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Nina Friend is the Women's Intern at The Huffington Post and a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania. Her (most unrealistic) dream is to be on Broadway and she loves chocolate almost more than life itself.

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25 Things Every College Student Should Know About Love And Sex

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:09 PM

For incoming freshmen, college hookup culture can feel like a huge question mark with three options: have some one-night-stands, find the person you're going to marry, or never kiss a soul. While the social atmosphere is different at every school, love, sex and dating (and questions about all three)...

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Macy Gray Wrote An Epic Love Song...To Her Vibrator

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:47 AM

As if we needed another reason to praise the existence of sex toys, please say hello to the most epic love song ever: singer-songwriter Macy Gray's ballad of affection for her vibrator. 

Yes, world, it's true. Following the recent trend of powerful women (like Nicki Minaj and Amy Schumer) talking openly about women's sexual pleasure, Gray has written a love song to B.O.B., her "Battery Operated Boyfriend." With catchy lyrics and an awesome animated music video, this might be the best thing to happen to female masturbation EVER. 

Although at first, the idea of the song -- titled "B.O.B." -- might seem comical, the words Gray wrote empower female sexuality by telling the story of a woman's loving relationship with her vibrator.

"He can go all night, dark until the light, and we stop when I want to," Gray sings, highlighting a woman's ability to control her sexual pleasure while hinting at the reality that for some women, sex can be dominated by a partner's desires instead of her own.

Gray told Elle that she hopes B.O.B. "opens women up to talk about what's really real for them." She also urged women to experiment with their sexuality and get a vibrator. "You should have a Bob," Gray said. "You should have all kinds of shit. You shouldn't be so quiet."

We are women, after all. Here us roar.

Watch the full music video above.

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This Woman’s Beatboxing Skills Will Make Your Jaw Drop

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Beatboxing has historically been an art form dominated by men, but as Kaila Mullady proves, women make just as awesome human drum machines.

Mullady made waves in the beatboxing world in May, when she won the Beatbox Battle World Championship in Berlin. (And watching the above video, it's easy to see why.) When HuffPost asked her on Twitter what it's like to excel in an arena that is typically associated with male culture, Mullady tweeted back the following response: 

The NYC-based beatboxer has already racked up three bigtime awards for her skillful performances -- she's currently the Vice Beatbox Champion, Loop station champion and three-time Beatrhyme Champion. 

Mullady's drive to make her name and talent known is inspiring. Visibility is power -- especially when you're a woman in a male-dominated industry. In a tweet to HuffPost, she reminded us that "more women should be heard." Amen to that.

Check out the full video above.

This article has been updated to reflect that Mullady won the 2015 Beatbox Battle World Championship, not the Grand Beatbox Battle.

H/T: WIFEY.TV

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What It’s Really Like When You Don’t Love Your Body

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Whether it's your height, your thighs, your weight or your scars, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have insecurities about the way she or he looks. 

In a new video called "What It's Like To Not Love Your Body," BuzzFeed Yellow follows four people -- three women and one man -- through the daily ups and downs of hating and learning to love their bodies. 

One of the women overhears two guys talking about how "girls with big arms like that kind of freak me out." She places her hands around her own strong arms and walks away, visibly upset.

In another scene, the man is struggling to reach for a box of Cheez-Its on a high shelf. Another dude comes up to him, grabs the box and says, "Here you go, little guy." Feeling dejected, he forces out a "Thank you" and walks away.  

All of the characters in the video -- similar to women and men in real life -- have insecurities that they deal with every day. But, ultimately, with a little encouragement from the people around them, they each come to realize that there are things they appreciate (even love) about their bodies.

Sometimes, it just takes a little time to drink the body...

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Woman Dominates Body-Shamers With Brave Before-And-After Photos

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Women's bodies are scrutinized at every shape and size. Society's skewed standards of beauty can lead women to believe they're never skinny enough, never pretty enough, never perfect enough.

Simone Pretscherer, a makeup artist from New Zealand, had enough of being told that she wasn't enough. So when she...

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Brave YouTube Star Opens Up About Depression

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:38 AM

 

Depression affects 350 million people around the world, but it's still a taboo topic. In a new video, YouTuber Laci Green works to shatter the mental illness stigma by opening up about her own struggle with depression.

Green begins by explaining that "it’s hard to talk about dealing with depression is because a lot of people don’t really understand it.” She goes on to describe what depression is like for her. “My entire being is drained of all joy and hope and happiness,” Green says in the video before equating the feeling to the way Dementors in Harry Potter “suck people’s souls out.” 

