JR Thorpe
JR Thorpe lives in Britain, collects vintage ball gowns and poetry books, and has had blue hair for ten years.

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Female Environmentalists From History We Should All Know More About

This Saturday will herald Earth Hour, the yearly act of environmentalism in which people attempt to use as little energy as possible (lights across cities will, for instance, go out). It's more of a signal of environmental commitment than a mark of genuine policy change, but it's still hugely influential; and it's a great time to consider the huge legacy of often-unsung heroes that created America's strong environmentalist movement, many of them women. Often the people who are credited with the …

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The Worst Spies In History, Uncovered

In an atmosphere in which people are uttering the words "espionage" and "White House" in the same sentence, and the FBI is genuinely investigating a sitting president for colluding with the Russians (I feel that we need to repeat that as often as possible, so nobody forgets just how batsh*t this situation is), any diversion is probably welcome. The one I'm offering, though, is a little different: putting the slightly disastrous allegations that seem to be running riot into historical perspective…

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The Original 'Beauty & The Beast' Was Very Different

In all the discussion about the new Beauty and the Beast film (Is the CGI amazing or weird? How did Dan Steven turn into the Beast? How long would it take you to adjust to the idea of sharing your home with sentient kitchenware? ), the slightly puzzling history of the original tale itself can be obscured. The first version of the tale as we know it was actually a novel-length melodrama, written by the French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in the 1700s — a version that came complet…

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New Depression Treatments You Should Know About

If there's one thing you learn from spending any time learning about the latest depression science, it's that things are constantly on the move, and new treatments are always being tested, funded, suggested, or thrown about as possible lifesavers. The amount of these cures that will actually make it to drug production and on to wide use in the population is often slim; but three recent developments in the treatment of depression stand out for just how groundbreaking, and how potentially widely a…

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Don't Feel Guilty About Waiting To Have Kids

If you're planning on having children, but are waiting until later in life to get started, you've probably already been deluged with cautionary tales about the alleged hazards of putting off childbearing: stories of older women who had difficulty conceiving, were subject to greater health risk throughout their pregnancy, or ended up not being able to conceive at all. So here's some welcome news for any woman who just doesn't want to think "baby" till her mid-30s or later: New research out of Den…

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Adopt A Shelter Pup On National Puppy Day

On a technical level, National Puppy Day is a simple celebration of all kinds of puppies, from lazy fluffballs to miniature dynamos. There is, however, something more serious behind the whole day, and that's to raise awareness about the ways in which people buy puppies, and the potential harm they could be doing by supporting puppy mills or harmful breeders. No, this doesn't mean you have to stop dedicating the day to perusing puppy GIFs — GIF away! But it's good to take a moment to learn about …

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Why Do We Spend Beyond Our Means?

Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with their friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. That is why Bustle is launching Grown-A$$ Finances, a series that gets real about what millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your money …

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Is Being A Shopaholic A Real Disorder?

Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with their friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. That is why Bustle is launching Grown-A$$ Finances, a series that gets real about what millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your money …

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Why Is The Myth That Women Are Bad With Money So Common?

Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. That’s why Bustle launched Grown-A$$ Finances, a series that gets real about what millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your money should feel…

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Why Sex Every Day Isn't Necessary, According To Science

One of the chief panics within relationships, particularly as they advance and involve more domestic worries and distractions (like kids), is how much sex is "enough." Enough to sustain interest, to keep things flowing, to maintain satisfaction, and to aid personal connection. The good news is that new science has determined that daily sex may not be necessary to keeping partners bonded. Why? Because it appears that the afterglow of good sexual contact lasts and lasts. For up to 48 hours, it se…

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