's ultra-quick to pick on Kim for doing THE EXACT SAME THING. If he ever gets robbed, is he going to say it's his own fault? Doubtful. 

It must be even more upsetting for Kim, after a life-threatening experience, to have Karl, someone she thought was a friend, turn catty and stab her in the back. She can't be too surprised though, because Karl has a history of saying terrible things. Remember when he called Adele fat, and called Pippa Middleton ugly? For some reason, Karl feels compelled to blab on about women's appearance, as if he has the right. Here's hoping that Kim keeps her head up, and returns to her usual self soon!

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In February, during a snowstorm in New Hampshire, I had the honor of speaking at a Bernie Sanders rally. Having been politically minded throughout my life, I felt it only natural to support the candidate I believed in. The Internet, however, felt otherwise. After posting a picture of myself at the rally and a video of my speech about Bernie’s positions on equal pay, maternity leave, and economic inequality, I was trolled heavily. Commenters said I had “an excess of beauty and lack of brain” and told me to “shut up and show us your tits.” But I was also criticized in a very specific way— for seeking attention. They wrote me off as “a desperate attention whore,” saying I was taking part in the conversation only because everybody else was too.


I realized then that I’ve been called an attention whore so often that I had almost gotten used to it. And as women we are accused of seeking attention more than men are, whether for speaking out politically, as I did, for dressing a certain way, or for even posting a selfie. Our culture has a double standard that runs so deep, many women have actually built up an automatic defense—attempting to be a step ahead of potential critics by making sure we have “real” reasons for anything we say or do.

Often it’s men propelling these acts of sexism, but women discount one another too: Think about how many times you’ve heard a woman say about another woman, “Oh, she’s just doing that for attention.” We’ve internalized this trope. Our society tells women we can’t be, say, sexy and confident and opinionated about politics. This would allow us too much power. Instead our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question.

I see it all the time, particularly when my girlfriends are getting ready to go out. They encounter this moment when they think, I don’t want to look like I tried too hard. They don’t want to be seen as desperate or vain. But my guy friends don’t think twice about whether this shirt or that cologne will make them seem attention seeking. The truth is that both groups want to be noticed. Yet we view a man’s desire for attention as a natural instinct; with a woman, we label her a narcissist.

Look at pop culture: Mick Jagger is 73, and he still sometimes wears his shirt open and gyrates onstage. We understand that this is a part of his performance and artistic brand. Meanwhile, when Madonna, who is 58 and a revolutionary in that same kind of artistic sexuality, wears a sheer dress to the Met Gala, critics call her “a hot mess” who’s “desperate.” But isn’t she just making one of her signature political statements about female sexuality (and, incidentally, about our ageist, sexist culture too)? In any case, they are both performers who undoubtedly like attention. So why does Madonna get flak for it while Jagger is celebrated?

It’s absurd to think that desire for attention doesn’t drive both women and men. Why are women scrutinized for it more, then? And if a woman dresses up because she does want attention, male or otherwise, does that make her guilty of something? Or less “serious”? Our society doesn’t question men’s motivations for taking their shirt off, or shaving, or talking about politics—nor should it. Wanting attention is genderless. It’s human.

In August a young woman, Karina Vetrano, was raped and murdered while on a jog in Queens, New York. The New York Daily News published an article about “the brainy and beautiful victim,” including a selfie of Vetrano from her Instagram. One commenter said, “Poor girl yes. But she put herself out there like a Kardashian carbon copy.” Later he added, “If you’re going to be out there, be prepared for the attention, good and bad.” This is how far the attention accusation can go: It validates the idea that this woman’s actions—wearing makeup, posting selfies—might have contributed to her senseless murder. Would you have seen the same type of comment had the victim been male? Doubtful. Women should be allowed to be themselves and live the way they want to, just as Vetrano did.

The ideal feminist world shouldn’t be one where women suppress their human instincts for attention and desire. We shouldn’t be weighed down with the responsibility of explaining our every move. We shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting attention either. We don’t owe anyone an explanation. It’s not our responsibility to change the way we are seen—it’s society’s responsibility to change the way it sees us.

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Originally published by Glamour

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Whether you're a Bernie supporter, Hillary supporter, or apolitical bystander, you're probably sick of Donald Trump's crap. Donald lashed out at Hillary via Twitter after she nabbed Barack Obama's endorsement this week, whining: "Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!" Clinton didn't miss a beat though, and fired back "Delete your account." Grab Hillary's style with our picks below!


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He DID it...Leo FINALLY won the Oscar. 


After having the internet in a firenze for years, countless memes and non stop talk of it, we can all relax because Leo finally won the award he’s always deserved. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s been in every movie that had a special place in our hearts growing up, maybe it’s because he was a lot of our first crushes or maybe it really is the fact that is is one of the best actors out there and deserves this awards. 

Whatever it may be, we all wanted this for Leo and I felt like I needed to celebrate after last night more than he did !For his acceptance speech he did not thank the internet (although I still think he should have said SOMETHING about us rallying for him) but instead used his time to wake us all up about what’s going on with the earth, our politics and that now is the time to change. 

Leave it to Leo to be humble, make a statement and look damn good while doing it. Get his winning look!

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