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Like all mothers, Vera Farmiga is not one to steal the spotlight, but she does so anyway in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, now playing in theaters everywhere. Farmiga stars as Dr. Emma Russell, a scientist who shares her passion for saving the world with her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown). Even after events begin to spiral out of control, Dr. Russell firmly maintains her integrity and willingly takes decisive action to protect the ones she loves.

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Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion


Alabama’s ban of the <em>Arthur</em> gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Author Michael Arceneaux discusses Alabama Public Television’s decision to ban an episode of children’s program Arthur in which a gay wedding takes place. 

A month ago, after speaking at a panel during the National Antiracist Festival at American University, an elementary school teacher approached me and asked if I could recommend any LGBTQ children’s books featuring characters of color. She spoke of her struggles to not only implement LGBTQ-related material into her classwork, but to then find material that didn’t feature only white characters. I told her that, unfortunately, no books came to mind as such material remains difficult to find even for adults, but then I circled back to how challenging it must have been to get approval to discuss queerness and transness with children.

After she provided a few more specifics, my response was blunt. “See, they still look at it as perversion.”

Both of us recently recalled that exchange in light of reports that Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the children’s series Arthur because it featured a gay wedding. In the episode, which aired nationwide on May 13th, Arthur and his friends attend their teacher Mr. Ratburn’s ceremony to his partner. While others merely either shrugged their shoulders or told their timelines, “I knew that teacher was gay,” Mike McKenzie, the director of programming at APT, opted to throw a fit.

In an email to AL.com, McKenzie argued: “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly—although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards—parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”

It appears that show creator WGBH and broadcaster PBS alerted local stations in April about the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” My trouble with them alerting them of the episode in advance is that it gives the indication that there is something wrong with two consenting adults who love each other deciding to have a ceremony for what is effectively a contract that is perfectly legal, given it is recognized by the state.

Some would say, “Think of the children!” I would say in response, “Kudos to you for confirming you are a bigoted fool.”

WGBH and PBS should not have opened the door for Mike McKenzie to present his prejudices as an act of virtue, as though it is some great consideration of the precious minds of children. If the station felt the episode was inappropriate, they wouldn’t have made it—much less opted to air it. If Arthur and the crew were tipping to a wedding featuring two people of opposite genders, McKenzie would not have batted an eye.

McKenzie’s position is a testament to anti-queer biases and the ignorance that informs them. To wit, in 2005, this same station pulled an episode of Arthur that featured a bunny character named Bunny who had two mothers. Considering most of the gay parents in this country are in the South and predominately lesbian, the episode spoke to an obvious reality for many—especially those living ‘round their way.

However, Alabama Public Television’s executive then-director Allan Pizzato told AL.com at the time, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Consider all of the romance and innuendo children see in animated works. Then think about the violence, which you would think is far worse than two men getting married and a bunny rabbit having two mommies. Not so to self-righteous homophobes who don’t clutch their Bibles so much as they do the patriarchy.

What Alabama Public Television said then and is saying now is that there is only one way to be, and if a character differs from that, they do not make for appropriate viewing. Moreover, when it comes to homosexuality in particular, APT has reminded us that, no matter how mildly you present it, some folks’ minds will rush to sexual acts.

This is honestly no different than some former Indiana lawmaker and homophobic preacher recently arguing that Pete Buttigieg must denounce fisting and rimming in order to become the next president of the United States. Yes, seriously. In a blog entitled “Pete, Since You Brought It Up, How ‘Gay’ Are You?” Don Boys basically says Buttigieg needs to promise the country he doesn’t have AIDS, and that yes, he is gay, but not, like, really into the butt stuff.

“I don’t hate Pete or his lover or any other homosexual, but I will not give them a pass when they or others suggest that ‘gayness’ is not perversion, that it is normal, maybe even admirable,” Boys writes.

Boys sounds like an utter idiot, but he speaks to the mindset held by the same men who have banned two Arthur episodes with any queer characters. To these people, we are incapable of romance or subtlety; we solely exist through sexual acts which, by the way, are really, really icky, unnatural, ungodly, and not appropriate for anyone—much less for God’s precious children who already watch women get depicted as conquests in far too many fairy tales.

Those people literally thought Arthur’s gay teacher and that guest character’s mamas were going to stage a Godless gay orgy on PBS just to soil the minds of their kids. It’s easy to mock and rightfully stokes anger, but it’s also quite depressing. It is a reminder that, for a lot of us, our basic existence is inappropriate. No matter how we present ourselves as “just like the straight people”—even in a kiddie-crafted tone—their minds will take us to the gutter.

In their minds, we are perverts. When they see us, they hope their children don’t view us as anything other than wrong. Because they don’t want their children to become us. And we are going to spend all of our lives trying to prove otherwise—sometimes to no avail.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of  I Can’t Date Jesus from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Essence, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Follow him on Twitter.

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Billie Eilish’s new Calvin Klein campaign begins with a familiar scene: a teenager spending too much time getting ready in the bathroom.

But instead of hearing the sounds of a disgruntled younger sister banging at the door to get in, those who watch the 30-second spot are treated to a voiceover confessional from the 17-year-old pop dynamo.

“I never want the world to know everything about me,” Eilish drawls. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? No one can say ‘She’s slim thick, she’s not slim thick. She’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”

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When Hoarding Your Pennies, How Many Savings Accounts Should You Have?

Saving money is not a singular pursuit.

Take a minute to think about everything you’re saving for. A down payment on a home. Cash for that overseas vacation. Funds to tap in case an emergency arises.

Chances are you’re stacking money for several things at once, and those are just the short-term goals. We won’t even get into long-term objectives right now, like saving for retirement.

You probably park your short-term savings in a regular ol’ savings account … or several. Some folks are fans of splitting their money into separate accounts for each goal, while others hoard all their savings in one place.

Financial personalities and habits tend to determine how many savings accounts a person has, says Holly Peterson, financial consultant and owner of Elite Retirement Strategies in Pocatello, Idaho.

“Some people are more financially responsible when they have multiple savings accounts set up for different goals or purposes,” she says. “Other people get overwhelmed moving money around and give up on the whole idea of saving. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ recommended method.”

So whether you have one account or a dozen, you’re not doing it wrong. Let’s explore these two approaches to managing various savings goals and how you can be a successful saver with whichever route is best for you.

