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One-Woman ‘Yeast Infection’ Protest Scares Away Anti-Planned Parenthood Demonstrators

Mary Numair’s impromptu rally defused an anti-abortion march.

Image via Twitter user Mary Numair (@MaryNumain)

The Planned Parenthood organ harvesting conspiracy parroted by the likes of Carly Fiorina—who claimed the organization was selling the “brains and other body parts” of aborted fetuses—has fueled anti-Planned Parenthood anger from the more riotous wings of the nation’s conservative constituency. The organization has faced threats of defunding by Congress and some hateful protests at their clinic locations. When one Portland, Oregon, woman saw such a protest gathering at her local Planned Parenthood branch, she clocked out of work and made her own protest sign. “Dear PP,” Mary Numair scrawled on a cardboard box, “Thanks for helping me with my yeast infections!”

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Ballers star and charismatic charm machine Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up on the OWN Network’s Oprah’s Master Class about his struggle with depression, and how his personal experience with the condition helped him find his career path. Johnson struggled with the disorder after being cut from his football team and while living in his parents’ basement in what he describes as a “real low point” in his life.

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What’s Up With All The Consumerism In ‘Queer Eye’?

Their self-improvement journeys are aided by a good haircut and a loaded credit card.

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Meet the All-Women Bike Crew Running Gentrifiers Out Of Town

The group is the subject of a new documentary.

Almost six years ago, Xela de la X, a local Los Angeles community activist and musician, organized the first Luna Ride, a nighttime bicycling event that takes place beneath the full moon. This event marked the founding of the Ovarian Psycos, a collective of brown and black women who are reclaiming the night, the streets, and cycling, as their own in a city that is famously hostile to both cyclists and women of color. The Ovarian Psycos are no novelty, however—they’re representative of a new shift in the world of cycling, which has a reputation for being excessively white and male-dominated.

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The circle of Americans unlucky enough to have seen their tweets directly addressed by the office of the president of the United States is smaller than it may seem, but Jemele Hill is now part of it. The ESPN co-host of “SportsCenter” was nearly taken off the air — then nonchalantly reinstated — after she posted a series of statements to Twitter earlier this week referring to Donald Trump as a “white supremacist” who “surrounded” himself with other white supremacists.

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Why This Book About A Proud Muslim Family Is A Must-Read For The 2017 School Year

“Dear little one, know you are wondrous, a child of crescent moons, a builder of mosques, a descendant of brilliance.”

Last year, when book publisher Simon & Schuster announced the launch of Salaam Reads — a children’s book imprint that would put out Muslim-focused picture and chapter books — Mexican-American writer and poet Mark Gonzales’s “Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter To His Daughter” was among its first acquisitions.

The 32-page picture book by Gonzales would address his own real-life daughter, Sirat — depicted beautifully by the illustrator Mehrdokht Amini — whose existence bears many qualifiers: Muslim, Latino, Tunisian, and American. At the time of the announcement, then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had been making headlines for leading an increasingly successful campaign on a platform that was clearly engineered to exploit and stoke anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican sentiments. Salaam Reads suddenly felt particularly symbolic, and Gonzales’s contribution to its catalog felt especially significant. Gonzales started fielding questions from friends and journalists — was this book a response to the Trump era?

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