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Publish Date: June 24, 2018

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Let's face it: even after hours of sweat and anguish, your mix still isn't sounding like you want it. Perhaps it's nearly there, but there's something small that stops it from being a great mix. That 'something small' can be something big if it's the difference between a poor sounding mix and a pro sounding mix. Maybe you're simply missing some essential knowledge, or perhaps you've got into bad habits that are screwing things up every time. Frustrating! 44 Reasons Your Mixes Suck, is the book to catapult you out of your mixing rut! This book contains a list of common (and not so common) reasons why mixes sound second-rate. And every 'reason' has a solution on how to fix it. So what are you waiting for? Grab the book, get your mix up, and let's get into it.

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Monogamy gets a bad rap these days — people say it’s unnatural, impossible, outdated, stifling. And, yes, sometimes it is! Especially if your wedding anniversary now contains two digits. But anything worth fighting for will usually put you through the ringer, and monogamy is no exception. So before your partner’s bad habits drive you to the brink of insanity, or you start taking your fantasies about your hot, young mail carrier a little too seriously, let us remind you of 10 good reasons to keep fighting that good fight by staying true to your one and only.

Note: Please also check out our companion article, Top 10 Reasons for Being — and Staying — Non-Monogamous, in which we state: “Both monogamy and non-monogamy have their pros and cons; in both posts, we’ve tried to focus on the pros. Neither is an attempt at telling you how to be, but rather an encouragement of who you are and how you choose to be.”

1. Sex can improve with time. Monogamy isn’t just about marrying off before everything starts to sag. Age can also mean that you get to know your body better, you become more comfortable in your own skin, you leave youthful insecurities behind, and your partner learns your body so well they could navigate you blindfolded. Given enough time, you and your partner can discover untold routes to your happy place. Why would you want to keep starting from scratch and having to break out the instruction manual all over again?

2. Cuddling comes naturally. There’s no awkward pre-sleep shuffle as you try to find the best spooning position that will be comfortable all night. After years together, your bodies just naturally fall into place around each other.

3. Peace of mind about STDs. Assuming both of you are true to your vows of sexual fidelity, then you don’t have to worry about contracting any (or any more) sexually transmitted infections.

4. Freedom from relentless beauty rituals. We’re not saying that once you make a sexual commitment to someone for the long haul, all thoughts of personal hygiene and grooming should go out the window. In fact, the longer you’ve been married, the nicer it is to regularly gussy yourself up. However, the ridiculous beauty standards people — especially women — are expected to live up to these days are automatically lowered when you spend day after day after day with one partner (thank goodness!).

5. Open relationships are for an elite few. It’s the rare, highly evolved person missing the jealousy gene who can successfully navigate the complicated waters of relationships with an open door policy. We’re not saying it can’t — or shouldn’t — be done, we’re just saying that most of us are mere mortals, ones who thrive with the simple security of the pair bond.

6. Cheating is addictive. It’s kind of like breaking the seal: after you’ve gotten away with it once, it’s even harder not to do again. You convince yourself that the affair made you feel more alive than you’ve felt in years, that it didn’t change your feelings for your spouse, and that what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Lies! First of all, the more often you do it, the more likely you are to get caught, especially as you get cocky about your sneaking-around skills. But more importantly, the more you cheat, the less you will respect your partner (for example, you’ll start to look down on them for being so clueless), and the less you’ll respect your own marriage. Eventually, you’ll start to view all human connections with a cynical eye. And what kind of life is that?

7. Monogamy is good for the world. Being a trusty monogamist is good citizenship as well as good karma: If you’re faithful to your partner, then that’s one less person that someone else’s spouse can cheat with. Monogamists pay it forward!

8. Kink is for couples. Dirty sex — the kind that might involve role-playing or spanking or a little light bondage — is best enjoyed with someone you love and trust completely. Letting a first date tie you up? Not such a good idea. Plus, the more domestic and settled your day-to-day life is, the hotter it is to break out the ping-pong paddle at night.

9. Monogamy is meaningful. “Loyalty.” “Trust.” “Fidelity.” “Honor.” “Respect.” These are all just words, until your actions either give them power and importance or deflate them. Monogamy isn’t meaningful because the church or government says so, and it isn’t meaningful because you wore a pouffy white dress/crisp tux and said you wanted it to be meaningful. Rather, monogamy’s meaning expands with each day that you and your partner commit to it. And that’s some pretty powerful stuff.

10. Scrabble. Enough said.

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3 Reasons To Add More Protein To Your Diet

Research shows that high-quality protein eaten throughout the day can help with weight loss, according to Dr. Melina Jampolis, who says that protein is the starting point for The Doctor On Demand Diet: Your Prescription For Lasting Weight Loss. 

There are three reasons for this:

1. Protein helps keep your blood sugar stable.
When you eat carbohydrate-containing foods, your body breaks them down into simple sugar (glucose) and sends it into your bloodstream. Your pancreas, an organ located behind your stomach, produces the hormone insulin, whose job it is to usher blood sugar into your cells for energy.  

Foods that break down quickly into simple sugars cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar, followed by an equally rapid fall. When blood sugar drops, low blood sugar triggers hunger and dampens your energy level and, often, your mood. This series of events can lead to cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, because sugary foods raise your blood sugar more quickly than other foods. You may have experienced this after eating a high-sugar or high-carb breakfast — a donut, pastry, or bagel with orange juice, for example. Your energy peaked initially due to the large rush of sugar you dumped into your system, but then it dropped just as rapidly, leaving you feeling hungry, low, and craving more sweets.  

Our goal in all phases of the Doctor On Demand Diet is to keep blood sugar relatively stable, because that helps you control hunger and cravings. One of the best ways to do this is to include protein in your meals and snacks.  

2. Protein helps control hunger and cravings. 
Calorie for calorie, protein is more filling than carbohydrates or fat. Research has shown — and I’ve seen it among my patients as well — that on a higher-protein diet, people eat less and feel fuller than when they eat a high-carb diet. This effect may be especially significant with a higher-protein breakfast.

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3. Protein helps you lose the right kind of weight.
Your goal is to lose fat rather than lean muscle. Various studies have shown that diets higher in protein can help you maintain muscle mass and lose more fat (especially belly fat). This is good for your metabolism, because muscle burns more calories than fat. Having less belly fat also improves your health because excess bely fat is associated with several chronic diseases. 

I don’t advise you to go overboard on protein, or to think that eating protein means helping yourself to large portions of fatty meats, unlimited amounts of nuts, or large portions of full-fat dairy foods. But because protein helps control hunger and keep blood sugar stable throughout the day, it can help you stick to your healthy eating plan and feel good along the way. That’s why I recommend eating some form of protein with every meal and most of your snacks.  

Modified excerpt from The Doctor On Demand Diet: Your Prescription For Lasting Weight Loss by Melina Jampolis, MD (Ghost Mountain Books). Ghost Mountain Books, Inc., along with Doctor on Demand, is owned, in part, by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw and Jay McGraw.

Join Doctor On Demand and Dr. Jampolis for a Twitter Q&A Thursday, 11/12, from 11am-noon PST. Submit your questions using #AskDrMelina. 

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3 Reasons To Add More Protein To Your Diet

Research shows that high-quality protein eaten throughout the day can help with weight loss, according to Dr. Melina Jampolis, who says that protein is the starting point for The Doctor On Demand Diet: Your Prescription For Lasting Weight Loss. 

There are three reasons for this:

1. Protein helps keep your blood sugar stable.
When you eat carbohydrate-containing foods, your body breaks them down into simple sugar (glucose) and sends it into your bloodstream. Your pancreas, an organ located behind your stomach, produces the hormone insulin, whose job it is to usher blood sugar into your cells for energy.  

Foods that break down quickly into simple sugars cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar, followed by an equally rapid fall. When blood sugar drops, low blood sugar triggers hunger and dampens your energy level and, often, your mood. This series of events can lead to cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, because sugary foods raise your blood sugar more quickly than other foods. You may have experienced this after eating a high-sugar or high-carb breakfast — a donut, pastry, or bagel with orange juice, for example. Your energy peaked initially due to the large rush of sugar you dumped into your system, but then it dropped just as rapidly, leaving you feeling hungry, low, and craving more sweets.  

Our goal in all phases of the Doctor On Demand Diet is to keep blood sugar relatively stable, because that helps you control hunger and cravings. One of the best ways to do this is to include protein in your meals and snacks.  

2. Protein helps control hunger and cravings. 
Calorie for calorie, protein is more filling than carbohydrates or fat. Research has shown — and I’ve seen it among my patients as well — that on a higher-protein diet, people eat less and feel fuller than when they eat a high-carb diet. This effect may be especially significant with a higher-protein breakfast.

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3. Protein helps you lose the right kind of weight.
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I don’t advise you to go overboard on protein, or to think that eating protein means helping yourself to large portions of fatty meats, unlimited amounts of nuts, or large portions of full-fat dairy foods. But because protein helps control hunger and keep blood sugar stable throughout the day, it can help you stick to your healthy eating plan and feel good along the way. That’s why I recommend eating some form of protein with every meal and most of your snacks.  

Modified excerpt from The Doctor On Demand Diet: Your Prescription For Lasting Weight Loss by Melina Jampolis, MD (Ghost Mountain Books). Ghost Mountain Books, Inc., along with Doctor on Demand, is owned, in part, by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw and Jay McGraw.

Join Doctor On Demand and Dr. Jampolis for a Twitter Q&A Thursday, 11/12, from 11am-noon PST. Submit your questions using #AskDrMelina. 

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10 Reasons I Quit Online Dating

Like basically every person alive right now, I tried online dating. I figured if I wasn’t on there, I was missing out, missing an opportunity and missing finding my person.

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I tried everything from tindr, to Jswipe, to grindr, to every other word that is missing an “e” in it.

I made lots of matches, talked to lots of “interesting” men and even went on a fair number of first dates.

However, after partaking in my own dating experiment, during which I went on one date every night for a week, and two dates on Friday, I finally reached my ultimate conclusion.

Online dating just isn’t for me.

I want to preface that for everything I say, I know there are a ton of people who will disagree, and have the relationships to prove it, but as I ventured into and out of the virtual dating sphere I found out a lot about myself. Additionally, I know my experiment might sound extreme, but I needed something extreme to happen for me to really give it up once and for all.

This is what I found out:

1. I Was Bored

If you’ve ever been on any of these apps, gay or straight, you know that most of your hunting, swiping and searching is done when you are bored. If you live in a cosmopolitan like myself then chances are you aren’t necessarily bored a lot because you have work, friends, fitness and a ton of other things constantly at your disposal, but boredom somehow creeps up on you. All of a sudden you’re bored at work, bored at home, bored with your friends, bored at the gym. I think you catch my drift.

Life just isn’t as exciting as you want it to be, and the thought that maybe just around the next swipe is the person you’ve been searching for all along is exciting.

However, the problem arises when you finally do get excited, but continue to keep swiping because why not?

2. No One Was Ever Who I Thought They Were

As you make matches, swipe past people and possibly converse you start to build an idea of who the person is on the other side of the phone. You create an ideal, and all of a sudden every little nuance becomes a bigger complexity to who that person is, and how they operate.

You can’t help, but think, “Damn, where have you been all my life?”

And then bam.

Mister Amazing loses his luster. He either starts creeping real hard, says something that throws everything off, disappears or just never decides to meet up.

If by some crazy force of nature you guys do set a date and meet, chances are he is not who he claimed to be, or who you built him up to be.

His confident demeanor is replaced with one that is far less interesting, and not having the phone as an easy buffer shows you a much different person than the one you thought you had been chatting with.

This is why after 6 first dates in 5 days, I not once found myself wanting a second date.

3. I Am Pickier Online Than In Real Life

Having someone be presented essentially as a two-dimensional option, rather than a real life opportunity makes them feel much more disposable. I know personally, I looked at everything: from what you said on your profile, to how you said it, to what pictures you picked to best represent you with not just a little bit of judgment, but a lot.

There was no energy, no butterflies, no eyes from across the room to say, “Hey, wait there’s something special about this one, and we can’t put our fingers on it.”

It was all brain, and no heart in who I decided to virtually flirt with. You literally became a resume that I could toss into the trash pile without any real thought, or feeling, which isn’t how finding our potential partner should work.

4. I Became Way More Shallow

Sure, whether it’s real life or virtual reality, the first thing you notice is how someone looks, but in a real life, you quickly see how someone acts, moves, sounds, etc.

