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Before You Got Into The Trend, Your Dad Was The Ultimate Hipster

Listen. I could sit here all day and rattle off a list of things that make your hipster lifestyle decidedly uncool, but what I’m really about to say is going to rock your faux-original world. While you and your mustaches and vinyls and short shorts strut around sipping lavender-infused coffee, you’re all blissfully unaware of the fact that you’ve failed in your attempts to be misunderstood beatniks with a flair for originality.

Why’s that? Well, because your dads did it first. Don’t believe me? Just ask author and copywriter Brad Getty. He’s the mastermind behind a little book by the name of Dads are the Original Hipsters, and he’s here to shut your nonsense down. Eat your hearts out, first movers. Dad was moving long before you.

The book is essentially a compilation of legendary hipster dad photos that are presented alongside Getty’s painfully accurate (and at times NSFW) commentary. Here are a few of the best.

“Your parents had a non-traditional wedding before you did, and their marriage might not be legal to prove it.”

“Your dad sucked at his job before you did.”

“Your dad was a street artist long before you put up your first shitty wheatpasting.”

“Your dad went green before it was cool, and he has the t-shirt to prove it.”

“Original at everything since ’76.”

“Your original hipster dad and his crew of dirt balls.”

“Bill and Hillary Clinton were the original hipsters.”

“Your dad had hangovers, and the worst part was realizing that the mistake he made last night was making you.”

“Throwback Thursday to when your dad was a DJ before you were, and he played music so obscure that you’ve never even heard of it.”

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“Hipsters, your shit-whip will never compare to your dad’s badass ride.”

“Fall/winter 2014 look book.”

“Your dad was a struggling indie artist before you were.”

“Selfie game king since ’76.”

(via Tumblr)

I’m sorry that you had to face the reality of your fraudulent existence this way, hipsters, but it had to be done. Take this opportunity to re-evaluate your position in the world, get a handle on those convoluted political opinions that you don’t actually understand, and start drinking regular espresso like a normal person. Because that’s exactly what you are — normal.

To further confront the mortality of your image, be sure to check out more of Brad Getty’s work on his website and Tumblr.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dads-are-hipsters/

Newark mayor Cory Booker to Obama at #SXSW: ‘Eat more ice cream’

http://twitter.com/#!/Skamenca/status/310809920041799681

South by Southwest, the annual hipster music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, Texas, is in full swing. Techies, journalists, celebrities, and politicos (most of them left-leaning) are holding forth on the big issues of the day.

And the not so big issues.

https://twitter.com/TLQmedia/status/310809343492751360

We think Newark mayor Cory Booker may have a particular flavor to recommend to his fellow Democrat celeb in the White House…

https://twitter.com/SalemStateAlum/status/299193460794195969

Too bad the food police at the security gate (and in the East Wing) disapprove.

https://twitter.com/nalaisadog/status/310809392360595456

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/10/newark-mayor-cory-booker-to-obama-at-sxsw-eat-more-ice-cream/

Obama occupies some face time to discuss his ‘Occupy Open Borders’

http://twitter.com/#!/WHLive/status/213638637076742144

As Twitchy reported earlier, The Obama administration announced that it would be providing even more illegal alien deportation waivers. Michelle Malkin correctly called it “Occupy Open Borders.

Obama: slow-jamming economy, fast-jamming amnesty.

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) June 15, 2012

Remember when the left HATED the imperial presidency when Bush was in office. Now with Obama #illegals move, they are thrilled.

— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) June 15, 2012

With the Presidency getting stronger every day, hope you progressives are looking forward to Lord Protector Romney

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) June 15, 2012

President Obama was to speak live at 1:15 p.m. ET about this power grab.

Live video: Obama speaks on blocking deportations of young immigrants http://t.co/bJEWinXB

— Post Politics (@postpolitics) June 15, 2012

Of course, he’s never on time. Priorities!

Pres Obama still at lunch with contest winners – delaying his 115pm immigration policy statement inhe Rose Garden.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 15, 2012

Usually I just write Obama's tardiness into the schedule, but he's not the only one speaking today & there's a call to get to #15minuteslate

— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) June 15, 2012

Twitchy will monitor President Obama’s appearance and update with live reports.

Still waiting.

Obama is 20 minutes late. If this were a date, I'd probably be about ready to peace out.

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 15, 2012

Squee! from Wolf Blitzer.

We're only minutes away from @BarackObama in White House Rose Garden on immigration change. I'm anchoring @CNN coverage now.

— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) June 15, 2012

The president is super considerate.

RT @StevenTDennis: Waiting for POTUS in Rose Garden http://t.co/s6WLO219

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) June 15, 2012

Obama spotted without jacket walking casually around Oval Office while we wait

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) June 15, 2012

He needs his BFFs there.

Explains why POTUS is late, needs pol. team MT @Philip_Elliott: Spotted striding up the White House driveway just now: Messina and Cutter

— Richard Ward (@rwardIII) June 15, 2012

RT @tobyharnden: Obama more than 40 minutes late for his statement. At what point do cable networks stop hanging on for him?

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) June 15, 2012

RT @LisaDCNN: RT @zbyronwolf: Why Obama is late to his own immigration speech – http://t.co/cGFW7GVW //HINT: Donors involved.

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) June 15, 2012

Update: He deigns to grace us all with his presence.

With no apology for being nearly an hour late, Obama starts right into his comments on immigration

— Richard Ward (@rwardIII) June 15, 2012

O points out that the Dream Act was introduced by a Democrat and a Republican. cc: Orrin Hatch

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 15, 2012

Sigh. Orrin Hatch.

Lapdog media alert!

Obama in Rose Garden now to announce new immigration policy permitting some young people to remain without threat of deportation

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 15, 2012

Cue the scary music again.

“Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people.”

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 15, 2012

Shadow of deportation. Is that like those “shadowy groups” to whom the President is always referring?

POTUS is scaring me. I'm pretty sure I'm from the U.S.

— Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) June 15, 2012

And the tiny violins.

Obama: "Imagine you've done everything right your whole life…" And then some hack politician gives citizenship away.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 15, 2012

"For all intents and purposes are Americans." Citizenship is garbage written on toilet paper to this President.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 15, 2012

Bingo.

Birds are stealing President Obama’s vote-grabbing thunder.

SHUT UP BIRDS! you're distracting me

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) June 15, 2012

The birds like the speech. Pretty soon they're going to fly over and dress him for the Royal Ball.

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 15, 2012

More nonsense from The One.

So w/ US economy struggling, Obama announces new high skill immigration proposal? Did i get that right?

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 15, 2012

Whatever! Doing just fine! Buy another thingamajig.

Update: Wow!

Reporter interrupting Pres. identified self as Neil Monroe of Daily Caller. He shouted "Is it the right thing to do for American workers."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 15, 2012

Tucker Carlson confirms to me that @NeilMunroDC of his Web site The Daily Caller was the reporter who interrupted President Obama's remarks.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 15, 2012

The consensus:MT @mikememoli: It was @NeilMunroDC //of the web based @TheDailyCaller. Whoever he is, interrupting any Pres is not helpful

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 15, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/15/president-obama-occupies-some-face-time-to-discuss-his-occupy-open-borders-announcement/

Men at Work member Greg Ham found dead; possible foul play

http://twitter.com/#!/billboard/status/192941443562737664

Ham was found dead today in his home in Melbourne, Australia.

He played saxophone, keyboard, and flute for Men at Work, a successful pop band in the early 1980s. He is perhaps best known for the memorable flute riff at the opening of  “Land Down Under” — a good song on a great album.

Possible foul play?

Friends and fans pay tribute:

Sorry to hear about Men at Work's Greg Ham. RIP http://t.co/Xg2EKwxX

— Duran Duran (@duranduran) April 19, 2012

Sad to hear about the passing of Greg Ham of Men at Work. 1981's "Business as Usual" is a fantastic album.

— tomfeister (@tomfeister) April 19, 2012

Sad news about one of my favorite 80s bands: Greg Ham of Men at Work found dead http://t.co/5fqroUiX

— Jack Hope (@jackhope) April 19, 2012

Wow, I basically grew up with my Dad's 80's music.. RIP Greg Ham; great part of the 80's band "Men at Work" #shame

— . (@iamkevinferrer) April 19, 2012

R.I.P., Greg Ham.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/19/men-at-work-member-greg-ham-found-dead-possible-foul-play/

Iran Just Blew Up A Fake American Aircraft Carrier

The country’s military exercises come weeks ahead of a deadline for finishing up talks between Iran and global powers over its nuclear program.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s elite military unit that reports directly to Ayatollah Khamenei, on Wednesday held military drills in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The target? A mock-up of a U.S. aircraft carrier.

A replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier is exploded by the Revolutionary Guard’s speedboats during large-scale naval drills AP Photo/Tasnim News

Though it has held drills of this size before, the latest — codenamed “Great Prophet 9” — was the first to target a fake aircraft carrier. The drill involved Iran’s vaunted speedboats to attack the replica, along with missiles fired from on-shore.

Hamed Jafarnejad / AP

“American aircraft carriers are very big ammunition depots housing a lot of missiles, rockets, torpedoes and everything else,” the IRGC’s naval commander said, adding that a direct hit by a missile could set off a large secondary explosion.

Artist’s rendering of what this would look like 20th Century Fox

The Associated Press posted a video clip from the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network’s broadcast showing the exercises.

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The footage didn’t show exactly how the model was destroyed, but did come complete with fiery aftermath and triumphant music.

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In reality, the last time a U.S. aircraft carrier was sunk during combat was all the way back during World War II.

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The drill came just weeks ahead of the final deadline for talks between Iran and the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Associated Press reported that Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, the spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said they were monitoring the drills, but downplayed the simulated attack on the carrier, saying the U.S. military was “not concerned about this exercise.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/iran-just-blew-up-a-fake-american-aircraft-carrier

Awesome Things You Can Do At The Burning Man Festival…Besides Drugs.

The Burning Man festival is a music festival that occurs every year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It last a week and it is truly one of the most incredible experiences a human can enjoy. One of the big caveats of the festival, though, is that many people there are on drugs. This is a bad thing, mainly because drugs are illegal and they don’t allow you to fully experience all the festival has to offer.

If you are a Sober Sally, these are the activities you can do if you choose to enjoy the festival stone cold sober. Not only is it better for your body, you’ll actually remember the festival that way.

1.) Waste a bunch of your money.

1.) Waste a bunch of your money. 3bp Burning Man costs a ton of money to attend and you need to bring a bunch of supplies in order to survive the however long you want to stay. This makes it the ideal place for you to spend a ton of money on things that you don’t really need, buy a bunch of costumes, face paint, regular paint, and other miscellaneous items that will cost you an arm and a leg to buy.

2.) Get caught on fire!

2.) Get caught on fire! mccullagh Face it, it’s not called Burning Man for no reason. Things are constantly being lit on fire by amateur pyrotechnics operators, sometimes by people with no experience at all! Plus the dry desert climate makes it perfect for people who are basically arsonists to spread their mayhem to you! Looking for water to put your shirt that has caught on fire out? The desert is full of water! That’s what deserts are known for, right?

3.) Get sand everywhere!

3.) Get sand everywhere! playabound You’re going to get sand in places you didn’t know existed on your body. And sand in places you knew existed. Basically there is going to be sand everywhere. Hopefully you brought sunglasses for your eyes, a cover for your mouth, and skin tight clothes so no sand gets in your unmentionable areas. But that’s all part of the fun!

4.) Build a bunch of stuff that will be destroyed.

4.) Build a bunch of stuff that will be destroyed. oaklandmofo After Burning Man is over all that rad stuff you just built for it will need to be destroyed. You basically spent weeks building these things to show that you are the coolest mofo at the festival only to realize that they have no practical use in the real world. So what do you do? You burn it, of course! That stuff you spent weeks building and spent your hard earned money on needs to perish into dust. Makes sense.

5.) Enjoy the Port-a-potties!

5.) Enjoy the Port-a-potties! kickstarter Who doesn’t love going to the bathroom in a port-a-pottie? Especially in a piping hot desert where the stink is just searing everywhere. If you aren’t a fan of using the port-a-potties, you can always just pop a squat and do your business right there out in the open on the ground. Truly a unique experience.

6.) Do yoga with people who probably haven’t showered in a LONG time.

6.) Do yoga with people who probably haven't showered in a LONG time. kyerwiltshire At Burning Man, there are very very few showers so you better be prepared to do numerous activities with people who haven’t showered in a while. That includes yoga! That intense exercise where people are putting their butts in your face more or less. Perfect.

7.) Get lost in the desert.

7.) Get lost in the desert. modernica There is a lot of bike riding at Burning man and if you stray from the camp grounds, it’s easy to get lost. Not to worry though! You’ll probably find a cool place to hang out for a while or run into someone in the vast landscape that is the desert. Hope you packed your sun screen and are ready to wander the desert!

8.) Shower in public.

8.) Shower in public. flickr Like I said, there are limited water and shower supplies in the desert during this festival. So I hope you’re prepared to shower in public with a bunch of other people showering with you and a bunch more probably watching you. That’s always been your dream, right? Public nudity in front of a bunch of strangers. That’s what everyone wants to do. Accomplish that dream at Burning Man.