Separating Savings for Better Financial Clarity

Designating specific accounts for specific savings goals helps many people keep their money organized.

Fo Alexander and her husband Ben, of Greenville, South Carolina, have seven different savings accounts. One is for their emergency fund. Another covers future home repairs or upgrades. Two accounts are for general savings. The other three are business related.

Alexander, founder of the blog and podcast Girl Talk With Fo, said having multiple accounts means they don’t have to guess or do math to know exactly how much money they have saved for a specific purpose.

“We wouldn’t manage [our money] any other way,” she said.

5 Benefits to Having Multiple Savings Accounts

  1. The money you save for each goal is in its own pot. You know exactly how much you have saved toward each goal, so when you withdraw money for, say, your vacation, you don’t have to worry that you’re dipping into your new car fund.
  2. Seeing how close (or far away) you are from achieving each savings goal can give you more motivation to save than if you just saw one lump sum in a solo savings account. Alexander put it this way: “Knowing that you’re saving for a house versus just saving gives you more incentive to reach your goals.”
  3. Different financial institutions offer different perks. You might enjoy the amazing customer service at your local credit union so you have an account there, but you also like having your emergency fund stored at an online bank where you aren’t as tempted to make withdrawals. Some banks offer cash bonuses to open new accounts, another lucrative perk.
  4. You and your partner or spouse might want to maintain separate savings accounts for personal goals. Multiple accounts might also make sense if you want separate savings for each of your children.
  5. Most savings accounts restrict how often you can withdraw money from your account. If you plan on making more than the maximum monthly withdrawals, having multiple accounts would be an advantage.

Make Multiple Accounts Work For You

When juggling several accounts, it can help to nickname each one.

“Putting a name to your savings increases your likelihood of success,” Alexander said.

She also recommends automating your savings allocations if you can’t keep up with making manual transfers. Before she was married, she used to have her employer transfer a percentage of her paycheck into specific accounts.

Now Alexander and her husband set time aside every other week to discuss their finances and put money into savings according to their goals.

Pro Tip

Don’t get so caught up contributing to your various short-term savings accounts that you neglect long-term goals, like saving for retirement or adding to your kids’ college funds.

Sticking With the Simplicity of One Account

Not all savers go the route of having multiple accounts.

Evan Sutherland, of Pullman, Washington, keeps all his savings in one account and uses a detailed budgeting system to stay on top of multiple goals, like saving for holidays, vacations and semiannual bills.

He and his wife, Nikayla, who collectively run the blog Budgeting Couple, use the popular budgeting software EveryDollar and create digital sinking funds to set aside money for specific savings goals.

A sinking fund is a pool of money you regularly add to over time to make a large expense more manageable or to make up for irregular income or expenses.

Among the different things they’re saving for, the Sutherlands regularly put money aside for vacations.

“Instead of having a travel savings account and sticking $ 80 a month into the travel savings account, we just budget for $ 80 per month,” he said.

By keeping track of how often and how much they’ve contributed to their travel sinking fund, they know how much money they can pull out for their next vacation. Sutherland said having multiple accounts on top of the budgeting system he uses would be redundant.

5 Advantages to Keeping All Your Savings in One Account

  1. You only have to keep track of deposits, withdrawals and account information for one account, saving you time and extra work.
  2. If your bank charges a monthly maintenance fee, you only have to pay that for one account rather than for several.
  3. Some savings accounts have requirements, like keeping a minimum balance. It could be easier to meet those requirements if your savings are in one account.
  4. You’ll miss out on potential earned interest by dividing your money into accounts that have different interest rates. You’d have better returns if you saved your money in one high-interest account.
  5. Even when your financial goals change, your savings account will always serve a purpose. If you open multiple accounts for non-recurring goals (like saving for a wedding), those accounts will be empty and useless once you’ve reached your target savings and withdrawn all the money.

Getting By With One Account

Sutherland’s savings approach shows you don’t have to open separate accounts to save up for separate goals. The key to working with one savings account is to have your own tracking system so you know how much of your money goes to each savings objective.

Sutherland recommends using budgeting software that allows you to set up sinking funds. If you’re not sure which software is right for you, check out our review of the eight best budgeting apps we could find.

You also don’t have to save for all your goals simultaneously. If you’re engaged and budgeting for a wedding but also want to buy your first home in a couple years, you can focus on the immediate goal first and then tackle saving up for a down payment after you say “I do.”

“There are many different methods available for saving money — but in the end, the best method for you will be different than the best method for someone else,” Peterson, the financial consultant, advises.

No matter how you do it, the most important thing is that you make saving money a priority.

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She is saving to pay off debt and buy a house.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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When Hoarding Your Pennies, How Many Savings Accounts Should You Have?

Saving money is not a singular pursuit.

Take a minute to think about everything you’re saving for. A down payment on a home. Cash for that overseas vacation. Funds to tap in case an emergency arises.

Chances are you’re stacking money for several things at once, and those are just the short-term goals. We won’t even get into long-term objectives right now, like saving for retirement.

You probably park your short-term savings in a regular ol’ savings account … or several. Some folks are fans of splitting their money into separate accounts for each goal, while others hoard all their savings in one place.

Financial personalities and habits tend to determine how many savings accounts a person has, says Holly Peterson, financial consultant and owner of Elite Retirement Strategies in Pocatello, Idaho.

“Some people are more financially responsible when they have multiple savings accounts set up for different goals or purposes,” she says. “Other people get overwhelmed moving money around and give up on the whole idea of saving. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ recommended method.”

So whether you have one account or a dozen, you’re not doing it wrong. Let’s explore these two approaches to managing various savings goals and how you can be a successful saver with whichever route is best for you.

Separating Savings for Better Financial Clarity

Designating specific accounts for specific savings goals helps many people keep their money organized.

Fo Alexander and her husband Ben, of Greenville, South Carolina, have seven different savings accounts. One is for their emergency fund. Another covers future home repairs or upgrades. Two accounts are for general savings. The other three are business related.

Alexander, founder of the blog and podcast Girl Talk With Fo, said having multiple accounts means they don’t have to guess or do math to know exactly how much money they have saved for a specific purpose.

“We wouldn’t manage [our money] any other way,” she said.

