Her List For How To Be A Woman In The Music Industry Is Hilarious — Until You Realize It’s True

Confession: I watch this video whenever I need a laugh. It’s a tongue-in-cheek but oh-so-true depiction of what women have to go through in the music business that happens to be really funny. Except when you remember it’s also really real.

We could talk about exploitation, hypersexualization, commoditization, and a whole bunch of other big words to describe the unhealthy environment for women that is today’s music industry. Or we could just listen to Erykah Badu. The short video at the bottom is a must watch, but here are the pretty simple steps she outlines for how make it in the music business as a woman:

1. Get breast implants.

2. Get butt implants.

3. Buy a new scalp. Hair extensions are so early 2000s.

4. Get calf implants.

5. Wear stilettos. This is apparently a must. The taller the better.

6. Do some “ho sh*t.” (Uh, I’ll let you decide what that means to you…)

7. Kiss another woman.

8. Just be naked.

9. Sell super deluxe tampons.

10. After all of that, try to squeeze in some actual music…

…wherever and however you can.

Those steps to mainstream music success sound totally reasonable right? Riiiight. Go ahead and listen to Erykah’s take on it all. And then go burn all of your old CDs to stick it to The Man. (Who, by the way, runs the sexist entertainment industry with his all of his man buddies. Can’t you tell?)

It’s the one and only Erykah Badu, musician extraordinaire, doing what she does best in an interview for the cable network IFC: keeping it real. She does that all the time on her Facebook page and on Twitter, where she also shares gems like this one. Thumbnail image by Laura Murray and GIFs via BuzzFeed (1), Giphy (2, 4, 5, 7), Tumblr (3 ,8, 10), Perez Hilton (6), Gifsoup (9), and Gifs8 (10).

Her List For How To Be A Woman In The Music Industry Is Hilarious — Until You Realize It’s True

Confession: I watch this video whenever I need a laugh. It’s a tongue-in-cheek but oh-so-true depiction of what women have to go through in the music business that happens to be really funny. Except when you remember it’s also really real.

We could talk about exploitation, hypersexualization, commoditization, and a whole bunch of other big words to describe the unhealthy environment for women that is today’s music industry. Or we could just listen to Erykah Badu. The short video at the bottom is a must watch, but here are the pretty simple steps she outlines for how make it in the music business as a woman:

1. Get breast implants.

2. Get butt implants.

3. Buy a new scalp. Hair extensions are so early 2000s.

4. Get calf implants.

5. Wear stilettos. This is apparently a must. The taller the better.

6. Do some “ho sh*t.” (Uh, I’ll let you decide what that means to you…)

7. Kiss another woman.

8. Just be naked.

9. Sell super deluxe tampons.

10. After all of that, try to squeeze in some actual music…

…wherever and however you can.

Those steps to mainstream music success sound totally reasonable right? Riiiight. Go ahead and listen to Erykah’s take on it all. And then go burn all of your old CDs to stick it to The Man. (Who, by the way, runs the sexist entertainment industry with his all of his man buddies. Can’t you tell?)

It’s the one and only Erykah Badu, musician extraordinaire, doing what she does best in an interview for the cable network IFC: keeping it real. She does that all the time on her Facebook page and on Twitter, where she also shares gems like this one. Thumbnail image by Laura Murray and GIFs via BuzzFeed (1), Giphy (2, 4, 5, 7), Tumblr (3 ,8, 10), Perez Hilton (6), Gifsoup (9), and Gifs8 (10).

Reading This List Put Me In The Best Mood I’ve Been In In 2 Days

It’s Thanksgiving! Yeah, I know this holiday has some sketchy origins. That’s for another post (and trust me, I’m with you). But since we’re here, let’s take a look at eight things that happened in 2014 to be grateful for.


8.
The data’s in, and it turns out the stuff that’s
being done to help alleviate global poverty and health problems IS WORKING!
So let’s double down!


7.
We are closer and closer to the world being polio-free. In 2014, it was
eradicated in India, and now there are only three countries left to quell it in.


6.
Time magazine “let” us keep the word “feminism” (where’s the sarcasm font when you need it?). And 11-year-old girls everywhere are sitting in little feminist incubators listening to
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, who both fully embraced the best F-word ever this year. Because let’s be real: Feminism helps EVERYONE break free of the harmful rules of the patriarchy.


5.
This was the year that science made a comeback in America in a big way.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson unified everyone who wants to make decisions for our future and sustainability based on empirical evidence.


4.
Speaking of sustainability,
the United States and China reached a pretty important pact on how to not do ourselves in, Earthlings.


3.
Some big retailers are getting the hint and hearing that shoppers aren’t interested in making employees work on Thanksgiving. We give thanks to
those like Costco and Nordstrom that refuse to be part of the problem. We give thanks for the workers who get to be home with their families and friends, and wish for everyone to be able to.


2.
15% of people who didn’t qualify for state-sponsored health insurance now do, thanks to the
2014 rules for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And all health insurance plans this year were required to step it up to provide a better standard of coverage. That’s better health coverage and less uncertainty for everyone!


1.
More dominoes keep falling in the victory for gay rights. State by state, same-sex marriage is becoming the law of the land. And if
XKCD’s predictions are right, we may achieve it in all 50 states lickety-split (though yesterday wouldn’t be soon enough!).

I love thinking of all the things I’m happy about, don’t you?

