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7 Incredibly Inventive Names For Masturbation To Use ASAP

Masturbation is great, but its name? Not so much.

In a new video created by Refinery29, women reveal what they prefer to call their menage a moi time. As one woman in the video puts it: "Masturbation is like a business term, you know? ‘We’ll circle back about this masturbation thing later.’”

For something so enjoyable, masturbation should have an awesome name to match. From "finger painting" to "visiting your safety deposit box," there are many creative, unique and hilarious names for masturbation for women to choose from.

Here are seven of our favorite names from the video above:

1. The Music Lover's "The Downstairs D.J."



2. The Batman Fan's "Visiting The Bat Cave"



3. The Pro-Womyn's "Jilling Off"



4. The Baker's "Buttering My Muffin"



5. The Animal Lover's "Petting The Kitty"



6. The Gender Neutral "Rubbing One Out"



7. The Body Positive "Clitting"



Watch the full video for other, equally-creative names for masturbating.

H/T Design Taxi

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04
May
2015

All-Female Smith College To Accept Transgender Applicants

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women.

The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women's college had previously asked undergraduates to have consistently identified as female since birth.

Smith President Kathleen McCartney and board Chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard said in announcing the change on Saturday since Smith's founding, "concepts of female identity have evolved."

Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.

Other women's colleges, including Mount Holyoke and Wellesley, also have changed their policies to admit transgender women.

The advocacy group GLAAD said it worked with Smith alumnae for the change. GLAAD President and CEO Kate Ellis said Smith joins a growing number of colleges that "respect and afford equal opportunity to all women."

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04
May
2015

Millennials Rock the Marriage Debate

Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could bring marriage equality to every state in the country. The fact that they're even hearing this case, let alone are on the verge of extending this right across the country, is a direct result of the power young people have demonstrated in recent years when it comes to shaping our country's future. It also showcases the opportunity for our generation to do more, and that's an opportunity we can't afford to let slip by. We need to be even more engaged in the political process because if we don't, the future we live in will be shaped without our input.

According to Pew Research, 67 percent of young Americans support marriage equality. And if the court ultimately decides to extend this right to all states, young people should take pride in knowing that their views played a significant role in forcing and shaping this debate. Beyond exercising our power at the ballot box in recent elections, and as an extension, support for marriage equality, young people are also being credited for lobbying and changing the minds of the older generation by simply forcing a dialogue about how our generation approaches this debate. In fact, it has been reported that many politicians have altered their position on marriage equality in large part because of conversations they've had with their millennial children, a fact that highlights how these conversations are just as important as voting in elections.

This cultural shift is obviously significant. But where we go from here is just as important. There are 93 million of us in America right now, and as a result, we have the potential to be the most powerful voting bloc in the country. Imagine what we could do if we harnessed that number, and the power that comes with it, into action at the ballot box? Politicians would not only be forced to listen to our views but similarly be forced to act upon them. If not, they'd know that we would hold them accountable in the next election.

In the same way that so many young people were at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, we can and should shape the future of our country on other issues that matter to us, regardless of what they are.

Politicians are ultimately responsible to the voters every election. The people who make our laws, the laws they write, and the way they're enforced and interpreted -- the whole system is a direct reflection of our engagement at the ballot box. We need to recognize that reality, show up, and participate, because if we don't, the future that we will inherit will be shaped without us. We can't afford to let that happen.

Ashley Spillane is the president of Rock the Vote, the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the country building the political power of young people. You can register to vote at www.rockthevote.com/register.

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04
May
2015

Beyond (Marriage) Equality

Last week, GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples across the country. Hopefully this June, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in our favor and remove one of the largest "gay exceptions" in the law -- the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The speed with which we have progress in the last 11 years, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, has been remarkable.

With all of this progress, many have wondered whether the LGBT movement is close to full equality by now? The answer may come as a surprise.

Equality is not the finish line. Simply removing discriminatory laws from the books should be the bare minimum of what we seek.

The ultimate prize is not equality -- it is justice.