5 Benefits to Having Multiple Savings Accounts

  1. The money you save for each goal is in its own pot. You know exactly how much you have saved toward each goal, so when you withdraw money for, say, your vacation, you don’t have to worry that you’re dipping into your new car fund.
  2. Seeing how close (or far away) you are from achieving each savings goal can give you more motivation to save than if you just saw one lump sum in a solo savings account. Alexander put it this way: “Knowing that you’re saving for a house versus just saving gives you more incentive to reach your goals.”
  3. Different financial institutions offer different perks. You might enjoy the amazing customer service at your local credit union so you have an account there, but you also like having your emergency fund stored at an online bank where you aren’t as tempted to make withdrawals. Some banks offer cash bonuses to open new accounts, another lucrative perk.
  4. You and your partner or spouse might want to maintain separate savings accounts for personal goals. Multiple accounts might also make sense if you want separate savings for each of your children.
  5. Most savings accounts restrict how often you can withdraw money from your account. If you plan on making more than the maximum monthly withdrawals, having multiple accounts would be an advantage.

Make Multiple Accounts Work For You

When juggling several accounts, it can help to nickname each one.

“Putting a name to your savings increases your likelihood of success,” Alexander said.

She also recommends automating your savings allocations if you can’t keep up with making manual transfers. Before she was married, she used to have her employer transfer a percentage of her paycheck into specific accounts.

Now Alexander and her husband set time aside every other week to discuss their finances and put money into savings according to their goals.

Pro Tip

Don’t get so caught up contributing to your various short-term savings accounts that you neglect long-term goals, like saving for retirement or adding to your kids’ college funds.

Sticking With the Simplicity of One Account

Not all savers go the route of having multiple accounts.

Evan Sutherland, of Pullman, Washington, keeps all his savings in one account and uses a detailed budgeting system to stay on top of multiple goals, like saving for holidays, vacations and semiannual bills.

He and his wife, Nikayla, who collectively run the blog Budgeting Couple, use the popular budgeting software EveryDollar and create digital sinking funds to set aside money for specific savings goals.

A sinking fund is a pool of money you regularly add to over time to make a large expense more manageable or to make up for irregular income or expenses.

Among the different things they’re saving for, the Sutherlands regularly put money aside for vacations.

“Instead of having a travel savings account and sticking $ 80 a month into the travel savings account, we just budget for $ 80 per month,” he said.

By keeping track of how often and how much they’ve contributed to their travel sinking fund, they know how much money they can pull out for their next vacation. Sutherland said having multiple accounts on top of the budgeting system he uses would be redundant.

5 Advantages to Keeping All Your Savings in One Account

  1. You only have to keep track of deposits, withdrawals and account information for one account, saving you time and extra work.
  2. If your bank charges a monthly maintenance fee, you only have to pay that for one account rather than for several.
  3. Some savings accounts have requirements, like keeping a minimum balance. It could be easier to meet those requirements if your savings are in one account.
  4. You’ll miss out on potential earned interest by dividing your money into accounts that have different interest rates. You’d have better returns if you saved your money in one high-interest account.
  5. Even when your financial goals change, your savings account will always serve a purpose. If you open multiple accounts for non-recurring goals (like saving for a wedding), those accounts will be empty and useless once you’ve reached your target savings and withdrawn all the money.

Getting By With One Account

Sutherland’s savings approach shows you don’t have to open separate accounts to save up for separate goals. The key to working with one savings account is to have your own tracking system so you know how much of your money goes to each savings objective.

Sutherland recommends using budgeting software that allows you to set up sinking funds. If you’re not sure which software is right for you, check out our review of the eight best budgeting apps we could find.

You also don’t have to save for all your goals simultaneously. If you’re engaged and budgeting for a wedding but also want to buy your first home in a couple years, you can focus on the immediate goal first and then tackle saving up for a down payment after you say “I do.”

“There are many different methods available for saving money — but in the end, the best method for you will be different than the best method for someone else,” Peterson, the financial consultant, advises.

No matter how you do it, the most important thing is that you make saving money a priority.

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She is saving to pay off debt and buy a house.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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How Many Work Hours Per Week Make You the Most Productive?

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Readers, how many work hours per week make you the most productive? Do you find that your productivity taps out if you push yourself to work longer hours, or just that there is an adjustment period as you get used to that kind of schedule? In general, do you roll your eyes at people who boast about working crazy hours or, say, billing 3,000 hours per year? 

We recently noticed a tweet by astrophysicist Dr. Katherine J. Mack (a.k.a. @AstroKatie) regarding studies about working long hours:

There’s tons of research out there that shows that on average, productivity drops dramatically when people are overworked. For most people, after ~40 hours, you’re not doing good work…

This topic has also been in the news recently, as various men have boasted of working long hours. For example, Business Insider pondered the “996” workweek espoused by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (996: 72 working hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week). Similarly, Elon Musk is known for working long hours, recently arguing “[t]here are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”  

Indeed, in the much-discussed recent NYT article, “Women Did Everything Right — Then Work Got Greedy,” they note that the expectation of long hours is relatively new:

It’s only in the last two decades that salaried employees have earned more by working long hours. Four decades ago, people who worked at least 50 hours a week were paid 15 percent less, on an hourly basis, than those who worked traditional full-time schedules. By 2000, though, the wage penalty for overwork became a premium. Today, people who work 50 hours or more earn up to 8 percent more an hour than similar people working 35 to 49 hours, according to a sociology paper using Current Population Survey data by Youngjoo Cha at Indiana University, Kim Weeden at Cornell and Mauricio Bucca at the European University Institute.

The article goes on to explore how this expectation of longer hours is changing the parenting dynamic when two parents have otherwise equal earning potential — leading to one of them to opt out so the other can work the long hours. (Guess which one!? This was part of our discussion at CorporetteMoms last week on how your partner supports your career, and vice versa…) 

Of course, not everyone agrees that longer hours are a great idea… The Harvard Business Review recently wondered “If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?”, describing an office culture with long hours as akin to “brainwashing,” and noting: 

Long hours are most common in managerial and professional occupations. This is something of a recent trend. In the old days, if you were a white-collar worker, the deal was that you worked as hard as you could at the start of your career to earn the right to be rewarded later on, with security of tenure and a series of increasingly senior positions. In professional organizations, such as law firms, accountancy firms, management consultancies, and investment banks, the prize was partnership. The competition was relentless, but once you won the prize, it was yours for keeps. Partners had autonomy to choose how and when to work and what to work on. Of course, some senior partners spent a surprising amount of their “business development time” on the golf course, but that was OK because they had already paid their dues to the organization.

