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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17 Brilliant Gifts For Women In STEM (That Give Back, Too)

Now is the time of year when thoughts turn to gifts — but what do you get for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) expert who has everything? Lucky for you and your STEM-lady friends, we've collected the best holiday 2017 gifts…
By JR Thorpe

This Is How Intimate Partner Violence Disproportionately Affects The Trans Community

Intimate partner violence, the technical term for what's more commonly known as "domestic abuse," is a serious problem — and a new report reveals that it's a particular danger for transgender people. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, …
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This Is The Toxic Thing That Happens When You Push Gender Stereotypes On Boys

While increasing numbers of people are identify as non-binary — 1 in 250 people, by some estimates — many people still feel a degree of pressure to adhere to typical, strict gender roles. A new study from France has revealed that the process of enfor…
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19 Feminist Gift Ideas That Directly Support Women

Tis the season for gift-giving, whether it's for Christmas, Chanukah, or just because. And if your friends are of a feminist bent (which, let's face it, are the best kinds of friends) and love wearing it on their sleeves, now is a great time to give …
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7 Period Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Your monthly friend, your Aunt Flo, your "gift" — your menstrual period, in other words — is, for many, a sign of a regular, healthy reproductive system. And it's important that you know what "normal" looks like for you, so that you can identify a pa…
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This Is What The Rest Of The World Can Learn From Australia’s Marriage Equality Vote

The results have come in from Australia's non-binding postal vote on the issue of gay marriage, and they're a resounding YES. Almost 62 percent of Australian respondents, 7.82 million people, declared that LGBTQ people deserve the same marriage righ…
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Boys Benefit From Having Girls In Their Classes, But Not The Other Way Around

As an alumna of all-girl schools, I can tell you that the idea that girls in single-gender learning institutions are focused, charming little angels who never behave badly is laughably silly. (I'd like to formally apologize to all my teachers.) But s…
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The 7 Best Ways To Calm Down After An Argument, According To Science

The aftermath of an argument usually isn't a fun experience. You get riled up, express your fury, possibly sling a few insults, and then stomp off to "calm down" — but how do you actually calm down when you're angry, aside from screaming into a pillo…
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This Study Shows How Badly Discrimination Affects Latinx Transgender People

Despite massive inroads, like the history-making election of politician Danica Roem to the Virginia statehouse on Nov. 8, transgender people in the United States face enormous amounts of discrimination, in nearly every sector — and this discriminatio…
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7 Examples Of Green Design That Will Completely Blow Your Mind

The future of the world looks, at the moment, to be rather pessimistic, but there are plenty of designers and thinkers out there who are trying to make life greener and more sustainable — often through looking to the natural world itself for inspirat…
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7 Famous Foods That Used To Be Totally Different

If you're a Nutella fan, you may have been outraged this week by news that Ferrero, the company's owners, have "tweaked" the famous chocolate-hazelnut spread's recipe (which is so popular in Italy that it's practically a religion) to involve more fat…
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To Guys Who Think It's "Hard To Be A Man" Right Now, I’ve Got Some News For You

As sexual harassment allegations continue to be made public against powerful men, there has been a theme appearing among male commentators: discomfort. The argument being made — online and IRL — is that it's "hard to be a man right now," that men are…
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A New Study Shows How Sexual Harassment Affects Boys And Girls In Completely Different Ways

As sexual harassment allegations continue to be made public against powerful men in Hollywood and other industries, more and more people are acknowledging that humans of all genders are subject to sexual harassment of different kinds. A new study is …
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Clinical Drug Trials Still Don’t Account For Race, & Here’s Why It Matters

If you're a person who takes medication, from aspirin to chemotherapy drugs, it's probable that you'd prefer that your medication be tested on people who are, you know, like you — but more often than not, medical trials tend to use white men as their…
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Science Has Finally Figured Out What The Deal Is With People Who Hate Dessert

It is a truth universally acknowledged that relationships often have one partner who loves salty olives, and another who hates them. But why do some people like salty food over, you know, dessert? The answer, according to science, is more complicated…
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8 Things Your Period Cramps Are Trying To Tell You About Your Health

A good half of the population has all known the wonders of period pain, but this particular aspect of female experience isn't just an annoyance; it can also signal different aspects of our fertility, or even underlying health issues. Some period pain…
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This Is What The Actual Egg Donation Process Is Like, In Case You're Curious

Which young lady, when faced with crippling student debt and having to pay rent, hasn't (jokingly) contemplated donating her eggs? Well, maybe that's a generalization, but egg donation is often suggested for people who want to help out childless fami…
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People Are Furious At Twitter For Not Showing Photos Tagged #Bisexual

Millions of people use Twitter every day, and the search function can be a useful tool to see what people are talking about outside of your personal TL. This past weekend, however, people began to notice that Twitter didn't display photos, news, or v…
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This Is What An Emotionally Abusive Parent Looks Like, According To Experts

Most of us hope that we know what physical child abuse looks like, and how we could detect it. But emotional abuse of children by parents is a problem too, and the signs and symptoms can be a lot more difficult to detect by an outside observer — even…
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This Is Why People Who Have Dogs Are Healthier, According To Science

Hemming and hawing about getting a dog? If you care about your health, it shouldn't even be a question. New science suggests that having a dog around has some pretty unique health benefits, from helping you sleep to protecting you from asthma, allerg…
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