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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Humans Have Been Obsessed With Pumpkin Spice Since The Middle Ages

'Tis the season for Thanksgiving preparations, falling leaves, and the inevitable storm across the United States about whether pumpkin spice lattes are basic or, secretly, actually kinda good. The cultural force of pumpkin spice in coffee has been su…
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This Trick Can Help You Manage Your Worst Period Pains

For many of us, menstrual cycles only surface as priorities when they produce periods, cramps and pre- or post-menstrual issues. However, the body doesn't simply "die down" between periods; the menstrual cycle continues throughout the month, not just…
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Makeup For Women Of Color Can Be Toxic, & New Research Is Finding Out Why

Research has repeatedly indicated that women of color are at great risk of health damage from their cosmetic use, because the products that are marketed to them specifically often contain chemicals that can adversely affect health. A recent study in …
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Here’s Why We’re So Fascinated By Pimple Popping Vids, According To Science

Of all the bizarre elements of human psychology exposed to the world by the invention of the internet, the rise of the pimple-popping video has to be one of the most bizarre — and amazing. Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, otherwise known as "Dr. Pimple …
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What You Need To Know About Chronic Lyme Disease

As autumn arrives and you start plotting Halloween havoc and picnics among the falling leaves, there's another marker of this time of year that might spoil the fall fun: Lyme disease. While most people think of summer as the peak of Lyme season, it's…
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This Final Interview With Feminist Activist Kate Millett Shows How Important Queer Women Are To Feminism

When feminist activist and author Kate Millett died on Sept. 6, at the age of 82, tributes poured in from around the world. One of them, a final interview with Millett published in the New Yorker, serves as an important reminder about the divisive re…
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The Least Stressful Cities In The World Are Also The Least Sexist

Stress is a severe health issue worldwide. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that long-term exposure to chronic stress can harm the immune system, digestion, and fertility, as well as raise risks of heart problems, diabetes, mental dis…
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Lupus Disproportionately Affects Women Of Color, According To New Research

Lupus, the complex and poorly understood auto-immune disorder that causes rashes, fatigue, joint swelling, and other symptoms, has become more visible for Americans in recent years. Prominent celebrities like Selena Gomez have come out about their st…
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7 Organizations You Can Support During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the United States, and it's more important than ever to focus on helping people at risk for suicide among us. A study in 2016 found that the nationwide suicide rate was at a 30-year high, ri…
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A Female Student Interviewed 100 Convicted Rapists In India For This Important Reason

Rape culture — a system that excuses, accepts, and normalizes rape and violence against women — is prevalent worldwide, and attempting to tackle it has produced many different approaches. One researcher, Madhumita Pandey, attempted to find out if tal…
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Why You Need To Pay Attention To Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim Crisis

With the news cycle in the U.S. currently dominated by the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it wouldn't be surprising if other major worldwide events were passing you by at this very moment. One humanitarian crisis in particular, happening now in Myanmar…
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These Are The Weirdest Injuries That Actually Happened In 2016

Ever wondered precisely how many people in American per year are attacked by macaws? Sat on by horses? Walked into furniture and had to go to hospital? Fear not; your bizarre curiosity has been answered. A company named Amino that works on healthcare…
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This AI Claims To Be Able To Tell If You’re Gay Or Straight Based On A Picture Of Your Face

Update: On Sept. 8, GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign issued a joint statement calling research from Stanford University that claimed an algorithm can detect a person’s sexuality “dangerous and flawed.” The statement urged Stanford and “responsible med…
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This Elite Women’s College Will Admit Trans Students Starting Next Fall

The struggle for trans women to be accepted by the women's movement, and by all-female spaces in general, has been well-documented. From transphobic "bathroom bills" to trans-exclusionary comments from famed feminists like Germaine Greer, trans women…
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This Woman Shared Her Wedding Dress With 2 Other Women For The Best Reason

Ever balk at the cost of wedding dress? One Nebraska woman feels your pain. Dawnetta Hawkins made headlines this week after she lent her wedding dress to other women in need, bringing a new meaning to the term 'something borrowed'. According to the A…
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An Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Homophobic Comments Prove Why Safe Spaces Are So Necessary

Earlier this month, Louise Richardson, the vice-chancellor of Oxford University, spoke at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit about a variety of hot topics in education — but one comment she made about students' responses to homophobia h…
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This Study Confirms Your Dog Knows He’s A Very Good Boy

Owners of puppies, good boys, and hound dogs rejoice: It's now been categorically proven that dogs actually do possess self-awareness, thanks to a new "mirror test" involving their sense of smell. Self-awareness involves recognizing yourself - which …
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Millennial Women Are Actually Buying More Guns Than Ever Before

We often think of millennials as being more liberal than older generations, usually based on their voting patterns. But when it comes to individual issues, millennials can't all be painted with a uniformly left-wing brush. One such issue is gun contr…
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5 Queer Artists You Need To Follow On Instagram

Looking for new people to follow on Instagram? It's time to learn about some mind-blowing queer artists who are shifting perceptions of gender, identity, and sexuality across the fine arts, from photography to painting. While you may be well-versed i…
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How To Protect Your Privacy If You Think Your Phone Is Listening To You

As the world becomes more dependent on technology, the novelty of carrying a tiny highly-powered computer everywhere we go has thoroughly worn off. But with the advent of the smartphone has come a heightened awareness of how interconnected our IRL an…
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