Let me explain what I mean. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Enacted 11 years after Brown v. Board of Education, this landmark legislation was critical for African-Americans to be able to vote and build political power in the South. Even armed with the weapons of the 14th and 15th Amendments enshrining equal treatment and the right to vote into our Constitution, civil rights lawyers still could not dismantle the mass disenfranchisement of black people throughout the country, and especially in the South, given the numerous and creative ways that government officials would evade litigation. In response, the Voting Rights Act gave the federal government the enforcement tools needed to increase the number of black registered voters by over 700,000 in a matter of a few years.

Yet, this crowning achievement of the civil rights act is slowly being eroded by the Supreme Court, in the name of "equality" -- the belief that we should all be treated the same, no matter what unique challenges we face. The Court has been striking down race-conscious legislation under the theory that our laws should be colorblind. But we know that our society is not color-blind, nor is it blind to LGBT or HIV status -- not when a recent survey found that over a third of Americans are still uncomfortable with the sight of a same-sex couple holding hands.

We still need laws and protections that address the specific obstacles that we face as a community. What we must do now is move beyond formal equality and toward justice for our community.

So, what does a movement for LGBTQ justice look like?

First and foremost, a movement for LGBTQ justice means that no one is left behind, especially the most vulnerable in our community. We have not achieved justice while there exists an epidemic of violence and murder against trans women, particularly trans women of color, or while 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Instead, we must demand greater accountability from police and prosecutors, and greater government support for and affirmation of LGBT out-of-home youth to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community do not end up on the streets.

And as the events in Baltimore demonstrated, a mere 40 miles away from the U.S. Supreme Court last week, the words inscribed above the Court's main entrance, "Equal Justice Under Law," still do not apply to everyone in our community.

A movement for LGBTQ justice is committed to economic justice, which must begin with employment discrimination protections. What good is the ability to marry if you can be fired the next day for wearing your wedding ring? And how effective are our employment discrimination laws if the religious right carves out exemptions so broad you can drive a truck through them? It is no wonder that LGB and especially T individuals, as well as LGBT people of color, are disproportionately poorer than the rest of the population. It is beyond time for Congress to pass comprehensive LGBT discrimination protections that treats sexual orientation and gender identity the same as any other protected characteristic when it comes to religious exemptions.

A movement for equal justice under law means that all families are protected, and not just those who can or choose to marry. The LGBT community was born out of redefining familial bonds so that we are all family, regardless of genetics or marriage. Our families come in all shapes and sizes, and we must overhaul our outdated family laws that fail to acknowledge this reality.

Finally, and most importantly, a movement for equal justice under law means that LGBT people are not just protected -- we are affirmed and celebrated. What if, in addition to ensuring that LGBT students are safe in school, we made sure that all students learned about the contributions of LGBT people to history, literature, and science. That every June for LGBT history month, schoolkids had to choose their favorite LGBT leader to write a report about. Think of that the difference that would make for the next generation.

The arc of the moral universe does not bend towards equality -- it bends toward justice. The country is looking to the LGBT movement to see whether we have the will and the tenacity to create a more just and affirming world for everyone. Let's show them we have what it takes.

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04
May
2015

Shaping a Movement That Leaves No One Behind



There is much more to our community than might initially meet the eye.

For many years, media portrayals of LGBTQ people focused on one type of experience -- that of the white, gay, urban man living a fabulous life in a coastal city. While people living that experience are an important part of our community, many other voices and stories haven't been consistently heard.

It's (beyond) time for that to change.

While we've come a long way, we still have farther to go until every member of our community has the equality, dignity, safety and justice we deserve, no matter where we live or how we identify ourselves. Important issues remain unresolved or, even worse, unaddressed at all.

Many among us are still exposed to discrimination, hatred and abuse -- especially people of color, trans people, youth, women and those living at the intersection of oppressions in places with unequal laws and less accepting cultures. We must hear those voices in order to shape a brighter future for every LGBTQ person.

To achieve that ambitious yet essential goal, we need to know what's happening in the real lives of people throughout our nation.

Launching today nationwide, Our Tomorrow is a campaign to engage LGBTQ people across the country in a conversation to shape the future of a bigger, bolder movement that leaves no one behind.

Want to make your voice heard? You can join the conversation by visiting the campaign's website at here. It just takes a few minutes to express your hopes, fears and ideas in your own words. You'll also be able to read and share posts created by others.