These other important attributes are what creates someone individuality, and takes them from being just anyone to uniquely them.

If I didn’t like what I saw, I was quick to swipe left. No thought other than, nope, not what I think I like. Hair, eyes, skin color, height, weight all became your stats in a world where I had never used statistics to make my choice of who I might be interested in.

Yes, all those things did and do continue to play a part of who I am interested in, but online they became all I saw, and I left little room to be more open-minded than had I been meeting these gentlemen in person.

Sometimes you just don’t know you’re best angles, and sometimes you do, which is why I always say buyer beware when it comes to what you think you’re getting online.

5. I Don’t Like Games

And that’s exactly what all these things are, games.

While none of these apps call themselves games, it doesn’t take much effort to realize that that is exactly what they are. Video games, if you will, where you become the player, and everyone else is the game.

There are rules, directions and even moments asking if you’d like to chat, or “keep playing.”

They say don’t hate the player, hate the game, and that is exactly what ended up happening for me. I hated the game and playing only made me like myself less and less.

6. I Wasn’t Honoring My Truth

Going off the idea that these things are a game with rules, I quickly found myself changing who I was to best “win” at the game.

I was holding myself back, I was playing up certain parts of myself, and playing down other characteristics, all so I could be more “desirable.”

I became who I thought I was supposed to be, not who I was. I acted more way casual, and less emotional than I really am. I put only the best pictures of myself out there, but not what I look like when I wake up in the morning.

I filtered myself in basically every way, and took what makes me uniquely special out of the equation, so I could be more “marketable.” That isn’t sexy, romantic or interesting. It’s dishonest, dull and way too technical for something that shouldn’t be so systematic.

7. I Wasn’t Happy

While I didn’t realize this till months later, I was simply unhappy with my life. I was using the idea of dating as an escape from my own life because well, it’s an easy distraction, and even easier the more venues, or apps, you have to keep the hunt alive.

I don’t think this is necessarily true for everyone facilitating these tools, but I do think it’s way more common than many people realize.

It’s another numbing device in the avoidance of ourselves. Focusing your attention on others as a way to not look in the mirror, and find what is truly wrong, hurting or uncomfortable at this moment in our own lives.

It’s really easy to think that when you find someone a lot of your issues will just subside or disappear, but the truth is until you start to work on you, you’ll never be happy, coupled up or single.

One of the hardest things to do is look in the mirror and be honest with yourself because there usually is a lot of sadness, confusion and disappointment. However, when you finally admit this to yourself, you take the first step to changing all of that.

8. It Made Me Crazy

Thinking about who I could meet, having numerous conversations with multiple people and trying to keep up with all of it was exhausting.

Call me old-fahsioned, but I think there is something beyond romantic about meeting someone, one person, and courting each other. Finding out about each other, focusing on just him and seeing where it could go.

Having Larry, Moe and Curly in the wings just kept me unnecessarily anxious, unfocused and a part of the three stooges.

Call me crazy because I for thinking I wanted to, or could juggle that many men at one time.

9. I Wanted A Relationship/Boyfriend

I know many people will disagree with me when discussing this topic, but hear me out.

As I chatted, met and repeated each of these steps with guy after guy, and there even was one named, Guy, I found myself constantly sitting across the table from someone, who wasn’t on my page.

Maybe it was the guys I was swiping right to, the app I was choosing to facilitate or any other number of reasons, but it seemed like most of these men didn’t actually want a relationship.

They wanted something, but not a relationship.

They wanted validation. They wanted attention. They wanted someone to have dinner, a conversation or sex with, but not actually a relationship.

Essentially, they wanted to win the game, by winning me over, and that was that.

Winning meant different things to different people, but it never felt like there was two winners at the end of it all, and in my opinion, there is no point in taking part in anything where you don’t have two winners.

I know that life won’t always make this the outcome, and that’s ok, but to go into anything with only your wants, needs and desires in mind, sets you and your potential partner up for a lose/lose situation.

I truly believe it’s either two winners, or two losers and the later played out far too frequently in this unwinnable game.

10. It Just Isn’t For Me

In the end we all have the right to do, act and say as we please, but as I had swam through the never ending pool of virtual daters, I found myself tired, numb and even more bored than when I had started.

I didn’t like the shallow conversations I was having to have over and over again. I didn’t like the lack of emotion that was fostered through staring at my screen for hours, and I didn’t like that I felt bad day after day about not finding what I had been searching for.

After being off all dating apps for about a year, I can honestly say I am more at peace with my life, my love life and myself. I have met some great guys in real life, “organically,” if you will, who have showed me that there are some great ones still out there, and you don’t need to be staring at your screen to find them.

Frankly, you need to be doing the opposite. Look up, look around you, look all over. There are great, funny, interesting individuals all over the place: at work, on the subway, in the grocery store, on the street. The key is to just get over yourself, and say hi.

Yes, you might get rejected, but that’s ok!

We let so many people walk right past us, sit down next to us, and stare at us, but never take a leap of faith and say hi because we don’t have a buffer. Forget about the buffer, forget about your pride, forget about everything because when you see someone in real life, and they give you butterflies, you need to honor that feeling and fly with them.

Dating isn’t a game, there shouldn’t be rules, and the longer you stay a player the longer you just get stuck playing a video game.

I’m not saying quit everything all at once, but I am saying that if the thought of doing that scares you, you’re probably addicted and actually do need one big break from all of them.

Enjoy the process, enjoy your time and most importantly enjoy yourself because until you do, no one else is going to enjoy you either.

Finding inner peace shows, and will create peace in all other aspects of your life. Whether it’s dating, relationships or work confidence is gold.

Good luck, and happy dating.

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7 Reasons Diets Fail

Watch the video above as Dr. Phil reveals the seven reasons diets fail, and why his 20/20 Diet could help Heather, a mom who tragically lost her mother and one of her daughters within months of each other, succeed in a return to health. 

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1. Hunger: You get tired of feeling hungry all the time. So you rebel.

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2. Cravings: You consistently crave certain tastes like salty, sweet, or tart. So you rebel.

3. Feelings of restriction: You feel like you can’t eat out, go anywhere or do anything, because you’re on a diet. Plus, you’re so panicked about what you can and can’t eat and when you should or shouldn’t eat it that your focus on food becomes all-consuming. So you rebel.

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4. Impracticality and expense: Between your job, the kids, stress, and life — you feel like you just can’t get it all done and stick to a diet, especially one that’s too complicated, expensive and requires you to count calories or nutritional values. So you rebel.

5. Boredom: You get sick of eating the same foods day in and day out. So you rebel.

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6. Temptations: Because your environment isn’t fail-safe, you are overwhelmed by your desire for the tempting food all around you. So you rebel.

7. Inconsistent results and plateaus: You get discouraged because the weight loss is not consistent. Or, you lose weight but then your progress comes to a screeching halt. So you rebel.

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Dr. Phil explains that he wouldn’t release a new diet book until he could offer solutions to these seven problems, until he had a plan that would not be sabotaged by these seven flaws that have caused many others to fail to reach their weight loss goals. That’s exactly what The 20/20 Diet: 20 Key Foods To Help You Succeed Where Other Diets Fail is designed to do. Find out more about The 20/20 Diet here.

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5 Reasons To Stop Pointing Your Pitchforks At ‘The Fat Jew’

The Fat Jew, aka Instagram star Josh Ostrovsky, has had a rough week. Accused by an ever-growing number of comedians and Internet creatives for stealing their work, he’s been called a Bogartist, a “hacky joke thief,” and “pure trash,” among other, less kind terms. Until now, he hasn’t said much of anything in his own defense.

In an interview with Vulture, we learned how he runs his 5.7-million-follower operation, and why he doesn’t consider himself a thief. 

Here’s why The Fat Jew thinks you should change your mind about him.

1. He knows why everyone is mad.

“I get it: I should have been providing attribution for all posts,” he told Vulture’s Jesse David Fox. “I now realize that if I couldn’t find a source for something, I probably shouldn’t have posted it in the first place.” 

2. He’s trying to add image credits, and correct misleading ones.

He’s got over 3,200 posts on Instagram as of this writing, the majority of which aren’t credited. “My email address is up. I urge people to reach out and say, ‘That’s my thing.’ I would love to give credit,” Ostrovsky said. Recalling the moment comedian Davon Magwood — who’s been vocal in the debate over crediting – contacted him, Ostrovsky explained:

“He reached out and was like, ‘Dude,’ and I was like, ‘Dude,’ and gave him credit.”

If he can’t figure out who created something, he assured Fox he’d take those photos down. Or one of his interns would — apparently he’s got “an army” of them “working out of the back of a nail salon in Queens.”

3. He doesn’t consider himself a comedian.

“I come from a writing background. That was my genesis,” Ostrovsky stated, adding later on that he’s consistently maintained himself to be “a commentator,” “a curator,” or a “performance artist.” 

It was never my intention for anyone to think all of this was mine. I want people to shine. I like when like some Monster Energy-wearing weirdo emails me and says, ‘You put up my tweet, now I’m the most popular kid in my school.’ That’s amazing, that’s what I’m going for.

 

4. He wants to be “a trusted voice of pop culture.”

While he has created his own content — be it a video of himself teaching a spin class for the homeless, or “sitting in hot tubs of guacamole” — Ostrovsky hopes people see him as a guy who sometimes makes funny stuff, and sometimes just comments on it. 

“It’s about shining light on things that are chill and taking a piss on things that are ridiculous,” he told Fox. In addition, Ostrovsky vehemently denies ever cropping out credit information on any of his posts himself, or knowingly stealing a joke.

“That’s not who I am or what I’m about.”

5. He understands how the Internet — and his own attitude — has changed since “The Fat Jew” got started.

Fox brought up a 2009 incident in which Ostrovsky publicly gave out comedian David Cross’ phone number — a huge no-no. These days, he’d never consider pulling the same stunt.

“I realize my voice has power, and I want to use it in a responsible way that everybody feels good about,” he explained, adding that “social change” stuff isn’t normally his speed.

“Taking this seriously is definitely a different perspective for me … If this situation is a part of Internet history, I just want to make sure that in 10 years, I’m on the right side of it,” he said.

To read the whole interview — it’s worth it – head to Vulture.

 

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10 Reasons Why You Need To Experience Afropunk Fest: Present By The Odd Side

One year ago, we took a trip through New York City to cover Afropunk Fest. The music festival, located at the Barry Commodore Park in Brooklyn, was something very unique compared to the several festivals we have covered. Armed with innovative street style, the love of music and open minds, concert-goers were able to come together and show a completely different side of culture for Blacks in this country. Along with an ever-growing yearly line-up that features superstars that represent it’s culture, the experience itself makes Afropunk a gem in NYC. One year later, the festival is expanding internationally. There was an inaugural festival in Paris as well as another that will happen in Atlanta on October 3rd.

There are several reasons why Afropunk is a one of coolest festivals during the summer, and we’re here to give you some dope reasons why you need to experience this weekend. Here are 10 reasons why you need to experience Afropunk Fest:

1. Afropunk’s yearly lineups are unique to it’s culture

Every year, Afropunk has supplied a lineup featuring artists that help empower the culture. From Danny Brown to Bad Brains, the festival always showcase a diverse group of music artists with similar attributes. There’s only one place you will find D’Angelo, Shabbazz Palaces, and HO9909 all in one place. This year, the lineup is far more stacked, including artists Lauryn Hill, Kaytranada, Kelis, Goldlink, and a hell of a lot more.tumblr_inline_nr4keegpzB1r1sixa_500

2. There’s some really good Hip Hop acts.

They might not be superstars like Rick Ross or Drake, but several rappers that come to Afropunk are great additions to the festival. Don’t think these are your normal rap acts either, you end up hearing diverse sounds and seeing some beautifully insane moments here. Afropunk is the type of place where many have seen hip hop performances ranging from Jean Grae to Das Racist. It is also the type of place where you see moments like this happen:

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3.  The DJ’s are sick!

Along with a diverse lineup of artists comes a diverse list of DJs at Afropunk. The Gold Stage is where most of these destructive disk jockeys kill the turntables. From Samba, to Reggae, to Trap music, your ears will explore new terrains and will get you moving along with the other hundreds of people grooving. There’s nothing like a group of people getting more energized throughout one DJ’s set, no matter what genre of music it is. Once you get done with a sick performance, this is the place to be for breaks.

