Lara Rutherford-Morrison was born in Texas and now lives and writes in Montreal. She’s into Victorian lit, weird history, and trashy books. She has a dog who is secretly a very small bear (but don’t tell anyone).

Lara’s Latest Articles

Women Tweeted Their Experiences With Mansplaining

On Tuesday, Tracy Clayton, a BuzzFeed writer and co-host of the podcast Another Round, asked her Twitter followers, “[W]omen, what's the most infuriating thing you've had mansplained to you?” A bevy of women shared their mansplaining experiences on Twitter, and their stories will sound hilariously, horribly familiar to any woman who’s had something mansplained to her before. (So, you know, that’s basically all of us.) To be clear, mansplaining is not simply an instance of a man explaining someth…

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

Men Have A Lot Of Thoughts On Birth Control

A recent survey by nonpartisan polling group PerryUndem about American attitudes toward contraception found that the majority of men believe they don’t benefit from affordable birth control for women. At a moment when the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate is under threat, it’s disturbing to realize that more than half of men don’t see how women having access to safe, affordable birth control makes their lives better. Have they simply forgotten that conception involves both female and m…

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

You Can Text Your Friends A Cup Of Coffee

Is there truly any greater gift than caffeine? Starting in April, you can bring your friends joy by texting Starbucks gift cards to them via iMessage. Your best friend had a terrible day at work? Send her a latte! Your coworker covered for you when you took a nap in your office? Text him a cappuccino! Your sister got lost her wallet? Send that lady a double shot! You’ll be like everyone’s favorite fairy godmother, only instead of giving people uncomfortable shoes, you’ll be giving them complicat…

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

9 Signs You Have A Toxic Boss

If the thought of your boss makes you bury your head in the sand and break out in hives, it’s probably a sign that your boss is toxic. Those may be extreme reactions, but having a bully for a manager can have a serious, negative impact on your work life, your personal life, and your mental health. If your relationship with your boss is so poisonous that you’re considering leaving your job, you’re not alone: A 2015 Gallup study found that half of more than 7,000 adults surveyed had quit a job in …

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

Theresa May Safe Following UK Parliament Attack

The UK Prime Minister’s office has confirmed that Theresa May is safe following the attack outside Parliament, according to Bloomberg. At around 2:40 PM GMT, Metropolitan Police officers gathered at Westminster Bridge, next to London’s parliament building, in response to reports of an incident involving a firearm. At around the same time, journalist Christopher Hope of The Daily Telegraph reported hearing shots fired outside of Parliament. The Telegraph reports that an attacker ran his car into …

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

Why The Giant Chicken Is So Big

If you are a human with an internet connection — and you must be to be reading this article — you are no doubt already aware of The Gigantic Chicken of DOOM. There are so many questions to ask: Is the chicken real? Why is the giant chicken so big? How can I keep this unbelievably massive bird from haunting my dreams forever? I can’t help you with that last one (you’ll just have to reconcile yourself to poultry induced nightmares for all eternity), but here’s the scoop on the first two: Yes, the …

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

Men Put Trump Gear On The Fearless Girl Statue

In the last few weeks, the “Fearless Girl” statue in New York’s Financial District has quickly become a popular feminist symbol, but not everyone’s a fan. On Monday, Gothamist published photos provided by a “tipster” of two men covering the “Fearless Girl” statue in Trump gear and symbols of white nationalism. Given our current political climate (and, you know, centuries of culturally sanctioned misogyny), it’s not surprising that a symbol of female power and defiance would be the target of vand…

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

11 Things You Need To Know About Online Shopping

In 2016, a yearly survey by comScore and UPS found that, for the first time, people were doing more of their shopping online than in person. And it’s no surprise: Shopping online is fast, economical, and incredibly convenient. However, there are a few things you should know about online shopping before you set yourself loose on the internet marketplace. A savvy online shopper can save time and money, but it’s important to be aware of the risks of shopping from your computer or smartphone. If yo…

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How Much Having A Dog Actually Costs

I get it: When you’re confronted with a cuddly, happy dog, it’s normal to find yourself entering a dreamy, canine-induced haze, where all that matters are dog kisses, fetch, and figuring out how you can smuggle that dog home. It’s easy to forget how much having a dog actually costs — but in the cold light of day, that number is significant. You get paid back in slobber and snuggles and unconditional love — a fair exchange, in my book — but it’s nevertheless essential that you go into dog ownersh…

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

A Waiter Asked A Woman For "Proof Of Residency"

When Diana Carrillo visited Saint Marc, a pub-café in Huntington Beach, California, on March 11, she and her companions were shocked to find that their server had an unexpected prerequisite. In a viral Facebook post, Carrillo alleged that a waiter asked for “proof of residency” before serving her or the other women in her party, all of whom happen to be Latina. In fact, according to Carrillo, he said, “I need to make sure you're from here before I serve you.” If your reaction is something along …

By Lara Rutherford-Morrison