What challenges are facing the African-American trans woman in Memphis?

What hopes does the gay, genderqueer youth in Salt Lake City hold for his future?

What fears or doubts does the undocumented queer woman in rural Oklahoma harbor about tomorrow?

And what ideas does each of them have to address their own concerns and meet the needs of their communities?

To truly begin shaping a brighter future, we need to hear answers to questions like these--and we need to hear from everybody.

That's where Our Tomorrow comes in.

Supported by more than 90 organizations and foundations, the campaign will reach out to people online and at events in more than 50 locations nationwide. Our goal is to offer every member of our community the opportunity to share your hopes and fears for the future -- and your ideas for making tomorrow better for all of us.

This campaign is an opportunity for every LGBTQ person to share their voice -- and ensure this important conversation about our future reflects the full diversity of our communities.

And it's also an opportunity for our LGBTQ organizations -- from local community centers to large national organizations -- to shape their future work and investments around your needs.

As we stand in this historic moment, with so much accomplished and so much work ahead of us, let's take our next steps into the future together -- lifting up all of our voices and leaving no one behind.

Masen Davis is outreach director for Our Tomorrow and the former executive director of the Transgender Law Center.

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04
May
2015

‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce’ Preview Shows An Emotional Kris Jenner

One week after Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer and the world that he is transgender, E! announced that it will air a two-part special, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce." The program will be different than Jenner's eight-episode E! docuseries airing later this summer.

Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick will be featured, in addition to Jenner himself. According to E!, "About Bruce" will focus on the following:

The two-part special will reveal intimate conversations that Bruce had with his famous family, in which they discussed his transition. The specials will also explore each family member's struggle to process his or her own feelings as they all work through hearing from Bruce directly about finally living life as the person he has always known himself to be.


E! also released the first short clip from the special, which shows Kris crying to Kim about the news.



Part One will air on Sunday, May 17 at 9 p.m. and Part Two will air on Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m.

Note: Though Jenner has come out as “for all intents and purposes a woman,” he has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so this story uses male pronouns.

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04
May
2015

Janet Mock Gets Emotional Talking About The Childhood Friend Who Gave Her Courage To Live Authentically

From a young age, Janet Mock always had a sense of who she was meant to be. Though the writer and MSNBC host was assigned male at birth, she knew that she was truly female. Mock now fully and proudly embraces her identity as a trans woman, but during her childhood in Hawaii, she struggled to find the courage to live in her truth. Until, that is, she met Wendi, a girl just like her.

Mock was 12 at the time. Wendi was a year older and had the courage Mock admired, as she tells Oprah in the above video from her "Super Soul Sunday" interview.

"There's no way to miss Wendi," she says. "She would wear these super-short shorts with socks pulled all the way up. She'd prance around school, so I always saw her and I was afraid of her -- because I knew that she was reflecting me, and I didn't want to see myself yet."

Wendi, however, saw Mock.

"She did call me out, and that was my first interaction with her... 'Are you māhū?' That's what she asked me. 'Māhū' is a term within Hawaiian culture kind of loosely translated to 'transgender,'" Mock explains. "I clenched up. I was like, 'Wait, someone is seeing me. Someone is calling me out for who I am.'"

Mock wasn't ready to face it at the time, but after a few months passed, she and Wendi began to interact and become friends.

"She asked me kindly the next time... 'Do you want to play volleyball after school?'" Mock recalls. "That was the start of our friendship."

Soon, the two were best friends, with Wendi providing Mock with the support, encouragement and acceptance that she needed to begin living her life. "Wendi was the first person to tweeze my eyebrows, which was my first act of intimacy as a young person, having someone to finally take care of me. I was like, 'Wow, this is what friendship is,'" Mock says.

Even now, Mock gets emotional thinking about the profound difference Wendi made on her life.

"At 12 years old, I was given the gift of having a best friend who saw me," she says, tearing up. "That was pivotal in my life. At a time where everyone else was rebutting me, she saw me."

More from the interview: How Janet Mock began living authentically at age 15

"Super Soul Sunday" airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.



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04
May
2015

‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ Brings The Sass On SNL

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, portrayed by "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kate McKinnon, stopped by the Weekend Update desk on Saturday, bringing with her a hefty dose of sass.

