Your Official Guide to All the Backlash Surrounding '13 Reasons Why'

13 Reasons Why is both an extremely good show that the internet is obsessed with, and also an extremely controversial show that the internet is annoyed with. Why? It’s complicated, but it all comes down to one question: Does the show handle its intensive depiction of suicide responsibly? With Season 2 just around the corner on May 18, let’s examine […]

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How to tell if you're in a dysfunctional relationship

But because it takes two to tango, our own conduct within a relationship tells only part of the story. There are many ways to describe a relationship. A "good" relationship can be "healthy", or "fulfilling"; a "bad" relationship can be "abusive" or "soul destroying". I prefer "functional" versus "dysfunctional". The term "dysfunctional relationship" removes blame from either individual, and locates […]

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The Author Of "Cat Person" Revealed The Relatable Real-Life Inspiration For The Story

When "Cat Person" appeared in The New Yorker in December, the all-too-relatable story of a short and cringe-worthy relationship quickly became the buzziest short story on the internet. Many readers wondered what real-life experience inspired author Kristen Roupenian to pen the viral piece, and in her first ever in-person interview, the writer opened up to British journalist Dolly Alderton about […]

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5 Ways Zora Neale Hurston's Work Influenced Black Literature And Black Womanhood

Ridiculed in her life yet revered after death, Zora Neale Hurston has left an indelible legacy on the literary community and commanded an influential place in Black history. Forgoing conventions of what it meant to be a woman and a black writer, Hurston was free-spirited, both professionally and personally. These qualities–which materialized in ambivalent politics and a commitment to using […]

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Woman who lost 16.5 stone is told she’s too slim for saggy skin op

‘Life trapped in this awful body is horrible’: NHS tells mother who shed 16-and-a-half stone that she must put weight BACK ON to qualify for surgery to remove her saggy skin – and she says the stress has triggered anorexia Lisa Smith, 44, from St Helens, Merseyside, lost a whopping 16-and-a-half stone after nearly losing her life to diabetes-related heart […]

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Plus-size blogger: Go ahead, call me fat!

When plus-size activist Jes Baker was in fifth grade, a bully egged on a gang of tweens to start calling her “hippo” in swim class. Over her 31 years, the size 22-24 writer has been labeled everything from “cow” and “elephant” to the slightly more imaginative “brontosaurus.” But she refuses to feel insulted, claiming that all the creatures she’s been […]

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