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Ariana Grande Quotes Gloria Steinem: This Is What Beyoncé Feminism™ Looks Like

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Yesterday, Ariana Grande posted an essay across her social media accounts, about the double standards she’s facing now that her relationship with Big Sean has ended. Culminating with a Gloria Steinem quote, the piece finds the 21-year-old pop star big-upping her feminist lineage and railing against the way women are so often defined in relation to the men they’re involved with. At her most poignant (the historically modest) Grande declares, “If a woman TALKS about sex openly … she is shamed! But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used ‘bitches’ / hoes’ … how lovely) he’s had … he is regaled.”
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Taylor Swift Is Not Your Mom, But She May Be Your “Aunt Becky”: Links You Need to See

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If you’ve been jonesing for worldwide fame and recognition, right now is your chance: Game of Thrones is looking to cast some unknowns for season six. If you fit the bill of “Priestess,” “Pirate,” or “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros,” drop out of medical school or whatever else you’re doing this instant and go to the casting call. Or, you can just forever keep being an Ordinary Person (OP), only remembered in old family photos or in unflattering, hyperreal sculptures by Duane Hanson like these other OPs. Look, when you’re famous (like Lena Dunham), you can post photos of yourself in your lingerie on Instagram and get almost 100,000 likes. Just like that. So what are you waiting for?
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Meet Godzilla, Tourism Ambassador: Links You Need to See

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After almost two decades of clothing ads that could have classified as  shocking, pornographic and exploitative, American Apparel finally decided to do something about it: replacing objectified models with an adorable sloth (along with, of course, getting rid of CEO Dov Charney)! The sloth is a 23-year old, three-fingered Bradypus named Buttercup, who was orphaned as an infant and then became the face of a wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica. Questions now arise, like does Buttercup have an H1B or O1 visa? Did they photoshop Buttercup’s face? What’ll come of this campaign should Buttercup fail to fit into one-small-size-fits-all styles? 
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“There Can Be Only One”: The ‘Highlander’ Theory of Pop Culture Death Matches

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In 1986, Highlander, a seamy little B-picture featuring Sean Connery and a cast of unknowns in ’80s noir New York, was unleashed upon the world with this tagline: “There can be only one.” In the complicated mythos of Highlander — which would go on to spawn five sequels, a television series, novels, animated series, and a rumors of a reboot starting in 2008 — “there can be only one” referred to the fact that we lived in a world where there were Immortals, a special class of people who live forever unless a fellow Immortal beheads them. The last Immortal standing got all the power.
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