This is sad.

See the before and after photo below? On the left is Julie Chen, and on the right, a very different looking Julie Chen. Why the massive change in physical appearance? Well, in order to achieve success in her field, the then 25 year old Chen was told she would need to drastically alter her appearance to move forward in her career.And whether true or not, it’s not just the sever plastic surgery she underwent that is heartbreaking. The saddest part is what the change was meant to do. Chen didn’t undergo elective plastic surgery because her nose was too big or chin too long; no. Chen underwent plastic surgery because she was not white enough. She effectively went under the knife to remove her heritage, and sadly, she did gain success after.

There is so much wrong with not only this story, but with the social coercion behind plastic surgery and the impossibly restrictive and disenfranchising Western ideals of beauty; it’s all too much to handle sometimes. 

As a 25-year-old working at Dayton, Ohio’s WDTN-TV in 1995, Julie Chen wanted to anchor the news on air. BUT FIRST, she had to look less Chinese and more white, according to both her boss and her agent. And so, as she revealed on yesterday’s episode of The Talk, she got plastic surgery all over her face. See above.

"And after I had it done, the ball did roll for me," she said on the show. In 1999, Chen became an anchor for CBS Morning News, and then in 2000, she landed her current gig of hosting Big Brother. It’s also rumored that that’s when she started dating her future husband and current CBS CEO Les Moonves, whom she married in 2004. Chen didn’t specify whether her Westernized face got the ball rolling on that relationship, as well.

"If you look at the after [picture], the eyes are bigger, I look more alert…more expressive," said the woman known as Chenbot.

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Evolution: The Miss America Pageant

Then:

Now:

Oh how the times have changed!

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Amen

Amen

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Cline v. Oklahoma Center for Reproductive Rights - This is important.

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Cline v. Oklahoma is one of the first abortion-related cases to be accepted by the Supreme Court in years, yet it’s getting essentially no coverage at the moment. So let’s break it down. 

In mid-2011, Oklahoma passed a law that severely and arbitrarily restricted the use of medications, specifically RU-486, that induce first trimester abortions via a pill. By restricting, and in essence, obstructing women from obtaining this medication, Oklahoma will force women to undergo surgically invasive procedures which are either a) unnecessary, b) will force women to wait a longer period of time to actually get an abortion as well as create a potentially longer period of recovery, and c) force women to utilize a far more expensive and physically (and emotionally)-draining method in order to obtain an abortion.

On Oct 6, 2011, the Oklahoma Center for Reproductive Rights filed a legal challenge against the law under the precedent that Oklahoma’s new law, in essence, “forces a woman to undergo a surgical procedure even though a safe and effective, non-invasive, and widely used alternative is available.”

The law would not only puts the woman’s health at risk, but also undermines their ability to exercise the full range of their well-established constitutionally protected reproductive rights. And guess what? An Oklahoma trial judge agreed. The law was, at the time, thrown out due to being found to be “so completely at odds with the standards that governs the practice of medicine that it can serve no purpose than to prevent women from obtaining abortions and to punish and discriminate against those who do.” So there you have it. The law was overturned because really all it tried to do was restrict the usage of one of the safest, non-invasive and earliest methods of abortion, therefore forcing women to take unnecessary measures for really no reason. Well, no reason other than to punish them for seeking the abortion in the first place.

So that should be the end of this post, right? Oklahoma tried to put in place a law that restricted women’s access to the safest form of abortion, the law was challenged and overturned. It even reached the Oklahoma Supreme Court who REAFFIRMED the trial judge’s decision to throw out the law. So shouldn’t that be final? Isn’t that how the system works? Now we can all move on? Nope! The same lawyer behind the original Oklahoma law was not satisfied with, well, not winning, so he filed a brief with the Supreme Court. And in a twist, the case was accepted by SCOTUS, and could very well be a signal of things to come.

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That’s whassup

That’s whassup

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Sounds about right.
On a side note, I really miss The Office.

Sounds about right.

On a side note, I really miss The Office.

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Probably the most informative sex tape ever made. This might be some of her best work yet. Good job, Alyssa Milano. 

(Source: funnyordie.com)

annfriedman:

The 10 Minutes Away Pie - The Hairpin

The 30%, 14% and 11% pieces pretty much make up 100% of my pie. 

annfriedman:

The 10 Minutes Away Pie - The Hairpin

The 30%, 14% and 11% pieces pretty much make up 100% of my pie. 

NEWSFLASH: Sex education only works if you talk about safe sex.
Oklahoma is going to begin teaching comprehensive sex education in a few of their schools. This is so incredibly important and yet it’s baffling that more states don’t seem to grasp the importance of teaching teenagers how to protect themselves and each other. Abstinence-only anything DOESN’T WORK. Hopefully other states will follow.

