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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    We’ve all experienced that feeling of having plenty of clothes but nothing to wear. Those are the moments when having some trusty style basics would be super handy. So naturally, we asked around to find what basics are necessary to have in your closet, and here are five pieces collegiettes say are essential.

    1. Camisoles

    Chances are you already have this staple. They are perfect for layering and come in a ton of different colors. Even if you don’t have every color under the sun, it’s definitely good to have a couple in white, black and/or a nude tone. Sophia Liu, a recent graduate of Smith College, loves these because they are amazing all year round. You can layer them when it’s cold or wear them as is in the warmer months (or whenever you want, honestly). These are a wardrobe must-have!

    2. Plain black t-shirts

    There truly is nothing better than just a plain black t-shirt that fits your shape beautifully. It’s so easy to dress up a tee with a pair of slacks or nice black jeans and layered necklaces. Plus, there are endless options for what you can layer on top of it. But it’s also super easy to keep casual. Having the option to go either way is what Jana Brzovski, a sophomore at Marist College, loves about it. She says her go-to look is a black shirt with Calvin Klein jeans. What’s not to love about a top that can do both?

    Related: 9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Splurging on Clothes

    3. Cardigans

    Cardigans are the ultimate basic in a collegiette’s closet. Rachelle Clousing, a junior at Belmont University, loves them because they’re perfect for layering, and she can take it off if she starts to feel warm. Cardigans pair well with so many different outfits, and they are great for when it’s chilly in the morning and toasty in the afternoon – and they’re super cute. 

    4. Bralettes

    Bralettes are honestly so much fun because they add intrigue to any look. Liz Warner, a junior at the University of Iowa, specifically recommends the Heartbreaker Bralette by Free People because “it goes amazing under anything and is very smooth, so shirts don’t look weird over it,” she says. Plus, bras are expensive AF, and we deserve to show them off a little!

    5. Skinny jeans

    When it comes to pants, so many collegiettes say skinny jeans are a must-have in your closet! Whether they’re Calvin Klein or a vintage find, it seems that skinny jeans are a necessity. Sarah Shevenock, a graduate of The College of William and Mary, mentioned that she, like so many of us, has a hard time finding great skinny jeans that fit just right, so she recommends Target’s skinny jeans because they “are a fantastic basic dark wash jean for anyone who needs jeans with a little more stretch.” And honestly, who doesn’t want a little more stretch in their jeans, right?

    6. V-necks

    These are a necessity, especially because they are super easy to get. Sarah says that Target now offers some great v-necks, among other amazing basics. Even better: these v-necks are available in so many sizes, so everyone can find their perfect fit. And honestly, the biggest confidence boost can come from wearing something that fits your body beautifully.

    Sometimes in life, simple is truly better. And with these style basics, you can be as casual or as extra as you want.

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    On a flight home on Monday, actress Rosey Blair asked a woman to switch seats with her so she could sit with her boyfriend. Blair joked that the woman might end up sitting next to the love of her life in the new seat, and it turned out the woman just might have, turning the plane ride into a real life romcom.

    Blair chronicled the entire story on social media, creating the perfect love story that literally would make the best movie ever.

    According to Blair’s Twitter account, after the her and her boyfriend’s seatmates swapped places with them, the new seatmates began flirting with each other. Blair wrote that the two were chatting and flirting before the plane even took off.

    The potential-couple continued talking even after the plane took off, finding lots of similarities between each other, including being personal trainers, vegetarians and, most importantly, single.

    The cutest part? Blaire said the couple kept touching arms. I sense a blossoming romance!

    As it became very clear that love was in the air, Blair promised to keep us updated about the romance, even after they got off the plane.

    Blair and her boyfriend were excited to watch this relationship blossom, noting that the woman even came back from the bathroom with her hair down, and began asking her potential male suitor fitness questions.

    The cozy potential-couple, according to Blair, also shared a cheese plate and showed each other pictures of their families. Sounds like things are getting serious!

    Even when free wifi on the plane ran out, Blair knew just how much her followers needed to know how the love story ended, and bought wifi service on the plane to keep us informed about the lovebirds.

    The climax of it all? The woman put her head on the guy’s shoulder for a moment, and the pair talked about what they want out of life, marriage and kids included. They also followed each other on Instagram.

    After the plane landed, Blair followed the two lovebirds off the plane and saw them walking around together. Blair’s boyfriend also did some sleuthing, and found the couple’s Instagram accounts, and the two were both based in the Dallas area, meaning the two will live happily ever after and have a beautiful fitness-loving family. Or at least we hope that’ll be the case.

    Who knew a plane ride could lead you to the love of your life? Hey, Rosey, can you set some of us up now?

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    The Pentagon is looking at additional facilities to house immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, and it appears that the immigrants will be housed on two military bases, as more are under consideration.

    The migrants will be housed at two Texas military bases: Fort Bliss and Goodfellow Air Force Base. The Pentagon has said that migrant families will be housed at Fort Bliss, while unaccompanied minors will be housed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, NPR reports.

    Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested that the Department of Defense (DOD) house up to 12,000 families for up to six months, ABC News reports. If existing facilities are not available on the bases, DHS has instructed the DOD to construct “semi-separate, soft-sided camp facilities.”

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has requested the DOD house up to 20,000 unaccompanied immigrant children.

    On Monday, the Pentagon said it will be able to meet DHS’ request to house 2,000 immigrants by August 11, and will be a part of the migrant population at Fort Bliss.

    A U.S. official told ABC News that housing of migrants at the bases with not affect military operations.

    While other bases are being considered, it is not clear yet which other facilities will be used. DHS, in its memo to the DOD, referenced the Flores Settlement Agreement, which states that immigrant minors should be placed in care near the geographic area that they were apprehended, ABC News reports. Since most of these children are coming from the U.S.-Mexico border, they will most likely be housed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

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    Summertime calls for hanging by the pool, weekend road trips and a wide array of yummy foods to eat. There’s nothing like digging in to barbecue straight off the grill, biting into a hot dog at a baseball game or licking up the last drips of an ice cream cone. Enjoying all of your favorite summer foods is a fun way to celebrate the changing season, but they may leave you feeling bloated or sick later on. If you’re trying to watch your waistline or have more energy this summer, it is possible to still have food that is delicious and have fun with loved ones.

    We consulted Jason Boehm, Board Certified Nutrition Specialist and Joanne Larsen, dietitian at Ask the Dietitian for their best tips and tricks on nourishing alternatives to classic summertime staples. With a few small modifications or swaps, you can savor all your favorite summer foods in a delicious, but still nutritious way.

    If you love hot dogs or corn dogs…

    If you’re a meat lover, there are many higher quality cuts of meat that are healthier to enjoy this summer. Make this the summer you learn to use a grill! “Grilling allows fat to drain off meat, poultry and fish during cooking,” says Larsen. “Grilling at a lower temperature keeps meat more moist and less likely to burn on the outside.”

    For your next dinner, try firing up your grill to make meat kabobs instead of a hot dog. Larsen recommends marinating lean chicken, pork or beef with spices or herbs for one hour in lemon, vinegar or soy sauce before spearing them on a kabob stick with vegetables. She also suggests trying turkey kielbasa sausage as a lean substitute to a hot or corn dog.

    If you love cheeseburgers…

    Cheeseburgers may be a staple at any BBQ, baseball game or carnival, but try making your burger with something other than non-lean beef. One mouthwatering option is to make a sweet potato patty using a simple recipe. Add avocado on top to get the same creamy effect as cheese, with a boost of healthy fats.

    If you still find yourself craving a juicy hamburger, Boehm suggests eating your burger on a lettuce wrap or Paleo coconut wrap instead of a traditional bread bun. You could even forgo the bun all together to skimp on some carbs.