This is no longer true. As a director of HR in a leading accounting firm told me, “The head of audit is in the office regularly from 5:30 AM until 10 PM, on weekends, too. So is our managing partner. This is not exceptional. The rest of the firm sees the senior people working these hours and emulates them.

So here are the questions: How many hours are you expected to work per week — and does it make a difference in your productivity if you are working more or fewer hours? Do you struggle with the classic billable hour problem of needing to work, say, 60 hours just to bill 40? (This gets into our discussion from a few weeks ago on whether you prefer to stay late or work from home, as well as our previous discussions regarding expectations that you’ll answer emails when you’re home.) How many hours per week are most productive for you — and when you’re pushed beyond that, how do you cope or recover? (In a related note, readers had a fascinating conversation a little while ago about anxiety hangovers and how to recover.) 

 

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In my opinion, there’s no such thing as owning too many jeans. Jeans are the equalizer of outfits. They can be dressed up or dressed down and there are so many different cuts and styles that they can be worn at practically any occasion. There are so many to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a handful that can satisfy any experience you throw at them.

The Ridge Mom Jean, $ 118 from Mott & Bow: These jeans fit me perfectly. This is not something I take lightly. I am short and have large legs and that means most jeans fit great in the thighs but gap at the waist. These have enough spandex in them that make them comfortably hug my curves without veering into jegging territory.

Cali Demi-Boot Jeans, $ 128 from Madewell: The only time I’ve ever been happy with a pair of petite jeans has been these from Madewell. These are sturdy with a bit of stretch and come in so many different wash options that there’s easily something for anyone. Madewell’s expanded denim program features Petite, Regular, and Tall inseams and goes up to a 37 in the waist.

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Voter Suppression Tactics Prove Many Fear the Power of the Black Vote in 2020

A voice that cannot be ignored is the one that goes to the polls and casts a ballot. For generations now, the white majority has put into place mechanisms to suppress the black vote. Some of these laws are just now being repealed—for instance, in Florida, felons have been given back the right to vote.

Georgia also has barriers in place to suppress the black vote. Many polling places in black communities were shut down prematurely or suffered from voting machines that broke down or weren’t working.

What Do The Numbers Say?

Despite these voter suppression efforts, according to Bold Blue Campaigns, a polling and campaign strategy company in Georgia, there was a significant increase in black turnout for the midterm elections.

Whites historically have shown up in the largest numbers of any group voting. Across the board, there was a higher turnout of voters for the 2018 midterm elections: 2.3 million black 18-to 29-year-olds voted; up from 1.6 million in 2014. Georgia, a significant swing state in the upcoming 2020 elections, saw a 63% increase of black voters, which just slightly outpaced the white voter increase of 56%.

Still, white voters were still the majority at the polls. Just think about it for a moment. If black voters cast ballots at the same percentage as white voters in 2020, what kind of power could the black vote wield?

Georgia, Florida, and Texas are Battleground States in 2020

2020 is going to be a crucial year for voting. The strength of the black community comes from the number of registered voters that utilize the power to vote. This was evident in places such as Georgia where some were so afraid of the black community coming out to vote, that they brazenly closed polling locations and made it as difficult to vote as possible.

States including Georgia, Florida, and Texas can turn blue, but this requires not just registering to vote but actually showing up and casting a ballot. Change doesn’t happen unless votes are cast, and power is never surrendered without a struggle.

2020 is not that far off, it is vital that community leaders unite and create not only opportunities to register more voters, but to assist in getting everyone that wants to vote to the polls to cast that all important vote. Staying ahead of the game is the only way to gain on the political playing field.


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Full spoilers follow for Captain Marvel! If you’ve seen the movie already, be sure to check out our 6 biggest WTF questions, the best Easter Eggs in Captain Marvel, our breakdown of the new Endgame trailer and our explainer piece on the Avengers’ new white suits. Also be sure to check out the Avengers: Endgame trailer below, which offers a little sequel to the first of Captain Marvel’s two post-credits scenes.

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Sex Workers Aren’t Buying Kamala Harris’ New Tune: She ‘Put Our Country Many Years Behind’

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During a Thursday night event at The Wing titled “Unpacking Sex Work Stigma & Intersectional Feminism,” a panel of sex workers and activists talked about the deadly aftermath of FOSTA/SESTA and recent pushes toward decriminalizing sex work.

Sen. Kamala Harris recently told The Root that, “We can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed.” But Harris’s stated support of decriminalization hasn’t been fully embraced by the sex working community. The organizer of the panel at The Wing, who asked to be identified by the name of the platform that she founded, @SXNOIR, explained to the audience that, “Kamala isn’t talking about decrim the way that we’re talking about decrim.”

There has been concern that Harris is not calling for full decriminalization, but for a system inspired by the Nordic Model, which criminalizes individuals who purchase sex. Gizelle Marie, the leader of the NYC Stripper Strike, shared her experience attempting to lobby at Harris’s office during International Whore’s Day. “She didn’t want to speak to us, obviously,” Marie recalled. “She had one of her assistants just writing down notes and stuff…The fact that she’s actually trying to speak up about sex work now is kind of strange.”

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The political pressure that sunk Amazon's New York City deal was borne out of a lack of understanding of the benefits, says billionaire William Rudin.
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Super Bowl 2019 Prop Bets: Everything From What Gladys Knight Will Wear to How Many Times President Trump Will Tweet

On Sunday, millions of bets will be on the line during Super Bowl 53, and many of them might surprise you.

While most gamblers will wager their money on more traditional bets like who will win the big game (the New England Patriots are favored to beat the Los Angeles Rams), prop betting offers an opportunity for people who don’t know much about the game to get in on the action.

“Prop bets” are bets related to specific events that are likely, or unlikely, to happen during the Super Bowl. They range from which team will score first to what color shirt Adam Levine will wear during his halftime performance.

