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A Surprising Twist Takes Gender Debate To A New Level

A Surprising Twist Takes Gender Debate To A New Level

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Recently Always aired an advertisement that sparked national debate about female empowerment and self-esteem. The advertisement seeks to rewrite the rules on how genders are perceived using the phrase ‘like a girl’ as an example – for example hitting ‘like a girl’. Instead of automatically assigning negative connotations to the term, the advertisement wants to change that, to teach young girls that doing something like a girl should not be perceived as something weak or negative.

Blogger Ilana, creator of the popular blog MommyShorts.com, loved message fully and asked her followers to submit photos of their daughters doing “all the amazing things daughters do” using the hashtag #likeagirl. And that’s when something even more amazing happened.

Not only did the blog overflow with photos of girls, but other parents posted pictures of their sons displaying their feminine side under the hashtag #likeaboy.

Because the other side of using the ‘like a girl’ terminology negatively is also telling boys what we think is right for little boys to do and how to act – and especially doing something that’s considered feminine is often not condoned nor encouraged when it comes to acting like a boy. So when we’re telling the little girls in our lives that they can do anything little boys do, and that they should be strong and confident, we shouldn’t forget to do the same for boys and encourage them to embrace their sensitive and nurturing sides as well.

The above photo was submitted by Heather Castic, a North Carolina mom. In it her two-year-old twin boys are playing princess with their older sister and are said to love dinosaurs just as much as tea parties. There are many more wonderful examples of boys doing typically “feminine” activities, like playing house, wearing princess dresses, and painting their nails, all posted with the hashtag #likeaboy on Mommyshorts.

Even though these kids are still in age of innocence it is important to consider what we teach them, because soon enough those terms of doing something ‘like a girl’ or ‘like a boy’ can mean something entirely different. Hopefully these photos will help future generations redefine how genders are viewed so the hashtag would be #likeakid.

The photo is being shown with the permission of Heather Castic.

Sources: Mommyshorts.com, abc.com, Buzzfeed

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Hospitalized Joan Rivers In Stable But Critical Condition

Hospitalized Joan Rivers In Stable But Critical Condition

By Dustin Shrader

Yesterday, while undergoing a minor throat procedure in New York City, Joan Rivers stopped breathing. She was immediately hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital for the complications and placed in a medically-induced coma.

According to a close source, “They were putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal cords. That’s when she stopped breathing. This was not major surgery. Joan was sedated while undergoing the operation and it is unclear what medication was used.”

Daughter and frequent co-star, Melissa Rivers has flown to the city to be by the 81-year-old comedienne’s side. Melissa released a statement this morning thanking everyone on behalf of her mother for the rush of well-wishes she has received since being admitted.

“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

Joan remains in stable but critical condition, resting comfortably surrounded by family. All thoughts and prayers go out to the funny lady and host of E!’s Fashion Police.

 

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Atlanta Black Gay Pride Guide

Atlanta Black Gay Pride Guide

When a small group of friends got together over Labor Day weekend in 1996, they had no idea that their picnic would eventually grow into the world’s largest Black Gay Pride festival. The friends were celebrating their unique experience as members of Atlanta’s gay community and that spirit continues to this day at Atlanta Black Gay Pride.

This year the week-long festival is bigger than ever and is bringing together scores of different groups including community organizations, local government, nightlife promoters and area businesses. With so many groups represented the festival has something for everyone. From concerts and a film festival to the famous Labor Day Rock parties, it’s going to be an incredibly fun week in Atlanta.

To help you plan the perfect Atlanta Black Gay Pride we’ve assembled a schedule of the great things taking place. Some of the planned events cater specifically to men or women. We’ve indicated this next to these events so that you can easily plan your nightlife. Additionally, some details are subject to change. So, visit FENUXE.com for the latest information.

Happy Black Gay Pride Atlanta!

Tuesday, August 26:

“Community In Faith”
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First Metropolitan Community Church

Wednesday, August 27:

“Business Responds to AIDS”
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
CDC Atlanta

2014 Atlanta Black Gay Pride “KICKOFF”
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Metropolitan Skating Rink

Thursday, August 28:

“Welcome To Pride 2014” Meet & Greet
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Livingston Bar at the Georgian Terrace

Flawless Friday - Guys Event
9:30 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Rockstars Production & G613 Atlanta Black Pride Kickoff - Guys Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Club Krave

“The Annual Strip Her 2014”
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
My Sister’s Room

Sexy in the City - Guys Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Georgian Terrace Rooftop

Friday, August 29:

Pride Events At The Georgian Terrace:

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Vending with Pride”
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Do I Feel as Good as I Look”
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pride Fitness – Zuma
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wells Fargo Bank
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Recovery Consultants of Atlanta
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Financial” with SunTrust Bank
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fulton County Health Department
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. “What’s the T” Transgender Summit
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. National Black Justice Coalition
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. New York Life Insurance
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. AARP
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sponsor Panel Discussion – Traxx Girls
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “Welcome to Pride 2014” Meet & Greet
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Comedy Show
11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Speakfire: “Studs & Stilettos”

Friday Bock Party - Guys Event
9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
656 Sports Bar & Grill

Special Pride Tribute Party - Guys Event
9:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Club Rain

“The Annual Grown Folks Takeover Event 2014” - Ladies Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
My Sister’s Room

“Annual MEGA Friday Night Live Ladies Lounge” - Ladies Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Compound ATL

