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And, just about now, somewhere in the manosphere, someone is furiously typing, “Stop whining, women over there are really suffering,” which actually means “Shut up and consider yourself lucky that we treat you as well as we do.” The idea that women’s rights are measured in terms of competition with other women is just about as sexist as something can get. It demonstrates an utter inability to imagine a world where women’s rights aren’t being traded and regulated by men.
—  Soraya Chemaly, ‘What Exactly Does ‘It’s A Man’s World’ Mean?’ (Role/Reboot)

Former Oasis band member Noel Gallagher told HuffPost Live on Friday that he “cannot wait” for One Direction’s upcoming album, which will apparently sound “a bit Oasis-y,” according to 1D’s Liam Payne.

In a conversation with host Alyona Minkovski about his second solo album, “Chasing Yesterday,” Gallagher addressed Payne’s claim. “Honestly, I cannot wait to listen to what their version of ‘Oasis-y’ means,” he said.

But, “What if it’s brilliant though?” Gallagher said. “What if it’s amazing?”

Regardless, Gallagher didn’t hesitate to admit that he “doesn’t mind One Direction. They’re harmless, aren’t they?”

Watch the full interview with Noel Gallagher.

When you don’t learn the history of your people and don’t read their literature, when all you read and learn is white and Western and male, and so very different from anything you’ve ever known and loved, you inevitably begin to believe that you are less than. You learn that in order to succeed, you have to assimilate to a culture that is not your own and does not welcome you, no matter what you do.
—  Vanessa Mártir, “Writers of Color Need Something More,” published in the Huffington Post
I do not want to have children, and that’s okay. As it turns out, not wanting kids will absolutely not make me “less” of a woman. I am not defective. I am not wrong. I know my own mind. I have intrinsic value as a singular, autonomous person, and that value is not contingent upon me using my body to produce another person. Wanting to be child-free does not make me any better or worse of a human being than any other person who does choose to have children. It’s just a choice I’ve made about my own life. It’s no less valid a choice than the choice to become a mother. And that, to me, gets at the real heart of feminism: being granted the freedom to make choices for myself without judgment.
—  Jessica Burnell, from “I Don’t Want Children — Ever” via Huffington Post
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Happy 10th Anniversary To HuffPost, From All Your Famous Friends

“Welcome to The Huffington Post, which, as our motto says, has been delivering news and opinion since, well, a few hours ago,” wrote Arianna Huffington in 2005. Ten years later, having expanded to more than a dozen countries, including Canada, Greece, France, Italy, the U.K., Japan, India and Brazil, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come.

“The power of what art can do, what a timeless painting can do… what another person looking for something inside of themselves expressed outwardly for others to share… what that can do is change a mood, change a mental state, change an afternoon, a week, a life.”
Dominic Quagliozzi about Elmer Bischoff’s Orange Sweater (1955) 123,2 x 144,8 cm

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg: You’re passionate about politics and your pen packs a punch.”

Huffington Post: Hollywood and Asperger’s

“Adam (2009)
Arguably the most realistic and sympathetic portrayal of Asperger’s put on film to date, Adam (Hugh Dancy) is a shy and isolated young man living with Asperger’s Syndrome in New York City. When he develops a friendship with his pretty neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne), a kind-hearted kindergarten teacher. Adam’s struggle to have a conventional human relationship is explored with poignancy and sensitivity, and Dancy’s portrait of Asperger’s is spot-on, choosing to recite facts about various subjects on which he’s an expert, particularly space exploration, as opposed to connecting emotionally in the conventional sense. Although it contains a great deal of humor from its many awkward situations, Adam is a well-rounded portrait of a complex and all-too-human character.”