9.) Die.

9.) Die. technocrazed Finally, due to all of the dangerous and hazardous elements of the Burning Man festival, it makes it an ideal place for you to go and die! Dehydration, fire, basically no law enforcement makes Burning Man the perfect place for someone to go if they are intending on dying. It’s more likely to happen than you think!

 Come to think of it, maybe you shouldn’t go to Burning Man if you are on drugs or not. Seems like it isn’t worth it.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/burning-man/

More Sad News From The Music Industry…

Is this the track listing for M.I.A.’s new album?

http://twitter.com/#!/Bambi_Heart/status/232569653078134785

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam — better known as M.I.A. to her fans and “that woman who flipped the bird during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show” to everyone else — doesn’t tweet often. (Well, there was that one time she tweeted the phone number of New York Times writer who had written an unflattering profile of her.) Her latest posting, though, certainly looks a lot like the track list to an upcoming record.

@MIAuniverse If u a real fan then u have no trouble filling in those blankx :p

— Jose Cuervo (@DrunkEgo) August 6, 2012

@MIAuniverse http://t.co/xcqI12ZH – where's bad girls though…? I'M EXCITED AS HELL NO MATTER WHAT!!

— BirthdayFaggot Bitch (@VersaceEarings) August 6, 2012

@MIAuniverse BONUS TRACKSSSSSSS!!!

— itsNOTivan (@itsnotivan) August 6, 2012

M.I.A. posted a preview of a track called “Come Walk With Me” back in April. (Note: language warning.)

There’s no word of a release date, but keep watching the skies. M.I.A. announced the street date of her last record, “Maya” on the side of a blimp she’d hired to hover over the 2010 Coachella Festival.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/06/is-this-the-track-listing-for-m-i-a-s-new-album/

22 Powerful Stories About Feminist Awakenings

From personal experiences to Beyoncé and everything in between, people have found feminism in lots of different ways.

Will Varner / BuzzFeed

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their stories about what sparked their feminist awakenings. Here are their powerful responses:

1. “I started following a girl on Tumblr who happened to be a feminist.”

I started following a girl on Tumblr who happened to be a feminist; I read almost everything she posted about feminism and it just made sense. It clicked. I realized some of the ideas I had grown up with were really toxic and there is so much internalized misogyny in most girls.
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2. “I was told ‘just touching’ me was not a crime.”

When I was walking downtown with my mother and a stranger grabbed my crotch, I was in shock. My mother called the cops and when I went to make a formal complaint I was asked what was I wearing and then I was told “just touching” me was not a crime. I was a teenager, and I didn’t know it was feminism back then, but I just knew that no one should say it’s OK to touch another person’s genitals just because they didn’t rape you, regardless of what you’re wearing.
–Paulis Grienssen (Facebook)

3. “The fact that Beyoncé stood before millions in front of the now iconic FEMINIST sign empowered me to openly be a feminist.”

Mine came from Beyoncé, specifically her song “Flawless” with the excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie speaks with such conviction that it immediately resonated with me. That, and the fact that Beyoncé stood before millions in front of the now iconic FEMINIST sign, very much empowered me to openly be a feminist and to fight for the rights of other women and men experiencing sexism and gender rules.
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4. “When I went in to give my application, the older lady said, ‘This is no kind of job for a woman.'”

When I was 14 I was applying for a job at a place that builds lawn chairs. From the time I was little I was always my Dad’s sidekick and he is a contractor, so I knew exactly how to do this kind of work. When I went in to give my application the older lady that was the manager, she said, “This is no kind of job for a woman.” That is when I proceeded to notify her I had previous experience and she completely dismissed me. The thing that stung the most was it was a fellow woman who dismissed me.
–Savannah Snow (Facebook)

5. “I asked my dad why I always had to wash the dishes. His only answer was, ‘Because you’re a girl.'”

Ever since I was little, I always had to wash the dishes. If I didn’t, then I would be grounded. I have three brothers who did nothing after dinner, so when I was 14 I asked my dad why I always had to wash the dishes. His only answer was, “Because you’re a girl.” I was pissed off and we got into a fight because he never made my brothers do anything around the house. My brothers and parents expect me to have a bunch of kids and become a housewife, but ever since that day I decided to start doing things for myself and myself only.
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Will Varner / BuzzFeed

6. “Super Smash Bros. had only one usable female character, which was Zelda.”

