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Jessica Samakow is the Senior Editor for the Huffington Post. She is formerly the Associate Editor for HuffPost Parents.

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A Message For Moms Of Single Women

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Valentine's Day is upon us, which means single women everywhere are at risk for receiving the following texts from their moms: "whatevr happened to Jon from high school??? he was so cute!" or "R U OK???" followed by a nonsensical string of emojis.

It's because they love you! It's because they're so worried! They just want you to find someone nice!!

In the PSA above, we hear from the women of the Single American Daughters (SAD) foundation, who bust open the truth about an epidemic plaguing our nation. This February 14th, these daughters are begging worried moms: Please stop. Because on Valentine's Day, the greatest gift you can give is silence. 


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48 Things Men Hear In A Lifetime (That Are Bad For Everyone)

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 4:53 PM

We recently published a video titled, 48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't), in order to show how subtly sexist messaging begins at a very young age and then never, ever ends.

Little girls are told not to be bossy; teens and young women are told that no matter their sexual decisions, they're damned if they do, damned if they don't; moms face frustrating expectations that just aren't put upon dads. And at every age, women are reminded that our appearance is of utmost importance. 

Many commenters responded, "men are told things, too!" To which we'd say: Of course! Sexism doesn't exist in a vacuum. Our society has a dangerously narrow view of masculinity, which limits what a man is allowed to "be."

But if you consider the messages men hear -- "be a man!" "boys don't cry!" "don't be such a pussy!" -- you'll find that almost all of them translate to "don't be a woman." Because women are the seen as weaker sex; to be "feminine" is to be less than. So when we tell men they're not "real men" unless they're tough, financially successful (specifically more successful than their female partners), strong, authoritative... yes, we're hurting men who don't fit those parameters. But we're also hurting women. 

The same attitude informs a culture where young men are taught to feel a sense of ownership over women's bodies and decisions. Phrases like "tap that" and "hit it and quit it" enter our vernacular. It becomes "manly" to treat women as objects, it becomes "funny" to call women sluts. 

If little boys are taught to see traditionally "feminine" qualities as "bad," the cycle of sexism never ends. As Gloria Steinem recently wrote, "I'm glad we've begun to raise our daughters more like our sons -- but it will never work until we raise our sons more like our daughters."

Watch the video above to hear what men are taught throughout their lifetimes that is harmful to everyone.


Scripted, Directed, Filmed and Edited by Jessica Samakow and Oliver Noble

Below, watch 48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't):

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48 coisas que mulheres escutam ao longo da vida (e homens não)

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 9:07 PM

"Não seja uma puta, mas definitivamente não seja muito puritana".

"Não seja tão emocional, mas não seja uma 'cadela de coração frio'."

"Priorize a sua família ao longo de sua carreira; mas você está certa, mesmo de que quer ser dona de casa?"

Ao longo de nossas vidas,...

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48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't)

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 9:21 AM

Don't be a slut, but definitely don't be too prude. Don't be so emotional, but don't be a cold-hearted bitch. Prioritize your family over your career, but are you sure you want to be a stay-at-home mom? 

Throughout our lives, women hear insidious, often-conflicting messages about what it means to be a woman, about how we should act, talk and look.

In the video above, watch as girls and women deliver messages you'd never say to a boy or a man, one after another. Each individual remark may seem inconsequential, but listening to them in totality shows just how never-ending (and exhausting) subtle sexism really is. 

Commentary on women's bodies, minds and decisions -- from "Stop being an attention whore!" to "Are you planning on working after the baby is born? -- knows no bounds.


Scripted and directed by Jessica Samakow
Produced by Jessica Samakow and Oliver Noble
Filmed and edited by Oliver Noble

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Como as mulheres que acusaram Cosby de estupro estão lutando para mudar o sistema judicial nos EUA

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 11:37 AM

Elas querem mudar os caminhos da Justiça para futuras vítimas de estupro.

A primeira vez que Lise-Lotte Lublin viu uma manchete sobre Bill Cosby no ano passado, ela sentiu angústia. A dor ficava mais forte cada vez que outra mulher vinha a público com outra acusação contra o comediante de...

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Olivia Pope's Abortion Got 1 Minute Of Airtime -- And That's All It Needed

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 10:47 PM

The long, searing monologues on "Scandal" have become the show's trademark. We've watched characters like Rowan, Cyrus, Mellie and Olivia deliver speech after pointed speech with intensity and vigor. But what was perhaps the most powerful message of the first half of season 5 was delivered without words.

During the season's winter...