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4. There are some legendary acts there

As said before, Afropunk brings in legendary musicians that help fire the culture. Every year there seems to be a incredibly extraordinary artist headlining the festival. Last year it was D’Angelo, the year before it was Chuck D and Questlove, the list goes on. The bigger this fest gets, the more innovative the headliners are. Really! Who would expect Grace Jones and Lenny Kravitz to have performances this year?

D' Angelo and the Vanguard at Afropunk 2014

5. There’s nothing but love here.

One major thing about this festival is that there are no barriers between festival goers. One of the most important things about Afropunk is that there is no type of hate promote on the grounds. They even have a couple banners to prove it. That means no homophobia, racism, “fatphobia”, you name it. None of that is allowed here, and it keeps the interactions fans positive.  You might just make a couple of friends in a mosh pit made to some band you never heard of.

6. Soulection will make an appearance this year (Lakim x Goldlink)

One of fastest growing music collectives online happens to be Soulection. From Sango to Esta, there’s a long list of artists that have contributed to bring an all new sound to modern music. Although Soulection won’t be as deep as they normally are in NYC, Lakim and Goldlink will be killing different stages for the squad. We’ve already encountered both artists in DC last month, so we already have high expectations for these two performances.

7. Don’t sleep on the rock bands

There might be some dope hip hop artists at this festival, but don’t shy away from the bands that perform there either. They provide some of the most energetic performances at Afropunk. There are some really good acts that come here every year too, like TV on the Radio or Bad Brains. The rock bands are truly one of the factors that make the festival full of life.

8. The street style here is dope

Looking at people’s clothes may not be the amped reason to go to Afropunk, but it definitely is a nice addition to the experience. The urban terrain gives several fans the opportunity to show out during the weekend. You might not find this many people with unique outfits in one place until next year. We anticipate it being even more cooler this year. There have been several publications that have mentioned Afropunk about the diverse street style alone.

9. Afropunk showcases a ton of art. 

Along with the music, street style, and DJ’ing, Afropunk also showcases some dope art. Most of it is located at one spot on festival grounds, but you still come across some extremely dope images while you travel from stage to stage.

 

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AfroPunk Fest 2014

10. Afropunk tries to take on social issues

Many people may be familiar with Afropunk because of its musical acts, innovative street style from festival goers, and the culture. However, this festival tries to also promote the importance giving festival goers knowledge about modern issues in our society. You’ll find a ton of different booths at Activism Row in the entrance of Barry Commodore Park. Not many festivals attempt to inspire people to actually stay informed about what problems are going on outside of them.

We will be at Afropunk once again this year to cover some the festivities. Keep it locked at AllHipHop for performances, street style, interviews, and much more.

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Heidi Montag Recreates One Of Kim K’s Famous Bikini Shots For Reasons We’ll Never Know

Former “The Hills” star Heidi Montag has recreated one of Kim Kardashian’s most famous bikini photos.

Why? Could it be an attempt to stay relevant? Was it born out of a constant need for attention? 

Well, according to Us Weekly, the 28-year-old posed for the Kardashian-inspired pic in honor of her husband Spencer Pratt’s 32nd birthday.

That’s love, guys. That, right there, is love. 

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

“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 left and overdosing on caffeine pills still isn’t recommended. In other ways, many of the plot-lines and certain dialogue couldn’t exist today. You’d never see Zack hit on the school nurse or hear a laughtrack following Slater’s sexist jokes in 2015. 

It’s understandable, then, that the show’s portrayal of sexism, and therefore feminism, has been criticized in more recent years. Jessie Spano was an outspoken feminist who was whiney, neurotic and purposely characterized as less attractive than easy-breezy Kelly Kapowski. Jessie’s character didn’t help the case for feminism being a positive thing, and she didn’t make the word “feminist” seem like one young girls would want to wear.

But, it’s important to remember: it was the ’90s. “Feminist” wasn’t a term you heard as commonly in mainstream pop culture as you do now, and there certainly weren’t tons of young female characters on television overtly claiming the feminist label. Flawed or not, Jessie’s commitment to equality influential on young viewers, including myself. Here’s why:

1. She dated Bayside’s biggest chauvinist AC Slater, but called him out constantly.

2. She set the record straight on labels, reminding AC not to call her “babe” or “chick.” She gave young women watching permission to femine what’s demeaning to them, or not.

3. She challenged masculinity and demonstrated why “macho” isn’t something to strive for…

4. … And again:

5. She called out unfair societal norms:

6. And confronted gender roles:

7. She tried her hand at acting “girly,” and ultimately decided she was better off being true to herself. 

8. She was aware of social inequality, and didn’t let her friends lose sight of their own privilege.

Bless your feminist heart, Jessie Spano.

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11 Reasons You Shouldn’t Regret Divorcing In Your 20s

If you’re a twenty-something divorcé, your marital status may not be something you enjoy discussing. “It was rash decision but we were in love at the time,” you might tell those who ask about it. 

But instead of dwelling on the negative and shying away from the subject, why not focus on all the things you learned from the marriage? To that end, we recently asked HuffPost readers and bloggers to share the biggest lesson they took away from divorcing in their 20s.  

1. You learn what love is — and what it isn’t. 

“My 20s was a decade of epic mistakes. Looking back, I see how I was forcing perfection out of a truly toxic situation. Our doom was inevitable. Do I regret the marriage? Absolutely not. It taught me a hell of a lot about love. Did I rethink my next steps? Oh, hell yes.” – Amy Kristine 

2. You learn it’s better to be alone than to be with the wrong person. 

“The greatest thing I learned from my marriage at 23 and the ensuing divorce is that it’s better to wait for exactly what you want than settle. Nothing is more lonely than being with the wrong person. I don’t think I’d understand that without my divorce. Today I’m much more content waiting for the right one knowing full well that person will absolutely be worth the wait.”  – Joni Erdmann, blogger at Abandon Status Quo 

3. You discover that love isn’t enough to keep a marriage afloat.

“I learned that love is not enough. You have to trust — really trust — your partner.” – Susie Moore, life coach 

4. You learn that divorce can strike again.  

“Getting divorced is painful. But good things come from pain, even if you’re not Adele winning Grammys from it. Perspective is a very valuable thing. You realize that getting divorced is not like getting the chickenpox. You’re not immune after you have a divorce under your belt. It can happen again. Hopefully you learn a lot from the divorce and end up being one of those people who’s happy and fulfilled in middle age because you wised up when you were younger.” – Jessica Wernz, blogger at Everyone Gets Divorced  

5. You gain some perspective on your own shortcomings.

“I figured out what areas of myself I need to work on most as a spouse (going with the flow, compromise, patience). My second marriage has benefited immeasurably because of my first experience.”  – Susie Moore

6. The experience can spur on personal reinvention. 

“Dealing with the catastrophe of divorce shook everything up and made me get creative — I’d never have started my own business without it! Divorce in your 20s teaches you that you can’t procrastinate in life: Get on with it, live, love, marry, divorce, have your babies and get into all kinds of scrapes. It’s what you don’t do that you regret. Excessive caution is the path to a lonely and rather dull life of stunning mediocrity. So far, I’ve had a blast and I have no regrets.” — Ayesha Vardag

7. You might have some great kids to show from it. 

“I was in love. I wouldn’t change a thing; I got a beautiful daughter out of it.” — Paul Can’tu  

8. You learn what to do — and not do — the next time around.  

“My first marriage gave me the knowledge of what not to do in my next. My divorce forced me to look at myself in another light. In the end, I don’t regret it because there is no point in living with regret.” – Aly Marie 

9. Being on your own again is a crash course in independence.

“Life outside of a relationship made me more independent. In just a years time, I have purchased a new home and a new car. I got to make my own decisions and choose where I wanted to live. It was such a overwhelming feeling to rely on myself. It’s the little things even like going to get groceries and finally buy what I want and not have to worry about someone else. I’m thankful it happened; it made me more appreciative of who I am and what I can do for myself.” — Alicia Marie Caballero 

10. In spite of all the outside judgement, you learn that leaving is sometimes the best, healthiest choice.  

“My marriage lasted a year and a half but it taught me how important it is to communicate all the time and about everything. Many people judge you for being  divorced so young but being aware that the relationship was not healthy and leaving was the best decision I could have made for both of us.” – Dijana, blogger at The Funny Nanny 

11. You learn that life goes on. 

“Marrying in my early 20s and getting divorced in my mid-20s had its advantages. It was a good conversation starter — especially during those seven or eight months when my ex and I had split up but were still legally married. (It’s always amusing to answer ‘well, sort of!’ when a person asks you if you’re married.) But the best thing about an early 20s divorce is that you quickly learn a lesson that can take other people years to realize: Even when you feel like your entire world has fallen apart, it hasn’t. You will be OK.” — Jessica Wernz, blogger at Everyone Gets Divorced  

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10 Reasons Why Having Your Campaign Poster Photo-Shopped Is A Good Thing

It’s election time in Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada has a new look for their campaign posters. They’ve been getting a lot of attention, particularly this modification of the candidate for Quebec’s LaSalle-Émard-Verdun riding’s poster, David Lametti.

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Yup, that’s the Klingon leader Gowron, the son of M’Rel and the leader of the Klingon Empire. Quite the comparison!

Lametti’s been having fun with the attention this has been getting (the man who first created the poster even has a twitter handle: @liberalgowron), and so I thought I’d ask him, in the vein of David Letterman, to give us his Top 10 Reasons Why Having Your Campaign Poster Photo-Shopped is a Good thing. Here are his answers:

10. The photo-shopped posters create dialogue. People are talking about our posters, and the Liberals invite debate, discussion and dialogue.

9. People are more creative with our posters than with the other parties. Our posters are not bland, they stand out. With that we get people who will either love them or hate them, and people are at least being creative and interactive with the liberal posters, instead of just ignoring them like the NDP or Conservative ones.

8. The humour decreases the intensity of the poster. Some people have commented that the posters look too intense. I don’t agree with that, but having some fun with them certainly balances that out.

7. Having more and better hair than I’ve had before.

6. Free publicity. Thanks @liberalgowron

5. It shows that the Liberal team has a sense of humour. We take this in stride and laugh about it.

4. Ups Canada’s potential for a strategic alliance with the Romulans.

3. My former students would say I’m a tough marker but at least I’m not a Klingon.

2. Comic con’s been calling.

1. I’d still vote for a Klingon over Prime Minister Harper.

Maybe he’ll live long and prosper.

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If you’re a twenty-something divorcé, your marital status may not be something you enjoy discussing. “It was rash decision but we were in love at the time,” you might tell those who ask about it. 

But instead of dwelling on the negative and shying away from the subject, why not focus on all the things you learned from the marriage? To that end, we recently asked HuffPost readers and bloggers to share the biggest lesson they took away from divorcing in their 20s.  