McKinnon-as-Ginsburg spoke about the oral arguments on same-sex marriage given at the Supreme Court Tuesday, saying they were "useless."

"The arguments I heard, they were so weak, I just hope they're not holding up Justice [Antonin] Scalia's chair," she joked, calling it a "Gins-burn."

Watch Ginsburg on Weekend Update above.

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04
May
2015

Britney Spears And Iggy Azalea’s ‘Pretty Girls’ Is Officially Here

For those of you who weren't lucky enough to hear Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's new song "Pretty Girls" in an Uber car on Sunday, fear not -- the track is officially here. The song initially leaked online Saturday, but Spears and Azalea urged their fans to hold out for the official release.



The pop star and Australian rapper will team up again to perform "Pretty Girls" at the Billboard Music Awards on May 17. The two are also releasing an '80s-inspired music video for the song and Spears has teased "more surprises" to come.


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04
May
2015

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

In the 1940s and 1950s, countless people in the US were being bullied and brutalized by the anti-communist scare tactics and character assassinations of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The end of the McCarthy red-baiting era began when Joseph Welch stood up to McCarthy after he attacked a young lawyer on his staff. Welch was appalled by McCarthy's callous disregard and despite McCarthy's power, challenged him by stating: "Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness." He concluded by saying "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

In the recent marriage equality case, Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia argued that marriage equality opens the door to polygamy, underage sex, and incest between brothers and sisters. This is the modern equivalent of McCarthy red-baiting and deserves the same response.

The cruel, illogical, heartless and hateful arguments of Alito and Scalia give considerable support and inspiration to right-wing groups who literally demonize our sisters and brothers and sons and daughters who seek only to marry their same sex partners just like the rest of us.

Alito and Scalia give comfort to the likes of Rush Limbaugh who stated marriage equality leads to incest. To Rick Santorum who compares same sex relationships to bestiality and pedophilia. To the head of ironically named American Decency Association who claimed that gay rights is a satanic attack on the US. And to legions of other people and groups who practice hostility and violence against our sisters and brothers.

It is one thing to have these fringe haters outside on the courthouse steps. We allow the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi parties to demonstrate out on the steps. It is another matter entirely when they are in the exalted position as members of the court and while there feeding the fires of hatred in their public arguments.

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

Alito, long criticized for being a cranky, malicious mouthpiece of the anti-gay movement, was at it again when the court heard the marriage equality case. Alito is already famous for visibly shaking his head and mouthing opposition to President Obama in his 2010 State of the Union address and for throwing a mini-tantrum when other justices dissent.

Alito argued that approving the right to marriage equality for gay and lesbian people would open the door for 12 year olds to marry, for brothers and sisters to marry, and make polygamy possible for four lawyers who all want to marry each other. Alito's problems are so often raised and widely known that they are characterized as his "polygamy perplex" by The New Yorker.

Alito's fallacious slippery slope arguments, transparently couched as questions, were so ridiculous that they prompted John Stewart to ask whether, in the case where women fought for the right to vote, Alito might have asked "What if one day a dog wants to vote? How about that ladies?"

Antonin Scalia, of course not to be outdone, argued that if marriage equality was recognized ministers would be forced to conduct such marriages even if their religious organizations opposed them. When Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that no ministers have ever been forced to conduct gay marriages Scalia would not hear of it. When the lawyer arguing the case and Justices Breyer and Kagan pointed out that the First Amendment already protected priests, rabbis, imams and ministers from conducting marriages inconsistent with their religions,Scalia refused to concede. Scalia, like Alito, also asked if marriage equality means polygamy would have to be recognized.

As one wise friend pointed out, our country still has the Ku Klux Klan but we do not take their arguments seriously. And there are no respected people openly espousing their arguments on the Supreme Court. No respected person openly argues that blacks and whites should not marry. Nor do any people argue openly that women do not deserve the right to vote. Yet, there are people on the Supreme Court who continue to openly repeat the brutally crude applause lines of right-wing anti-gay hate groups. It is time that stopped.

It is time all people of good will stand up to the haters, especially those on the Supreme Court, and say, "Until this moment, Justices, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness... You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sirs? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

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May
2015