It was playing video games as a child with my male cousins. The GameCube games we had were all male-oriented, and even my favorite, Super Smash Bros., had only one usable female character, which was Zelda (though I had no idea that Samus was a girl until I was older). I thought about how wrong it was because I saw that everywhere, girls were always weaker in everything, like in video games they were the worst players. I never knew there was a word for it until recently, but when I did, it felt right.
–Meagan McDowell (Facebook)

7. “I was raped … when I talked to an officer to press charges, they said that I wouldn’t stand a chance.”

I was raped when I was 19. When I talked to an officer to press charges, they said that I wouldn’t stand a chance because the court would bring up the fact I was drunk, went to his place willingly, and I’ve slept with other people. A month later, I saw the guy at the bar and he actually tried to take me home with him. That’s when I realized that I’m a feminist and I deserve the right to say no. I deserve to not have what happened to me be just one more story of a discredited woman who, instead of being taken seriously, was told that she was asking for it.
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8. “I want my girls — and EVERYONE — to know that women are capable of greatness.”

I have two daughters; one of them was born with a heart defect that may affect becoming a serious athlete in the future, and my older daughter has serious food allergies. Considering there are medical restrictions being put on them as it is, it was at the moment my daughter’s cardiologist discussed her potential physical limitations that I became a feminist. I don’t want them to think they cannot be intelligent, brave, vivacious, brilliant, and capable just because they are women. I want my girls — and EVERYONE — to know that women are capable of greatness and that the limits of achieving that greatness is up to each individual.
–Catherine Cara Toler (Facebook)

9. “He only valued me as another guy’s property.”

I was at a party and the only way I could get this one guy to leave me alone was to lie and say I was in a relationship. I realized that he only valued me as another guy’s property and not as a human being who deserves respect.
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10. “I had never heard anything about being pro-choice and their signs intrigued me.”

Growing up, I lived a few blocks away from my town’s Planned Parenthood and there were always a good number of protesters outside, holding signs and chanting. One day there was a group at the end of the street protesting the anti-choice group. I had never heard anything about being pro-choice and their signs intrigued me. I looked it up, discovered the word feminism, and my identity as a feminist has remained since.
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11. “[The Spice Girls] dressed the way they wanted, acted the way they wanted, and loved themselves.”

The Spice Girls. Here were these girls that dressed the way they wanted, acted the way they wanted, and loved themselves even if people thought their clothes were too loud or too revealing. It was a big reveal to me that being a woman meant being who you wanted to be and that loving yourself gave you a power over the people who wanted to belittle you. That made little 11-year-old me a feminist.
–Sonya Ballantyne (Facebook)

Will Varner / BuzzFeed

12. “I’ll be perfectly happy because I don’t need a man or children to validate me as a woman.”

My road to feminism began with the rape of my best friend and ended with a conversation I had with a male relative. “Kalie, if you lost weight, you’d have guys crawling all over you,” he said.

“Well, I wouldn’t be interested in anyone who knew me before the weight loss and approached me after. A man should love me for me, not my weight,” I replied.

“I don’t see you getting a lot of offers. You should lower your standards,” he countered.

“You know what, Dad, I’m amazing; I have so much to offer a man that my standards should be high. All I want is a man who will love and respect me because I’m a unique human being with passions, hopes, and dreams. That’s not too much to ask. And if, God forbid, I don’t get married or have children, that’s fine; I’ll be a kick-ass career woman with amazing friends and a dog. And I’ll be perfectly happy because I don’t need a man or children to validate me as a woman,” I said.

He ended the conversation by saying, “Oh Kalie, please don’t be a lesbian.”
–Kalie Hoke (Facebook)

13. “I don’t remember how old I was, probably early teens, but I remember Jo March in the 1994 version of Little Women.”

I don’t remember how old I was, probably early teens, but I remember Jo March in the 1994 version of Little Women saying, “I find it poor logic to say that because women are good, women should vote. Men do not vote because they are good; they vote because they are male, and women should vote, not because we are angels and men are animals, but because we are human beings and citizens of this country.” To this day, that is what I believe about equality: Regardless of gender, color, age, orientation, or place of birth, we are human beings.
–Christian Paul Keller (Facebook)

14. “I remember waking up and realizing that there were two guys engaging in sexual acts with me.”