    If you love ice cream sundaes…

    As kids, there was nothing better than the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street on a hot summer afternoon. And let’s be honest, it’s a stage we never grew out of! Although tasty, ice cream is full of fats and sugars, especially once you add the cookie pieces and other toppings. If you find yourself craving a scoop of ice cream after every single dinner, have it in moderation by swapping out other cool treats some nights.

    There are so many ice cream substitutions on the market these days such as HALO TOP, which is low calorie and sugar. Boehm says no-sugar-added coconut ice cream is a delicious trade. Larsen also proposes having frozen yogurt with chopped fresh fruit, fruit ices made with real fruit (check that ingredients list!) or a homemade fruit smoothie, such as one with plain yogurt and frozen fruit chunks.

    If you really can’t pass up the ice cream, get it in a cup instead of a cone to save on some calories.

    If you love potato chips

    Although they’re an easy snack to pass around during movie night or munch on during a family potluck, potato chips are empty calories loaded with salt. For the same crunchy sensation, Boehm says to try snacking on roasted or raw almonds.

    Larsen says, “If you are going to eat chips and dip, at least make the dip guacamole or salsa. An easy guacamole recipe is to mash an avocado with juice from 1 lime and mix in a couple tablespoons of fresh salsa.” Opt for baked chips as opposed to fried or tortilla chips, as these contain two teaspoons of fat in a 3/4 ounce bag.

    Related: 5 Easy Cooking Swaps for Instantly Healthier Food

    If you love Frappuccinos

    Starbucks is the perfect place to catch up with old friends, stop at on the way to work, or finish up an assignment for a summer class. But who are you kidding? You know that Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is just a fancy way to eat multiple scoops of ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream.

    Healthier drink options to try are iced vanilla lattes with nonfat milk, which have less than 15 grams of sugar or a Caramel Frappuccino "Light" as a guilt free dessert at only 100 calories.

    If you love potato salad…

    A typical side dish at any backyard barbeque, potato salad usually contains large amounts of mayonnaise and oily dressing. Boehm advises trying no-sugar-added broccoli slaw in place of potato salad to cut out fat and get extra vegetables.

    Another healthier side dish to bring to your next gathering is bean salad. According to Larsen, half a cup of potato salad is like eating a slice of bread with 2 tablespoons of butter on it. She suggests mixing any type of lentil or dried bean you like, such as kidney, garbanzo, lima, or black beans with a vinegar and oil dressing for an extra boost of fiber!

    If you love sugary cocktails…

    Nothing screams summer like a fancy frozen concoction with a tiny umbrella. However, these fruity boozy drinks tend to be filled with sugar, so try swapping for a DIY wine spritzer. Mix chilled wine and sparkling water in a glass, adding slices of fresh fruits for even more flavor. You’ll get all of the party, while staying hydrated and regret-free. Boehm also recommends trading that sugary sangria for a glass of light chardonnay.

    It is possible to make healthy food and lifestyle choices without missing out on the social gatherings that come along with summer. Try to make a few of these healthy, simple swaps throughout the week to keep your energy up all summer long!

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    Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    A Teacher Confronted Scott Pruitt At a Restaurant & Told Him to Resign

    Kristin Mink, a schoolteacher, was at a restaurant when she noticed that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt was sitting only a few tables away from her, and decided to approach him, Buzzfeed News reports.

    “I had to say something,” Mink wrote on Facebook. “He’s corrupt, he’s a liar, he’s a climate change denier, and as a public servant, he should not be able to go out in public without hearing from the citizens he’s hurting.”

    In the Facebook video posted by Mink showing the encounter, she approached Pruitt with her two-year-old son on her hip, saying, “This is my son. He loves animals, he loves clean air, he loves clean water.” As Pruitt sat and listened, Mink continued: “Meanwhile, you’re slashing strong fuel standards … paying about $50 a night to stay in a DC condo that's connected to an energy lobbying firm while approving their dirty sands pipeline.”

    “We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us including our children. So I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out,” Mink concluded.


    Mink wrote on Facebook that Pruitt did not respond to her comments and left shortly after.

    According to an EPA spokesperson, Pruitt thanked Mink and left because he had to get back to work.

    This is not the first time that Trump administration officials have been confronted in public. Just recently, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia to leave the restaurant.  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by protesters upset about the family separation policy at a Mexican restaurant, and left shortly after the demonstration dispersed. White House adviser Stephen Miller was called a fascist while eating at a Mexican restaurant.

    Oprah Says Being President Would “Kill” Her

    After her moving speech at the Golden Globes that left many wondering if she would run for office, Oprah Winfrey shot down the rumors that she would run for president. In her latest interview with Vogue U.K., Winfrey said she would not be running for president because it would “kill” her.

    “In that political structure –- all the non-truths, the bulls--t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on –- I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey told the Vogue U.K.“I would not be able to do it. It's not a clean business.”

    But Winfrey, an advocate for women’s rights, did say she will continue to speak her mind about issues we are presently facing.

    In her interview, Winfrey said she sees the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as beacons of hope for future generations.

    “People talk about ‘These are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” Winfrey said. “I see, ‘Isn't this remarkable that we're waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what's happening to people. They're allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You've got to lean to the happiness.”

    Instagram Is Reportedly Testing New Questions Feature for Stories

    Instagram has been introducing a ton of new features lately, including IGTV, and now Instagram may let users ask interactive questions via Instagram Stories. 

    According to Hello Giggles, the app was allowing certain users ask their followers open-ended questions in a Story. It's slightly different from an emoji slider and poll features because it allows followers to input their own answers.

    Mores users have said that they have noticed the option for the feature on their Stories. 

    Instagram has not yet officially announced the feature, according to Hello Giggles, so we still don’t know if users will be able to answer the questions anonymously. Since users can reply to their friends’ stories via DM, it’s not clear if responses to these questions will be sent via DM. 

    Hopefully Instagram will announce this new feature soon so we can all learn more about it. 

    What to look out for…

    Happy Fourth of July! In honor of Independence Day, here are nine things you didn't know about the Fourth of July. 

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    If you plan to slather on some sunscreen the next time you are in Hawaii, you might want to double check the label first. The island state is about to become the first in the nation to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Lawmakers are banning the sale of the products because they are endangering our coral reefs.

    According to the bill passed by state legislators in May, these chemicals “have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems, including coral reefs that protect Hawaii’s shoreline.” Oxybenzone and octinoxate offer our skin protection from the sun by absorbing harmful UV radiation, according to Scientific America.

    However, studies found that these chemical sunblocks can kill developing coral, damage a corals DNA, impair coral reproduction, and promote coral bleaching. 

    Between 6,000 to 14,000 tons of sunscreen slide off our bodies into the water each year, exposing coral reefs to these harmful side effects. In 2017, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist found that 56 percent of Hawaii’s coral reefs are bleached. Hawaii’s colorful coral reefs are a major tourist attraction, and a vital fixture in the underwater ecosystem. According to the Smithsonian, a quarter of ocean species rely on reefs for food and shelter. 

    The law would make it illegal for sale and distribution of the sunscreens, unless they are for prescription use, according to Vox.  

    It is also already receiving some pushback from major sunscreen companies. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents sunscreen makers, says that 70 percent of sunscreens in the US market contain oxybenzone. About 8 percent carry octinoxate. Sunscreen companies like Banana Boat and Coppertone, through association, claim that the ban would make it difficult for people to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays. 

    There are some “reef-friendly” sunscreens out in the market, though. According to Business Insider, you can use “mineral blockers” that will put a physical barrier between the sun and your skin. These can make your skin look really white because they contain zinc, aluminum, and titanium. Imagine the lifeguard nose. Though manufacturer started adding tints and micronizing particles to make the products more sheer Business Insider reports.  

    Hawaii’s Governor David Ige is expected to sign the bill sometime this week, and it won’t kick in until around 2021. 

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    New York and Virginia are now the first states to create laws that require schools to incorporate mental health education into their curriculums. Both states enacted the laws on Sunday. 

