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An OED Update Reveals the Surprising Place Where Hundreds of New Words Originated

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The June quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, out this week, brings with it more than 500 new words. As with other lexicographical updates we’ve seen in 2015, the OED list includes new entries tethered to a rapidly evolving language of gender and identity (cisgender, intersectionality), as well as depressing, obligatory additions stemming from life under the technocratic regime of late capitalism (infopreneur). And, of course, there is no shortage of embarrassing gibberish (totes).
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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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The Black Filmmakers You Should Follow from Ava DuVernay’s #ARRAY Twitter Campaign Championing Diversity

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Earlier this week, award-winning Selma director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter for a 12-hour “Rebel-A-Thon,” campaigning for diversity in film. She helped unite over 40 black filmmakers in support of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, and ARRAY, the group’s multi-platform label. You can catch up with the wisdom sprinkled throughout the conversations under the hashtag #ARRAY. Join the AFFRM and ARRAY movement by visiting the project website, where artists and film advocates are gathering to support “varied voices and images in cinema.” We’ve organized a handy list of the filmmakers who participated in the eye-opening Rebel-A-Thon. Follow them on Twitter (by clicking their names or embedded feeds) to keep up with their ongoing projects. You can learn more about many of the filmmakers in our list of 50 essential African-American films.
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The Question Isn’t Why Joss Whedon and Jaden Smith Quit Twitter — It’s Why Any Celebrity Would Join in the First Place

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If you’re at all interested in the activities of Joss Whedon, you’ve probably read that he quit Twitter over the weekend. Shock, horror! Also gone from social media this week: Jaden Smith, who deleted his body of pseudo-profound sentence-case tweets and made his Instagram private. The public always seems to react with surprise when a celebrity cracks and quits Twitter. How could they? But really, the question is: Why on earth would anybody want to be on Twitter in the first place?
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Activists to Twitter: New Abuse Protections Don’t Go Far Enough

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It’s openly acknowledged, even by the company itself, that Twitter is the pits when it comes to protecting users from abuse. In February, a leaked internal memo quoted CEO Dick Costolo as saying, “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years… It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.” An official op-ed last week reiterated the point. “Freedom of expression means little as our underlying philosophy if we continue to allow voices to be silenced because they are afraid to speak up,” wrote Twitter’s general counsel Vijaya Gadde.
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The Apartment Atop the Eiffel Tower: Links You Need to See

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Did you know that The Eiffel Tower was also an apartment building? At least, it was home to one small apartment, which designer Gustave Eiffel used to get away from — or at least above — it all. If you’re getting jealous, as the Parisian elite did at the time, and pining after a secret place of your own, you could always go on a scavenger hunt for secret bars hidden across Britain. 
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