This year’s Super Bowl will also be the first where sports gambling is legal in seven states other than Nevada, including Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The change in gambling laws comes after a May 2018 6-3 ruling by the U.S Supreme Court.

Oddsshark.com has a full list of the outlandish prop bets being placed this Super Bowl Sunday, but here are just a few of the unorthodox wagers that can be made.

Number of times broadcasters mention the Rams’ Head Coach Sean McVay’s age

Current Odds:

  • OVER 1.5 -175
  • UNDER 1.5 +135

At just 33-years-old, Rams’ Coach Sean McVay is currently the youngest head coach in the NFL, a fact broadcasters have made sure to remind fans many times during the 2018 season. There is a strong chance Super Bowl viewers will get at least one reminder during the game but you’ll need at least two mentions of his age to hit the over.

Will President Trump attend the game?

  • YES +450
  • NO -850

President Trump has been vocal about being a Patriots fan, even congratulating the team when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC divisional championship game in January.

Despite that, odds are that the President will probably sit this Super Bowl out and watch from the comfort of his home like most of America. OddsShark has listed the prop at over 450 and under 850.

What color will the liquid be that is poured on the game-winning coach?

  • Lime/green/yellow +225
  • Orange +300
  • Blue +375
  • Red +400
  • Clear/water +400
  • Purple +1000

A popular tradition in sports is pouring a container of sports drink on the game-winning coaches head, also known as “the Gatorade shower.” This prop bet wages on the chosen flavor or color, with OddsShark listing red liquid at over 400 as well as clear liquid/water at over 400 as well.

Other popular prop bets include:

Will Gladys Knight forget or omit a word from the national anthem?

  • YES +300
  • NO -50

How many songs will be played during the Halftime show?

  • OVER 7.5 -120
  • UNDER 7.5 -120

Will any player take a knee during the National Anthem?

  • YES +400
  • NO -700

Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes Gladys Knight to sing the National Anthem?

  • YES -110
  • NO -130

Will a fan run onto the field during the game?

  • YES +800
  • NO -2500

Will any player be ejected for throwing a punch or fighting?

  • YES +700
  • NO -1600

What will be the first song performed by Maroon 5?

  • “Makes Me Wonder” EVEN
  • “One More Night” +550
  • “Moves Like Jagger” +600
  • “Animals” +700
  • “Girls Like You” +900
  • “Sugar” +900
  • “Don’t Wanna Know” +900
  • “Payphone” +1800
  • “This Love” +2000
  • “She Will Be Loved” +2200
  • “Maps” +2200

Will Adam Levine be wearing a hat at the start of the Halftime Show?

  • YES -110
  • NO -130

Will either kicker hit the upright or crossbar on a missed field goal or extra point attempt?

  • YES +375
  • NO -605

How many plays will Tony Romo correctly predict during the game?

  • OVER 7.5 -140
  • UNDER 7.5 EVEN

Will the Super Bowl-winning team visit the White House?

  • YES -150
  • NO +110

Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his speech?

  • Teammates +175
  • God +190
  • Family or Family Member +500
  • Owner +550
  • City +1000
  • Coach +1100
  • Does not mention any of the above +400

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Michael Gandolfini to star as Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark

OHMYGOSSIP — James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini is set to star as the young Tony Soprano in ‘The Many Saints of Newark’.
The 19-year-old son of the late Hollywood icon – who passed away in 2013 – will follow in his father’s footsteps in the upcoming prequel movie to the hugely popular HBO show ‘The Sopranos’, in which James starred as the New Jersey organised crime family boss.
In James’ run as the anti-hero he won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe, and now his son Michael will take over the reins in the planned prequel movie, which will detail the “boyhood” of Tony before he becomes the crime boss portrayed by James.
According to Deadline, Michael was cast by producers after an extensive audition process, as they felt his mastery of the character’s mannerisms paired with his resemblance to his father made him the standout choice for the role.
In a statement to Deadline, Michael said: “It’s a profound honour to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano. I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for ‘The Many Saints of Newark’.”
Michael joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll in the ensemble drama, which is being written and produced by ‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase, and directed by Alan Taylor.
The story focuses on Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) as a mentor to young Tony as his own father, Johnny Boy, was grooming his son on a pathway to organised crime prominence.
Deadline reports there are expected to be call-backs and shout-outs to numerous other characters from the television series within the movie’s script.

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The FDA cannot accept any new funding during the shutdown, now in its 28th day, forcing the agency to stretch its remaining money to last only about five more weeks.
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So Many Supra Sneakers Are on Sale at Zappos

Keeping up with the ever-changing fashion trends can be exhausting, but the one style we never have trouble following is athleisure. We adore any trend that lets Us stock up on clothes that are comfortable and stylish all at once. Naturally, we can never own enough leggings, sweatsuits and sneakers. Lucky for our wardrobes, Zappos has a slew of Supra sneakers marked down and our favorite of the bunch is the Supra Scissor.

The shoe comes in three color options and is designed for running, skating and of course, street style. The Supra Scissor features a padded mesh lining, breathable mesh on its upper portion and a sole made of ultra-soft SUPRAFOAM for heel protection and overall comfort. The SUPRAFOAM sole also includes black traction pads meant to prevent slipping. An overall lightweight feel makes the sneaker a practical choice for easy movement.

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Sizes range from 5 to 10 with half sizes included.

The Supra Scissor Sneaker is clearly designed for physical activity. Still, we adore how perfect the shoe is for our casual daytime looks thanks to a multi-texture style and neutral colors for easy mixing and matching. Our favorite version is the black, gold and white version featuring black knit fabric on the top, soft leather details and a white sole.

We’ll be easily pairing these sneakers with a mix of chic tracksuits, leggings, T-shirts, skinny jeans and joggers. The black, gold and white Supra Scissor sneakers will look great paired with an all-white or all-black Adidas tracksuit. We could also slip into black leggings with stylish mesh inserts, a racerback tank and a white, black and gold windbreaker to perfectly match the sneakers. The shoes are even sleek enough to wear with a snug-fitting knit maxidress topped by a moto-style leather jacket.

On days when we prefer a soft pastel hue, the Supra Scissor shoes look beautiful in the Pearl Blue and white style.