    According to Huffington Post, the New York legislation will have classrooms K through 12 include mental health material to update their health curriculums. Virginia’s law will take effect in the Fall and will incorporate mental health education into physical education and health curriculum for ninth and tenth graders, CNN reports. 

    The New York law, which was reportedly written in 2015, doesn’t specify any additional curriculums, but instead clarifies that mental health falls under the range of topics based on the state’s health curriculum. 

    “By ensuring that young people learn about mental health, we increase the likelihood that they will be able to more effectively recognize signs in themselves and others, including family members, and get the right help,” the Empire States law read. The aim of the law is to open up an important dialogue about mental health and to combat the stigma surrounding the topic. 

    Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds, whose son died by suicide in 2013, sponsored his states mental health bill, after attending high schoolers presentations on ways to address mental health in schools. 

    “I was impressed by their thoughtfulness, because a lot of these young people had seen bullying. They had seen depression. They had seen classmates that had died by suicide,” Deeds told CNN. “It’s part of tearing down the stigma and providing some equality with those that struggle with mental health.” 

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have significantly increased in almost every state. The CDC says suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is the second leading causes on the rise.

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    Although most people know that there are just certain things you shouldn’t say to a disabled person, many people only acknowledge a person as disabled if they’re obviously disabled—you know, like using any kind of mobility aid. However, you often can’t tell that people have disabilities if they don’t "look disabled" (whatever that means).

    So, what exactly is an invisible disability? Essentially, it’s any kind of physical or mental disability that you cannot physically see when you first meet someone. According to Disabled World, an invisible disability includes “disabilities that are not immediately apparent.” Most people with chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, hearing impairments and anywhere in between are considered to have an invisible disability.

    Just as non-disabled people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so do people with disabilities. Not every disabled person is confined to a wheelchair 24/7, or at all. That’s right, we don’t all get a fancy wheelchair, that some members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan try to appropriate for the sake of "fashion."

    In reality, people with invisible disabilities often feel invisible. There’s a common misconception that if you don’t have a limp or aren’t in a wheelchair, then you simply cannot be disabled. However, invisible disabilities are, in fact, legitimate disabilities and should be acknowledged as such.

    If you’re lucky enough to meet someone who tells you that they have an invisible disability, you shouldn’t treat them differently than you did prior to knowing about their disability. Their disability status might be news to you, but that doesn’t mean they deserve or want your pity. If you treated them like a resilient person before, don’t abruptly act like they’re this fragile human now.

    Besides refraining from coddling people with any kind of disability (unless they ask you to, because consent is vital in any kind of relationship or friendship), there are several things that you should never, EVER say to someone with an invisible disability. Even if your life depends on it, NEVER say any of the following to someone with an invisible disability.  

    1. “You’re so inspiring”

    What exactly am I doing that’s inspiring? Beyond the fact that I have an uncommon invisible disability, I’m a pretty average college student. I avoid studying by binge-watching too much Netflix and binge-eating my weight in greasy foods, just like all 20-somethings.

    Does this mean that absolutely no person with a disability can be inspiring? Hell no! After becoming disabled herself, Malvika Iyer became a successful disability rights activist to create better lives for other people with disabilities. And there are countless other disabled people, including those with invisible disabilities, who are using their voices as a platform for change to do some inspiring things. Regardless, what they are doing to change the world is what is actually inspiring—not their disability.

    Unless you’re telling me that my flawless makeup is inspiring; then please continue.

    2. “Have you tried…”

    Yeah, my experienced medical professional overlooked your weird, holistic remedy of smearing turmeric on my joints, but I’ll definitely mention it to my doctor at my next check-up. The fact that there’s virtually no medical evidence that it can cure my condition will surely convince them to write me a new script.

    What’s even worse is when someone suggests that you should “try thinking positively.” Oh, I should try thinking positively, huh? You mean I could’ve just been thinking positively this whole time and my disability would magically disappear? You were right, Aunt Iris, the pharmaceutical company is just out to profit off my illness, which totally explains why I’ve never heard of this revolutionary new medical treatment. You’re a lifesaver.

    Seriously, unless you’re a medical professional who specializes in my particular illness, please don’t give me advice on what I should try out next to somehow rid myself of my incurable disease. Chances are, I’ve tried it already. I know that you think you’re being helpful, but you really aren’t.

    3. “You look so healthy”

    Gee, thanks. You might think you’re giving me a compliment when you tell me how healthy, alive or well I look, but you’re really not. While you may have the best intentions with your "flattery," pretty much everyone with an invisible disability has to endure this comment on a daily basis. Granted, we usually only have to deal with it after we reveal to you that we have a disability, which is all sorts of screwed up. I mean, do you go around to people you’ve never even met before and tell them that they look so healthy? No—that’s what I thought.

    If you did, you might have people calling the cops saying there’s some kind of reincarnated Buffalo Bill at the bus station, telling them how healthy and full of life they look. Yet, here you are telling us how healthy we look mere days after we trusted you enough to tell you about our disability. Before you could even fathom that your bestie might have anything other than the occasional common cold, you never once reiterated how healthy we looked.

    Seriously, what does healthy even look like? Regardless, saying that I look healthy is essentially your way of saying that you don’t think I have a disability. You’re basically trying to make me validate my own disability that I have already spent nearly a year getting properly diagnosed by numerous doctors. Sorry, but I’m not about to fax you my medical records.

    Unless you’re telling me I look so healthy after I took my Humira shot, then I know for a fact that you’re lying. Depending on your relationship, your friend might enjoy the sarcasm in that scenario. Disabled people can have a sense of humor, too; after all, it’s one of our disabled superpowers.

    Just don’t try to joke that we don’t have a real disability—that will never be funny.  

    4. “But you’re so young"

    Thanks for reminding me that I have my whole life to look forward to crippling pain and being my doctor’s pin cushion every month for the rest of my life (at least it’s for science). But that’s the thing about disability: it can happen to anyone, regardless of age.

    Acknowledging someone’s youth is typically a good thing; unless you have a disability, then suddenly the phrase “you’re so young” has a negative connotation. Instead of “you’re so young” implying that you can take on anything in the world, “you’re so young” takes on a darker tone. Suddenly, you can’t achieve as much, regardless of how young you are, because you have this disability holding you back. But what’s worse is that people are starting to pity you, because you’re so young and you have this ugly disability challenging what should be the best years of your life.

    The pity remarks of “but you’re so young” only become more prevalent if you have a disease that’s typically associated with older people, like arthritis. I mean, when was the last time you’ve seen a commercial for an arthritis-based medication that featured a model who was younger than 75? Exactly—you’ve never seen one, which means it’s absolutely unheard of to have a 22-year-old with chronic arthritis of any kind.

    Let’s face it. Your age doesn’t make a disability any worse, nor does it make it any less painful. So, stop associating someone’s age with their disability. The “but you’re so young” comments desperately need to stop.

    5. “Stop being so lazy”

    Just because I’m not visibly doubled over in pain doesn’t mean I’m being lazy when I actually do ask you for help. That’s the thing with people with disabilities: we often have one or two painful symptoms, especially those of us with chronic pain, but we put on a pretty face to hide our pain. Even if you couldn’t tell from our physical demeanor or our facial expression that we were in pain, do you know how many follow-up questions and gestures of pity we would get if we walked around on a daily basis shouting out our symptoms or our pain level on a scale of one-to-ten?

    Regardless of the type of disability (or lack thereof), if someone asks you for help, then they clearly need some sort of assistance. Whether it’s emotional support, lifting a box or holding their hand while they walk down a hallway, nobody’s cry for help should be dismissed as them being feeble or simply being ‘lazy.’

    6. “But you weren’t always disabled”

    That’s right, Peggy, and you weren’t always a blonde. Like the power of box hair dye, people change and so does their health. Seriously though, just because someone isn’t disabled doesn’t mean they can’t develop a disability later in life.