1. You learn what love is — and what it isn’t. 

“My 20s was a decade of epic mistakes. Looking back, I see how I was forcing perfection out of a truly toxic situation. Our doom was inevitable. Do I regret the marriage? Absolutely not. It taught me a hell of a lot about love. Did I rethink my next steps? Oh, hell yes.” – Amy Kristine 

2. You learn it’s better to be alone than to be with the wrong person. 

“The greatest thing I learned from my marriage at 23 and the ensuing divorce is that it’s better to wait for exactly what you want than settle. Nothing is more lonely than being with the wrong person. I don’t think I’d understand that without my divorce. Today I’m much more content waiting for the right one knowing full well that person will absolutely be worth the wait.”  – Joni Erdmann, blogger at Abandon Status Quo 

3. You discover that love isn’t enough to keep a marriage afloat.

“I learned that love is not enough. You have to trust — really trust — your partner.” – Susie Moore, life coach 

4. You learn that divorce can strike again.  

“Getting divorced is painful. But good things come from pain, even if you’re not Adele winning Grammys from it. Perspective is a very valuable thing. You realize that getting divorced is not like getting the chickenpox. You’re not immune after you have a divorce under your belt. It can happen again. Hopefully you learn a lot from the divorce and end up being one of those people who’s happy and fulfilled in middle age because you wised up when you were younger.” – Jessica Wernz, blogger at Everyone Gets Divorced  

5. You gain some perspective on your own shortcomings.

“I figured out what areas of myself I need to work on most as a spouse (going with the flow, compromise, patience). My second marriage has benefited immeasurably because of my first experience.”  – Susie Moore

6. The experience can spur on personal reinvention. 

“Dealing with the catastrophe of divorce shook everything up and made me get creative — I’d never have started my own business without it! Divorce in your 20s teaches you that you can’t procrastinate in life: Get on with it, live, love, marry, divorce, have your babies and get into all kinds of scrapes. It’s what you don’t do that you regret. Excessive caution is the path to a lonely and rather dull life of stunning mediocrity. So far, I’ve had a blast and I have no regrets.” — Ayesha Vardag

7. You might have some great kids to show from it. 

“I was in love. I wouldn’t change a thing; I got a beautiful daughter out of it.” — Paul Can’tu  

8. You learn what to do — and not do — the next time around.  

“My first marriage gave me the knowledge of what not to do in my next. My divorce forced me to look at myself in another light. In the end, I don’t regret it because there is no point in living with regret.” – Aly Marie 

9. Being on your own again is a crash course in independence.

“Life outside of a relationship made me more independent. In just a years time, I have purchased a new home and a new car. I got to make my own decisions and choose where I wanted to live. It was such a overwhelming feeling to rely on myself. It’s the little things even like going to get groceries and finally buy what I want and not have to worry about someone else. I’m thankful it happened; it made me more appreciative of who I am and what I can do for myself.” — Alicia Marie Caballero 

10. In spite of all the outside judgement, you learn that leaving is sometimes the best, healthiest choice.  

“My marriage lasted a year and a half but it taught me how important it is to communicate all the time and about everything. Many people judge you for being  divorced so young but being aware that the relationship was not healthy and leaving was the best decision I could have made for both of us.” – Dijana, blogger at The Funny Nanny 

11. You learn that life goes on. 

“Marrying in my early 20s and getting divorced in my mid-20s had its advantages. It was a good conversation starter — especially during those seven or eight months when my ex and I had split up but were still legally married. (It’s always amusing to answer ‘well, sort of!’ when a person asks you if you’re married.) But the best thing about an early 20s divorce is that you quickly learn a lesson that can take other people years to realize: Even when you feel like your entire world has fallen apart, it hasn’t. You will be OK.” — Jessica Wernz, blogger at Everyone Gets Divorced  

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Bill Cosby‘s week is off to an epically terrible start. New York magazine featured 35 of the comedian and accused rapist’s alleged victims in its latest issue and the New York Daily News threw salt on the wound by making him a cover star, too. 

The New York mag piece and its provocative cover is sure to be trending all day as 35 women shared their stories about being victimized by the man we all knew as Cliff Huxtable, but is now known as “Pill Cosby.”

The New York Daily News highlighted the story, along with the headline “America’s Rapist.”

Is part of the pile on because Cosby was once one of the most well regarded Black men in America? That could be part of it. However, before you go trying to defend the indefensible, check out his deposition where he admits to drugging women.

If this isn’t the final nail in the coffin of Cosby’s wrecked legacy…

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7 Reasons People Lie

Melisa claims her husband Chris — from whom she’s separated while she’s pregnant with their second child — is a pathological liar. Watch their story here. When she turns to Dr. Phil for help, he offers reasons why Chris, who admits he’s had a problem with lying since his youth, might do what he does. The reasons people lie include:

  • To take what is not rightfully theirs

  • To escape accountability

  • To create a fantasy/false self-esteem to escape their mundane life

  • To avoid punishment

  • To inflict pain

  • To feel better in the moment; to “steal” admiration

  • To gain advantage to exploit others

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Watch the video above as Dr. Phil reveals one of the most egregious lies Chris has told about Melisa. Why does she continue to subject herself and her kids to it? That might change when Dr. Phil steps in — see more here.

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5 Reasons We Love Kristen Bell

Could Kristen Bell literally be any cooler?

The actor, who rose to fame in the titular role on “Veronica Mars,” has since become a Hollywood mainstay, with iconic roles in films including “Frozen” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” She also publicly advocates for causes like animal rights and environmentalism, and has a very excellent Twitter.

In honor of Bell’s birthday on July 18, The Huffington Post put together some of the things we love most about the star. 

1. She sings like an angel.

Bell’s skills aren’t limited to the straight acting sphere. She also kills it in the singing department, most prominently in her starring role as Anna in Disney’s “Frozen.” In case you’re not familiar with her beautiful voice, here’s a little sampling:

 

Bonus cool points: Bell was partly responsible for making her “Frozen” character so relatable. She opened up to Buzzfeed last year about her role in the development process:

My character initially was written very, what I would call, prissy. She was very girly, [and] I kind of pushed more for something weirder. Something different. Something more unique and unlike anything we’d seen before … I never saw a Disney Princess that I identified with when I was growing up. They all had good posture, they all woke up batting their eyelashes, no one had bad breath; I couldn’t relate. I wanted to see someone that felt like me. 

 Bell also brought us a relevant texting-themed Christmas song:

 

Amazing.

2. She speaks out about her beliefs.

Bell uses her celebrity platform to support causes including animal rights, environmentalism, voter education and social equality. She postponed her marriage to her now-husband Dax Shepard until California legalized same-sex marriage.

“We’ve been very vocal about not wanting to be married in a state that doesn’t allow that right to all of its citizens,” Bell told Celebuzz back in 2012. “We’ll wait until California gets on the right side of history.“

Bell also consistently works to protect and empower children. Alongside Shepard, Bell launched a campaign to stop paparrazzi from taking invasive photos of celebrities’ kids, and urged major outlets, to large success, to stop running the images.

Not to mention her consistently great insight into the world of parenting, and raising young women in particular:

“I think we slighted a lot of girls [in the past] by trying to give them advice. And I love to give unsolicited advice, so I’m just as guilty,” Bell said to Buzzfeed in 2014. “But something I’ve learned … is that people are their own best moral compass and introspection is something that is not encouraged enough today.”

 3. To put it simply: Veronica Mars

Bell likely entered your consciousness as bad-ass teen private eye in the much too short-lived series “Veronica Mars,” which ran from 2004-2007. Though the show premiered more than 10 years ago, it’s fan base (which includes us!) continues to have rabid interest in the series, thanks in no small part to Bell’s fantastic work in the titular role. In 2014, Bell reprised the part for a Veronica Mars film, funded entirely by fans on Kickstarter. And as of earlier this month, it seems like the series could have even more life. 

Though “nothing [is] in the works,” show creator Rob Thomas told TV Line’s Michael Ausellio that both he and Bell would be open to doing another “Mars” project — potentially a “short-run series”: 

“Kristen [Bell]’s game, I’m certainly game,” he said. “Like a Veronica Mars True Detective is really appealing to us, that sort of setup.”

In case it’s of any bearing: we, too, are game. 

4. She is extremely hilarious

Bell is obviously acclaimed for her work in dramas (see reason #3) and musicals (see reason #1), but she truly brings down the house as a comic actress as well.

The actor steals the screen as Sarah Marshall in 2008 comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and makes us LOL as very intense catering professional Uda Bengt in Starz series “Party Down” (our personal favorite funny work from the actor).

 

Bell also rocks it in the Ryan Hansen-starring CW Seed meta “Veronica Mars” spin-off “Play It Again, Dick.” 

5. She REALLY loves sloths.

 

No explanation necessary.

BONUS: She’s the voice of “Gossip Girl.” You know we love you.

Happy birthday, Kristen!

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10 Reasons Why Young People Should Stop Freaking Out Over The Thought Of Old People Having Sex

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Last week I read Ann Brenoff’s HuffPost article, “Why The Thought Of Old People Having Sex Makes Young People Squirm.” She wrote a line that deftly captures the heart of youthful bias: “younger people just believe sex isn’t something older people are supposed to have.”

My reaction, when I read the piece, was anger: who are these young people to tell me I’m too old for sex? Why do we need to be reminded of the propaganda that great sex has an expiration date, and if yours is up, well, settle down for the next few decades on the sexual sidelines?

I thought of this article when my boyfriend Sam and I were dining al fresco at a local restaurant last weekend. At 48 and 52 respectively, we’re two lust-driven middle-aged people who like to have sex and talk about sex as much as possible. Sam, in fact, was talking enthusiastically about a particular sex act when the waiter arrived with our artichoke dip. I glanced around the patio at diners who looked to be in their 20s and wondered a) if they could hear him and b) what they thought about us if they could?

Were they surprised that we “still” have sex at our advanced ages? Were they disapproving? Grossed out? I started to wonder why young people think they have the patent on sex when old people have been doing it a lot longer.

It’s youthful ignorance, of course. You don’t understand what you don’t know. And what I would like all those to the left of 30 to know is this:

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1. You will get older too. Yes, really. You will get gray hair and skin creases and you will still want to have sex. And you will not care at all what young people think.

2. Older people do it just like you, only better. Penises still enter vaginas. Tongues still lick genitals. Just with a lot more finesse than yours.

3. You don’t have to worry about pregnancy. Worrying about getting pregnant, or not getting pregnant, takes up a lot of space in your head. When baby-making is no longer a concern, you can enjoy sex in its purest form.

4. Sex isn’t tied up with rings and babies. Pregnancy isn’t the only issue that can make sex feel less sexy. The pressure to create an adult life, complete with the house and the kids and the holiday cards, can sap psychological energy and sex drives. One reason people often experience greater sexual enjoyment in middle age is that the exhausting tasks of young adulthood are behind them.

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5. Older people don’t necessarily want to think about you having sex either. Some older people get creeped out watching frolicking porn stars young enough to be their children. Some older women would prefer not to read about yet another multi-orgasmic, dim-witted virgin. You may cringe at the image of your parents getting it on, but believe me, they don’t really want to think about you getting it on either.

6. The same body parts yield pleasure. Loose skin, lack of lubrication and erections that need coaxing don’t signify lack of desire or gratification. And because you are no longer taking the express train to Orgasmville, you will experience sex with greater nuance and meaning.

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7. Staying sexually active keeps you feeling vital. Some people welcome midlife and beyond as a time when it’s “okay” to stop having sex, and that’s a valid choice. But most people want to continue having sex in their second and third acts and find that the more they have it, the more vibrant they feel.

8. You will still like all the same sex acts. If you like it from behind when you’re 20, chances are you’ll like it from behind when you’re 60. You may not be quite as acrobatic, but you may be more creative, and with the pressure of rings and babies behind you, you may enjoy what you’re doing more.

9. You will still have orgasms. They may not be as strong or as frequent. Or they may be more powerful if sexual shame enveloped you when you were young. But you will have them with a partner, and when you’re flying solo.

10. Sex is about more than orgasms. When you’re young, sex tends to be one-dimensional, with orgasm and validation being the goals. When you’re older, you realize that sex is about the journey, not the destination. You enjoy exploring each other. Sexual confidence comes from finally being comfortable in your own skin regardless of the the appearance of your body parts.

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270 Reasons Women Choose Not To Have Children

Far too often, women who choose to be childfree are asked to defend their “immature,” “selfish” lifestyles. They’re told that motherhood is the “most important job in the world” and face accusations of living “meaningless” lives.

The number of childfree women is at a record high: 48 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 44 don’t have kids, according to 2014 Census numbers.

The Huffington Post and YouGov asked 124 women why they choose to be childfree. Their motivations ranged from preferring their current lifestyles (64 percent) to prioritizing their careers (9 percent) — a.k.a. fairly universal things that have motivated men not to have children for centuries. To give insight into the complex, layered decisions women make, HuffPost asked childfree readers to discuss the reasons they have chosen not to have kids and gathered 270 responses here.

Of course, these women don’t owe anyone an explanation, but perhaps allowing the public to read their unique perspectives will open people’s minds to the wide range of mature, unselfish motivations that go into deciding not to have kids.

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9 Reasons Why Arnold Schwarzenegger Has Couples Therapy All Wrong

In a recent Howard Stern interview, Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that going to couples therapy at the end of his marriage was, “the biggest mistake I ever made.” He went on to bluntly disparage the therapist and to call his efforts to help the couple “nonsense talk.”

I can’t dispute Mr. S’ experience in his particular therapy sessions, with that particular therapist, and with his particularly hurt and horrified wife who had recently learned that her husband had fathered a son several years prior with one of their household employees.

As we already know, Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, ended their marriage presumably because of this revelation. So, in other words — and to extrapolate on what Mr. S has already said — the couples therapy was deemed useless because the marriage didn’t remain intact.

But that’s not how it works, people. Couples therapy can help those in flailing marriages. It can help get couples back on track. It can help salvage marriages on the brink of divorce. It can also help end marriages that have no business staying put.

Here’s a realistic look (from a couples therapist) at what you can expect (and not) from couples therapy:

1. It can’t save your marriage. Only the two people in a marriage can do that. If a couples therapist tells you he or she is going to save your union, run in the other direction. This is snake oil, folks. And its purveyors prey on those desperate enough to believe it.

