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American Apparel has a new t-shirt design that is weird and gross

Remember when wearing a band t-shirt was enough to show who you really are deep down? Or perhaps your favorutie tee is one that a loved one brought back from vacation with a city’s name on it.

Or maybe you are the proud new owner of an American Apparel tee that shows a graphic line drawing of a menstruating vagina.

Of course, it would be one thing if we weren’t totally certain that this is meant to be demeaning and offensive. Let’s not forget that American Apparel is the brainchild of Dov Charney, the man who has been the subject of countless sexual harassment lawsuits, shows up to meetings in his underwear, propositions strangers, calls his employees sluts, and so much more garbage.

There is no way this could be intended to empower.

Take a look at the shirt below and then maybe go throw out the American Apparel clothes you own.

 

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RECIPE: Celiac friendly smoothie

Living without doesn’t mean going without

By Shirley Plant

For those of you with food allergies or Celiac disease it must sometimes feel like you are living without most of the time. No more dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, sugar, and the list goes on. Eggs and toast for breakfast are no longer possible and that sugary treat you usually buy yourself mid afternoon to curb your low energy is not an option anymore.

Guess what? Those days of going without are long gone. I am here to tell you there are lots of options now offered in pre-packaged form or to make at home for yourself and your family.

Substitutes are foods that work in place of another food item. Rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk are great alternatives for dairy milk. Instead of whole wheat flour in your muffins try using rice, chickpea, millet, almond or chickpea flour, all of which are gluten free.

On cold winter mornings try making hot quinoa or buckwheat cereal topped with nuts, seeds and dried fruit, or scramble some tofu with cut up vegetables instead of scrambled eggs. With summer approaching make healthy vegetable smoothies or sweet potato muffins for quick morning getaways.

Gluten free pastas are now available in grains such as quinoa, corn, amaranth and rice. Topped with your favourite pesto or tomato sauce you will never know it isn’t wheat pasta.

Trying to replace eggs in baking can be tricky as it depends what job the eggs are fulfilling in the recipe. Are they a binder or a leavener, or are they providing moisture? Baking cookies or muffins that call for an egg can be easily substituted with a banana, applesauce or with flaxseed. Simply bring 1 tbsp flaxseed in a cup of water to a boil, cool and then put in the fridge to congeal. If you are trying to replace eggs in a meringue, it’s simply not going to work unless you want to try duck or quail eggs. An egg is an egg after all.

If you are trying to lower your sugar intake, try sweetening with stevia, a plant that has been used for hundreds of years in South America as a sweetener. Fruit works well in muffins and breads instead of white refined sugar.

A little maple syrup, agave or honey works well too, but they are no different than white sugar: they all break down into fructose in the body. You do get some additional properties from them that of course white sugar does not have. Using fruit in baked goods gives you the goodness of the fibre and vitamins in your food instead of just empty calories with white sugar.

Gluten-free diets are all the rage these days, but I urge you to make sure you are in fact Celiac or gluten intolerant before you deny yourself certain foods that are providing you with essential vitamins and minerals.

Try to get back to cooking with fresh ingredients. Perhaps dedicate a day for home baking, cooking and freezing so that you will always have healthy foods on hand for those busy nights.

Try this healthy but decadent recipe. I eat it for breakfast or a snack, or sometimes I freeze it and eat it like ice cream.

Hempseeds contain essential fatty acids which our body needs as well as containing zinc, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, B, magnesium, manganese and fibre. Coconut milk contains healthy or ‘good’ fat, so enjoy.

  • Chocolate Banana Hemp Yogurt
  • ¾ cup shelled hempseeds
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¾ cup coconut milk

Mix all ingredients in a food processor for at least 10 minutes to break up the hempseeds. Dish into small containers and freeze or refrigerate for a few hours, or if you are like me you will simply eat it out of the food processor with a very large spoon.

 

 

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Read Sinéad O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus

Reprinted from sineadoconnor.com.

 

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares … So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.

Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.

The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted … and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.

None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped … and that includes you yourself.

Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.

You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever … Don’t be under any illusions … ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty … which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.

I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying fuck about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.

You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age … which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age.

Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question … I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. Its really not at all cool. And its sending dangerous signals to other young women. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.

As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image … whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now … Not because you got naked but because you make great records.

Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted … its so not cool Miley … its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers … that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.

 

— Sinéad O’Connor

 

 

 

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GAYPOST: Germany’s new Olympic uniforms are just big ol’ gay pride flags

It has been a bit easy to forget about the awful state of affairs for gays in Russia right now with Vlad Putin stepping up as an opposition to American foreign policy over Syrian chemical weapons. The guy was even nominated for a Nodel Peace Prize for his work.

But just in case you forgot: Vladimir Putin and Russian lawmakers are hateful bigoted homophobes who want to throw gay people in jail to rot.

Lucky for us the German Olympic team has (perhaps unwittingly, but, c’mon) just shoved a big middle finger at Putin with the unveiling of their new uniforms: rainbow, all of it.

The gay pride flag was designed in the late 70s in San Fransisco (where else?) and the coloured stripes symbolize the unity of people of all different races, colours, and creeds within the gay rights movement.

One question remains, since the rainbow and rainbow flag are symbols of the gay movement, will the German athletes be under the threat of arrest for commiting “gay propaganda” when they wear these uniforms?

Rock on German Olympic team.

