People are flooding Instagram with pink clouds to drown out grisly images of slain teen

Two days after the brutal murder of an upstate New York teenager, Instagram is still having trouble scrubbing its platform of gruesome images and offensive memes related to the incident. Bianca Devins, a 17-year-old from Utica, New York, with a large following on Instagram, was killed on Sunday morning, […] Click here to view original web page at www.fastcompany.com

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Trump Officials Face Cover-Up Allegations After Failed Citizenship Question Push

Days after President Trump announced he’s no longer pushing for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, officials in his administration are now facing allegations of covering up the question’s origins. Challengers of the question filed a formal request Tuesday for U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of New York […] Click here to view original web page at www.npr.org

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Best songs of 2019 so far

Billie Eilish If there has been a defining sound of 2019 so far, it’s that there is not one single defining sound. But that doesn’t mean we’ve had a weak year as far as music goes, it’s been stronger than ever. Half-way through the year, we wanted to gather […] Click here to view original web page at www.bbc.com

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White House scraps key plan to lower U.S. drug prices; may target drugmakers

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday scrapped one of its most ambitious proposals for lowering prescription medicine prices, backing down from a policy aimed at health insurers and raising the possibility of new measures focused on drugmakers. FILE PHOTO: Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules are arranged in […] Click here to view original web page at www.reuters.com

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Many teen girls pressured by partners to get pregnant

(Reuters Health) – Nearly one in eight sexually active teen girls are pressured by their partners to have unprotected sex and try to conceive when they don’t want a baby, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as reproductive coercion, a form of relationship abuse that can […] (Reuters Health) – Nearly one in eight sexually active teen girls are pressured by their partners to have unprotected sex and try to conceive when they don’t want a baby, a U.S. study suggests.  Researchers focused on what’s known as reproductive coercion, a form of relationship abuse that can involve things like poking holes in condoms, hiding birth control pills, physically hurting girls who refuse to have unprotected sex, or threatening to break up with them if they don’t want a baby.  The study team examined survey data from 550 sexually active girls 14 to 19 years old who sought care from high school health centers. Overall, 12% reported experiencing reproductive coercion within the past three months, and 17% reported physical or sexual abuse.  “Abuse among all types of romantic relationships is common,” said Amber Hill, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.  “Reproductive coercion, another form of relationship abuse, involves a range of behaviors that include pressuring a partner to become pregnant when they don’t want to be, destroying birth control or preventing the use of birth control, and removing condoms during sex (to get her pregnant),” Hill said by email. “Reproductive coercion impacts teens as well as adults and leads to poor health outcomes, such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.” Click here to view original web page at www.reuters.com

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Why I’m at Peace with My Weight Gain

“Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So through surrender often you find circumstances changing.” ~ Eckhart Tolle I took a deep breath, feeling the recent change in my […] “Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So through surrender often you find circumstances changing.” ~Eckhart Tolle I took a deep breath, feeling the recent change in my belly. I pinched at my belly rolls. They were familiar, I’d had them before, but recently I had gone through a period of over a year where I was in a smaller body. Now I was gaining weight again. I refuse to step on the scale, so I don’t actually know how much weight I’ve gained. I can just feel it in the extra belly rolls and the snugness in some of my clothes. In my mind, I have two choices: to wage war on my body or to surrender to the weight gain. Surrender is the ability to let go of the crushing weight of societal and personal expectations. It’s waving the white flag, signifying I’m giving up all the diet culture methods I’ve tried so hard to make work. I’m acknowledging that they actually never worked in the first place. This option isn’t always so easy, though.  For some context, I’m a body positive and fat positive activist. I advocate for acceptance and health at every size. I tell others they’re worthwhile just as they are. Though when it comes time to put them into practice within myself, it’s very challenging. I still have days where I suck in my stomach, hoping to appear skinnier to the world and to myself. I try to shrink to become small enough. I feel as though my worth lies in the number on the scale (even though I’m a stranger to it now). I lie to myself and say that I’m never going to find a partner if I keep gaining weight. I beat myself up about the food I’ve consumed and I compare myself to other people. My body positive journey is far from perfect; I struggle with all of these things. One big reason is internalized weight stigma or fatphobia. It infests my mind and can take over if I’m not careful. I mean, look at the world: We fear and despise fat. People are bullied and discriminated against because of being in larger bodies. Fatphobia is very real. It’s ingrained subconsciously; our society trains us to be this way.  The Body is not an Apology outlines some ways in which fatphobia rears its ugly head. In jobs, fat employees tend to be paid less for the same work. In dating, they often deal with people who fetishize them rather than seeing them as humans. In fashion, there are rarely sizes available beyond a size 16. In medicine, doctors see them as weak-willed and lazy. This is not surrender in our society. This is bullying and prejudice. No wonder it’s hard for people to accept their changing bodies—there are so many consequences for being fat. The irony of fat-shaming in the name of health is that it actually causes adverse health effects. According to a survey done by Esquire magazine, two-thirds of people report they’d rather be dead than fat. Can you imagine the damage this amount of stress does to one’s system? No wonder we’re terrified of gaining weight. We let those messages infiltrate our minds, and they drive us to pinch at our belly rolls as if we’re the worst people ever. On the other hand, being thin means being accepted, flying under the radar, even being complimented. It means that life is easier because you’re not oppressed in this way. Still, fatphobia manages to creep into all of our minds. Click here to view original web page at tinybuddha.com

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No flights, a four-day week and living off-grid: what climate scientists do at home to save the planet

The researcher planning a four-day working week ‘We need to reduce our capacity and urge to consume’ Month after month, there is research showing that climate change is happening faster than we thought. We’re in a car hurtling towards the edge of a cliff, we’ve got our foot on […] Click here to view original web page at www.theguardian.com

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6 Things Moms of Girls Should Do If They Want To Raise Confident Teenagers

Don’t worry, Mom. She’ll be fine with a little bit of help from you. When my mother, clinical psychologist Mary Pipher, published her book Reviving Ophelia in 1994, she was alarmed by what she was seeing in her therapy sessions with adolescent girls. Girls of that era were in […] Click here to view original web page at www.workingmother.com

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Elizabeth Warren’s Story About Her Potty-Training Daycare Dilemma Is So Damn Relatable

Whether it’s Cheerios or M&Ms, almost all working moms have used a treat to convince a recalcitrant toddler to use the potty—often at the behest of a preschool or daycare center that won’t accept kids who haven’t yet ditched diapers. What’s new until now: hearing a presidential candidate talk […] Click here to view original web page at www.workingmother.com

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