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The 'P***y Bow' Is The Feminist Answer To Business Casual

It's feminist action disguised as a fashion accessory.<p>Earlier this month, Pantone announced its highly awaited choice for the official color of 2016. In an unusual turn of events, it actually announced two: Rose Quartz and Serenity, as Pantone calls them. (Also known to color plebes as pink and …

The mental illness myth: People like me aren’t the cause of America’s mass shooting epidemic

I am a 35-year-old white female. I am a single mother in New York City. And I am living with panic disorder and depression—both, according to the <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders</i>—are considered mental illnesses. So, to clarify, I am a person living with mental illness in the US, …

Genetically Engineered Fish and the Strangeness of American Salmon

Sometime in the next few years, an entirely new fish will appear on American plates. After several decades of biotech research and a final upstream push past the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month, the AquaBounty AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically engineered species of fish, will go into …

Binge Watching as a Young Adult Linked to Cognitive Impairment: Study

Sitting around watching TV and not doing any physical activity as a young adult may be linked to lower brain functioning even earlier than scientists …

Sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV

<i>Journal of the International AIDS Society</i> (JIAS) Special Issue<p>10 December - Human Rights Day<p>Women living with HIV can achieve safe and satisfying …

Don’t Let Secondhand Stress Affect Your Mood

Our brains are hardwired to pick up on and spread others’ emotions. Whether it’s an angry taxi driver or a harried boss, just seeing someone look stressed can make us feel anxious too. This is a real problem in open office plans, where you can see everyone’s nonverbals, so it’s important to find …

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Siblings

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on enlightened egalitarian principles, according to scientists.<p>A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal …

Anthropology

National Geographic Travel

Researcher Claims Small Doses Of LSD Can Alleviate Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety and depression are serious mental health problems, both of which are severely disruptive at the best of times and incredibly dangerous to the …

Psychedelic Drugs

Why do we get fat? The reason we put on weight

As the obesity epidemic grows, it is important to understand just what causes us to gain weight.<p>Since 1980, worldwide obesity has more than doubled, …

Diabetes

Silicon Valley tech workers are taking LSD to increase their productivity

But for a growing number of Silicon Valley professionals looking to add that extra productivity edge, the drug of choice is LSD, Rolling Stone reports.<p>The practice is called "microdosing."<p>Users take LSD at roughly a tenth of the normal amount to avoid the drug's mind-bending hallucinogenic effects …

China barred a human rights activist from a global beauty contest—putting her squarely in the spotlight

Yesterday (Nov. 26), Anastasia Lin, the winner of Miss World Canada, was barred from boarding her flight from Hong Kong to Hainan, a tropical Chinese island and the host of this year’s Miss World contest. The decision to block her was likely based on Lin’s history of drawing attention to China’s …

Shopping Won't Make You Happy

One hundred thirty-five million Americans are expected to hit stores during the long Black Friday weekend. Despite what we've been made to believe, happiness will not be available for purchase.<p>Today is Black Friday, our national holiday built solely to motivate shopping. One hundred thirty-five …

Homicides of transgender women in US reach alarming high

For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning.<p>While Caitlyn Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair and Laverne Cox prospered as a popular actress, other transgender women have become homicide …

The Sexualization of Women and Girls

If you read the blog I posted yesterday about <i>Sports Illustrated</i> swimsuit editions, and you're not particularly psychologically minded, you may be …

What's different about the latest wave of college activism

If the University of Missouri was the spark, then the fire didn't take long to spread.<p>Since the resignation of its president and chancellor Nov. 9, protesters have organized at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Social media sites have lighted up with voices of dissent, and what …

Higher Education

What if It Was You in That Picture Everyone's Laughing At?

Two years ago, my article, "To Me, Mean Pictures Aren't Funny" ran on The Huffington Post, was picked up by several other media outlets, and altogether had over a million views. Then, The Huffington Post promoted it on their Facebook page, and I got the shock of my life.<p>Out of nearly 900 comments, …

Major Stress Helps You Weather Smaller Stress

In the new study, published in the <i>Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences,</i> researchers from North Carolina State University studied 45 adults …

How to Handle the Digital Stress and Distractions: 10 Small Habits

<i>“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask</i> …

Has an HIV Diagnosis Reformed Charlie Sheen?

This morning Charlie Sheen appeared on the <i>Today</i> show in an interview with Matt Lauer to set the record straight about his HIV status. “I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,” he told Lauer, acknowledging that he’s known for four years. “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this …

#FirstHarassment Proves That Sexism Is Without Borders

Read on HuffPost Brasil<p>I woke up one October morning to find that a few men had used their social networking accounts to post sexual comments about a 12-year-old girl.<p>She is one of the participants in the Brazilian version of the cooking reality show MasterChef Junior; the show's cast is made up …

Look How Easy It Is To Consume A Day's Worth Of Sugar

This is scary.<p>When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new guidelines for sugar intake last week, the suggestion seemed pretty reasonable: Americans should only get about 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar. That adds up to about 50 grams, or 12.5 teaspoons of daily sugar …

Seriously, Why Are Women Expected to Smile All the Time?

I am not a 24/7 ray of sunshine. So why do people want me to pretend that I am?<p>I was on a run recently when a man biking past yelled, “Smile, honey!” Startled, I reflexively forced a smile...but it didn't stay on my face for long. It certainly wasn’t the first time in my life I’d been told to smile …

Feminism

Homemade Meals Lower Risk of Diabetes, Study Says

Nearly 30 million Americans, or 9% of the population, have diabetes. The vast majority of these cases involve Type 2, which develops when the body …

12 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Don't Do

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Self-help

How a Better Diet Could Save Your Life

Two new studies underline the knowledge that maintaining a good diet is crucial to overall health and stopping deaths that are usually considered …

Essena O'Neil's Friends Claim She's a Fraud

They say her decision to quit social media is a hoax.<p><b>Update, 11/4:</b> Two of Essena O'Neill friends, Nina and Randa Nelson, have taken to their own Youtube page to debunk the claims she made in her videos. Watch below and decide for yourself.<p><b>Original Post, 11/2:</b> From fashion bloggers to fitness …

Social Media

In 1959, a white journalist traveled the Deep South posing as a black man. The conditions horrified him.

In 1959, Texas journalist John Howard Griffin darkened his skin and lived for six weeks as a black man in the segregated South. In this week's …