See it: Scoop up the blue and white Supra Scissor Sneakers (marked down to 19 percent off their original $ 80 price, now $ 65) while so many sizes are still in stock on the Zappos site. Additional colors available at varying prices. Prefer another sneaker style? Check out more Supra sneakers on sale. 

We’ll be styling these sneakers with a matching pastel blue velour sweatsuit for a chic monochrome moment. The blue sneakers will also make for a great color blocked addition to a pair of pastel pink joggers and a simple long sleeve white T-shirt. On a day more suited for denim, the blue sneaker will match well with a pair of high-waist skinny jeans in a light blue wash and a cropped sweater in beige or pastel pink.

To add a classic print to our sneaker collections, we can snag the Supra Scissor Sneaker in this dark grey and white sneaker featuring polka dot and triangle prints. These shoes have a playful look to them without appearing to gaudy.

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These printed sneakers will offer an extra touch of flair to any matching grey jogger set. We could also match these shoes with a grey and white polka dot sweater, dark blue skinny jeans and a leather mini bucket bag. On days when we prefer to wear the sneakers to the gym, we’ll be styling them with our favorite glittery leggings. We could also wear the sneakers with those same glitter leggings and an embellished sweater for a night out.

All three of the sneaker styles would also look great worn with more casual jumpsuits in the trendy utility style or designed with knit material. To layer the look for chillier weather, we can slip into a fuzzy teddy bear coat in beige or tan.

Shoppers who bought and wore the Supra Scissor Sneakers rave about how gorgeous they look. While Zappos labels these sneakers true to size, the shoe runs narrow per the reviews. It’s important to eye the size guide carefully and order one size up if necessary to score the best fit.

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How Many Vacation Days Did You Use This Year?

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How many vacation days did you use this year, readers — and what did you DO with your vacation? As 2018 comes to a close, it’s always a great idea to review your vacation days to make sure you’re using them properly (especially if they’re use-or-lose!), and we’d love to hear how many of you are already planning for vacations in 2019! When we’ve asked in the past about vacation time, 40% of you had used less than 50% of your time for the year (whoa!).

I’ve never had the luxury of working a job where vacation days rolled over, so I’ve always tried to make the most of vacation time by taking a lot of long weekend vacations and staycations. For the past few years with the kids, I’ve told myself to just buy airline tickets as soon as we have the school calendar, and deal with hotels and research as the trip gets closer — to force us to actually go places — but I’m still struggling to master the vacation that is planned really early. We’re looking at some international travel this summer, as well as a trip to “Harry Potterland” (Universal Studios) that my 7-year-old may or may not accept as a viable Christmas present, but we’ve yet to pull the trigger on anything.

For those of you who are great at vacation planning (or finding fabulous vacation packages), I’d love to hear from you: How many months ahead are you planning? If you get, say 20 days of vacation for 2019, how many do you vacation days do you “use” ahead of time? For those of you with partners, if you get more vacation (or less) than your partner, how do you deal? 

Since the stock photo features a bag — and it is the season for gift-giving — anyone have any favorite travel gear to shout out? I’ve heard great things about Away luggage but I haven’t tried it yet.

How many vacation days did YOU use this year? If you're wondering what's normal vacation use is for career women -- and want to see how they make the most of their vacation time -- then this is the post for you! Lots of comments from women lawyers, professors and more!

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How Many End Credit Scenes Are in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?

With the reviews now in for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we can reveal whether there are any end- or post-credit scenes in the Sony-Marvel film and, if so, how many.

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There isn’t really a mid-credits scene in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but there is a nice and touching tribute to Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The post-credits surprise, on the other hand, is a full-fledged scene.

Again, spoilers follow!

The scene features the surprise arrival of Spider-Man 2099, the Spider-Man of the future. The man under the mask is Miguel O’Hara, voiced by Oscar Isaac (a.k.a. Poe Dameron). His appearance leads to a fun retro-trip to the old Spidey cartoon from the 1960s.

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Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills.


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Same Job for Many Years? These 5 Tips Will Help You Reinvent Yourself

After 10 years in human resources at a nonprofit, Laura Niebauer Palmer figured she wouldn’t have any problem finding a new HR job when she and her husband moved from Chicago to Austin, Texas.

Then she started reading the job postings — which asked for advanced training and experience with programs she didn’t use — and realized her old skills weren’t marketable for a new position.

“My heart sank,” the 38-year-old says. “I was like, “What am I going to do? How am I going to bridge this gap?’”

So how is it that 10 years of experience could become a detriment rather than a strength for a job candidate?

Many longtime workers are falling behind on the skills required in rapidly changing industries, according to Alvin Nesbot, the New York City market manager for Manpower.

“People who are just joining the job market — maybe within the past three to five years or so — are making moves a lot faster than people who have been working for 10-plus years,” Nesbot says. “There are those people who have worked a lot longer who have stayed in a lull and gotten stagnant.”

And it’s not just another co-worker who’ll offer the skills you’re lacking — at least, not a human one. It’s estimated that half of the work activities companies pay people to do could be automated by 2055, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute.

If you’re worried your field is going the way of the dinosaur, here are some alternative jobs for dying industries. But what if you like your industry and just want to change jobs? Read on for strategies for making a change after years in the same gig.

How to Make a Career Change

Laura Niebauer works on her laptop while holding her infant son at home.

If you’re a bit unsure about what’s happening outside your cubicle walls, here are five strategies for avoiding — or escaping — a dead-end job.

1. Network for a Job

Leaving your comfort zone to network may seem intimidating, but it’s a great way to find out what is going on in your industry. It’s part of the reason it’s so important to maintain networking relationships even after you have found a job.

Being around your peers is not only helpful for finding contacts for the next job but also for discovering what credentials and terminology are becoming more prominent within your field, according to Palmer.

“You have like-minded people to bounce ideas off,” he says. “Also, it’s very eye-opening when you’re around a bunch of people and they’re having conversations about topics you don’t really know about or are using acronyms that you’re like, ‘Wait, what does that mean?’”

And if the thought of a networking event makes you break out in hives, try one-on-one networking with former colleagues, Palmer suggests.

“What I would have done differently is definitely caught up with people who had left the company,” he says. She adds that by asking about the transition to new roles, you’ll get a better idea of what technology and skills are in demand outside your office.