The school district in Oklahoma’s second largest city has begun to implement a plan to teach comprehensive sex education in its schools. According to Tulsa’s Channel 9 News, the district plans to launch the program in four selected schools, then expand to include the entire district.
Classes will be taught to 7th, 9th and 11th graders at two high schools and two middle schools. Officials said the state’s status as fourth highest in teen pregnancy has spurred educators to abandon abstinence-only education.
“Forty-four percent of students who become pregnant or who are married at that age fail to graduate from high school, and that’s something that affects them for the rest of their life,” said Tulsa Public Schools spokesperson Steve Mayfield to Channel 9.
“I can’t remember it ever being a topic in TPS – even embedded in a biology class or something before,” he said. “I’ve read the entire curriculum, and the first priority is abstinence. The key to this that I really like is it shows you the HIV and disease rates. Kids don’t think in those terms, but they need to.”Mayfield told the Tulsa World that to his knowledge, sex education classes that include information about contraception and STD protection have never been taught in Oklahoma schools.
Oklahoma, like many Republican-led states, has no statewide sex ed requirements for students. And like many of those states, Oklahoma is not seeing the steady decline in teen birth rates that states with comprehensive sex ed are enjoying.
The Guttmacher Institute — a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide — released a study September 1 that showed that states without comprehensive sex ed for teens consistently have the highest numbers of teen births per year.
Kim Schutz, Director of Oklahoma’s Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, told Channel 9, “We really view the teen pregnancy prevention program as a drop out prevention program. This is really going to help students stay in school, finish school, go onto college, get good jobs, make Tulsa a better place to live.”
“I think, ignoring the issue is something we don’t have the luxury of doing any longer,” Schutz said.
Parents will be given the choice to have their child opt out of the classes, which are being offered to students by a coalition of outside agencies. Youth Services of Tulsa, the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the Tulsa City-County Health Department are all working together to craft and develop the curricula and practices needed to teach Oklahoma teens about reproductive health.

NEWSFLASH: Sex education only works if you talk about safe sex.

Oklahoma is going to begin teaching comprehensive sex education in a few of their schools. This is so incredibly important and yet it’s baffling that more states don’t seem to grasp the importance of teaching teenagers how to protect themselves and each other. Abstinence-only anything DOESN’T WORK. Hopefully other states will follow.

The school district in Oklahoma’s second largest city has begun to implement a plan to teach comprehensive sex education in its schools. According to Tulsa’s Channel 9 News, the district plans to launch the program in four selected schools, then expand to include the entire district.

Classes will be taught to 7th, 9th and 11th graders at two high schools and two middle schools. Officials said the state’s status as fourth highest in teen pregnancy has spurred educators to abandon abstinence-only education.

“Forty-four percent of students who become pregnant or who are married at that age fail to graduate from high school, and that’s something that affects them for the rest of their life,” said Tulsa Public Schools spokesperson Steve Mayfield to Channel 9.

“I can’t remember it ever being a topic in TPS – even embedded in a biology class or something before,” he said. “I’ve read the entire curriculum, and the first priority is abstinence. The key to this that I really like is it shows you the HIV and disease rates. Kids don’t think in those terms, but they need to.”Mayfield told the Tulsa World that to his knowledge, sex education classes that include information about contraception and STD protection have never been taught in Oklahoma schools.

Oklahoma, like many Republican-led states, has no statewide sex ed requirements for students. And like many of those states, Oklahoma is not seeing the steady decline in teen birth rates that states with comprehensive sex ed are enjoying.

The Guttmacher Institute — a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide — released a study September 1 that showed that states without comprehensive sex ed for teens consistently have the highest numbers of teen births per year.

Kim Schutz, Director of Oklahoma’s Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, told Channel 9, “We really view the teen pregnancy prevention program as a drop out prevention program. This is really going to help students stay in school, finish school, go onto college, get good jobs, make Tulsa a better place to live.”

“I think, ignoring the issue is something we don’t have the luxury of doing any longer,” Schutz said.

Parents will be given the choice to have their child opt out of the classes, which are being offered to students by a coalition of outside agencies. Youth Services of Tulsa, the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the Tulsa City-County Health Department are all working together to craft and develop the curricula and practices needed to teach Oklahoma teens about reproductive health.

(Source: rawstory.com)

I’m pretty sure if you trace the Cheney lineage they’d be direct descendants of Satan…

On the bright side, not only are they out to destroy America, they seem to be out to destroy each other. In fact, this may be the only time one could say the Cheney family does not discriminate, that is with their hate-filled views, ideals and actions. Go on, see for yourself. They don’t even like each other.

A family feud over a deeply personal issue is playing out in a very public way.

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This might be one of the most important documentaries ever made. 

After Tiller:

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country provide third-trimester abortions. With unprecedented access, AFTER TILLER goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.

Honestly, what’s happening right now is crazy. We have crazy people attacking the rights of half the population, and to not lend my voice or at the very least, create an outlet for my own aggression and dismay, just felt wrong. We can’t let the crazies win, because if they win, we lose.