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The #Pluskini Hashtag Brought Body Confidence to Twitter Today

“Stretch marks are fucking gold stars!” #Pluskini

Body positivity went viral today. Cherrell Brown, a Brooklyn-based community organizer and leader in the post-Ferguson activist scene, put a call out to her 36k+ Twitter followers today for photos of plus size women in bikinis. Motivated by the news of Sports Illustrated’s first ever plus-size model, Brown, who goes by @Awkward_Duck in the Twittersphere, mused “That mode[l] is beautiful, and I guess that's plus sized in the modeling industry. Can we get more, though?” She then asked the internet to help her show the world what “actual” #pluskini photos look like.

Her followers responded with pride, vulnerability, support, relief, joy and sisterhood. @Sailortweek commented “All of the stunning photos coming out of #Pluskini makes me not so ashamed of my body shape. You ladies are INSPIRING.” Pretty soon the hashtag was trending in the US and Twitter users were changing their avatars to photos of their tummies, arms or other body parts they’ve been taught to be ashamed of.

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Twitter Commemorates Roe v. Wade With #7in10forRoe

On the 42nd anniversary of the decision making abortion legal in the U.S., a social media push shows support for reproductive rights.

On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, House Republicans pushed legislation through that would permanently ban the use of taxpayer funding for abortions. While their initial plans to vote on a bill that would have effectively prohibited abortions after the 20 week mark were scrapped in light of women in the party arguing that the bill did nothing to consider victims of rape, this smaller measure is just as disheartening for pro-choice supporters everywhere. NARAL Pro-choice America took to Twitter to ask its followers why they stand with the 70 percent of Americans who support Roe v. Wade, using the hashtag #7in10forRoe. Here are some choice tweets:

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Thank an English Teacher: "Julius Caesar" Is Trending on Twitter

Without English teachers, we might not connect so deeply to the murder of a Roman dictator 2055 years ago.


Need a reason to thank your high school English teacher for all that hard work? Consider one of the trending topics on Twitter today: "Julius Caesar." The Roman statesman's name has been in the top ten today because it's the Ides of March, the fateful day Caesar was stabbed 23 times by a traitorous group of Roman senators in the year 44 B.C.. In the midst of all of the defunding of schools and bashing of teachers, it doesn't hurt to remember that without English teachers' willingness to introduce generation after generation of students to William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, few of us would remember the murder of a Roman dictator 2055 years ago.

To be fair, maybe you should thank your English teacher and William Shakespeare. Sure, there are probably a few history teachers out there who delve into Plutarch's comparably dry account of Caesar's interactions with the soothsayer. But how much more engaging is the story in English class with a text of Shakespeare's famous play? English teachers love staging classroom re-enactments of Act I, Scene II, where one student reads Caesar's part and the another reads the soothsayer's part, dramatically proclaiming, "Beware the Ides of March."

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