    This statement might seem harmless, but it can often be a terrible reminder for anyone who wasn’t always disabled.

    Not everyone with an invisible disability, mental disability or visible disability was born with their disability. Even those of us who were born with disabilities have varying symptoms that can make us appear more or less disabled on a given day. After all, the severity of symptoms can change on a daily or even hourly basis.

    7. “Do you really need to park in a handicap spot?”

    Yes, but do you really need to be such an ass? So, before you start screaming at an innocent person with a disability, who has clearly left their vehicle in a handicap parking space with a handicap sticker hanging in their rearview mirror, you might want to remember that people with invisible disabilities exist.

    Unless there’s some obscure black market for counterfeit disabled parking license plates and stickers that I’m clearly unaware of, then don’t be a parking lot vigilante who yells at people with disabilities. It isn’t a good look for anyone. In the modern day of anti-vaxxers, it might be hard to trust medical professionals, but ultimately you have to trust that a person’s handicap sticker was prescribed to them for a reason.

    Even if someone might not have a physical limp or look disabled (whatever that even means), nobody has a right to question whether or not someone is disabled enough to actually be disabled. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a single certain way that people with disabilities are supposed to act or look like. Sorry, but I’m not sorry that I don’t have an iconic zombie-walk-limp today but my back still hella hurts, so I’m using my handicap sticker that I have every right to utilize.

    Regardless, part of this dilemma could be blamed on the international symbol for disabled parking. After all, the graphic motif is, in fact, a person in a wheelchair. And it doesn’t really help that whenever you Google image search “disabled person” nearly every person is in a wheelchair or using another form of mobility device.

    I get it, it’s an easy image to use as a visual interpretation. However, the fact of the matter is that very few Americans with a disability actually use some sort of mobility device. According to the 1994-1995 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), only 26 percent of disabled Americans actually use devices like canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Simply put, there are more disabled Americans who have invisible disabilities than those with visible disabilities. Yet, somehow everyone is so quick to force those of us with invisible disabilities to verify our disabilities.

    Regardless, every disabled person, invisible or visible, has encountered some form of prejudice in their lifetime. Joni Eareckson Tada, International Disability expert, elaborates to the Invisible Disability Association, “People have such high expectations of folks like you [with invisible disabilities], like, ‘come on, get your act together.’ But they have such low expectations of folks like me in wheelchairs, as though it’s expected that we can’t do much.”

    An anonymous senior at Iowa State University, who has atypical autism, or pervasive developmental disorder, says, “Having an invisible disability should be no excuse for you to expect anything less of yourself or for others to expect anything less from you, as a person. Just because most people don’t know that I have an autism spectrum disorder when they first meet me, doesn’t mean that they should treat me any differently after they find out. This should go without saying for any person who has a disability.”

    There are stigmas about people with visible disabilities and people with invisible disabilities, and these stigmas need to stop. Like how certain articles about individuals who “overcome” their disabilities (despite still having a disability) are praised in our society, yet stories about someone with a disability who needs help and is actively getting help is shamed and ridiculed. Everyone handles disabilities differently, and nobody should shame them for it. This is probably why we tend to praise celebrities who open up about their mental health as being strong, but also demonize them for admitting that they need help in the first place (or for advocating awareness for a specific disability or condition). People with disabilities are just normal people who enjoy eating good food and watching television, just like literally everyone since TV was invented.

    Seriously though, we all collectively need to stop treating people with disabilities like social recluses who can’t do anything or enjoy life. Just because someone uses a cane or someone comes out to you about their invisible disability doesn’t mean that your friendship dynamic needs to change.

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    Sometimes your face is just having One Of Those Days. And, by now, if you're someone who regularly tunes into Face Mask & Chill, you know that the answer to One Of Those Days is multi-masking. Multi-masking is basically using a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, to really target your skin's specific needs. Dry forehead? Hydrating mask. Acne-prone cheeks? Zit-destroying mask. Boom. It's basically magic.

    What's less magical is having to spend a zillion dollars on these masks. Especially when you're using more than one, the $$$ really adds up. I love a good, expensive, ~luxury~ mask as much as the next skincare obsessive, but I also really like a dang bargain, and these masks from found, a beauty brand at Walmart, have honestly helped me in my time of need.

    found is a line of bizarrely affordable skincare products available at Walmart, and you're actually going to want to get your hands on these.

    Because, trust me, all of your friends are about to. I saw them floating around the world of Instagram, and naturally I was like, okay, I'll bite. Because Instagram has become the home of beauty, and I have yet to be disappointed by the gems I find on my friends' feeds, and on influencers feeds, and on the feeds of other editors. It's pretty damn cool.

    But back to found. These masks remind me of the masks I used to rely heavily on in middle school, but in a really, really good way. They're straight to the point. The packaging isn't the sexiest, but it'll still make a good shelfie and it won't embarrass you when your friends come over. It's what's inside that counts, or whatever, anyway, and what's inside is seriously so yummy and good for the soul that I can't stop recommending these to people who are like, wait, what do I do about this zit, or, wait, what should I do about this strange wrinkle popping up on my forehead.

    I use these in a few different ways.

    Because found is so affordable, it's given me a lot of room to play around and do some trial and error. I love the found Pore Care Moor Mud ask for my bacne, because it's summer and I have zero time for these angry back zits. I love to multi-mask with the found Firming Blackberry Face Mask and Clarifying Kaolin Mask, because kaolin is the freaking best and it just sucks all the crap out of your face, while the blackberry mask does wonders for my dry ass forehead. 

    Also, who knew papaya was so good for your skin? Because of its active enzymes and vitamin c, papaya moisturizes, brightens, and clarifies, making it a good mask to reach for when you look like a zombie and literally have no idea why. It always helps perk up my skin a bit and never leaves it feeling dry or tight, like other masks often do. Because that tight, tingly feeling you get from some masks is a sign of irritation, not it closing your pores. Sorry! 

    Skincare is fun and lovely and often a good form of self care, and it's good and nice that brands like found make it possible for us to engage in this practice without spending tons of money. So go forth and slather, and be sure to DM us your mask selfies.

    Want more beauty wisdom? Follow @HerCampusBeauty, and tune into @HerCampus on Instagram every week for wellness & beauty segments!

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    Traveling is on everyone’s bucket list. It’s almost as if we’re instinctively curious to discover new lands, cultures, and people. In this digital age, people’s travels are documented all over social media which can encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone even more.

    However, backpacking through Europe isn’t fiscally reasonable nor possible for everyone. Here are some ways to satisfy your wanderlust when your wallet isn’t full of travel change.

    Discover new local shops and museums

    When you’ve lived somewhere your whole life, you can fall into a routine of visiting the same shops and sources of entertainment. It can make home feel a little too comfortable, causing you to yearn for a change in Bali or Cancún. However, there are always chances to reach outside the normalcy of things, even in your local area. Drive outside familiarity and learn about the history of your town. Visit museums and parks. These can make you feel a little bit more exotic even though you haven’t broken the bank and traveled far.

    Monica, a senior from the University of Washington, says, “I started going to a new café every week just to change it up a bit, and I even became friends with some of the baristas!”

    Making small changes as Monica had can make home life seem just a tad bit more exciting!

    Find adventure at home

    Yes, skydiving in Australia sounds amazing if you’re an adrenaline junkie. Videos on YouTube of people having the time of their lives doesn’t make it easier either. But wanderlust isn’t just about going somewhere new; it’s also about doing something new and experiencing something different. Thankfully, you can quench your thirst for adrenaline by doing adventurous things at home as well.

    Do you live near the ocean? Try surfing lessons. Live near a lake? Find some diving board areas. Live more inland? Amusement parks can do the trick! Did you know that the tallest rollercoaster in the world is actually in New Jersey? But if you’re still itching to do something a little more dangerous, look up ziplining, bungee-jumping and skydiving in your area. You’d be surprised at how many American states have activities for adventurous types. You don’t need to travel to another country just to do something fun and exciting.

