Lauren Bechtel

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The 25 conservatives actually worth following on Twitter

Yes, they exist<p>Liberals in shock over the the 2016 election were prescribed a heavy dose of reality. "Get out of your bubble," the doctors note illegibly read.<p>It was a hard truth for the American left. They found out the U.S. was not as progressive as originally thought. Their steady diet of MSNBC …

The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires

<b>S</b>hawna Lynn Jones climbed from the back of a red truck with ‘‘L.A. County Fire’’ printed on its side. Ten more women piled out after her, at a spot on the border of Agoura Hills and Malibu, in Southern California. They could see flames in the vicinity of Mulholland Highway, from a fire that had …

California

Get On the Plant Trend With 11 Easy DIY Hanging Planters

The plant parents of the world are all about taking good care of their green children, from "Watering Wednesdays" to giving each houseplant their own …

11 Awesome DIY Ideas Spotted While Traveling

We just arrived in London this morning and I’m excited to explore some new shops and visit old favorites that I discovered last time we were here. I …

Memorize the F-Stop Scale, Easily

In video and photography, knowing the stops on the f-stop scale turns those numbers on your lens into useful information.<p>This is an excerpt from "Hey …

Independent Film

21 books everyone should read in their 20s

There is always something to learn from books, whether it's a compilation of poetry, a memoir, or a piece of classic literature. The best reads broaden your horizons, give you a new perspective, or offer valuable advice to you as a reader, which is especially great for people who have their whole …

This hilarious parody nails the double standards women face when reporting sexual assault

The nasty cultural attitude of victim-blaming in cases of sexual assault is still pervasive in our society.<p>Just a few days ago, Judge Lindsey Kushner …

Satire

Recommended Travel Books For Every Reader

New year, new books, new travelsBooks are one of my favorite ways to travel, without physically going anywhere.It’s even better if the books are …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding Shutter Speed

What is Shutter Speed?<p>Compared to ISO and aperture, shutter speed is a relatively straightforward concept to understand. It's the period of time that …

11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden

Turn these pages.<p>In a written statement, Boyden, who has at various points claimed Metis, Anishinaabe, Nipmuc and Mi'kmaq heritage, admits he has stolen the spotlight on Indigenous issues as he is "a white kid from Willowdale with native roots."<p>What does authenticity mean when it comes to fiction? …

12 Books Every Woman Should Read Right Now

Recommended reading for 2016<p>This year (let's face it, every year) was a complicated one to be a woman in America. There were undeniably exhilarating highs as we collectively watched the acheivements of women athletes at the summer Olympics; the glorious heights attained by young women like Simone …

The Internet has transformed the way we confront sexual harassment

As a young astronomer, Joan Schmelz worked alongside men and the pinups they tacked to the lab walls.<p>She didn’t have a precise vocabulary for the …

Feminism

I’ve spent 30 years counseling priests who fall in love. Here’s what I learned. - Vox

For Catholic priests, love plays a major professional role. They talk endlessly about the love of God, love for God, God's love of man, love of neighbor, even love of self, albeit this last one at times disparagingly. The one that lights them up the most, however, is their love of the priesthood, …

Home abortion google searches spike when legal abortion restrictions increase.

It would be nearly impossible to calculate how many U.S. women have given themselves home abortions. Even legal, clinic-based abortions are shrouded …

17 book recommendations from 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson and Hermione Granger, the "Harry Potter" character she played for a decade, have at least one thing in common: They <i>love</i> to read.<p>After starring in the billion-dollar franchise — which she did from 11 to 21 — Watson attended Brown University and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's …

What female authors taught me about the way we marginalize women

Last summer, I was sitting on a park bench reading <i>Little Women</i> — as you do on a warm day in July — when a man stopped by my side to offer a word of …

Feminism

Cleansing American Culture of Ties to Slavery Will Be Harder Than You Think

Reflecting on recent calls for stripping the name of Robert E. Lee, a slave owner who went to war in slavery’s defense, from Washington & Lee …

One of America's most notorious jails is literally sinking into the ground

Neither the people incarcerated there, nor the correction officers working there, can escape it. "The smell alone would torture you," says Candie Hailey-Means, who was incarcerated at Rikers until May 2015. "It smells like sewer, mixed with fertilizer, mixed with death."<p>Hailey-Means was sent to …

Dear Tracy Anderson: STOP

I’m not in the business of making threats, but there are exceptions to every rule. So when a person with significant “power” in the health and …

40 Instagram accounts you should be following

Brian Gossett shares 40 of his favorite Instagram accounts — and explains why Instagram matters more than ever for artists and designers.

Women Read Super Sexist Casting Calls

The entertainment industry isn’t known for displaying the great diversity among human beings, particularly when it comes to roles for women. They …

The Best Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare With Google Flights

Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You’re probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights …

The world’s hottest year on record has prompted much media coverage. But there haven’t been enough charts and graphs<p>Much has been written about climate change in recent months, what with that record-breaking hot year we just had and the qualified success of the Paris climate talks.<p>But if there’s …

Climate Change

8 podcasts every social justice advocate should subscribe to

It's the golden age of podcasts, with almost no topic left untouched for you to listen to on your commute or during your workout. But with so many …

Feminism

Key points of the landmark Paris agreement

U.N. climate talks reached a milestone Saturday when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord asking all countries to join the fight against global warming.<p>Here are some of the key elements of the deal:<p><b>LONG-TERM GOAL</b>: The long-term objective of the agreement is to make sure global warming …

Climate

Porn on demand, dating apps and nonstop Internet commerce: Technology is ruining our sex lives

Now that we watch porn on phones and swipe right for love, it’s no wonder men act like entitled customers in bed<p>A friend of mine is a cabinet maker here in New York City. A few weeks ago, he was installing cabinets in a luxury office building. He went to inspect something in one of his closets. A …

Say No More! 19 Hilarious Times The Barber Knew Exactly What You Wanted

<b>It can be really difficult to describe what you want a barber to do with your hair. Short back and sides just isn’t cool any more, and if you really</b> …

This couple spent their honeymoon on a luxury safari in Tanzania — here's what it was like

They wanted a trip that was active and exciting but also luxurious.<p>They spent six days in the Singita Grumeti Reserve in northern Tanzania — which Conde Nast Traveler named the best hotel in the world — and six days in Zanzibar.<p>Morgan said the best parts about the trip was the privacy the couple …