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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How HIV Treatment Changed The World

Today is the 22nd annual National HIV Testing Day, an event that encourages Americans to learn their HIV status. Thanks to great breakthroughs in treatment, people who find that they are HIV positive ...
By JR Thorpe

7 Ways LGBT Rights Are Being Threatened Right Now

June is Pride Month — and while it's certainly a time to celebrate and reflect on the progress made in LGBTQ rights and visibility over the last several decades, it's also a time to raise awareness ab...
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The Long-Term Effects Of Slut-Shaming

What exactly is "slut-shaming"? Though one 2011 study found that almost half of all US women have been slut-shamed, it can be difficult to define, especially since it is often mixed with other kinds o...
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When Art Clashes With The Government, What Happens?

By now, everybody and his dog has heard the tale of the New York dramatic production of Julius Caesar that has drawn opprobrium, the ire of sponsors, and pro-Trump protesters who interrupted the play ...
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The Secret Feminist History Of The Titanic

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the legendary "unsinkable" liner that would, of course, run into an iceberg on its maiden voyage, sink rapidly, and become a metaph...
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Bizarrely Famous Cats From History

We are truly living in one of the great ages of the famous pet. I am speaking not just about myself (I am in possession of a profoundly stupid cat who has gained a small degree of social media fame fo...
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One Year After The Pulse Massacre, We Must Keep Mourning

One of the most famous epitaphs in American history, written in 1778, is etched on the grave of a young sailor frozen to death by a violent winter storm in Plymouth Harbor. "And now Lord God Almighty,...
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Interracial Marriage Became Legal In The US 50 Years Ago Today

Today is Loving Day, a holiday that celebrates the anniversary of Loving v Virginia, the Supreme Court case which declared interracial marriage legal across the US. It's shocking to remember that the ...
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Here's How Sexism Can Affect Your Mental Health

You will probably not be shocked to hear that being a woman in the world can be hard on your your mental health. The ways in which sexism can inflect our lives — from overt repression to microaggressi...
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The Long-Term Effects Overprotective Parents Have On Us

If you're a millennial, one of the most common complaints you've heard made by older generations — along with allegations about our supposed narcissism and propensity to buy food instead of property (...
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Before 'Wonder Woman,' These Were Pop Culture's Amazons

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're likely well aware that this weekend, Wonder Woman — a film about an Amazonian superhero — busted box office records. But while the movie is new, Wonder ...
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The Real Female Warriors Behind 'Wonder Woman'

If you spent this weekend watching Wonder Woman, you're not alone; the film earned over $200 million worldwide, giving it the biggest-ever opening weekend for a movie directed by a woman. Clearly, peo...
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Dog Instagrams Are Not The First Pet Portraits

Between the hit animal-portrait blog The Dogist, the endless dog and cat pics filling your Instagram feed, and the glorious (and, alas, now-over) days of animals acting silly on Vine, you'd think that...
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Bizarre Beliefs About Working Women From History

Despite the fact that women now account for nearly half of all employed people in the U.S., working women still don't get the respect they deserve— check out U.S. parental leave policy, the comments i...
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Your Sex Life Will Still Be Awesome When You're Old

The stereotype of aging women as fragile, completely non-sexual beings whose only recreational interest is sitting around and around arguing with their grandchildren is not just a cruel, sexist trope;...
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How To Help A Friend Who's Been Diagnosed With Depression

If a friend tells you they've just been diagnosed with depression, you may be unsure about what to say, or how you should say it. How can you best communicate your love, support, and understanding? We...
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How To Tell If Your Depression Is Really Bipolar II

Many mental health disorders are widely misunderstood, with incorrect or unclear symptoms attributed to them in the public imagination — and bipolar disorders are no exception. Bipolar disorders are n...
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What Causes Depression?