    Jessie, a sophomore from Rowan University, says, “My boyfriend and I went to this wolf farm that was only 30 minutes away. It was amazing and it felt like I went into uncharted lands even though we weren’t far away.”

    You might be surprised what kind of bold things you can do without hopping on a plane.

    Make the most of what you have

    Traveling is amazing for obvious reasons, but it’s limited because of the cost. And that means you can’t just invite all your friends to the south of France whenever you feel like it.

    But you know what you can do? Use what you already have at home so you aren’t spending money just to spend time with your friends. Have a blanket? Have a picnic. Have a car or can borrow someone’s? Go stargazing. Live near a trail? Go for a hike. Buy a disposable camera and capture the moment, not to post it online, but to remember that you don’t need to travel just to spend time with your loved ones.

    Jo, a junior from Lehigh University, says, “I went on Pinterest to find some inspiration and found this picture of a drive-in movie theater. My friends and I drove to the nearest one an hour away, and it was like a mini-road trip!”

    There are so many local events happening, especially in the summer! Take advantage of the free things in life and make the most of it.

    Eat something you normally wouldn't

    Isn’t traveling all about immersing into a unique culture and stepping outside your comfort zone? Next time you’re picking somewhere to eat, try something a little unusual. It may end up being a cautionary tale or an amazing one, but the point is that you tried! The same situation would happen if you were in a different country trying a new dish for the first time. Your taste buds get to have a little taste of a different culture.

    We hope that, with these tips, you’ll be more inspired to make your local area feel new and exotic. You can learn a lot about yourself by trying new things, and life is all about growing. Good luck!

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    After Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton split in July 2015, Lambert was noticeably absent from the public eye — even during the release of her new album, The Weight of These Wings in November 2016. Now, she's revealing why.

    In an interview with HITS Daily Double, the country superstar revealed that she actually refused to do press for the album because she didn't want to answer questions about Blake's new relationship with his The Voice co-star, Gwen Stefani. 

    "I came into [manager] Marion [Kraft’s] office and said, 'I’m not speaking to anyone until they hear this record,'" Lambert said. "It was going to be hell, and I’d already been through hell."

    She continued, "It was hell putting it on paper, putting my words on paper. So I didn’t want to rehash. I’d finally gotten to a place where I wasn’t sad anymore … It would’ve set up some expectation that couldn’t be met. I was very publicly going through this thing, and there wasn’t an explanation to be given."

    When Lambert finally agreed to do an interview, she was — of course — asked about Blake and Gwen. 

    "I got on the phone for the first interview. First question was, 'How do you feel about Gwen?' I hung up," she said. "I told Marion, 'I just can’t do this.' What was in the music was real, and I wanted people to get it from that. Take from it what they would. Then if I needed to talk, I would. But I haven’t really until now."

    And now that she's ready, Lambert's also keeping things real. 

    "I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed. That’s all I can be, you know? I cuss. I drink. I get divorced and get my heart broken. I break hearts. I can’t do or be that anymore, or it’ll drive me crazy. I won’t be good anymore," she said. "I felt, maybe, a different kind of fear than any other record. It was really my life’s work and my life’s story. But there was also relief, I was thankful to let the music do what the music does — and to allow myself that."

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    After a nearly four-hour standoff, police apprehended a woman who had climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday afternoon. According to CNN, she was protesting the separation of migrant families at the US-Mexico border. 

    Liberty Island was evacuated as authorities attempted to get the woman down as she walked back and forth under Lady Liberty's sandal. She initially declared that she wouldn't come down until "all the children are released," an NYPD source told CNN. 

    Other protesters were on the island during the day, also rallying against the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. An organizer of the group "Rise and Resist," Martin Joseph Quinn, told CNN the unidentified woman was affiliated with the group, but he and other members were not aware of her plans to climb the Statue of Liberty. 

    "She climbed without our knowledge. It was not part of our action," Quinn said. "We are deeply concerned for her safety." 

    Jay W. Walker, another member of Rise and Resist, told CNN that the theme of the protest was that Lady Liberty is weeping over the unconstitutional excesses of ICE under the Trump administration. 

    "We thought we wanted to do something on our Independence Day, a day that obviously is meant for reflection on the ideals on which this nation was founded," he told CNN. "This country has posited itself as a beacon. Right now, we have a government that is actively turning its back on those ideals." 

    At one point, protesters unfurled a banner that read "Abolish ICE!" over a railing around the base of the statue. CNN reported that at least seven people were arrested. 

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    After nearly a year together, Halsey and G-Eazy are taking a break.

    Halsey made the announcement in an Instagram story on Tuesday, writing, "I normally keep this kind of thing private but provided our public nature I feel the need to inform my fans. G-Eazy and I are taking some time apart."

    She continued, "I’m eager to continue the upcoming passage of time dedicating myself to my art and my career, and the duration of my tour. I wish him the best. Thanks for respecting our privacy at this time."

    Later on Tuesday, Halsey posted a photo on Instagram with a caption that twists the lyrics of a new Drake song, "8 Out of 10."


    kiss my dog on the forehead and then kiss ur ass goodbye ✅

    A post shared by halsey (@iamhalsey) on

    "Kiss my dog on the forehead and then kiss ur ass goodbye," the caption read. 

    Fans also noticed that Halsey had begun deleting photos of her and G-Eazy from her Instagram account. 

    G-Eazy — who is reportedly traveling in Europe — has yet to comment on the split.

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    It can be a drag to leave your friends and head home for the summer. No more late-night Taco Bell or spontaneous parties without getting yelled at by mom and pops. It's easy to suffer from FOMO while home for the summer and go completely crazy. If that sounds like you, don't worry—we've got you covered. We've talked to college women around the country who have advice to help you get through this summer at home. 

    Plan trips

    If you can't be at college, and you're tired of sitting around at home, planning trips is the perfect way to escape from a mundane summer. Whether it's a short road trip, or a week-long adventure, a change of scenery is always the perfect refresher. 

    Rachna Shah, a freshman at Dartmouth University, gives us a few great tips. "I would recommend planning on a trip or vacation somewhere—whether it be somewhere as local as the next state over or traveling to a country abroad," she says. "If that's not possible, try immersing yourself in another culture through different means—whether it be by learning a new language (e.g. through your local library's resources) or trying a new cuisine out!" This could be a great solution if you can't stand living at home anymore. So, grab some friends and hit the road!

    Get a summer job

    A summer job is a great way to stay busy during months spent at home while saving money for the school year. You're sure to get antsy sitting at home waiting for the fall semester to come, so working a job can make it fly by and be an opportunity to meet new people. 

    Kayleen Parra-Padron, a senior at Florida International University, lets us in on her summer plans. "Instead of being home all day, I work full-time all week and take summer classes," she says. "Otherwise, I think I'd go crazy doing nothing. Typical Virgo thing to do!" It's a great way to make use of your spare time, and she makes a good point with summer classes as well. 

    Take summer classes

    If you're anything like us, you'll be taking some summer classes to get ahead (or catch up). If you aren't going to be near campus for the summer, try enrolling in online classes that you can work on while at home. This is a great way to stay productive. Plus, you won't have to ease back into your studies when you return for the fall semester.

    Marialexia Hernandez, a senior at the University of Central Florida, notes the benefits of keeping your mind sharp. "Summer classes get you ahead and keep you busy, too," she says. "When you get back in the fall, the transition from fun in the sun to freaking out all fall is not as intense." Loading your summer with productivity is a smart move, and it will make the days fly by. If it's too late to sign up for classes at your college, try reading up on some of your upcoming classes for fall and getting prepared so you'll be ahead. Or, if you haven't registered for fall yet, do some research on the classes you need to be taking for your major or minor.

    Spend quality time with your family

    Going away to college can help you appreciate having your family around. Your time spent at home for the summer could be a great way to spend more quality time with the family members you miss during the school year. 