The symptoms associated with depression vary from person to person, yet Green argues that “the worst thing” any person with depression can do is keep their feelings inside. She urges viewers who struggle with mental illness to open up to the people in their lives.

Green’s brave decision to talk about her depression is a reminder that mental illness needs to be discussed out in the open. "I don’t fuckin’ know, maybe it doesn’t get better right away," Green says. "What I do know is that you get stronger, I get...

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20 Realities Of #GrowingUpAGirl

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 9:22 AM

Growing up as a girl is a mixed bag. It's full of joy, but also dictated by many unfair double standards, from being judged for your sexual choices to having your ultimate worth dictated by your looks.

On Tuesday, the hashtag #GrowingUpAGirl began trending. While it started as a way for Twitter...

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The Female Gaze Is Real In ‘Magic Mike XXL’

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 9:17 AM

 

Women everywhere have been talking up the feminist themes of "Magic Mike XXL," discussing how the film handles women’s sexual pleasure in a way that is honest and real. FINALLY.

YouTuber Laci Green is the latest feminist to jump on the chiseled abs bandwagon. In her new MTV Braless video, Green discusses how this movie about male strippers brings out a concept new to Hollywood: the Female Gaze.

Green’s Female Gaze is an offshoot of the Male Gaze theory, which was coined in 1975 by British feminist Laura Mulvey. In her video, Green breaks down the main components of the Male Gaze, explaining the idea that the camera "in films lingers on women and sexualizes them in non-sexual contexts.”

"The Male Gaze is considered dehumanizing,” Green says, "because it treats women as one-dimensional sex objects without any agency or desires of our own.”

Yet the Female Gaze “has different power dynamics than the Male Gaze,” Green argues, since women’s sexuality can seem like a lose-lose a lot of the time. "Our culture places this bizarrely high value on a sexless, virginal woman,” Green says. "Women who are old or overweight are told they’re not sexy and don’t deserve love. Women who are too sexual are ashamed and called sluts and whores."

But in "Magic Mike XXL," “people of all ages and sizes, races and gender expression are free to be sexual on their own terms.” Therein lies the Female Gaze: women in this movie are given power over their sexual desires -- something we rarely, if ever, see on the big screen. 

So ladies, run -- don't walk -- to go see "Magic Mike XXL" (and, yes, Channing Tatum’s hot...

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Fat People Are People. That's Still A Radical Idea.

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:17 AM

 

So Ariana Grande licked a donut, declared her disdain for America and received a ton of backlash. In a new video called "Hate The Donut, Not The Fatty," YouTuber Meghan Tonjes explains why she wasn't so much offended by Grande's tonguing stunt as she was troubled by her subsequent apology.

In a video addressed to fans, Grande apologized for "the whole donut fiasco." In a prior written statement, the 22-year-old singer proclaimed herself "an advocate for healthy eating" who is frustrated by childhood obesity and "the dangers of overeating."

Tonjes points to Grande's statements as evidence of the problematic way Americans tend to view fat people, food, and the relationship between the two.

"If I were 120 pounds eating a pizza in my underwear on Tumblr, I would be quirky and cute and real," Tonjes says in the video. "But if I’m 300 pounds and I’m eating pizza in my underwear, people are like 'You’re killing yourself,' 'You’re disgusting,' 'You’re everything that’s wrong with America.'"

But making presumptions about one person's diet -- or food-shaming an entire nation -- do little to address the issue Grande appears to have. With this video, Tonjes told HuffPost that she wanted to highlight that "conversations about the food industry often center around how fat people are to blame for being fat, without any energy put towards solving things like food deserts, nutrition in schools, access to healthy living (emotionally, physically and spiritually)." 

In Tonjes' eyes, the real problem with food in America is not simply the lack of education about what Grande calls "the poison that we put into our bodies," but the hypocrisy that surrounds the food industry: "We have this idea that we can look at someone and KNOW their story and KNOW their health," Tonjes told HuffPost. "As a fat kid who was raised by thin people (who struggled with nutrition and body issues, but didn't physically SHOW those things) I have a pretty good understanding about [how] appearances can be deceiving."

 Tonjes discusses these stereotypes in her video: "People are shocked that someone that looks like me doesn’t sit all day on the couch and eat pizza," she says. "And you know what? Sometimes I do, because sometimes everybody does." Yup.

Thin people eat burgers. Fat people eat salads. All people really need to get over this caring about who eats what thing.