2. Update Your Resume

If your resume touts WordPerfect expertise and includes your AOL address, it’s probably time for a resume makeover. (Also, stop wearing that sundress over a T-shirt.)

Reading your resume with a critical eye is essential for identifying skills or programs that are no longer relevant for your position, according to Nesbot.

“What you were doing seven to 10 years ago is not going to be relevant or as important as what is going on today,” Nesbot says. “Are there things making [your resume] look dated?”

If it’s been a couple of presidential administrations since you last updated your resume, you may want to start fresh. (Here’s a guide to writing a professional-looking resume.)

But starting over doesn’t mean you have to forget your past experiences. Instead, take some time to compile a comprehensive list of training and accomplishments, Nesbot suggests.

“Sometimes we don’t look at our resumes in a while, and we realize there are things we’ve been doing that we haven’t highlighted,” Nesbot says. “Include any certifications or training that you’ve done to help set you apart from any other candidate.”

Once you have your list, compare it to current job postings and craft your resume so it includes recent credentials and popular terms within your industry.

“Make sure you have buzz words that are going to stand out to whoever is reading your resume,” Nesbot says.

3. Find a Mentor

Palmer holds her son in his nursery.

Once she got to Austin, Palmer ended up at a staffing agency looking for work. The agency placed her in a temporary three-month position to fill in for a woman on maternity leave.

Palmer used those months to take advantage of the in-house training department to connect with someone who could provide long-term career advice.

“The biggest part that helped me develop was the mentorship that I had with my boss,” she says. “I learned so much from her; my confidence rose 100%.

You can’t replicate that with a course.”

At the end of her temporary gig, the company offered Palmer a full-time position in the HR department.

4. Volunteer for Experience

Rather than repeating past mistakes, Palmer says, she took the opportunity at her new job to question what she really wanted in the next five or 10 years — and it turns out, it wasn’t HR.

After spending some time figuring out what she really wanted to do, Palmer decided than rather than pouring money into additional education, she’d offer to work for free in exchange for the experience she was lacking.

“I volunteered at two organizations, and one of them specifically was something that I wouldn’t have been able to land a job at because I had no experience,” Palmer says. “But when you say, ‘Hey, I can volunteer for this,’ then they’re like, ‘Great, we have somebody who has a lot of time and is really excited about this. We’ll put some training into them.’”

Thanks to that experience, Palmer was able to snag a part-time job at a small company, which allows her to spend time with her infant son as well as write articles sharing her expertise — including some for The Penny Hoarder.

5. Apply for Jobs Before You Need One

Even if you’re happy in your job right now, it doesn’t hurt to start investigating what’s out there.

After all, the best way to discover if you’re growing or stagnating in your career is to find out if someone will hire you — and there’s always a chance you’ll find your dream job in the process, Palmer points out.

Look at the jobs right now and actually apply to them and go through interviewing,” Palmer says. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that to see where your skills are — if they’re lining up with what is currently needed in the market.

“But you also might land a job that you didn’t even know you wanted.”

Why You’re Not Job Hunting

Laura Neibauer plays with her infant son in his nursery in Austin, TX.

Reevaluating your skills every few years takes some work, but the rewards are a more fulfilling career with greater chances for growth. Admittedly, that can be hard to do when you’re happy — or at least satisfied — with your current position.

Your salary and benefits might tempt you to stay put, but you’ll suffer in the long run if you’re too scared to change, according to Palmer. She notes part of the reason she stayed at her first job for so long was the generous paid time off and health care coverage.

“It’s hard because you’re trying to balance furthering yourself but also realizing if you further yourself, you’re taking a risk,” Palmer says. “ But if you’re looking to grow in your career… you need to challenge yourself.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer with The Penny Hoarder. She likes all kinds of change, but pennies are her favorite.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Cancer surpasses heart disease as leading cause of death in many US counties

An important transition is happening across the United States: Cancer was the leading cause of death in more counties in 2015 than 13 years earlier, a new study finds. However, the opposite was true for heart disease during that period; fewer counties reported it as the top killer.


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Ariana Grande Urges People To Vote After Taylor Swift’s Political Message Influences Many To Register!

After Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande is the next superstar to encourage her fans to go vote in the midterm elections! While Taylor’s post was long and detailed, as it was her very first politically-charged message, Ariana’s was simple and straight to the point. She captioned a pic of her ballot envelope: ‘vote, f***ers.’

But considering that she said ‘bye bye to the internet for just a lil bit’ only a few days ago and still reminded her followers to vote, makes it worth noting!

Meanwhile, Ariana has been leaning on her loved ones since she and Pete Davidson broke their engagement.

Her social media silence was more like a way to only post about things that really matter to her for a while.

As for Taylor Swift, her lengthy post came as a huge surprise as she had managed to stay away from politics before then.

She wrote: ‘In the past I have been reluctant to voice my political opinions, but due to some events in my life and in the world in the last two years, I feel really differently about that now.’

Taylor went on to say that ‘I believe in the fight for the LGBTQ rights, and any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or on gender is WRONG. I believe the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color’s terrifying, sickening and prevalent.’

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Proving how much her voice can influence people for the better, voter registration spiked massively immediately after her message was posted!

‘We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period,’ Vote.org sector of communications’ Kamari Guthrie stated.

Two days later, Vote.org released another statement about Taylor’s impact.

‘Since Taylor Swift’s well-publicized Instagram post on Sunday night, in which she urged her 112 Million fans to vote, Vote.org has found a massive spike in voter registering nationwide. While there’s several factors that contributed to this, a majority of new registrations since Taylor Swift’s post on Sunday have been people between the ages of 18 and 29 years old – about 102,000 out of 240,000 total new registrations in less than 48 hours.’

Let’s hope Ariana Grande will manage to do the same!

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Late Night Has Way Too Many Men. It Showed During the Brett Kavanaugh Hearings

Like so many women in America, Samantha Bee had a rough time getting through last week. She took the stage to host the most recent episode of her Wednesday-night talk show, Full Frontal, dressed in a funereal black suit, her tense posture like a full-body cringe. “I’ve been doing a lot of Carrie-ing to get through it,” Bee said, referring to (what else?) the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. The Carrie in question wasn’t Sex and the City’s Bradshaw, who might have typed a pithy question about the judge into her laptop, but Stephen King’s Carrie. The studio lights turned red, and as Bee stared at a placard that read “this week,” it burst into flames.