Annual Block Party - Ladies Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Museum Bar

Saturday, August 30:

Pride Events At The Georgian Terrace:

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. “Team Building”
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Effective Leadership”
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Vending with Pride”
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Health & Life Expo”
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Americans and HIV” – Gilead Sciences Luncheon
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Effective Leadership”
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Literary Cafe”
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “Love and Dating”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Independent Adoption Center
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Leaving a Legacy”
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “The Fight For Supremacy”
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. “Real Talk” – Center for Black Equity
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Movies with Pride” Film Festival

4th Annual LGBT Greek Meet & Greet Brunch
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phillip Rush Center

“Boxers, Bras & Briefs” Pool Party & Fashion Show
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Atrium in Stone Mountain, GA

Wine and a Movie
11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Atlanta WETher! Celebrity Block Party - Ladies Event
3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Club Opera

Saturday Wet & Wild Pool Party - Guys Event
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Airport North

Mansion Pool & Day Party - Guys Event
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3425 Cascade Road SW

FEMALE SYMBOL
Traxx Girls’ “Big Band Event” - Ladies Event
10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Georgia Freight Depot

Saturday Night Live Hosted By Tamar Braxton - Guys Event
9:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Obsessions in Decatur

8th Annual Fire & Desire Mini-Ball Deluxe
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
253 Night Club

The 5000 Men Mega Party - Guys Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Club 730 (The Quad)

Sunday, August 31:

Jazz Brunch & Poetry Slam
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piedmont Ballroom at the Georgian Terrace

“House of Soul”
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Poolside Pavilion at Piedmont Park

Pure Heat Community Festival
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Piedmont Park

Sunday with Paula Campbell - Guys Event
9:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Vita Buckhead

Labor Day Rock Main Event - Guys Event
9:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Club Opera

“Celebrity Showtime Sundays”
10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Mansion Elan

Kris Kelli Warrior - Guys Event
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Jungle Nightclub

Monday, September 1:

Booze Cruise
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Party Bus Departs Host Hotel At Noon

“Thank You” White Party
10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Club Krave

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J.Lo and Iggy Azalea Are Butt Buddies

J.Lo and Iggy Azalea Are Butt Buddies

By BLENDERtunes.com

So I’m definitely a butt man. I can’t help it. Like Lady Gaga said, it’s pretty much in my DNA. My theme song in life is “Baby Got Back” and even more recently “Anaconda.” So when I saw that Jennifer Lopez was releasing a track called “Booty,” I went cray. When I saw that Iggy Azalea was on the remix version of the track, I couldn’t even function (insert Janis Ian gif here).

Now the two are apparently Booty BFFs and have already worked on tracks for each other. The first released collabo from the duo is Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty” and to be perfectly honest… it’s a HOT mess! I had such high hopes for the track but the song is just as boring and limp as J.Lo’s vocals. Considering that Jennifer’s album is the worst selling of her career, adding Iggy Azalea to the track might actually breathe some new life into the “failed” album. The only real good part about the song is when the femcee steps in and adds her touch of booty magic:

“The last time the world seen a booty this good, it was on Jenny from the block.” #killsit

What do you think of the ladies’ track? Is it full-on club banger? Or is it as flat as Miley Cyrus’ ass? (Points to me for not using the word “bootylicious” at all)

This content is exclusively provided by BLENDERtunes.com for FENUXE Magazine – You’re welcome!

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Sexy New ‘Survivor’ Cast Includes Gay Couple And Legendary Homophobe

Sexy New ‘Survivor’ Cast Includes Gay Couple And Legendary Homophobe

By D. David Kinney

CBS unveiled the 18 new cast members for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” on Wednesday. In addition to former Atlanta Braves baseball player (and  homophobe) John Rocker and “Amazing Race” twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, this season’s cast will also feature gay couple Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield.

Josh Canfield is 32 and is an actor, singer and writer. During a pre-interview with CBS he was asked what 3 items he would want to have with him on the island. He responded: “1) Bible – the Scripture would help in dealing with difficult circumstances 2) Piano – so that I could write songs and sing. 3) iPod – life without music is just depressing.” Interesting. 

Reed Kelly is from the Great White Way as well and the 31-year-old is a performer, model and aerialist. Just like his boyfriend, Reed was asked about what 3 items he would want to have on the island. He told them: “1) My Bible – because man cannot live by bread (or rice) alone. 2) My pillow – because it would be a super comfy piece of home and I perform better well rested. 3) A mirror – because sometimes as a dancer you have to be able to look at yourself in the eye and say “pull up and push through! You’re not actually that hungry.” I think this would work well for me as a Survivor castaway too.”

So they’re gay entertainers with a religious side. Where have we seen that recently on CBS? Oh, right…

Frank Grande

We’ve seen gay contestants on “Survivor” before. There was even a gay couple during the original “Blood vs. Water” season last year, but that didn’t work out so well. Colton Cumbie and Caleb Bankston were fiancés from Alabama with something to prove. It was Colton’s second appearance on the show and he wanted to improve his image after quitting in a flood of tears the first time. Well… he quit in a flood of years (again) on day 7. His fiancé proved to be decidedly tougher and went on to become the 9th jury member being voted out by his tribe on day 30.

Survivor CBS Couple

Will this be the year that the gay couple does well? We’ll have to wait and see. Let’s hope.

 

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