2. It isn’t a perfect system. Each and every couple needs something different — that’s obvious. No two marriages are alike and what derails a marriage is unique in circumstances and details. Couples therapists — good ones — work hard to meet each couple where they are. Then the therapist does his/her best to tailor the therapy accordingly. There isn’t one technique that works for every couple and what may help one couple heal may be another’s Achilles’ heel.

3. It can’t change your partner’s mind. No therapist in the world is going to be able to change the mind of someone hellbent on leaving his or her marriage. Face it, by the time some couples actually get to therapy, their marriage is a hot mess. A couples therapist can certainly outline the positive aspects of remaining married — and encourage clients to give theirs a fair shake — but magicians we are not.

4. It can help you communicate more effectively. I argue this is the one and only thing you can truly expect from good couples therapy. A therapist who will listen to the way two partners communicate and make suggestions for more empathic discourse. Couples lose their way when the communication channels start to break down. Couples therapy can help turn that around.

5. It can’t guarantee a desired outcome. Couples therapists can only work with what a couple brings to their therapy sessions. If both partners are ready, willing and able to make significant changes, the couples therapy can help with that. There is no right or wrong outcome when it comes to couples work. And the only truly reliable outcome is the one both partners co-create.

6. It can help you understand your partner’s behaviors. Throwing in the towel because you simply can’t understand where your partner is coming from? If partners can’t explain what’s happening for them in the marriage — either because they don’t know or they can’t express it effectively — couples counseling can shed light on behavioral patterns and systems that may be damaging the marriage.

7. It can put you in the hot seat. My guess is that Arnold figured this one out pretty quickly. Although there’s rarely one “bad guy,” there are sometimes extreme circumstances that act as the low-hanging fruit in a collapsing marriage. Arnold’s behaviors in the marriage certainly gave the therapy a running start. My guess is there were some really, really uncomfortable moments for him in those sessions.

8. It can be confusing. Sometimes couples leave sessions feeling worse than when they went in. And there are reasons for that. For one thing, you’re basically dredging up a lot of discontent. One partner has his list of woes, the other has her list of complaints. It’s the therapist’s job to honor both partners’ experiences in the marriage while guiding the couple toward reason — and understanding of the other’s perspective.

9. It can be worth a shot. Divorce ain’t easy for anyone involved. Even if you want a divorce, better to really investigate your role in the unhappiness in the marriage before you pull the trigger on dismantling your whole life. If there are children involved, even more reason to drag thyself to therapy. If you do decide to divorce, you’ll want to be able to tell your kids you tried everything to hold the family together. And that, for better or worse, includes couples therapy.

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7 Reasons It May Be a Good Idea to Stay Single

There’s nothing wrong with seeking love, because it’s beautiful and can bring about some of the most treasured moments in our lives. But very few people know how to be alone and do it well. They aren’t happy to be alone. They fear it and seek love wherever they go. Growing up, most of us probably weren’t given good examples of how to be alone. Everything we see in the media promotes how to find the right partner, and make it work. But being alone can propel us to grow and learn about ourselves.

Do you have a pattern of staying in relationships too long that are no longer meeting your needs? What you may not realize is that fear of being alone is universal. It’s crucial to realize that fear is just a feeling and you may be giving it too much power. You may feel uncomfortable discussing your fears — even with close friends or family — because you don’t want to be seen as desperate or needy. What you may not realize is that fear of being single is a meaningful predictor of settling for less in relationships and staying with a partner who is wrong for you, according to Stephanie S. Spielman (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology).

The first step in facing your fear of being alone is shrugging off any stigma attached to being single. In her Huffington Post article How to Be Alone (And Not Be Unhappy) Poorna Bell writes, “There is a problem, a serious cultural problem, about solitude. Being alone in our present society raises an important question about identity and well-being.” Bell posits that there is a contradiction in U.S. culture since we value individualism and autonomy, yet we both fear and dread being alone.

Women may be particularly vulnerable to feeling stigma related to being single. Perhaps we need new norms for understanding single women in our culture because in times past they were seen as lonely spinsters, quietly languishing in their studio apartments. For instance, celebrities like Sandra Bullock who speaks candidly about not wanting to add to her family anytime soon in a recent Huffington Post article, can help dispel negative stereotypes of being single. Sometimes taking time to sort out what you want from a relationship, developing career goals, and spending quality time with children, need to take priority.

Further, embracing some of the challenges of being single is essential to relationship satisfaction. The reality is that feeling content with being alone is a critical step toward preparing for a bright future — either with a partner or flying solo. Truth be told, people can easily feel lonely in relationships. But our sense of security and happiness needs to come from within ourselves. Emotional dependency is not the same as intimacy and often leads to the demise of a relationship. Some people stay in relationships to avoid loneliness but they would be better off being single and developing their own interests and goals.

In fact, being content with being single can be seen as a sign of emotional maturity. Being a mature, autonomous person before making a commitment to a partner is a worthwhile goal. For instance, Kelly is an articulate 28 year old that is attending graduate school to become a speech therapist. She’s happily single and has made a decision to stay unmarried amidst the pressure to be part of a couple. Here’s how Kelly puts it: “I just haven’t met the right guy yet and won’t settle until I do.” She pauses and says, “I’m fine being alone and don’t need a partner to feel good about who I am.”

7 reasons remaining single may be a good idea:

1. You worry that the clock is ticking. Often women over 30 start to panic because they get concerned they’ll be too old to have children. But this mind-set can make you feel desperate and propel you to marry someone who is wrong for you.
2. You are in a relationship that makes you feel anxious or brings you down. Ask yourself: Does my partner inspire me to do my best? Perhaps he or she is overly critical or too focused on changing you to be supportive of your needs or goals.
3. You feel panicked when your partner doesn’t call or text you (or return your calls) when they say they would. This is a red flag and could signify that you may be feeling insecure and/or mistrustful. Keep in mind that trust is the glue that holds healthy intimate relationships together.
4. You have to change who you are – your values, goals, or dreams – for your partner to accept you. Since your partner is unwilling to compromise — you morph into someone else to accommodate their needs and subsequently lose vital parts of your identity.
5. You simply aren’t ready to make a commitment. You want to take your time to pick a partner who shares similar values and interests — this will enhance your chances of staying together.
6. You have a healthy respect for commitment and just haven’t met someone you want to make a permanent commitment with. Avoiding marriage before your late 20’s and dating a partner for at least two years will reduce your risk of divorce.
7. You’re content being single and can’t think of enough good reasons to tie the knot.

Having the confidence to take time to understand yourself and choose the right partner is one of the biggest challenges singles face. A good marriage or partnership is a gift if two people are ready to be accountable to each other and make a commitment. But some people make a life-long commitment out of obligation or because they fear being alone – or worry too much about societal expectations.

Congratulate yourself for your decision to withstand the social pressures and expectations to be part of a couple or race down the altar. When you remind yourself about what you like about yourself and what you are good at, your need for other’s approval will fade away and you’ll feel more confident in your lifestyle choice.

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9 Reasons No One Will Miss Sepp Blatter When He’s Gone

Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter voluntarily resigned on Tuesday after nearly two decades at the helm of perhaps the world’s most important sports organization.

But while everyone is focusing on the overwhelming evidence of corruption within the organization, we just couldn’t let Blatter drift into obscurity without first recounting his many shortcomings throughout the years.

He suggested female athletes “play in more feminine clothes.”

In 2004, he offered a suggestion to boost the popularity of women’s soccer: “Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts.” More than a decade later, the women’s game is doing just fine without his knucklehead advice.

He noted women should talk as much at work as they do at home.

In 2013, he tipped the sexism meter to idiotic while boasting that three women out of 24 members then served on the executive committee. “We now have three ladies on the board,” he said. “Say something, ladies! You are always speaking at home. Now you can speak here.”

He said gay people shouldn’t have sex at the World Cup.

He’s stuck his foot in his mouth on other issues as well, like gay rights. After Qatar was awarded the World Cup for 2022, Blatter had this tip for gay fans visiting the country, knowing Qatar’s strict laws against homosexuality: “I’d say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”

He implied that Africans are less honest than Europeans.

Some might say he was racist, too: In 2006, he told an Italian newspaper that reported match-fixing in Italy’s soccer league would tarnish the game’s image. “I could understand it if it had happened in Africa,” he said, “but not in Italy.”

He said a simple handshake could cure racism.

Yet this is the same man who told CNN that racism in soccer could be cured with a handshake. Oh, wait, that was at the same time he said racism wasn’t a problem on the field at all. “There is no racism. There is maybe one of the players towards another — he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one.”

At the very least, he showed cluelessness.

While many believe the investigation into bribery, fraud and racketeering will eventually hit Blatter directly, we can perhaps all agree that he wasn’t running the tightest of ships.

In 2011, FIFA opened an investigation into its own organization. It absolved Blatter of wrongdoing in 2013 while conceding that he did have “clumsy” oversight in a bribery matter.

He dismissed words to the wise.

He apparently wasn’t much of an advice-taker, either. In 2011, Blatter’s own commission of an independent study into reform at FIFA resulted in the recommendation that he have a system for “disclosing cash payments to officials.” According to the Wall Street Journal, he ignored it.

He said Russia’s World Cup could help peace.

Blatter seems to have a skewed view of diplomacy as well. He said in March that Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018 would stabilize the region. Right, ’cause the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi worked so well to bring peace to Ukraine.

He didn’t know a soccer star when he saw one.

The exiting soccer chief could be pretty oblivious too. U.S. national team star Alex Morgan said Blatter didn’t even recognize her at a 2013 banquet to award the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year. Morgan was one of the finalists. “Sepp Blatter didn’t know who I was,” she said. “That was pretty shocking.”

Soon enough, he won’t be your problem anymore, Alex. Oh, how the mighty has fallen.

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10 Liberating Reasons to Celebrate Your Divorce With a Party

Once upon a time, the word “divorce” was only uttered in a whisper. Divorced people were treated as if they had some horrible disease or done something rude and antisocial. Thankfully, times have changed. Divorce is now accepted and understood as an often healthy choice. And a way to commemorate this big life change — the divorce party — has emerged as a full-blown fixture in our culture.

Some still raise eyebrows at divorce parties and consider them tacky or morally corrupt. I personally find them to be very life-affirming in most cases. Here are my top 10 reasons why you should celebrate your divorce.

1. Let’s face it, you’ve been through hell. Who would have thought “’til death do us part” would turn out to be “’til divorce do us part”? A divorce party can mark the end of a long difficult process of emotional disentanglement. A rollicking, unforgettable party can be just what the doctor ordered.

2. It’s a great excuse to have a balls-out party with some outrageous food, drinks and games. Enough of the sadness. Time to bring laughter and lightness back into your life. Give full rein to your creativity. Whether your night resembles a bachelorette party or an exorcism, you can literally do anything you want.

3. The party can be great catharsis. You can laugh, shout, scream, whatever you want, all in the company of people who love you.

4. You get to have a huge, fabulous cake. Google images of some grand divorce cakes such as the one topped with a groom run over by a truck, or the one with the headless groom, and have a baker copy one of them.

5. Isn’t it horrible to have to explain to everyone under the sun why you are now solo? The divorce party is an opportunity to publicly state that the marriage is over. The whole dirty business can be hashed over and laid to rest once and for all. Everyone will get the memo — in real time — and you won’t have to bother with any more of those difficult conversations. The world will know you’re okay and you’re moving on.

6. Divorce can be a long, horrible process, particularly if teeth-gnashing lawyers are involved. But now it’s over. The divorce party is a way to mark the end of the conflict. The line is drawn, and it’s time to move forward.

7. A divorce party can remind you that, even though your spouse came up short in the love department, you are still loved and cared for by all the people who are gathered together to celebrate you! We’re there for each other at every other major landmark in life — the births, graduations, weddings and funerals. The divorce party is the perfect ritualized event to mark the end of a marriage. Divorce is a stressful, life-changing event and no one should go through it alone.

8. The divorce party can also be a way to thank all the people who stood by us through the ordeal of separation. It’s a way to say thanks for letting me talk about it ad nauseam and now I’m ready to move on.

9. The event will also show you who your true friends really are. Those who sniff at the idea or think it’s in bad taste — well, that speaks volumes. Think of your divorce party as a Rorschach test. You’ll find out who’s been concealing a stick wedged tightly in their posterior.