    Elena Pham, a junior at the University of Central Florida, reminds us that time with your family is limited and precious. "My advice is to genuinely cherish and appreciate your time with your family because once you're graduated, that time will only dwindle," she says. 

    Although spending time with family all summer may not seem that exciting, those are memories you will hold onto once you've plummeted into the real world after college.

    Learn a new skill

    Spending months at home means you have endless time to adopt a new skill or hobby. Julia Southwick, a junior at the University of Central Florida, says to, "Learn a new skill: cooking, crafting, others." There are tons of possibilities when it comes to picking up a new hobby during summertime. Whether it's learning how to surf, skate, knit or paint, taking the time to learn a new skill will save you from boredom and have you returning to school sharper than ever.

    Spend time with old friends

    Like family, we can sometimes take for granted how much time we get to spend with our hometown friends. It's hard when you see your friends at least five days a week during high school and then part ways. Your time spent at home for the summer could be used to catch up on some of those old friendships.

    Emily Schmidt, a sophomore at Stanford University, mentions how she enjoys seeing old friends and spending time in her hometown. "Although it's hard for us to get together all at once, I love being able to slide back into our old ways. When I'm not hanging with my friends, I try to participate in local events my town holds. I come from a really small town, so it's a great way to see other people I haven't seen in a while." The summer months are important for reuniting with your friends from childhood and high school.

    Volunteer in the community

    Spending time at home means you have plenty of time to do something good for the community. Whether it's cleaning up your neighborhood beach, helping out at the local animal shelter or preparing food for the homeless, volunteering is a great way to make use of the months you'll be home. Instead of just laying around binge-watching Netflix, you can really make a difference and spend time advocating for something that matters to you.

    Sites such as Volunteer Match can provide you with resources regarding all volunteer opportunities: animals,advocacy and human rights, arts and culture, board developments and more.

    Your summer months at home don't have to be a drag. There are several ways to effectively fill your summer with fun, productive and unique activities that can actually make it one of the best summers yet. You earned your time off, so don't spend it smothered in boredom. There are plenty of options to make every summer a great one.

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    Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    Teens Stuck After Being Found Alive In A Flooded Cave In Thailand

    Rising floodwaters trapped a teenaged soccer team and their coach in the Tham Luang cave system in Thailand more than a week ago. On Monday evening, all thirteen members of the group were found alive; however, it may be awhile before they can be rescued. 

    According to CNN, officials are currently planning an extraction, but a number of risky conditions — such as high water levels, heavy rains, and a difficult terrain — are making the process more difficult. Flooding the caves isn't an option either, since some of the boys do not know how to swim. 

    For now, Thai military sources are planning on sending the group food and having specially trained doctors enter the caves to medically assess everyone. Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakon said that power and telephone lines might also be made available to the boys, so they can talk to their parents. 

    The Death Toll In Quebec Is Rising Amid A Heat Wave

    A number of deaths — currently 18— have been linked to the ongoing heat wave in Quebec. The majority have taken place in Montreal, where paramedic services say they've reached the "limit of the capabilities of our services." According to Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, more than 15,000 people were visisted by first responders yesterday. 

    The wave began last Friday and is expected to continue. The CBC called it "the worst to hit Quebec in decades."

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Wednesday, sending his thoughts to the loved ones of those who died. He also provided information for people to stay cool. 

    An Unconscious Couple Was Exposed To A Nerve Agent In The United Kingdom

    A man and a woman found unconscious in Amesbury, Wiltshire were reportedly poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok. The couple — Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess — wasn't found far from where Sergei Skripal, an ex-Russian spy, was poisoned — also with Novichok.

    The two are currently in critical condition. According to the Metropolitan Police, there was "nothing in their background" that suggested the couple was targeted. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that the Counter Terrorism Policing Network will lead an investigation into the matter, with the help of the Wiltshire Police. 

    "It is important that the investigation is led by the evidence available and we don't make any assumptions," Basu's statement read in part. As of right now, UK police say there's no risk to the public in the Amesbury area. 

    What to look for...

    Yesterday may have earned you a day off of work, but it's back to the grind today — which is, of course, celebrated as National Workaholics Day

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    Scarlett Johansson has an extensive professional resume. From portraying Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) in numerous Marvel-affiliated films to Kay Lake in The Black Dahlia, she is an experienced actress. Throughout her years in the entertainment industry, Scarlett Johansson has also become well-versed in controversy. With her upcoming production, Rub & Tug, Johansson will bolster her problematic professional ventures by portraying a transgender man—when, as we know, she isn’t a transgender man herself.  

    Variety reports that Johansson will take on the role of Dante “Tex” Gill (aka Mr. Gill) in the movie Rub & Tug, which is currently in pre-production. The biopic follows Mr. Gill, who was a known transgender man who organized several NSFW massage enterprises in the 1970s (among other things).

    Details in Mr. Gill’s obituary report that Mr. Gill was a transgender man. According to the Post-Gazette’s 2003 obituary, “In all the old newspaper stories about Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, she was always ‘the woman who prefers to be known as a man,’ or some variation of that description, and she sure looked and acted the part.” Although the language is a bit outdated, it seems implicitly clear that Mr. Gill knew who he was and wanted to be known and seen as a man.

    The Post-Gazette added that Mr. Gill “may even have undergone the initial stages of [medical transitioning] that made her appear more masculine.” Combined with the fact that Gill, “insisted she was a man” and wanted to be called “Mr. Gill.” Due to contextual gaps in history, we don’t know the extensive details around Mr. Gill’s life or how he extensively defined his unique identity. However, if Mr. Gill was adamant about being a man, then he was a man. Insinuating that Mr. Gill was anything other than a man is as troubling as using someone’s deadname.

    Casting a ciswoman, like Johansson to portray a transgender man isn’t only insulting—it’s also dangerous. Attempting to have a woman portray a man erases Mr. Gill’s trans identity and his masculinity. However, seeing a woman portray a transgender man also perpetuates the concept that Mr. Gill wasn’t a man, and that misrepresents his entire life and a vital aspect of his identity.

    Since news circulated that Johansson is taking on this inglorious project, media outlets have already used Mr. Gill’s impending film portrayal as a way to distort his life. Deadline is one of a few publications that have repeatedly misgendered Mr. Gill in their coverage of Johansson’s new role. Deadline essentially, and wrongfully, whittled down Mr. Gill’s identity as a woman who enjoyed cross-dressing as a man.

    Yet, Mr. Gill was not a cross-dresser—he was a man. Johannson’s role as Mr. Gill could have consequently swayed multiple publications into mislabeling Mr. Gill’s identity and therefore a critical part of his life. Coupled with Johansson’s role and the media’s misrepresentation of Mr. Gill’s identity, this film, and the proceeding coverage, can regress representation.

    Representation matters. Misrepresentation matters, which is why representation is meaningless until it’s executed in a healthy and respective manner. Unhealthy or blatantly incorrect representation can actively negate positive productions like Pose that show the reality of what it’s like to be trans and a member of the LGBTQ+ community.  

    The Johansson effect on how the media misinterprets members of the LGBTQ+ community isn’t the first turbulent tide in how media as a whole portrays members of the trans community. Problematic predecessors, like Rachel Weisz, have also influenced media into mislabeling trans men—ultimately changing these real people’s non-fictional narratives into something fictitious.

    After initial media coverage of Weisz’s role in a future film about James Barry, publications mislabeled Barry as a gender fluid doctor. But, James Barry was actually a transgender man—which shows how, like Weisz and the book that inspired the Barry-themed film, Johansson’s role as Mr. Gill can literally change history (or at least people’s perception of history). Substituting historical context with false substance can have damaging consequences on present-day transgender people because it devalues their experiences and lives—thus, propagating a cycle of continued abuse and harassment that’s already (unfortunately) rampant in the trans community.