I was sexually assaulted by two of my friends in the dorms. I had been drinking and don’t remember how I got back to my room. I just remember waking up and realizing that there were two guys engaging in sexual acts with me at the same time. The next day one of the guys told me that I liked it. My friends also told me that I was drunk and I had been with one of the guys in the past so it wasn’t a big deal. I felt so alone and like I was at fault for what happened to me. It wasn’t until I read a blog about someone that had gone through the same situation that I realized how entirely wrong it really was. It took what happened to me to have my feminist awakening. I don’t think those guys think that what they did was wrong and I want to change that.
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15. “I realized it when I joined the U.S. Coast Guard.”

I realized it when I joined the U.S. Coast Guard. The male-to-female ratio is so vast that at 18 years old, I was stationed at a small boat station that hadn’t had a female crew member in two years. To say it was a “boys club” would be an understatement. I was treated so unfairly based on my gender, it still affects me daily. I knew then that equality between the sexes was not only needed, it was necessary.
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16. “I realized we almost exclusively learned about French men in literature, art, and music.”

I told my philosophy professor that I had studied French in high school and he asked me what I knew about Simone de Beauvoir. I had never heard of her. I then realized that we almost exclusively learned about French men in literature, art, and music and that most of Western canon is based on the male perspective. Once I started to ask why that was, that’s when I learned about the systemic oppression of the female sex and consequently, feminism.
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17. “As a high schooler I just thought double standards were a normal thing.”

I became a feminist after reading the book He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know by Jessica Valenti. As a high schooler I just thought double standards were a normal thing we all had to deal with, but after reading this book I became fired up and wanted to make changes about all the unjust standards women have to face.
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Will Varner / BuzzFeed

18. “I was at a party and a close friend of mine was sexually assaulted.”

My feminist awakening was caused due to sexual harassment of my friends in which the harasser never was punished. I was at a party and a close friend of mine was sexually assaulted. It happened right in front of many people, including a few of my other close friends. I screamed and yelled and confronted the guy, and all that happened was that I was called a bitch.
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19. “Twitter has opened my eyes to feminism.”

When I read the #YesAllWomen tweets. Twitter has opened my eyes to feminism. Just this past weekend there was a big fight on Twitter between many kids at my high school talking about sexual abuse. The boys were saying the most awful things, and it really opened my eyes.
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20. “It was the comments that sparked my feminist awakening.”

When I was a senior in college, I started following a handful of celebrity gossip blogs. The blog posts themselves were often implicitly sexist but I might not have even realized that if not for the comment sections. It was the comments that sparked my feminist awakening. A lot of women who don’t consider themselves feminists like to say that they don’t see the need for feminism because they’ve never experienced sexual inequality. Presumably, they don’t think sexism really exists — at least not to an extent that should bother anyone. I would consider any such woman to go read the comments section on a gossip site and get back to me on whether sexism exists and should bother them.
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21. “Being in eating disorder recovery from anorexia.”

Being in eating disorder recovery from anorexia made me a feminist. I’ve met amazing, beautiful, and strong women. As I’ve become more confident in myself and comfortable in my own skin, I’ve realized that I can be strong, too. Some of the bravest and most intelligent people I know are women and I think all women deserve to feel equal to our male counterparts.
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22. “My feminist awakening has been about changing myself.”

The most enlightening moment was when I figured out “internalized misogyny.” I must’ve spent my entire high school career calling other women sluts or judging them for wearing “too much” makeup; you could’ve tattooed “I’m not like other girls, I’m one of the boys” on my forehead, just to save me the trouble of introducing myself that way to everyone I met. Everything I did had to be justified if it was feminine, and was some kind of triumph if it was masculine. Then I got older and I got into college and I took all these literary theory classes where we discussed gender performativity and queerness and feminist writing. I learned about rape culture and slut-shaming and realized I’d been doing it for basically my whole life. And I didn’t want to anymore. More than changing other people, my feminist awakening has been about changing myself.
–Jasmine Felicia Lane (Facebook)

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The Video For “Uptown Funk” Without The Music Is Still Super Funky

The clip was made by the same people who removed the music from the Friends opening credits.

1. Dutch ad agency House of Halo has created yet another intriguing video by removing the music from Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” video.

As it says in the video’s description on YouTube, it does weirdly still sound funky.

The clip was uploaded on Wednesday and is already closing in on half a million views.

2. House of Halo has created a number of these videos in the past, including this version of Pharrell’s “Happy” that went viral.

It has so far been watched over 2.7 million times.

3. And last month the agency removed the theme tune from the Friends opening credits.

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The results were quite startling and showed off the cast’s apparent lack of dancing skills.

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