10. Last but not least, the party is a great way to publicly announce our new status in life.
It’s our coming out party. We are now single and available for new experiences and even new relationships. A whole new phase of life is beginning. And that is something to celebrate!

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6 Reasons Marrying Mr. Wrong Was The Absolute Right Decision

By Lynne Meredith Golodner for YourTango

“Don’t get divorced if you think you’re just going to go out and find the right person to marry,” my mother said to me on a cold, white Michigan afternoon many years ago. I was sitting in my tiny master bathroom, the door shut as I whispered into the phone and my two toddlers played downstairs while the baby slept.

“You may never find Mr. Right,” my mother said. “Only get divorced if you would rather be alone the rest of your life than be with this person.”

At the moment that she said it, I felt the words were harsh and cruel.

But it didn’t take long for me to see the truth in my mother’s words — and be grateful for them. It took six more months before I got to the point of truly preferring a life spent alone than one shared with my husband at the time, and I took the courageous step to file for divorce.

In 2006, I wrote an article about how Orthodox sex was so hot. Despite the fact that two years later my Orthodox marriage crashed and burned, I don’t regret writing that piece. In fact, I’m pretty proud of it for more reasons than you might think. (Even though the marriage ended, we did have hot sex at times. There is always good amid the bad, and we had eight years with pockets of pretty damn good.)

Once a person divorces, it would be easy to say, “I never should have married that person in the first place.”

We always want to avoid the hurt, anger and sense of loss. But I’m really glad I married my ex because I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t.

Sometimes, it’s a good thing to marry Mr. Wrong — because it leads you to Ms. Right, a.k.a. yourself.

Over the eight years of my first marriage, I spent many late, lonely nights on the phone with a grad school friend who lived in Wyoming, turning over the details of my unhappy marriage. (His soothing voice calmed my nerves and made me feel less alone, like I was worth loving.)

During that marriage, I awoke from infrequent dreams about my college boyfriend, wondering where he was and if I would have been happier with him. (I wouldn’t have.)

Marrying the wrong guy gave me six great life lessons that forever changed me, and for that I will be eternally grateful to my ex-husband:

1. He’s the reason I have the best three children in the world.

I know every mother says that, but truly I feel lucky to be their mother. It is said that the child chooses the parents and if that’s true, I am really glad my three chose me. They are smart, sweet, outspoken, unique and full of love. I don’t know what my life would be like without them.

Being their mother makes me more patient, more kind, more caring, and it gives my life focus and meaning beyond work. I often ask myself what the purpose of our lives is, and when I look at my three children, I begin to understand. We are here on this planet to leave a legacy, to make the world a better place, to contribute to community. We are not here for ourselves. And being a mother has broadened my sense of purpose and motivation as well as expanded my ability to love.

2. He helped me stand on my two feet.

Before I married my ex, I was needy and insecure, seeking love and acceptance anywhere I could find it. This led me to date a lot of guys in high school and college, miss opportunities to broaden my own horizons, travel and try new things while I focused agonizingly on relationships and clung to people I thought might complete me. It wasn’t a pretty picture.

He made me realize that being with another person can’t erase the loneliness inside. Only I could do that. I had to bravely look at myself in the mirror and face the fact that even legally bound to another person, I was inherently alone — and then slowly eliminate my fear of that. I like myself now, and I like my time alone. I am not afraid of it. Secondly, being married to my ex and having three kids in four years forced me to stand up and take charge. He wasn’t around a lot, so I had to run the show. I couldn’t cling; he wasn’t there to let me. I had to shake off the malaise of the person I used to be and evolve into the person I always wanted to be.

3. He allowed me to confront what I truly wanted out of life.

When I decided to divorce, the economy was tanking and my kids were not quite 2, 4 and 6. Since my ex is a musician, I needed a secure income stream to support my kiddos. So I created a business, which has grown and thrived more than I ever could have hoped. If I hadn’t spread my wings and asked myself what I truly wanted out of life, I wouldn’t own a successful public relations company, be the author of eight books and speak nationally about the power of story and relationships.

You change one thing in your life (like leaving a marriage) and you realize anything is possible if you just take the first step. So you change a lot more and blossom.

4. He taught me that some relationships are just not meant to be.

Marrying the wrong guy taught me that no matter how hard you try (and we did, trust me), some relationships are just not meant to be. I gained clarity and wisdom through my former marriage, so that when I met my current husband, I had open eyes.

I looked for his flaws and oddities, and asked myself if I could live with them. I knew before I married him that I didn’t like the way he fought and so we knew we had to work together to communicate. I know that I don’t like that about him, but I like enough — and I knew all this before I walked into a commitment so there are no surprises. That makes this relationship easier. And on that note…

5. He taught me that what looks like failure can actually be success.

There is a belief that relationships exist for “a reason, a season or a lifetime” — as long as they are needed. My ex and I, we had a season. And that’s OK.

6. He forced me to face myself.

No marriage ends because of one person — and in our situation it definitely took two to tango. My ex and I were equally responsible for the good moments in our marriage and the bad. Even today, when we get into each other’s faces over something to do with co-parenting, it’s not just him. I know that.

By marrying the wrong guy, I had to face up to my own flaws and unattractive tendencies. They exist, and when my ex pointed them out, as much as I didn’t want to hear it, I knew he was right. When a relationship goes wrong, you have to ask yourself what the common denominator is in every relationship you’ve had that hasn’t worked out. By the way, it’s you.

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Elizabeth Banks Chooses To Diss Tara Reid For Reasons We Don’t Quite Understand

Things are going pretty well for Elizabeth Banks.

Her career as an actress has taken off to the point that she’s almost a household name, appearing alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games” franchise. And now, she’s directing the much-anticipated return of the Barden Bellas in “Pitch Perfect 2.”

But while discussing just how well her life is going with The Hollywood Reporter, who notes that she has 70 roles under her belt, the 41-year-old took a seemingly random shot at fellow actress Tara Reid, and we were all like, huh?

“A lot of us are surviving. Some of us are not. I used to go to auditions with Tara Reid. So, you know, we didn’t all make it. We’re not all still here,” she told the magazine, before quickly adding, “I do love Sharknado.”

If you’re perplexed as to why Banks threw Reid under the bus, Reid is too. The “American Pie” star told TMZ, “I’ve always been a fan of her work and that’s sad to hear she said those things about me.”

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9 Reasons Why Lily-Rose Depp Is Fashion’s Latest ‘It’ Girl

Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of movie stars Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, is fashion’s newest “It” girl. Her appearance at the Chanel Paris-Salzburg show in New York this week solidified the title. At just 15 years old, the budding actress is sure to take over Hollywood, but right now we’re more excited about what she has in her closet.

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A quick glance at Depp’s Instagram reveals funky Prada heels and glow-in-the-dark Chanel running sneakers. Two things we obviously can’t live without. Although it probably helps to have incredibly chic parents, the teen appears to make the bold choices of a seasoned fashionista.

Here are nine reasons why Lily-Rose Depp is going to take the fashion world by storm.

1. She rocks Chanel runway designs like a pro.

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2. And slays in couture trainers.

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3. She knows “going gray” is totally in.

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4. She understands that a pop of color goes a long way.



5. And that all white everything is totally chic.

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6. She can maintain her balance in a pair of Prada pumps.

Tip ToeWing in my pradas…

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7. She sees the world through rose-colored glasses.

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8. She follows the mantra: diamond crowns are a girl’s best friend.

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9. She sports socks with lots of personality.

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15 Reasons You Should Never Date A Surfer

The polls are in and it seems like everyone wants to date a surfer.

Surfers are summer love all year long, after all. They chase waves for hours and laugh like little kids. The ocean is their meditation and they revel in the tides. They’re a splendid balance of free-spirited, playful animals who are also fiercely determined to achieve their personal best.

But when you look past their sun-kissed tans, perfectly tousled hair and sea salty charm, are surfers really the perfect partners? It depends.

If you’re on the fence about turning that spontaneous surfer into your steady significant other, heed our warnings below.

Below, 15 reasons you should never date a surfer.

1. You will always come in second.
That’s because the ocean is where their heart is. It’s not that they don’t love you, it’s just that they love the rush of gliding up and down a wave and tasting its salty spray more. At the end of the day, there’s only one thing on their mind and, unless the surf forecast reads “poor conditions,” it’s probably not you.

2. Their idea of dressing up is wearing pants and (if you’re lucky) a collared shirt.
For surfers, there is no “business casual,” because they’re in the business of being casual. The less clothes, the better. If you end up with a surfer, you’ll spend way too much time explaining why they can’t wear jeans and slippers to a wedding.

3. Want a surf lesson? Prepare to be left behind.
Sure, the first time they took you out surfing might’ve been romantic, but every time after that they’ll disappear and leave you alone in the white wash. When you get mad, they’ll smile and shrug: “But the waves were so good!”

4. Eventually, you’ll become a surf widow or widower.
Friend: “Why didn’t [significant other’s name] come to [important event]?”
You: “The waves were head high with offshore winds.”

5. Don’t expect to spend quality time with them at the beach.
Think that dating a surfer will lead to sweet hours cuddling on the shore together? Wrong. Surfers don’t go to the beach to stay on the sand all day. Come sunset, you’ll be busy trying to figure out which one of those dark silhouettes in the lineup is them while it gets colder and darker by the minute. At least you can watch them do what they love, right?

6. Just don’t miss any of the waves they catch…

7. Their idea of a career will be a lot different than yours.
Surfers aren’t unfocused or irresponsible, they just have a different set of priorities and getting stoked is number one on that list. Career goals? Pretty much any job that will give them more time in the water, because they know that a good day of surfing is way more rewarding than overtime on a paycheck.

8. No matter how intelligent, deep or witty you know they really are, no one in your family will take them seriously.
They didn’t stay up all night with you two on the beach, as you watched the moon reflect off the waves and compared the changing tides to the fleeting human experience. All they see is:

9. If there haven’t been waves for more than a week, prepare to deal with a lot of irritation and surf anxiety.
They literally have no idea what to do with themselves when there are no waves. It’s almost cute. Almost.

10. They’ll dress and/or act like they’re 16 years old. Forever.
You’re only as old as you feel, and surfers always feel like they’re at the beach in the middle of summer break without a care in the world.

11. They won’t stop talking about: surfing, surf contests, how much they love/hate the WSL, how much they love/hate Kelly Slater, their last wave, their friend’s last wave.
You can only pretend to be interested for so long.

12. They’ll disappear for hours on end with no heads up.
When they finally answer the phone to your fury, they’ll smile and repeat: “But the waves were so good!”

13. If there’s a swell brewing hundreds of miles away, they’ll drop everything, grab their board, and head in that direction.
Unless you are well versed in global swell trackers and surf forecasts, it will be impossible to make plans 48-hours or more ahead of time.

14. You’ll never go out on a fancy date.
But you’ll forgive this one, because a surfer’s sense of romance can be way more adventurous.

15. You’ll always break your rule of never dating a surfer.
Despite all the annoying and frustrating things you’ll have to deal with, you know that they live spontaneous, fearless, humbling and fulfilling lives — and you know you could never date anyone who doesn’t possess the spirit of a life-long surfer.


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Here Are 34 Big, Colorful Reasons To Be Sad You Missed Ultra Music Festival

Did you know Ultra Music Festival is the only one of its kind to take place right smack in the downtown area of a major U.S. city?

That’s only part of what makes the annual 3-day bash in Miami’s Bayfront Park so beautiful, so accessible, and so darn fun. Then there’s the lineup: think Skrillex, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Avicii, Carl Cox, and more, spread out over some 7 stages.

We sent photographer Marisa Matluck to capture all the vibes, sights, and sounds last weekend, and we think you’ll agree that each of the 34 awesome images below is reason enough to be very, very sad you missed out.

“There is nothing like moving around, interacting with the crowd, and hearing a variety of music,” she told The Huffington Post. “My favorite part was actually Martin Garrix, so it was exciting for me to bump into him in the VIP and ask him for a selfie!”

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5 Reasons Not to Judge a Dating Profile Too Harshly

With the power of online dating, it can be tempting to judge potential partners by their dating profiles alone.

Online dating is great. You get to see a person, get a feel for what they’re like, and pass an immediate judgment–is this person a potential fit as a partner? Or are they not worth your time?

Many of us browse through dozens of dating profiles before we find one we settle on as a potential match, weeding out candidates based on a bad photo or a cringe-worthy sentence. While this practice seems like it can help you select only the best of the best from the vast pool of online dating candidates, in reality you could be turning down your potential soul mate.

Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t immediately reject a person based solely on a dating profile.

1. Your dating profile isn’t perfect, either. No matter how long you’ve spent trying to perfect your online image, there are at least a few quirks that will turn people away. You wouldn’t want other people to dismiss you based on those little things, would you?

2. People write fast. Some people don’t put much effort into their dating profiles because they aren’t sure about the process. Give them a chance–they may surprise you.

3. People lie. That “perfect” profile you found was likely tweaked until it became perfect. It’s not a natural product, and some of those “perfect” sentences are less truthful than they appear. An “okay” but sincere profile may be better than a “perfect” but fake one.

4. Conversations are better to get to know someone. You can never get to know someone well through a profile alone. Only through meetings and conversations can you truly get to know somebody.

5. It’s a process. You may not even know what you want initially. What better way to get to know yourself and your dating style than to experiment with the options available to you?

So what if their dating profile isn’t perfect? If most of what they’ve written and posted seems decent enough, why not reach out to them? Start a conversation. Once you get a feel for how a person truly interacts, then you can choose whether to pursue them or move on.
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Your passenger seat is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Instead of an air bag, there is a whoopee cushion taped to your steering wheel.

You lose the stoplight challenge to a 14-year-old on a moped.

The 15-minute Jiffy Lube needs to keep your car for three days.

When you gas up, the attendant asks, “Can I re-duct tape that windshield for you?”

Thieves repeatedly break in to your car just to steal the “Club.”

While sitting at a stop light, people keep running up to you and asking if anyone was hurt.

For the last five years, you’ve had to settle for making “vroom, vroom” noises while in the driveway.

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5 Reasons Rod Stewart Is Our Favorite Frontman On His 70th Birthday

Rod Stewart turns 70 on Saturday (Jan. 10), and in addition to wishing the rocker a happy birthday, we’d like to pay him a little tribute. Here are five reasons why we love him — a lot:

1. He is one of the last frontmen still standing.
Don’t believe us. Even Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame noted in The Telegraph, “There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that’s me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger.”

Last October marked the 50th anniversary of Stewart’s release of his first single, his take on the blues classic “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.” That’s staying power and Stewart is proof that if you love what you are doing, you can just keep doing it. He maintains an active touring schedule which this year includes New Zealand, Australia and Las Vegas, of course.

2. Half the world’s post-50 population lost its virginity with “Maggie May” playing in the background.
OK, a slight exaggeration, but please raise your hand if you associate that classic with the smell of Brut or English Leather. Uh-huh, point proved.

3. He’s on Facebook.
Sure, a lot of celebrities from the music world are on social media. But how many of them at his age rack up engagement numbers like Stewart’s? He regularly amasses 1.2 million views of his videos posted on Facebook (including the multiple times we hit the play button at work.) And how can you not love a guy who posts photos from his Rome hotel room without his pants on?

4. He invented the long shag haircut for men.
OK, maybe he didn’t invent it, but he sure brought it to the world stage. Stewart was way ahead of those long-shag cuts on Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. Stewart’s hair style was hair “possibly the flagship mane for this specific mens’ haircut,” according to the Men’s Hair Forum on rock star hairstyles. There you have it.

5. He values education, even if it means paying more in taxes.
Rod Stewart left Britain for Los Angeles in 1975 to avoid paying 83 percent of his income in taxes. In fact, his 1975 album “Atlantic Crossing” is a reference to his repatriation in the U.S. But last summer, he announced that he would be returning to his birth land so that his youngest two children (he has eight in total) could be educated there.

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5 Reasons Winter Break Needs to End

Little-known fact: Time moves at the pace it wants to move whether one is having fun or not. Consider winter break, for example. Here in the United States, we are collectively in the midst of a long, school-mandated, kid-centric “vacation.” Days and nights have become a blur. Ask any parent of young elementary school-aged children what day it is I suspect you’ll receive a long, blank stare followed by a pained groan with muttered expletives. Don’t get me wrong; I love my children and countless millions of parents love theirs as well. But our collective cup hath runneth over. The kids need to go back to school now.

Perhaps you’re puzzled by the urgency of the matter. Fear not. Here are five reasons the kids need to go back to school this winter break:

1. They’re always hungry. I’m not kidding. You think three meals a day has you covered? Think again. Snacks become an all-day affair with the refrigerator being pillaged all day long. Also, this translates into more trips to the supermarket because “we’ve run out of [insert random food item here].”

2. Kids expect to play as soon as they wake up. You might assume that school winter break would be filled with lazy, stress-free mornings. On the contrary, children consider sleep optional with the concept of sleeping in being a non-starter. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been pounced on by my kids while I was sound asleep then asked if I was awake. “Hi Daddy!”

3. The chorus of “I’m Bored!” Remarkably, kids — even those with countless books, toys, video game options, arts and crafts and more — find it exceedingly difficult to entertain themselves when home for the holidays. Parents become the de facto activities director to a fickle audience. Needless to say, the days don’t always go smoothly.

4. The Costs Pile Up. See reason 3. Taking kids out to the movies, etc. adds up quickly. Even free events at museums can add up. See reason 1. Sure, you can pack your own lunches and play sports/activities outdoors, but be prepared as a parent to be physically worn out. Working out in preparation for one’s kids school holiday breaks might not be such a bad idea. “Are you training for a marathon?” “No, my kid is off from school for two weeks in December.”

5. Kids will humiliate you at board games and video games. Remember when you used to let your kids win at board or video games? Yet once they reached elementary school age, the tables began to turn. Their heightened motor and mental skills (remember the sleep-deprived parent factor) can demoralize even the most seasoned parent gamer. I mean really, how much humiliation can a parent stand on a daily basis? Is there such a thing as a Parent Personal Foul?

And there you have it, parents. I’m certain you all can add to this list. I welcome your wisdom. We can right this ship together.

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Top 8 Reasons To Like Hanukkah

8. No roof damage from reindeer.

7. Never a silent night when you’re among your Jewish loved ones.

6. If someone messes up on their gift, there are seven more days to correct it.

5. Betting Hanukkah gelt (the chocolate coins) on candle races.

4. You can use your fireplace.

3. Fun waxy buildup on the menorah.

2. Cheer optional.

1. No Irving Berlin songs.

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1. Natural Afro-Textured Hair is Magical
2014-07-09-Reason1.jpgIn the children’s book entitled Sunne’s Gift, the main character’s beautiful afro-textured hair enables the character to make the sun rise and set. All afros have magical abilities. What hair defies gravity, replicates the DNA spiral and contains the force of whirlwinds and tornadoes? Natural afro-textured hair! Guess what? Most little black girls have that kind of hair!

2. Natural Afro-textured Hair is Versatile and Convenient
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You may decide to gently braid, twist, cornrow, threadwrap, lock, fluff or comb out your little girl’s natural afro-textured hair. All natural styles are beautiful. Moreover, if you decide to gently braid it, twist it etc. you may not have to style the hair again for days or weeks. How convenient!

3. Natural Afro-Textured Hair May Allow Your Child To Stand Out from The Crowd – That is A Good Thing
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Afro-textured hair can be found in all races of people. But, people of African descent appear to have afro-textured most often. If your child goes to a school with mostly children of Asian and European descent, her afro-textured hair may make her stand out from the crowd. That is a good thing. We should teach our girls that there is beauty and power in difference. Conformity reaps few rewards.

4. Relaxers Contain Toxic Chemicals That Can Cause Burns and Lesions.
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By keeping your child’s hair natural, you can avoid relaxers. Relaxers generally contain sodium hydroxide or calcium hydroxide, both caustic and corrosive agents. Sodium hydroxide is poured on animal carcasses in order to help make the carcasses dissolve for easy disposal and it is also a major ingredient in many drain cleaners. Both sodium hydroxide and calcium hydroxide are the active ingredients of hair removal creams such as Nair and Magic Shave. Severe burns or lesions can develop when these chemicals come into contact with the skin or scalp. This is not surprising given the burning sensation and scalp burns that people often experience when using relaxers. Although no- lye relaxers containing calcium hydroxide and guanidine carbonate are advertised to cause fewer scalp burns and lesions than their lye counterparts, little evidence bolsters this claim. Giving a child a relaxer “treatment” is kind of like pouring liquid Drano on a child’s hair and scalp. Sheesh!

5. Relaxers May Cause Hair Loss and Breakage.
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The chemicals that corrode animal carcasses, dissolve hair in clogs and burn off hair on legs can clearly cause hair loss and hair breakage. I personally experienced severe hair loss and breakage due to relaxers at ages 7 and 16 and I was emotionally devastated both times. The boxes that contain the relaxers warn of hair loss and breakage. Terrible!

6. When The Chemicals in Relaxers Come Into Contact With The Eyes or Are Ingested, Those Chemicals Can Lead to Serious Injury.
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I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can’t imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now. I would be deathly afraid that my toddlers would touch their hair during the process and then put their finger in their eyes or mouths. Such acts could lead to blindness or severe injury. The 2000 report entitled “Hair Relaxer Misuse: Don’t Relax” in the Official Journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics discusses dozens of cases in which toddlers have experienced burns on their lips, tongues or other parts due to contact with relaxers. Horrible!

7. Relaxers Use May Be Linked to Early Puberty in Girls.
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A 2011 report entitled “Childhood Hair Product Use and Earlier Age at Menarche in a Racially Diverse Study Population: A Pilot Study” in the Annals of Epidemiology suggests that some hair products used by African-Americans contain estrogen, as well as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as phthalates and parabens. These chemicals are hormonally active and can be absorbed through the skin and inhaled. Hair oils and relaxers were most significantly associated with earlier recalled age of menarche (onset of menstruation). This report noted a previous study’s finding that African-American girls between the ages of 6 and 11 years of age have double the mono-ethyl phthalate levels compared to children of other racial/ethnic groups. A report titled “Premature Sexual Development in Children Following the Use of Estrogen- or Placenta-containing Hair Products,” explained that certain hair products appeared to accelerate pubertal development in children as young as fourteen months old! It seems possible that relaxers and other hair products may cause little black girls to “become women” before their time.

8. Relaxers May Be Linked to Uterine Fibroids and Other Reproductive Disorders.
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Another 2011 article in the American Journal of Epidemiology entitled “Hair Relaxer Use and Risk of Uterine Leiomyomata in African-American Women” raised the hypothesis that hair relaxer use increases risk of uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are tumors in the uterus that can cause heavy bleeding, severe pain and complications during delivery and pregnancy, and they are the leading indication for hysterectomy in U.S. women. African-American women have 2-3 times the incidence of uterine fibroids of white women and the lifetime risk of uterine fibroids for African-Americans women is estimated to be as high as 80 percent. This ethnic disparity is not adequately explained by established risk factors such as alcohol, obesity and physical inactivity. It is possible that the lesions and burns of the scalp caused by hair relaxers facilitate entry of hormonally active compounds commonly found in relaxers into the body, thereby increasing black women’s risk of uterine fibroids. Dr. Wise, lead author of the hair relaxers and fibroids article, is currently conducting a follow up study of environmental factors and fertility (PRESTO). If you’d like to contribute to research in this area click here.

We can’t make sure that eat their vegetables or sleep early. Nor can we protect them from hormonally active compounds in food processing and in the air. But we can control what we put in their hair.

9. Relaxing Your Child’s Hair May Give Your Child The Impression That Her Natural Hair is Not Good Enough.
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What message are we sending our daughters about the state of their natural hair when we place our girls at risk of burns, reproductive disorders and early puberty by putting toxic and caustic chemicals in their hair in order to alter it? What is so bad about the kinks, coils, spirals and curls that God gave our girls that those kinks have to be eliminated by any torturous or toxic means necessary? Are we putting their spirits to death by sending them messages of self-hate? I’m not sure of the answers. It is possible that the issue is not that serious. But as caretakers of little black girl magbees (magical beings), we have to ask such difficult and inconvenient questions. The current climate of hair-bullying in schools and the military makes these questions even more timely. In my experience, black mothers are among the most generous, loving, self-sacrificing and devoted human beings on the planet, but many of us are unaware of all of the potential dangers of relaxers and therefore are not making informed choices. Moreover, black mothers face overwhelming pressures to make little girls comply with notions of beauty that are often rooted in white supremacy. The harsh criticism that Blue Ivy’s afro received is evidence of those pressures regarding styling black girls’ hair.

