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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Here's Why Some People Experience Vertigo — And What To Do If It Happens To You

Ever been sitting minding your own business and suddenly discovered that the world is spinning rapidly of its own volition? Vertigo, or the illusion of motion, isn't just the sensation you get when you peer off a tall building; it's a symptom of a pr…
By JR Thorpe

6 Sexist Marriage “Rules” We Need To Stop Believing

What makes for a feminist marriage? It's not just about discussions around taking a different last name, or who's on garbage duty. Marriages are what you make them, and when you come back down the aisle with a ring on, you're often assailed with mari…
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Here’s What 6 Olympic Athletes Eat Before Competing

The Olympic experience in PyeongChang looks intense — huge pressure, very cold temperatures, and uncertain weather conditions. And athletes are coping with the demands of their events not only through high-octane training but through what they eat be…
By JR Thorpe

This Is How 4 Women Decided To Become OB/GYNs

Many women will, at some point in their lives, consult an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) or reproductive specialist, for everything from well-women visits, to getting contraceptives, to fertility aid. But the women behind this profession didn't j…
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A New Study Shows How A Controversial Drug Could Be Helpful For Treating Depression

For a few years, there's been a new drug on everybody's lips when it comes to depression treatment: ketamine. Ketamine is used both as an anesthetic and as a hallucinogenic drug, but has held promise as a potential therapy for treatment-resistant dep…
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8 Inspiring Women Who Are Changing The Space Game

The sky above us is full of exciting prospects: new journeys, new knowledge, and new technology. And women are a key factor in the new phase of the space race. From engineers and tech CEOs to astronauts and space recruiters, gifted and passionate wom…
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This Is The Weird History Behind The Winners Circle At The Olympics

If, like sports fans worldwide, you've been watching the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, you may have noticed something intriguing in some of the winter sports. In staggered events, where competitors take individual turns on a course — like the luge,…
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3 Common Myths About The Color Of Your Period That We Need To Stop Believing

Despite the fact that women have been having periods for thousands of years, there's still rather a lot we don't know about them — and a lot of misinformation and strange myths around the experience of having one. While we no longer believe that peri…
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Canada’s National Anthem Is Now Gender Neutral, Thanks To These Feminist Activists

The Canadian medallists at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics are making history in more ways than one: when they mount the podium as gold medallists, they'll be singing along to their country's new gender-neutral anthem, according to the Guardian. And …
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The 5 Scariest Figure Skating Tricks Athletes Can Phyiscally Pull Off

Figure skating is not for people afraid of pain. The skaters at PyeongChang's Winter Olympics make their routines look fluid and easy as taking a twirl round the kitchen floor, but some figure skating routines are dangerous — and among the standard m…
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7 Old-Fashioned Myths About Anxiety That Are Actually Toxic

Anxiety disorders take many forms, from social anxiety to phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder, and our understanding of them grows daily. However, modern concepts of anxiety and how we treat it also have some baggage: old-fashioned (and in some …
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This Banned 18th Century Love “Manual” Has Some Hilarious (And Horrifying) Advice For Couples

Today is the day to celebrate romantic love in all its forms — and, if you're inclined towards history, being incredibly glad that modern Valentine's Day is about roses and cheesy cards rather than disgusting love potions and odd medieval romance rit…
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Valentine’s Day Cards Have A Super Feminist History — And It All Starts With This Woman

Valentine's Day is defined by many things — red roses, smooches in public, those faintly terrifying stuffed bears you find at the drug store — but one of its most popular aspects is the Valentine's Day card. Whether you're saying 'I love you' or 'I k…
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3 Reasons The Paralympics Are Actually Super Feminist — In Ways The Olympics Aren’t

Every country has its female Paralympic heroes. My own is Australia's Louise Sauvage, who won nine Paralympic gold medals in wheelchair racing and is a legend in Australian sport. Yours might be Team USA's Christella Garcia, the only woman to compete…
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7 Weird Things That Can Affect Olympic Figure Skating Performances

Figure skating is a sport that involves a lot of minute detail — and the smallest misstep or mistake on the ice can lead to a crash, a serious injury, or a penalization from the judges. But beyond the obvious aspects that can affect Olympic figure sk…
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This Is How Athletes Can Report Sexual Assault In The Olympic Village

The Winter 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang are well underway, and it's looking to be an exciting season for people who love the Olympics. But as with any high profile sporting event, there is lots of discussion about what resources are available for the…
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The One Major Difference Between Grief & Depression — And Why It’s Important To Recognize It

Grief and depression both have the ability to turn your life upside down, but it's commonly understood that grief will likely become less painful after a time, while depression can linger if left unchecked. "When we think about the difference between…
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This Is The Weird Way Your Period Affects How You Sweat

Menstrual cycles, as we all know, can be difficult and occasionally rather annoying — but they're also a fascinating biological phenomenon that affects different parts of our bodies in ways we're still discovering. If you've ever felt like your perio…
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7 Creepy Valentine’s Day Traditions That Are Actually Kind Of Sweet

There are few holidays more divisive than Valentine's Day. And whether you embrace it wholeheartedly and spend the day showering hearts on everybody, or rail against it as commercialized rubbish, you may be intrigued to know that Feb. 14 these days i…
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The Real Star Of The Olympic Opening Ceremony Was The Weird Smiley Face Graphic

The PyeongChang opening ceremony in South Korea featured a spectacular array of new technology that showed off Korea's role at the forefront of technological innovation. From virtual-reality augmented scenes in the PyeongChang stadium to lamps that t…
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