She didn’t seem merely disappointed or bemused—she looked angry. Bee may well have been consciously playing up that ire, but such scathing humor could only have come from a genuine place. “I’m having a little trouble controlling my rage this week,” she admitted after calling out Lindsey Graham for hypocrisy and wishing diarrhea upon Mitch McConnell. Bee closed by addressing Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee directly: “Every assault survivor in the country has seen you spewing garbage all week,” she said. “And they are not going to forget—not even after 35 years, which is as long as you think a woman’s memory is reliable.”

The episode aired the night before Thursday’s endless testimony from Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. But it was Bee’s righteous anger, more than anything on late night Thursday, that captured Friday’s mood. As many Americans were still nursing news hangovers, Ana Maria Archilla and Maria Gallagher shamed GOP swing voter Jeff Flake in an elevator, in a confrontation that seemed to catalyze his subsequent demand for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh’s past. Their earnestness aside, the activists were speaking the same language as Bee. All three women fixed their attention on the pain of survivors.

This has been a frustratingly rare perspective to encounter in the late-night comedy sphere since Thursday’s hearings. Because Bee’s show only airs once a week, we won’t get another (perhaps literal) full-length fire sermon from her until Wednesday. Meanwhile, male-dominated nighttime talk and sketch shows have taken on Kavanaugh with varying degrees of success, but also from a certain emotional remove. “It was like a sad Super Bowl,” Trevor Noah said of the proceedings on Thursday’s Daily Show, in a half-baked comparison that wildly overstated their voyeuristic appeal.

That’s not to say that the comedians weren’t genuinely affected by the hearings. Some plainly said as much, transitioning from dark jokes about Kavanaugh to somber statements—a common move for late-night hosts in the Trump era, and one Michelle Wolf smartly skewered on her recently canceled Netflix show. James Corden took time Thursday to mention how “inspired and humbled” he was by Ford’s testimony, as well as by the #MeToo movement. “If this is something you’ve been through or are going through, just remember you’re not alone,” he said. “There are so many people who are standing alongside you right now, all over the world.” It was a kind statement but also a weirdly vague one, sidestepping questions of gender while implicitly drawing a line between people who’ve been through sexual assault and people like Corden.

Other hosts led with a conspicuously masculine, father-of-daughters brand of fury. Stephen Colbert closed his extended Thursday-night monologue with a serious word to Kavanaugh, informing the judge that the pushback against abusers in government began not with some nefarious Democratic plot, but with the allegations of sexual assault against Trump: “Your Republican buddies up on that committee said, ‘Yeah, but we want our guy on the Supreme Court,’” Colbert seethed. “And that’s you, Brett.” Jimmy Kimmel recounted that “people were crying in front of their televisions” during Ford’s testimony without acknowledging how many of those people must have been women who’d been through similar ordeals. Then he attacked Donald Trump Jr.’s virility for a tweet critical of Ford, branding him “a dull-witted human canker sore who shoots baby hippos out of Daddy’s helicopter because it’s the only way you can get an erection.”

The least convincing takes came from unsurprising corners: Jimmy Fallon, he of the hair-tousle felt round the world, barely addressed Kavanaugh on Thursday—and when he did, it was mostly to poke fun at the press conference in which Trump floated the idea that George Washington faced accusations of his own. Bill Maher, who once compared #MeToo to McCarthyism, expressed his support for Ford by opining that, “If that was a divorce hearing, she would’ve got the kids.” Faced with the spectacle of Lindsey Graham fulminating against Democrats whom he blamed for the delay in Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Maher pulled out a few gay jokes, referring to John McCain as Graham’s “dead boyfriend” and cracking that Graham is “familiar with the back door.”

Maher wasn’t the only comedian who went to that arguably homophobic well. In the cold open of its season premiere, Saturday Night Live restaged Thursday’s hearing, casting Kate McKinnon as Graham, with lines like, “I’m a single white male, 5’10’’, uncut.” The skit turned out to be a total bust, enlisting Matt Damon to play Kavanaugh in an only slightly embellished highlight reel of the judge’s testimony, from beer to boofing. Later, the show found time for an ’80s frat party sketch implying that everyone present—guys and girls—had done things in college that could destroy their careers. For whatever reason, SNL’s three male head writers, Colin Jost, Michael Che and Kent Sublette effectively omitted Ford’s experience from the episode.

But not every man in late night chose to erase Ford in favor of mocking or lecturing Kavanaugh and his allies. “Her testimony today was a towering act of courage, given the trauma she’s survived,” Seth Meyers declared on Thursday, before enumerating the ways Ford had exceeded expectations and making jokes at the expense of those who tried to poke holes at her story. (Was that so hard?) John Oliver dedicated all of Sunday’s episode to Kavanaugh, closing with the withering analysis that Republicans who claimed to find both Ford and Kavanaugh credible were simply giving women the finger. “Their response was: ‘We believe you. We just don’t care,’” Oliver concluded.

For the most part, late-night didn’t do a terrible job with Kavanaugh, balancing the humor we so badly needed by midnight on Thursday with the gravity Ford’s testimony deserved. And maybe that makes it easy to argue that demands for more women in late night are about bean-counting more than they are about a real need for those shows to represent a wider range of perspectives. But we turn to late-night comedy, even before we turn to the next morning’s op-eds, to help us process the events of the day. In the two decades since Jon Stewart transformed The Daily Show into a loud, mad, politically charged therapy session—and especially in recent years, as sexual misconduct has come to the forefront of the cultural conversation—that nightly reckoning has included no small amount of righteous anger.

The shortage of similarly cathartic female voices (particularly Wolf’s caustic one) has been felt. As a woman, I feel it—that gulf between people like me and famous men expressing sympathy for people like me. “I know today blows,” Bee said, lying supine on a couch in a short video Full Frontal posted on YouTube Friday. “Every time you think you understand how awful rape culture is, a rancid puff of Drakkar Noir steers his way to the Supreme Court, and you realize that you had no idea.” It’s the only joke I’ve heard since Wednesday that sounds like a (much) funnier version of the exchanges I’ve had with female friends over the last few days. Amid all this hurting, for ourselves and for our gender, the bitter laughter Bee’s video inspires really does feel like the best medicine.


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