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How Cosby's Accusers Are Fighting To Fix The Legal System That Shut Them Out

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 1:39 PM

The first time Lise-Lotte Lublin saw a headline about Bill Cosby last year, she felt an ache in the center of her body. That ache grew stronger each time another woman came forward with an allegation against the 78-year-old comedian.

Lublin says she met Cosby 26 years...

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Jimmy Kimmel's 'I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy' Challenge Will Literally Never Get Old

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 8:05 AM

This year, for the fifth time in a row, Jimmy Kimmel challenged parents to tell their kids...

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10 Mini Donald Trumps Who Make Halloween Great Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 12:45 PM

This Halloween, prepare to say, "Awww, that Donald Trump is so cute!" for the first time ever.

Meet 10 mini Trumps who actually make combovers adorable, because they don't come with a side of "you're a loser." 

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33 disfraces de Halloween para bebés que todos los humanos deben ver

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Si andas en busca de fotos adorables de bebés con disfraces de Halloween porque necesitas inspiración para tu chiquitín, ya no tendrás que ver más. O si simplemente eres un humano a quien le gustan las cosas insoportablemente bellas, no busques más.

Mira 33 disfraces de Halloween sumamente ingeniosos, innegablemente...

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당신이 한 번은 꼭 봐야 할 할로윈 의상 33(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:07 PM

아기용 할로윈 코스튬을 찾고 있다면, 잘 찾아왔다. 그저 귀여운 존재를 사랑하는 사람이라도 괜찮다. 아래에서 만나 볼 33장의 사진이 마음에 꼭 들 거다.

페이스북 팔로우하기 |

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The Huffington Post Is Hiring Story Editors For The Voices Department

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Location: New York, NY

Position Type: Full Time

About the role: 

The Huffington Post is looking for accurate, fast story editors to handle line and copy edits department-wide -- reviewing text, videos, graphics and social media content. Ideal candidates will be just as comfortable with breaking news as they are...

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8 Things The GOP Debate Got Wrong About Abortion And Planned Parenthood

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 10:39 AM

On Wednesday night, 10 men and one woman took the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; each tried to convince the American people that he or she should be the next leader of this country. One big topic of conversation? Abortion, of course. More specifically, how terrible abortion is. 

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Baby Halloween Costumes Every Human Needs To See

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 1:22 PM

If you're on the hunt for adorable photos of babies in Halloween costumes because you need inspiration for your own little one, look no further. Or, if you're just a human who loves unbearably cute things, look no further. 

Behold: 33 deeply-clever, undeniably-cute, sweeter-than-candy Halloween costumes for...

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Skinny Women Are Better, Says Douchey Article No One Asked For

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:51 AM

I was eating my morning Cheerios (Honey Nut, obviously) when I came across something that forced me to spit them out. A website called AskMen (which men? I have no idea) tweeted a story informing ladies everywhere: "Female Attractiveness Linked To Lower Body Fat," with the addition, "Trending News: Real Men...

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15 πράγματα που πρέπει (πάντα) να κάνετε μπροστά στο άλλο σας μισό

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 7:35 AM

Πολλά άρθρα έχουν γραφτεί σχετικά με το τι πρέπει ή δεν πρέπει να κάνει κάποιος μπροστά στο άλλο του μισό, ειδικά για τις γυναίκες, τις οποίες πολλοί «ειδικοί» τις συμβουλεύουν να μιλούν ανοιχτά μπροστά στον σύντροφό τους για το γεγονός ότι πηγαίνουν στην τουαλέτα (άνθρωποι είμαστε), ότι κάνουν...

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8 Reasons Young Girls Of The '90s Needed Jessie Spano

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:01 AM

"Saved by the Bell" premiered 26 years ago, which means you're old. 

In some ways, not much has changed since Zack, Kelly, Screech and the gang roamed the halls of Bayside High School -- crop tops are back, cheeseburgers never...

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15 Things You Should Always Do In Front Of Your Significant Other

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 2:14 PM

The Internet is really concerned about your relationship. 

Specifically, Good Housekeeping writer Asher Fogle is very worried about what might happen if your undeserving husband or boyfriend should see you put on Spanx, or GOD FORBID his innocent ears should hear you yell. Her July article, 15 Things You Should Never...

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The Haunting Realities Of Postpartum Depression, Illustrated

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:19 AM

"It felt like hopelessness, resentment and anger," wrote mom Michaela Ludwig of her postpartum depression. "I felt like I wasn't going to be a good enough mother and as much as I love my son, I felt like he would be better off...

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11 Things White People Need To Realize About Race

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 5:44 PM

“We talk a lot about race in this country a lot, but we don’t include you [in] the conversation… I’m interested in how you feel.” 

That’s the open-ended question award-winning filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas poses to young white Americans in his (aptly named) new documentary:

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