There are many different varieties of depression-related research going on concurrently in the scientific world, which reflects just how complicated the disorder is. It's not like a broken leg, where ...
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5 Weird Jobs For Women That No Longer Exist

It's college graduation season, and you may well be wondering about what to do with your life now that you've earned your degree. (Gong back into academia to avoid the "real world" is not a solution. ...
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Celebrate National Wine Day By Learning About Wine Tech

Winemaking is one of the world's oldest industries; both the ancient Egyptians and Romans loved a bit of wine (which we know because wine jars have been uncovered in the tombs of prominent pharaohs) a...
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5 Things To Teach Daughters About Feminism

Having a daughter? Thinking of having kids one day and hoping for a girl? It can be a terrifying thing to think of bringing a girl into this world. Even though there have been huge steps forward for g...
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Why The Myth Of The "Difficult Woman" Is Total BS

The British equivalent of the "nasty woman" moment heard around the world was a bit quieter, and definitely not meant to be heard: a male politician was caught on a microphone calling the Prime Minist...
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9 Types Of Toxic In-Laws

Not everybody in the world gets along with their in-laws. This is the basis of one of the oldest bits of humor in the world; but it can be a lot less funny if their behavior stops being simply annoyin...
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How To Respond To Men Who Deny Rape Culture

The phrase "rape culture," much like other phrases like "equal rights" or "no, stop catcalling me," can make some people very angry indeed. Yes, people rape, they argue, but is the idea of "rape cultu...
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How To Break Up With A Friend Like A Mature Adult

The emphasis on female friendship as the bedrock of adult life for women is not a new thing. A guide to the duties of noblewomen in 1600s Britain read that they needed to be concerned with "the care o...
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15 Podcasts To Get You Through The Holidays

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and for many, it'll involve long commutes to hometowns, interminable shopping journeys to find the last possible can of cranberries, and other experiences that ar...
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How To Handle Fighting Parents

Surely one of the things we escape when we're adults and living on our own is the need to handle fighting parents, right? Wrong. Parental conflict, as it's called, can remain a specter in the lives of...
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Abortion Doesn't Cause Mental Health Issues

A few major beliefs form the cornerstones of anti-choice activism: people who fight against the right to abortion typically cite their views that life begins at conception, the rights of the fetus sup...
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5 Small Pleasures That Are Unfairly Unhealthy

I think it's safe to call it, at this point: 2016 has been a brutal year. You'd be excused if you wanted to put yourself in a hot shower, exfoliate yourself until your skin revealed layers that haven'...
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How Your Contraception Is Affecting Your Sex Drive

Ever wondered how your choice of hormonal contraception might be affecting your sex drive? A new study out of Norway has provided some intriguing answers — and the results are tied to the specific hor...
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5 Interesting Studies About Shopping

Tis the season for getting your festive credit cards out and shopping until you simply cannot take any more poorly-piped Christmas carols or weird "seasonal deals." There's no mystery about the fact t...
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9 Amazing Things Women Hadn't Done Until 2016

There's one story that's going to dominate the "female first" assessments of 2016: It was, of course, the first year ever in which a woman became a major party nominee for the president of the United ...
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Menstrual Huts Still Exist — And That's A Problem

In November, the death of a young Nepali woman made international headlines — she had died while staying overnight in a menstrual hut designed to segregate women who are menstruating from their commun...
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Why Millennials Are At Risk For Addiction

A lot of our conceptions of addiction are pretty old-school. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes: if you mention "addict," these are likely the concepts that come up. But the world is changing, and as new tech...
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How Much Of Your Personality Is Genetic?

Have you ever wondered how much of your personality is genetic? It can be a sensitive topic; but a new meta-analysis of a bunch of genetic and personality data conducted by scientists at the Universit...
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When Was Christmas First Celebrated?

Guess what? Christmas is coming. Had you noticed? Surprisingly, though, this cultural behemoth of the Western world has had rather a long road to prominence, and a more complicated history of celebrat...
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10 Feminist Charities To Donate To This Holiday

For those of us who support women's rights (which, if you don't, begs the question of what on earth you're doing reading this), this has been an intensely disappointing and tricky year. America's deci...
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How To Deal With Aggressive Thoughts About Family

Ah, the holidays. The time for all crowding into the same house as your relatives, having brief and insanely intense fights about stuffing, and feeling on occasion as if you're going completely crazy....
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Bizarre Christmas Trends Of The Past 100 Years

The holidays may feel like they came out of nowhere this year, but they're almost here — and whether or not you celebrate Christmas, it's almost guaranteed that you'll spend this time of year bombarde...
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The New Way SafeBAE Is Tackling Rape Culture

It's increasingly clear that rape culture in America is a problem that isn't going to go away, no matter how much we wish Brock Turner would be the watershed moment that marked a turning point. We now...
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