    While publications like Slate have suggested solutions to Johansson’s problematic casting call, casting a cis man as Mr. Gill would still be a problematic misrepresentation of Mr. Gill’s life, just in a different way.

    Cisgender men don’t have the same lived experiences as transgender men. According to CNN, there are a plethora of trans men who could have been cast for the role of Mr. Gill. Though these hypothetical, albeit infinitely more mindful, casting choices are just a dream for how Mr. Gill could have been represented on-screen, Johansson, unfortunately, doesn’t seem fazed by her public backlash.

    Following the criticism, a spokesperson for the actress provided a statement to Bustle from the actress herself. “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” Johansson included in her statement.

    Her comment obviously refers to Tambor’s role as a trans woman in Transparent, Leto’s role in Dallas Buyers Club, and Huffman’s role in Transamerica. Aside from her defensive comments, Johansson is dangerously self-aware of her harmful portrayal of Mr. Gill.

    Denouncing her problematic affiliation by claiming that it’s acceptable because other actors have misrepresented trans people in their respective productions seems to show that she’s aware of the issue with her involvement, but she doesn’t appear concerned with rectifying the issue.

    Naturally, Johansson’s neglectful response only sparked more criticism, particularly from Marvel fans. One Twitter user writes, “Emily Blunt is the Natasha Romanoff we deserved.”

    Whereas another user tweeted, “We could've had her as Black Widow! But no! We got smirk face emoji instead!”

    The Twitterverse commentary stems from the fact that Emily Blunt (pictured in the tweets), was originally considered to play Black Widow. But, Blunt declined the role, the Independentreports.

    Given that Johansson is anticipating her solo Marvel film, Black Widow, the snarky virtual banter from Marvel fans could indicate some potential protest from the Romanoff-themed movie that’s ambiguously slated sometime in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). And Marvel fans aren’t the only ones using their platforms to vocalize their dismay regarding Johansson’s role and subsequent comments.

    Sense 8 actress Jamie Clayton tweeted about the ongoing Rug & Tug controversy, writing, “Actors who are trans never even get to audition for anything other than roles of trans characters. That's the real issue. We can't even get in the room."

    Trans men and trans women are routinely dismissed from non-trans roles and the entertainment industry as a whole. But, the casting decision to cast a cis woman as a trans man shows that trans actors are still excluded from telling their own stories. Outside of Hollywood, members of the trans community often suppress their gender and their transition to avoid discrimination at their current vocation and from prospective employers, a study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality reports.

    Discriminating against trans people, by definition, is transphobic. Discrimination can take on many forms, but Johansson’s role as Mr. Gill and her response to this justified backlash are indicative of the following transphobic ideologies:

    • Misinterpretation of trans people identities. The film innately falsifies Mr. Gill’s identity by casting a woman to portray him.
    • Avoiding trans people. The film overlooks qualified trans men actors, which by consequence creates a conundrum because the film is about a trans man but it doesn’t include a trans man.
    • Discrediting a trans person’s pronouns and/or identity. The movie indirectly fueled the already existing cycle of pronoun and gender identity misuse in the media and beyond.

    Granted, this isn’t an exhaustive list of how this upcoming production discriminates against the trans community. Still, Rub & Tug isn’t the most dubious item on Johansson’s repertoire, she’s also portrayed other troubling roles.

    Johansson’s brand of taking on controversial roles that appropriate other people’s identity predates this latest transphobic blunder. The Playlist notes that Rub & Tug director Rupert Sanders and Johansson previously collaborated on another offensive production: Ghost in the Shell. If you’re unfamiliar with Sanders’ production of Ghost in the Shell or the original anime and manga series, Major Motoko Kusanagi is a canonically Japanese woman. However, Johansson portrayed Major in the film adaptation, even though she isn’t Japanese.

    Needless to say, Johansson’s role as Major greatly contributed to the overall whitewashing of the Ghost in the Shell movie. Sanders’ model to erase Major’s race (among other things) stripped the production of the original respective anime and manga series’ cultural significance. The problematic profession duo has experience in appropriating Japanese media while simultaneously omitting the culture that created Ghost in the Shell. Their combined history could have additional implications when it comes to Mr. Gill’s life.

    Above all else, Johansson’s role as Mr. Gill does something more heinous than hijack his identity and replace his livelihood with an entirely different script: it also transforms trans peoples’ lives into glorified inspiration porn. Deadline notes Johansson’s role as Mr. Gill is “her most challenging role since Lost in Translation.” However, acting out a misconstrued version of someone else’s identity isn’t a challenge.

    The real challenge lies in how trans men and trans women are consistently overlooked for roles in the entertainment industry while simultaneously being more susceptible to violent attacks, homicide and suicide.

    There are uncomplicated ways to prevent future problematic casting calls and to, hopefully, put the era of misrepresented characters, tropes and biopics behind us. Beyond just listening to the members of the trans community (and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole) and the issues that they face, the entertainment industry needs to actively do something to amend these problems. Listening is crucial to change, but playing the passive listener doesn’t inspire change. Casting directors can start influencing this necessary, positive change by casting more transgender actors and actresses.

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    Warning: This article *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

    We can’t get enough of the way The Bold Type tackles important issues in each episode. When this week’s episode, "Stride of Pride," started with Sutton doing a “walk of shame” then transforming that “walk of shame” into a story pitch, we knew the episode would be no different in terms of its ability to address complex topics that are relevant to young women. Much of this week’s episode centered on an argument between Jane and Kat, leading them to both examine their privilege.

    Jane thought she was a great fit for a job she applied for, but then hears that she didn’t get the job because of a “diversity push” at the company. She becomes upset, thinking it’s unfair that she didn’t get a job that she was super qualified for.

    Jane, being a classic well-intentioned white person not recognizing her privilege, says she thinks diversity is important, but also feels that it’s unfair that she didn’t get a job that she believed she was perfect for. When Kat calls her out for making these comments, she feels insulted, like she’s being called “racist.” Many of us have had this conversation before, whether we’ve been more like Jane, thinking that it’s “unfair” that we didn’t get something we wanted, or more like Kat, feeling frustrated with people who don’t understand that this “unfairness” is something that people of color deal with on a regular basis.

    We’ve seen it in our social media feeds again and again: someone makes a comment that seems to come from a privileged perspective, another person calls them out for it and instead of that person considering their privilege, they feel as though they’re being targeted. Instead of analyzing the situation from a new perspective, the common response is anger, frustration or “seriously?!?! I’m not racist!” And Jane’s response was not much different from that—which is so important. We see her react with defensiveness and confusion, similar to many of our Facebook friends, but by the end of the episode, she gains a better understanding of her privilege.  

    Later, Kat finds Jane in her go-to coffee shop, wanting to talk about their argument. She tells Jane that she knows she’s not racist, but her comments were problematic. Jane is still defensive. Kat points out that her comments might’ve been “white privilege-y” and Jane responds with, “I didn’t get a job I was perfect for because I’m white. I was just stating a fact.” This, again, is a common argument—I’m so qualified, I really wanted this job, and it’s not fair. Sometimes, people are looking for a reason as to why they didn’t get what they wanted, and instead of blaming themselves or thinking that, you know, maybe other qualified people applied, they find something or someone else to blame. But making people of color a scapegoat is obviously a huge issue.

    It’s hard for Jane to wrap her head around her privilege when she’s unemployed: she doesn’t have enough money, she doesn’t have health insurance and she felt like she was perfect for this job but still didn’t get it. Her response, again, is a common one IRL where she speaks as though she was more qualified than the other candidates even though she doesn’t know their backgrounds, implying that whoever got the job only got it because they’re a person of color. Yikes.

