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Lena Dunham Does Not Speak For Me

April 17, 2014 |

Why The ‘Girls’ Creator Should Not Be Honored For LGBTQ Allyship By Shannon Keating

“It was actually a huge disappointment for me, when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, Thank God, someone in this family can truly represent my passions and beliefs.”

—Lena Dunham, accepting an award from the Point Foundation

I am a queer woman, and Lena Dunham does not speak for me.

Someone in your family can now represent your passions and your beliefs, Lena Dunham? Queerness does not, in any way, shape or form, belong to you. No matter how much you may want to elbow → Read More

So You Want To Be Dictator Of The World

April 17, 2014 |

You know those folks who just knew before they even left elementary school what they wanted to do with their lives? Or those kids in high school who had already declared majors that are absurdly specific, like bioelectrical engineering with a concentration in deep space nine applications, and when asked what they wanted to do with it they’d say, “I plan to expound upon Richard Hawking’s work and become the human version of Spock?” Except unlike me they actually know what those jobs are, how to become them, and probably had a draft thesis statement laying around for their future PhD by the age of 18.

I suppose theoretically by the time you got to college and declared a major →

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6 Things No One Tells You About Recovery From An Eating Disorder

April 16, 2014 | 2

By Heather Price

*This post contains potential triggers for disordered eating*

When you are about to do something for the first time, no one really tells you the horrible things they’ve witnessed. They generally overload you with positive experiences; relive the great memories they had, and for the most part, fill you with excitement as you embark on a new journey. However, life is never just rainbows and butterflies, unicorns and fairytales. Recovering from anything is difficult. It could be a major surgery, a breakup, an illness, let’s be real—the list can go on forever. Or, you may be like me, and the recovery you’re facing is from an eating disorder. When you finally get to the point where your →

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NEWS: How To Make Friends And Annex Regions By Vlad Putin

April 16, 2014 |

Ukraine still center of international attention. Pro-Russian forces have continued clashing with Ukrainian forces, with some Western officials pointing the finger at Moscow. Cities in Eastern Ukraine with large pro-Russian populations have recently seen calls for referendums to split with Ukraine. Meanwhile, Putin still doesn’t give a single shit about anything the U.S. says or does.

Two separate attacks in the United States. A Pennsylvania teen stabbed more than 20 in his high school before being tackled by an administrator. No victims died, and the suspect is currently in custody. Over the weekend an attack by white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross left three dead at Jewish community centers in Kansas. Cross has been charged with murder and is also → Read More

DIY Hair Bows

April 16, 2014 | 1

Over the past week, my roommate has been making hair bows like its going out of style, and selling them on my campus. She cranks out about 30 of these suckers a night, and it occurred to me that as a female of any age, the ability to make hair bows is a necessity. So she was kind enough to walk me through the process! (And check out the tutorial above for a more comprehensive how-to!)

NEEDED:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Hair clips

Click on the images to scroll through the instructions!

If you make any hair bows, take a picture and tweet it at us @litdarling

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Boston Strong: What Hate Can Teach Us About Love

April 15, 2014 |

The Boston Marathon has always been inspiring. You spend a day watching thousands of people conquer a major feat. Even if you’re not participating in the 26.2 mile race, the runner’s high is contagious. I’ve never seen so much motivation and encouragement at a single time. It’s positively beautiful, which is why last year’s attack was so horrific.

Cheers were quickly silenced by explosions on Boylston Street. The finish line, a symbol of accomplishment, was overtaken by devastation in a matter of seconds.

Most of that week was a blur for the city of Boston. Shock, anguish, grief and sadness occupied the minds of all, while open questions sought answers.

And while these emotions overwhelmed → Read More

20 Movies To Watch In Your 20s

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Twenty-Something Tuesday 1. Do the Right Thing

The premise is simple—racial conflict erupts during the hottest day of the summer—but you’ll be on your own to draw conclusions. Spike Lee’s powerful film asks difficult questions about race and gentrification, all in a stylish and energetic form.

2. 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men is perhaps one of the most streamlined and understated films of all times. Shot almost entirely in a single room with twelve jurors as characters, the film evolves beautifully as the twelve men debate the accused’s fate. This is a truly character-driven film that’s remarkable for its ability to captivate with the barest minimum of elements.

3. American Beauty

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Baby Shoes

April 15, 2014 | 1

Carolina lay on the rainbow-colored carpet, the bristles ticking her arms. Sunlight struck the light catcher hanging outside the window and sent a cascade of colored dots throughout the room: blue on the walls, red on the floor, green on the ceiling. A bird chirped outside. A rocking chair with a blanket over an arm sat toward the back of the room. White clouds floated along the yellow walls, though only halfway around the room. A half-made crib leaned against the wall where the light catcher scattered light. Opened boxes filled with onesies and diapers and blankets and stuffed toys circled Carolina.

The half-painted ceiling loomed above her.

Footsteps echoed up the stairs, making their way toward → Read More

Orthorexia: Too Much Of A Good Thing

April 14, 2014 | 5

“I pursued wellness through healthy eating for years, but gradually I began to sense that something was going wrong. The poetry of my life was disappearing. My ability to carry on normal conversations was hindered by intrusive thoughts of food. The need to obtain meals free of meat, fat, and artificial chemicals had put nearly all social forms of eating beyond my reach. I was lonely and obsessed. … I found it terribly difficult to free myself. I had been seduced by righteous eating. The problem of my life’s meaning had been transferred inexorably to food, and I could not reclaim it.” (NEDA)

“…I had gotten to know her at a party where she’d talked at length about the tray →

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PLAYLIST: Spring Has Sprung

April 14, 2014 | 3

It’s officially getting warmer on this half on of the hemisphere and we couldn’t be any more excited. We can finally stay outside for more than 10 minutes getting our tan on, passing around a frisbee, and walking our dogs with ultimate enjoyment. This week I’ve put together a playlist of songs that reflect all these warm, sunny days and cool, refreshing nights. So roll down the windows and enjoy the damn weather!

 

Vance Joy—”Riptide“

RAC—Cheap Sunglasses (ft. Matthew Koma)

San Fermin—”Sonsick”

King Charles—”Lady Percy”

Smallpools—Dreaming

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros—”Janglin”

Kygo—”Epsilon”

Of Monsters & Men—”Mountain Sound”

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