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The right to pee in peace: How do we design a trans-sensitive bathroom?

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Everybody pees and poops. As human beings, we have little choice in the matter, especially if we continue to drink water and eat Kashi cereal.

Even if we can’t control our basic need to toilet, we generally have a choice where and how we do it — most of us, that is.

The transgender community wants to make that decision easier and safer. And it could start with redesigning the bathroom sign itself.

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that private companies could withhold certain birth controls from their employee insurance packages under the Affordable Care Act, it caused an uproar among women’s rights activists. Many worried the Hobby Lobby decision would also set a precedent for sexual or gender discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. Read more…

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How many times people applauded during Obama’s SOTU speech

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The 2015 State of the Union was not President Barack Obama’s longest. It ran 59 minutes and 57 seconds (even though Medium says it should take 28 minutes to read). The written speech was 6,493 words (not including that campaign snap toward the end).

But another notable SOTU metric: the frequent applause.

This year, we took a tally. Not including Obama’s walk up to the podium, nor the applause concluding his speech, people in the House chamber interrupted the president’s speech with clapping a total of 80 times.

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Image: Mashable, Stephanie Buck Read more…

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What Martin Luther King, Jr. saw during his famous speeches

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The lens is squarely focused on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., especially the third Monday of every January, when Americans honor his birthday

King was a man of the people, arguably the strongest leader for African-American civil rights the world has ever seen. He worked with communities across the country, spending intimate time with churchgoers, non-violent protestors and people who travelled from afar to hear his mighty speeches

Famous for his oration, King drew crowds with his presence and kept them with his message. His words moved people to action

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When a food blogger takes a New Year’s cleanse

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Jacki Wan up and quit the most crucial part of her job: eating

Better known as @weekendbreakfast, Wan notified her 13,400 Instagram followers that she was taking the month off. After weeks of rich holiday treats and cooking, the 26-year-old Canadian food blogger finally felt too full. She’d simply lost her appetite. Oh, the irony.

So, Wan hit the reset button by starting a New Year’s juice cleanse. After a week in, find out whether she’s rediscovered her cravings.

Mashable: You’re a food blogger. What makes your approach unique?

@weekendbreakfast: It’s simply a photo diary of my favorite meal of the day: breakfast. I think it’s always important to start off your day right! Whether it’s a slice of fresh bread, spread with butter and topped with some soft scrambled eggs with a nice cup of coffee, or just a simple bowl of your favorite cereal, you absolutely need it to fuel you for your day. Read more…

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If you don’t believe the rape victim, chances are you’re wrong

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People lie. We lie about liking our in-laws. We lie about our income. We lie to our parents about studying at the library when really we’re smoking weed in the park.

These lies are common. A victim lying about rape is not

Yet Rolling Stone decided Friday to distance itself from its widely read story about a violent sexual assault on the University of Virginia campus. The story, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, followed a survivor named Jackie. It documented the subsequent campus investigation into the fraternity brothers who allegedly raped Jackie in 2012.

Problem is, Rolling Stone never actually talked with those accused men. Read more…

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38% of Americans have never even heard of Uber

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Of those people who have heard of Uber, 88% have never used it. Really puts our theories about Uber’s downfall into perspective, doesn’t it?

On Nov. 17 BuzzFeed reported that Uber SVP Emil Michael suggested spending $1 million to hire a team to dig up dirt on journalists who spoke against the company. This followed reports of competitor sabotage, sexism and privacy violations by Uber

It’s no surprise that threatening journalists and tracking users erupted in a media frenzy — many reporters penned op-eds threatening to delete the app and suggesting other users do the same. Some business analysts even speculated whether this series of mistakes would lead to a measurable business hit, or at least, investor cold feet. Read more…

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6 foods exempt from the FDA’s strict new calorie count rules

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced stricter calorie count regulations on Tuesday that will require a wider set of American businesses to post calorie information alongside most menu offerings, specifically prepared foods

These regulations not only adhere to businesses larger than 20 chains, but also vending machines, movie theaters, convenience stores and more. They have rolling deadlines, but most will take effect one year from now

FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the new regulations are one additional step toward fighting the United States’ obesity epidemic Read more…

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Dear Barbie, get it together. Love, female developers everywhere

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Barbie is a smart woman. We know this because Mattel has repeatedly reminded us of her accomplishments (see: all of Barbie’s careers, which span from sign language instructor to world peace ambassador).

Why, then, does she suddenly require the help of two men before she can become a computer engineer?

So says the 2013 children’s book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer, published by Random House. Reviewed by novelist Pamela Ribbon on Monday, the book follows a flustered Barbie who requires “Steven and Brian” to create a video game (after all, she’s “only the designer,” so they have to finish it up for her) Read more…

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What we wore to Woodstock

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From Aug. 15-18, 1969, Woodstock — or more formally, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair — took place on a dairy farm in the Catskills region of New York. Promoted as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” the organizers expected around 200,000 to attend. All told, the audience numbered somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000

That crowd battled rain, mud, lack of food and inadequate lavatories, but it did not lose its sense of style. Here are some of the fashions you would have seen on — and off — the backs of the festival-goers. Read more…

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What we wore to Woodstock

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From Aug. 15-18, 1969, Woodstock — or more formally, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair — took place on a dairy farm in the Catskills region of New York. Promoted as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” the organizers expected around 200,000 to attend. All told, the audience numbered somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000

That crowd battled rain, mud, lack of food and inadequate lavatories, but it did not lose its sense of style. Here are some of the fashions you would have seen on — and off — the backs of the festival-goers. Read more…

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