    Kat points this out to her, saying, “But how do you know that whoever did get the job wasn’t more perfect? The fact that you assume they only got it because of some diversity handout makes you sound entitled.” Jane’s argument, again, is a common reaction: she questions what Kat knows about privilege when she comes from a rich background. It’s hard for Jane to fathom having privilege when she feels like she’s hardly getting by, which is a common reason people don’t understand what “white privilege” means. When Jane says, “Excuse me for being pissed that I didn’t get a job that I know I can do because of something completely out of my control,” Kat says, “Welcome to the entire existence of people of color, Jane.”

    During this conversation, Kat starts to discuss her own privilege. Though she’s biracial, she also comes from a lot of money and her dad helped her land her job at Scarlet. In this episode, Kat is interviewing candidates for a job within her department and meeting Angie helps her think about her own privilege. Angie loves Scarlet but never would’ve imagined that she could work there. She wasn’t able to finish college, so hiring her goes against company policy.

    “It’s only occurred to me through staffing that there are so many people out there who are smart and capable and talented, and they don’t even think about working at Scarlet as a possibility because of where they come from,” Kat says to Jane. Now that Kat is in the position to offer these opportunities, she doesn’t want to mess it up. Kat wants to ask the board to change this policy, but she wants Angie herself to present to the board. Kat calls Angie asking her to present to the board, but Angie is working and can’t risk losing her job. Around this same time, Jane recognizes that Kat was right about her privilege and wants to do something to make it up to her. Sutton gives Jane the idea to fill in for Angie at work, allowing Angie to go to the board meeting. 

    This episode is so important because it addressed the complexities of privilege and how it’s hard for people to recognize their privilege when they feel anything but “privileged.” It also showed us an honest conversation about privilege—one that was messy and familiar but also ended up being a productive learning experience for both Jane and Kat.

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    It looks like Stephen Curry isn't the only man in the house now. The basketball player and his wife Ayesha Curry welcomed their third child on July 2, a baby boy they've named Canon W. Jack Curry, making it baby number 3 and the first boy in their little family. 

    Canon is absolutely adorable, as if we expected any less. Both Ayesha and Steph posted the news on their Instagram pages and OMG, aren't they just the perfect little family of five?

    The wait was long and hard for Ayesha, who mentioned back in April that her pregnancy was difficult and had been taking a toll on her health. On April 5, she posted a pic on Instagram saying, "6 down 3 to go! Praising God because I can finally eat and cook a little bit again! Pray that it sticks for me y’all! Ive had 5 hospital stays since the new year and have pretty much been sucking at life (at least that’s how it’s felt.) I think I’m starting to turn a corner though!!!! Woot woot." Thank goodness that's all over now. 

    I'm so excited for the Curry family and can't wait to watch Canon grow up, like we have with their daughters. Who knows, maybe baby Curry will follow daddy's footsteps and be the next big basketball star. I can just see it now...

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    Selena Gomez may have said "everything is not what it seems" once upon a time, but it seems to me aWizards of Waverly Placereunion went down at Disneyland on the 4th of July. Though I'm a little offended I wasn't invited to said reunion, I'm glad there were at least some photos to show for it.

    The "Back to You" singer met up with her former co-star and friend, David Henrie, at Disneyland for "brudder and sissy" time, making the situation that much more precious for my pre-teen heart. Gomez documented the day in a series of Instagram posts with various sweet captions, including "family vacation vibes." This is all too much. 


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    Brudder & sissy

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    What I wouldn't give for a reboot of Wizards, honestly. I don't want to get my hopes up, considering Gomez made it sound like it wasn't going to happen just last year.

    "I don’t know… But it was fun,” she said on The Zach Sang Show about a revival. “I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal when me and David [Henrie], my older brother on the show, were talking about it. But I understand. I’m so proud of that. It was so fun, and it was so funny. We were having dinner and talking about it hypothetically, where we would be, but we’re all older. David’s married now so we’re in such different places in our lives.”

    Ugh, well at least we have these photos and their friendship to live vicariously through.

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    You’ve just begun to settle into the routine of your internship. But even if the sleep and coffee deprivation is beginning to wear you down, don’t despair! There’s a good chance that your internship is going better than you think it is, especially if you’ve been proactive in the workplace. Here are four signs that you’re succeeding at your internship.

    1. You fit into the company (culture)

    Internships for college students are more competitive than ever today. Sometimes, you don’t end up being accepted into your first choice internship—maybe not even your second or third choice. Even if you’ve landed your dream internship, it might end up being a lot more boring that you thought it would be. Coffee runs and making copies aren’t exactly how you imagined spending your time. So if you’ve managed to love your internship so far, it’s a good sign that it’s going well! 

    Just as important as the company’s field is how the company goes about achieving its mission. Company culture shines through in many factors, ranging from its social media posts to employee dress code. Certain companies today pride themselves on their innovative outlook, while others retain a hierarchal structure.

    Ava Danville, Assistant Director at Hofstra’s University’s Career Center, emphasizes the importance of finding your niche within the organization. “Building community within the organization, including formal and informal networking, will also help you adjust."

    Katie Kochanny, a rising senior from Michigan State University, has learned a lot from her three internships. She suggests that your gut intuition is a good indicator of your success. “Starting a new internship can be a scary experience,” she says. “But, once you find yourself getting more comfortable, you’ll start seeing how far you’ve come!”

    If you agree with the company’s mission, there’s a better chance that everybody will come out of the internship happier!

    2. Your responsibilities have grown

    While you might not appreciate the growing pile of papers on your desk, it’s definitely a sign that your boss trusts you more. You’re no longer performing busy work, for starters.

    Katie recommends asking a lot of questions to showcase your initiative. "If you don’t understand something, ask,” she suggests. “You’re there for a reason. If you find yourself waiting for things to do, ask for more. Don't be afraid to ask about what you should be doing or what else you could be working on."

    If you’re getting overwhelmed and stressed, reach out for help. You don't want to burn out, after all! Any company worth your while understands the importance of team-based efforts.

    Related: 7 Ways to Rock the First Day of Your Summer Internship

    3. You’re being introduced to people

    Who you know is just as important as what you know, especially in the business environment. While the word networking may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be a challenge. Start small—introduce yourself to one new person every day—and shoot big!

    Making small talk is key. Chances are that you have something in common with your co-workers, whether it’s a favorite ice cream flavor or a basketball player. Also, if you’re being introduced amongst the team or invited to company-sponsored events, there’s a chance that they’re trying to see if you'd be a good fit!

    Danville suggests starting off by looking for common ground. “In the event that there are affinity groups (ex. same school, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.) at your organization, I recommend getting involved with those as well so that you making sure that different people get to meet you; you never know who will end up advocating for you.”

    Who knows who they know? Even if you’re not being introduced to prospective employers during a job fair, informational interviews with career professionals always help.

    4. Your opinion is valued

    People recognize you—not just as Coffee Girl or That One Intern with the Yellow Shorts, but by your actual name. Even better, people recognize you for your work and are reaching out to you for help!

    Being an intern is often like being like a fly on the wall. You are often going into a field or industry that you have little or no experience in. Compared to some of the experts sitting in the same room, it might feel as though you have nothing to contribute to the discussion—besides coffee orders, of course.

    Nonetheless, Danville encourages interns to voice their opinions. “You were hired for a reason and key influencers want to hear what you have to say,” she advises. “Take some time to understand how your supervisor and others like to receive information. Knowing how to communicate with your key influencers will help you better pitch your ideas.”

    Even if you’re hesitant about joining in, it’s okay. “Ask lots of questions and be curious!”

    If your opinion is being asked for and better yet, being considered in decision-making processes, it’s definitely something to be proud about. From something as simple as what sushi restaurant you want to eat lunch at to what project you believe would be the most fiscally sustainable, if your input is requested, it is probably valued. So, if you feel that the situation is appropriate, step up to the plate and share your opinion!

    Even if you don’t identify with any of these four signs, knowing you, you’re probably on your A-game. Regardless of whether you’ve made a few mistakes, there’s definitely tons of time to rebound. Keep up the work and if you play your cards right, your internship might just turn into a full-time job offer. Shoot... and score!

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