Watch the full video above.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misattributed Grande's quotes that she is "an advocate for healthy eating" who is frustrated by childhood obesity and "the dangers of overeating" to a video posted by the singer on July 9. These quotes are from an earlier written statement addressing the...

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Caitlin Stasey Says A Magazine Pulled Her Interview Because She Wouldn't Pose Nude

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:18 AM

There’s nothing wrong with a woman baring her body on the cover of a magazine, just ask Kim K. or Miley or Olympian Amanda Bingson. But when a woman is told to get naked for a photo shoot and doesn’t want to -- and then the magazine pulls her feature...

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My Friend Who Survived The Unthinkable Taught Me To Ask This Question

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:43 AM

We first crossed paths in 2007. I was in 8th grade at a Jewish Day School in Chicago; Clemantine was a student at New Trier High School, located in a Chicago suburb. She had won Oprah's Elie Wiesel essay writing contest a year earlier, and I had watched...

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Olympic Hammer Thrower Amanda Bingson Is A Body Positivity Queen

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Amanda Bingson's route to appearing nude on the cover of a popular U.S. magazine might seem a bit unconventional for the particular milestone. 

The 25-year-old hammer thrower was recently featured on one of ESPN magazine's six covers for its seventh annual Body Issue. Bingson walked onto the track team at the University...

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9 Summer Struggles That Every Woman Understands

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 9:37 AM

Relaxing at the beach and overloading on ice cream are pretty universal perks of summer. But some of the season's unfortunate downsides are experiences shared only by women -- and men will never quite get what we're talking about.

Here are nine summer strugs that women who are just trying to enjoy...

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A Woman Made A Comic Book About Abortion And It's Awesome

(306) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 3:14 PM

One woman is on a mission to demystify the realities of abortion -- using illustrations.

Writer and artist Leah Hayes created an illustrated book, Not Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard, which takes readers through the thought processes of two women who choose to have abortions --...

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This Supercut Of Women Apologizing Makes Us Never Want To Say 'Sorry' Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Sorry (not sorry) -- quick question: "Why are women always apologizing?"

One study attributes women's disproportionate sorry-habit to "a higher threshold for what they think warrants reparation" than men. Other theories suggest women may be more likely to use apologies as a crutch, a filler, or simply to convey politeness.

To highlight just how often -- and for what -- women tend apologize, Women In The World created a supercut of women saying sorry in some of our favorite movies and TV shows -- often when they don't actually have anything to apologize for.

From "The Little Mermaid's" Ariel saying sorry to Scuttle the seagull because homegirl just has other things to go do, to Gracie Hart in "Miss Congeniality" apologizing for eating a bite of a bagel to some of our favorite leading ladies apologizing for simply taking up space in the world, it seems far to many women -- both on the big screen and IRL -- have caught the sorry epidemic.

 Luckily, there is a cure. 

 

h/t: WIFEY.TV

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Le numéro "Body Issue" d'ESPN met des corps de toutes les tailles à l'honneur (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 11:52 AM

Quelques fois, nous avons besoin d’un petit rappel que les athlètes, à la manière de tous les autres humains d’ailleurs, viennent en différentes formes et en différentes tailles.

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L’édition « corps » annuelle d’ESPN, le fameux Body...

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Nackte Sportlerinnen beweisen: Jeder Körper ist schön

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Manchmal brauchen wir eine kleine Erinnerung daran, dass Athleten - wie alle anderen Menschen auch - Körper in allen Formen und Größen haben.

Die Zeitschrift des Fernsehsenders "ESPN" zeigt in ihrer jährlichen Body-Ausgabe genau das. Profi-Sportler sprechen darin über ihren Körper und ihren Sport.

Amanda Bingson,...

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Nude Female Athletes Preach Body Love On ESPN's Cover

(126) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Sometimes, we need a little reminder that athletes -- like other humans -- come in all shapes and sizes.

ESPN's annual Body Issue, which includes profiles of professional athletes discussing their sports and their bodies, shows just that.

Amanda Bingson, USA track and field hammer thrower, is...

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Amy Schumer: 'Sex Is Just Explained Incorrectly To Us'

(5) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Amy Schumer tells it like it is.

In a CBS News profile on July 5, Schumer broke down the problem with the way young men and women are taught about sex.

"Sex is just explained incorrectly to us," she said. "It's like everything -- magazines, sitcoms. Men...

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5 Things You'll Never Hear Women Say To Catcallers

(11) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Whether it's worth the time or potential risk to respond or not, it should surprise no one that women's general reactions to catcalling are not favorable. In a new video, BuzzFeed Yellow decided to take a different angle: If and when women respond to street harassers, what would...

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