10. We Should Teach Our Children That They Are Perfect and Magical Just as They Are.
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Regardless of whether or not you believe that relaxing a child’s hair presents any physical or psychological danger, we can all agree that children of all races deserve affirmation and should be comfortable with their natural selves. In my children’s book, Sunne’s Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God’s Gift , the Creator tells children “You are all my children, made in my image” and “I made no mistakes in creating you all with your beautiful and varied colors, hair types and features.” I hope that all parents will read Sunne’s Gift to their children because that is the message that ALL of our children need to hear. They need to hear that they are perfect as they are in order to have the confidence to face all of the challenges that life brings. You can take the Sunne’s Gift pledge here .2014-07-09-SunneCover.jpg
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6 Reasons to Nix Hosting a Sleepover Party

It starts with the cajoling from your daughter: “Please, please, please, can I have a sleepover party for my birthday?” followed by promises that she’ll be good and everyone will go to sleep early and it will be totally great! Something inside you resists, in large part because the idea of shushing a gaggle of girls throughout the night seems dreadful. You also sort of, kind of, remember from your own sleepover party years that they don’t end well. But it’s all a bit hazy. Let me jog your memory as to why.

  1. The girl who hosts the party always “loses it” at some point because nobody is paying enough attention to the fact that it’s her birthday after a couple hours. She feels dissed because this is supposed to be all about her. Or, the pressure becomes too much for her to keep everyone else in good spirits for so many hours. So she starts bossing everyone around out of anxiety, or comes to you in tears because she’s miserable.
  2. Within minutes of arriving, the girls will start negotiating about who they are going to sleep next to that night. Some girls will be thrilled to “lock in” their desired sleep-buddies. Others will feel rejected and hurt, leading to misery and tears and possibly a few girls insisting they want to go home.
  3. At least two, if not more, girls will inevitably whisper about one of the other girls as a way of bonding. They may gossip about another girl’s “lame nightgown,” the way she snores, how “weird” she’s being, etc. That girl will overhear the whispers, cry and insist on going home.
  4. Some girls will want to go to sleep before the others, and will become totally fed-up with the giggling and shrieking. The early-bird sleepers will ask the others to pipe down and even beg them, but the late-birders will refuse because they’re not tired and having fun. Fighting ensues.
  5. You, the mom host, will have to tell the girls at least a few — and possibly a billion — times to go to sleep after 10 p.m.. Your daughter will worry that everyone is going to hate you for being too strict. (How did you become the enemy? You didn’t even want to host this party.)
  6. All of the girls will be a giant, exhausted, teary mess the day after the sleepover, whining and weeping over the tiniest things (the sun is too sunny, the pancake syrup is too sticky). You will be waiting in desperation for the other parents to come take their child away. They will want to hear how the evening went, and you will be too tired to tell them coherently.

Is it all coming back? For all these reasons, and so many more, I suggest rethinking whether throwing a sleepover is truly the best option. Far better: a sleep-under, in which your daughter’s friends come over wearing their pajamas and enjoy all the perks of a sleepover (movie, cake, wild silliness) but leave at around 9:30 p.m.. Everyone gets a good night sleep, including you, and it’s less pressure on everyone to have fun for that long. If you’re still unconvinced or already promised your girl a sleep-over, might I suggest investing in high-quality ear plugs, boxes of tissues and a solo room for yourself at a hotel the next day?
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately — not because they’re doing anything different, but because — ugh — who didn’t want to loosen up the grip a little, amirite?

Buzzfeed didn’t get the memo, so they put out a hilarious article titled “24 Reasons Kids Should Never Be Left Alone With Their Dads”. And besides some of the photos being genuinely funny with no real gender-specific blame to lather onto dad, it’s just kind of, well, you know… phoned in.

But here’s the thing: when you beat dads down over and over and make moms distrustful of them (even in jest), all it makes society say is “don’t leave your kids alone with dad — you KNOW what they do!” And then guess who has to deal with the pressure of raising kids, working, and doing their damn thing? Moms. So lay off, kk?

In light of this, I present to you 24 reasons (plus a bonus, you motherlovers) your kids should be left alone with their dads.

1. They’re Not Too Cool for Selfies


Because honestly, if a kid silly face will brighten your kid’s day, you check your pride and do it.

2. They Make the Coolest Lunch Pack-ins


Look for a Q&A with this dude here soon. Incredible work.

3. They’re Not Afraid of Creepy-Crawlies


There’s a couple of good “lizard” euphemisms I’ll pass up here.

4. They Know Their Way Around a Garden


And teaching a love for eating right!

5. The Best Family Portraits EVAR


Like, honestly.

6. They’ll Be At Every Game


Even if they’ve got two broken legs, they’ll make it there.

7. Family Movies in the Man-Cave


Because it’s just a cave if it’s not filled with family.

8. They’ll Wait Hours to Get You Next to the Trophy


You won’t care now, son, but when you’re older, it’ll be cool to have a pic of three generations next to that thing.

9. Discipline Is Sometimes in Character


Though really, everything BatDad does is in character.

10. Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance is a Number One Priority!


But you know what I mean.

11. They’re Into Crafts

And not above making up superheroes.

12. They Will Tell the Hell Out of a Story

Anything to make a bedtime story better.

13. They Beam With Pride


About everything their kids do — big and small.

14. They Make Great Pillows


And they don’t just run to Twitter to complain about it and demand wine.

15. They Aren’t Afraid


When their child arrived, they dove right in.

16. They Will Be Your Training Wheels


Until you can go it alone.

17. Seriously, the BEST Lunch Notes


We Q&A’d with this guy! Read it here!

18. They’re Not Afraid to Hold You Close


And take you everywhere.

19. They Let Their Kids Play With Their Old Toys


Because you can’t take it with you when you’re gone.

20. They Will Ride That Ride


Because it means a lot to you, son.

21. They Have Good Advice


Sometimes so good that it ends up in a book.

22. They Have a Conference About Being a Good Dad


And the support there flows. Pic of dad blogger Lorne Jaffe.

23. They Can Show Mercy


From BusyDadBlog: “She said ‘aw it’s so cute’ and proceeded to pet this fish. Of course we had to let it go.”

24. They Will Catch You


Not just when you fall, but when you jump.

25. They Honor Their Spouses With Pictures Too


Because if they didn’t respect their spouses, why would they be raising a kid with them?!

Your move, Buzzfeed.

This blog post originally appeared on 8BitDad.

Also on HuffPost:


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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately — not because they’re doing anything different, but because — ugh — who didn’t want to loosen up the grip a little, amirite?

Buzzfeed didn’t get the memo, so they put out a hilarious article titled “24 Reasons Kids Should Never Be Left Alone With Their Dads”. And besides some of the photos being genuinely funny with no real gender-specific blame to lather onto dad, it’s just kind of, well, you know… phoned in.

But here’s the thing: when you beat dads down over and over and make moms distrustful of them (even in jest), all it makes society say is “don’t leave your kids alone with dad — you KNOW what they do!” And then guess who has to deal with the pressure of raising kids, working, and doing their damn thing? Moms. So lay off, kk?

In light of this, I present to you 24 reasons (plus a bonus, you motherlovers) your kids should be left alone with their dads.

1. They’re Not Too Cool for Selfies


Because honestly, if a kid silly face will brighten your kid’s day, you check your pride and do it.

2. They Make the Coolest Lunch Pack-ins


Look for a Q&A with this dude here soon. Incredible work.

3. They’re Not Afraid of Creepy-Crawlies


There’s a couple of good “lizard” euphemisms I’ll pass up here.

4. They Know Their Way Around a Garden


And teaching a love for eating right!

5. The Best Family Portraits EVAR


Like, honestly.

6. They’ll Be At Every Game


Even if they’ve got two broken legs, they’ll make it there.

7. Family Movies in the Man-Cave


Because it’s just a cave if it’s not filled with family.

8. They’ll Wait Hours to Get You Next to the Trophy


You won’t care now, son, but when you’re older, it’ll be cool to have a pic of three generations next to that thing.

9. Discipline Is Sometimes in Character


Though really, everything BatDad does is in character.

10. Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance is a Number One Priority!


But you know what I mean.

11. They’re Into Crafts

And not above making up superheroes.

12. They Will Tell the Hell Out of a Story

Anything to make a bedtime story better.

13. They Beam With Pride


About everything their kids do — big and small.

14. They Make Great Pillows


And they don’t just run to Twitter to complain about it and demand wine.

15. They Aren’t Afraid


When their child arrived, they dove right in.

16. They Will Be Your Training Wheels


Until you can go it alone.

17. Seriously, the BEST Lunch Notes


We Q&A’d with this guy! Read it here!

18. They’re Not Afraid to Hold You Close


And take you everywhere.

19. They Let Their Kids Play With Their Old Toys


Because you can’t take it with you when you’re gone.

20. They Will Ride That Ride


Because it means a lot to you, son.

21. They Have Good Advice


Sometimes so good that it ends up in a book.

22. They Have a Conference About Being a Good Dad


And the support there flows. Pic of dad blogger Lorne Jaffe.

23. They Can Show Mercy


From BusyDadBlog: “She said ‘aw it’s so cute’ and proceeded to pet this fish. Of course we had to let it go.”

24. They Will Catch You


Not just when you fall, but when you jump.

25. They Honor Their Spouses With Pictures Too


Because if they didn’t respect their spouses, why would they be raising a kid with them?!

Your move, Buzzfeed.

This blog post originally appeared on 8BitDad.

Also on HuffPost:


Comedy – The Huffington Post
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25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately — not because they’re doing anything different, but because — ugh — who didn’t want to loosen up the grip a little, amirite?

Buzzfeed didn’t get the memo, so they put out a hilarious article titled “24 Reasons Kids Should Never Be Left Alone With Their Dads”. And besides some of the photos being genuinely funny with no real gender-specific blame to lather onto dad, it’s just kind of, well, you know… phoned in.

But here’s the thing: when you beat dads down over and over and make moms distrustful of them (even in jest), all it makes society say is “don’t leave your kids alone with dad — you KNOW what they do!” And then guess who has to deal with the pressure of raising kids, working, and doing their damn thing? Moms. So lay off, kk?

In light of this, I present to you 24 reasons (plus a bonus, you motherlovers) your kids should be left alone with their dads.

1. They’re Not Too Cool for Selfies


Because honestly, if a kid silly face will brighten your kid’s day, you check your pride and do it.

2. They Make the Coolest Lunch Pack-ins


Look for a Q&A with this dude here soon. Incredible work.

3. They’re Not Afraid of Creepy-Crawlies


There’s a couple of good “lizard” euphemisms I’ll pass up here.

4. They Know Their Way Around a Garden


And teaching a love for eating right!

5. The Best Family Portraits EVAR


Like, honestly.

6. They’ll Be At Every Game


Even if they’ve got two broken legs, they’ll make it there.

7. Family Movies in the Man-Cave


Because it’s just a cave if it’s not filled with family.

8. They’ll Wait Hours to Get You Next to the Trophy


You won’t care now, son, but when you’re older, it’ll be cool to have a pic of three generations next to that thing.

9. Discipline Is Sometimes in Character


Though really, everything BatDad does is in character.

10. Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance is a Number One Priority!


But you know what I mean.

11. They’re Into Crafts

And not above making up superheroes.

12. They Will Tell the Hell Out of a Story

Anything to make a bedtime story better.

13. They Beam With Pride


About everything their kids do — big and small.

14. They Make Great Pillows


And they don’t just run to Twitter to complain about it and demand wine.

15. They Aren’t Afraid


When their child arrived, they dove right in.

16. They Will Be Your Training Wheels


Until you can go it alone.

17. Seriously, the BEST Lunch Notes


We Q&A’d with this guy! Read it here!

18. They’re Not Afraid to Hold You Close


And take you everywhere.

19. They Let Their Kids Play With Their Old Toys


Because you can’t take it with you when you’re gone.

20. They Will Ride That Ride


Because it means a lot to you, son.

21. They Have Good Advice


Sometimes so good that it ends up in a book.

22. They Have a Conference About Being a Good Dad


And the support there flows. Pic of dad blogger Lorne Jaffe.

23. They Can Show Mercy


From BusyDadBlog: “She said ‘aw it’s so cute’ and proceeded to pet this fish. Of course we had to let it go.”

24. They Will Catch You


Not just when you fall, but when you jump.

25. They Honor Their Spouses With Pictures Too


Because if they didn’t respect their spouses, why would they be raising a kid with them?!

Your move, Buzzfeed.

This blog post originally appeared on 8BitDad.

Also on HuffPost:


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