 

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RELATIONSHIPS: Cutesy couples are insufferable — until you’re in one of them

You know those lists, the ones about the 14, 25 or 36 worst things that people in relationships do? Well, I’m pretty sure Boyfriend and I do all of them or at least most of them and I don’t care. We’ve been together for just over a year now and we do it all, pet names, ridiculous inside jokes and PDAs (within limits).

But the thing is when you’re in it; you don’t mind the adorkable behaviour because it always brings you back to a good moment. For our anniversary Boyfriend made me a ‘Zombie Boyfriend’ doll; which sounds a little dark but I once told him that I loved him so much that if he ever became I zombie I promised to shoot him in the head and in that moment ‘Zombie Boyfriend’ was born. Dating someone you really love is a little like dating your best friend and we’ve all got those inside jokes with our friends and just because you also happen to have sex with your partner shouldn’t make it suddenly less acceptable to be a massive dork.

Does anyone else understand why Boyfriend calls me a Wild Shannon? Probably not, it’s a Pokemon reference, a short joke, and a nerd joke all rolled into one and I’m not sure where it started but I do know that I love it, despite how much I want to die when I realize that we’re one of those couples. But we’re happy and we can be happy anywhere as long as we have each other, last night we walked across the city laughing, dancing and talking about everything and nothing we were home in an hour but it felt like minutes because we spent most of the walk laughing.

All of those terrible things that couples do? They aren’t really so bad when you’re in on the game and while we definitely look like giant tools from the outside we’re totally and completely in love and because we don’t also suck at life I have never once made out with his sexy face (there’s another one) in public.

I’m not the girlfriend I thought I’d be, I’m not even the person I’d thought I’d be, I thought that by twenty-six I MIGHT be in a serious relationship, I thought that I’d be tough-as-nails and never really let anyone in again but more than anything I thought that I was above all the cutesy couple crap; it turns out that I was wrong. Boyfriend and I might have a more nerdy secret couple language but it’s ours all the same and despite all of the things I thought and planned I’m a big sap who would rather spend a Saturday night in with her Boyfriend and Netflix than go out and pretend I give a damn what anyone at the club thinks of me. So go ahead and mock me, you won’t be saying anything I don’t already know, put me on your lists, I can take it; I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and part of that is all the stupid couple crap I’ve somehow become a willing participant in.

 

 

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20 skin crawling images of old-timey Halloween costumes to terrify you

You think you’ve seen some scary costumes in your day, eh kiddo? Well today’s costumes have nothing on the terrifying costumes of yesteryear.

Apparently it was quite acceptable to include a sack over your head for a variety of different costumes and face paint for a clown costume wound up making you look like something straight out of hell.

Ossain Brown took to the photos of the past to collect a book’s worth of anonymous snapshots of the horrifying costumes parents and children alike dressed up in on Halloweens gone past. Here are 20 of the most downright skin crawling photos that will be sure to leave you with nightmares.

 

For more terrifying images check out Ossian Brown’s book Haunted: A collection of anonymous Hallowe’en photographs, America c. 1875 — 1955.

 

 

 

 

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7 of Toronto’s worst missed connections from September

Ah, there is nothing quite like the poetry of Craigslist missed connections. The lonely men and women of Toronto have a long and beautiful history of seemingly doing everything in their power to stay single forever as you can see right here and here.

As the leaves change and the summer fades to cold it seems like everyone is scrambling to find someone to keep them warm, and lucky for us that means every idiot with an internet connection is taking to Craigslist to profess their love for someone they saw for 30 seconds once in a crowded place.

Check out these choice picks for Toronto missed connections from the last month.

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1. Apparently not everyone enjoys being sexually assaulted

2. Maybe she likes being called awful names.

 

3. So you’re mad at him because you treated him badly?

4. A great example of why you shouldn’t drink and go on the internet.

5. I think he just means you’re an asshole… Oh wait… Okay.

6. Remember not to have any kids once you two get together.

7. What an awful host to both of those guys named Rob.

 

 

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5 sad movie scenes guaranteed to make you cry

1. My Girl

Thomas J’s funeral in Vada’s house is the scene that sticks in everyone’s memory from My Girl. After trying so hard to be a grown up, Vada is in a grown up situation watching her best friend’s funeral and wants nothing more than to go back to climbing trees and being a kid.

2. Brokeback Mountain

When Ennis’ daughter leaves his trailer he finds that she’s left her sweater there. He shows his love for her by taking the sweater and putting it in the closet with Jack’s blood stained shirt, the only thing he has left to show from their epic romance. Beside it is a photo of the mountain where they met pinned up. “Jack, I swear…” — Go ahead, try not to cry.

3. The Color Purple

After being raped and impregnated by her father and sent to live with Mister, her abusive “husband” who treats her like a slave, Cellie finds her only small comfort when her sister Nettie comes to live with them and begins to teach her how to read. After Nettie refuses to be raped by Mister once too often he throws her out of the house and attempts to break the bond of sisterhood between the two women. You won’t be able to hold back your tears when Nettie says “nothing but death can keep me from it” letting her sister know that she will love her until the day she dies.

4. The Fox and the Hound

Widow Tweed leaves the fox Tod in the forest. The look of confusion and feeling of abandonment on the animal’s face says more than words ever could.

5. Philadelphia

After winning his legal battle against his former employers Andrew Beckett has lost his battle against AIDS. This heart wrenching scene shows all of his family and loved ones coming to his wake. The laughter of children, hugs and smiles, and old family video of Andrew as a child with the saddest Neil Young song ever can leave the toughest person sobbing.

 

 

 

 

 

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