Sources for images in order they appear: #8, #7, #6, #5, #3, and #1. Zach Galifianakis GIF from Giphy. Thumbnail image by Alex Kuruz, used under Creative Commons license. Happy Thanksgiving!

Reading This List Put Me In The Best Mood I’ve Been In In 2 Days

It’s Thanksgiving! Yeah, I know this holiday has some sketchy origins. That’s for another post (and trust me, I’m with you). But since we’re here, let’s take a look at eight things that happened in 2014 to be grateful for.


8.
The data’s in, and it turns out the stuff that’s
being done to help alleviate global poverty and health problems IS WORKING!
So let’s double down!


7.
We are closer and closer to the world being polio-free. In 2014, it was
eradicated in India, and now there are only three countries left to quell it in.


6.
Time magazine “let” us keep the word “feminism” (where’s the sarcasm font when you need it?). And 11-year-old girls everywhere are sitting in little feminist incubators listening to
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, who both fully embraced the best F-word ever this year. Because let’s be real: Feminism helps EVERYONE break free of the harmful rules of the patriarchy.


5.
This was the year that science made a comeback in America in a big way.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson unified everyone who wants to make decisions for our future and sustainability based on empirical evidence.


4.
Speaking of sustainability,
the United States and China reached a pretty important pact on how to not do ourselves in, Earthlings.


3.
Some big retailers are getting the hint and hearing that shoppers aren’t interested in making employees work on Thanksgiving. We give thanks to
those like Costco and Nordstrom that refuse to be part of the problem. We give thanks for the workers who get to be home with their families and friends, and wish for everyone to be able to.


2.
15% of people who didn’t qualify for state-sponsored health insurance now do, thanks to the
2014 rules for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. And all health insurance plans this year were required to step it up to provide a better standard of coverage. That’s better health coverage and less uncertainty for everyone!


1.
More dominoes keep falling in the victory for gay rights. State by state, same-sex marriage is becoming the law of the land. And if
XKCD’s predictions are right, we may achieve it in all 50 states lickety-split (though yesterday wouldn’t be soon enough!).

I love thinking of all the things I’m happy about, don’t you?

Sources for images in order they appear: #8, #7, #6, #5, #3, and #1. Zach Galifianakis GIF from Giphy. Thumbnail image by Alex Kuruz, used under Creative Commons license. Happy Thanksgiving!

30 Seconds Of Talking Cats That’ll Make You Smile

Adopt, don’t shop.

Why should you adopt a pet from a shelter instead of buying one in a store?

When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’re saving its life. You’re ALSO also reducing the demand for pet store puppies and kittens, which are usually supplied by cruel cat and puppy mills. This means that by adopting one puppy or kitten from a shelter, you’re potentially saving hundreds or maybe thousands of other cats and dogs from that experience.

Rescue shelters are full of beautiful, healthy cats and dogs. You’ll be sure to find one with a personality to match your own.

Just look at how ~*cute*~ they are!

FACT CHECK TIME:

THE SAD NEWS:

  • 6 million to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, according to the ASPCA.
  • So there’s no need to breed more.
  • 3 million to 4 million cats and dogs are adopted each year from shelters, according to the Humane Society.
  • So if we do the math, we know what happens to the rest.

BUT WE CAN FIX THIS:

  • By spaying and neutering our pets. One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens in seven years, according to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society.
  • By adopting cats and dogs from shelters, instead of from breeders.

Thanks to the Animal Humane Society for the adorbz yet informative video. If it’s got you thinking about adopting a cat or if you’d like to learn how to help in other ways, look here.

30 Seconds Of Talking Cats That’ll Make You Smile

Adopt, don’t shop.

Why should you adopt a pet from a shelter instead of buying one in a store?

When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’re saving its life. You’re ALSO also reducing the demand for pet store puppies and kittens, which are usually supplied by cruel cat and puppy mills. This means that by adopting one puppy or kitten from a shelter, you’re potentially saving hundreds or maybe thousands of other cats and dogs from that experience.

Rescue shelters are full of beautiful, healthy cats and dogs. You’ll be sure to find one with a personality to match your own.

Just look at how ~*cute*~ they are!

FACT CHECK TIME:

THE SAD NEWS:

  • 6 million to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, according to the ASPCA.
  • So there’s no need to breed more.
  • 3 million to 4 million cats and dogs are adopted each year from shelters, according to the Humane Society.
  • So if we do the math, we know what happens to the rest.

BUT WE CAN FIX THIS:

  • By spaying and neutering our pets. One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens in seven years, according to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society.
  • By adopting cats and dogs from shelters, instead of from breeders.

Thanks to the Animal Humane Society for the adorbz yet informative video. If it’s got you thinking about adopting a cat or if you’d like to learn how to help in other ways, look here.

Before You Argue On The Internet, Stop And Hear This Dude Give You A Few Good Pointers

The Internet has been wonderful for a lot of things. Connecting people across geographic boundaries? Check. Containing the widest and deepest store of information ever before assembled in the history of humanity? Check. Binging on “Game of Thrones”? Check. Clear-headed and productive arguments? Not so much.

Well, the best way to change that is to start naming and shaming the arguments that go off the rails. The following isn’t a comprehensive list of the types of logical fallacies you’re likely to encounter on the Internet, but it’s a pretty good start.

This excellent explainer is brought to you by the folks at the PBS Idea Channel.

Before You Argue On The Internet, Stop And Hear This Dude Give You A Few Good Pointers

The Internet has been wonderful for a lot of things. Connecting people across geographic boundaries? Check. Containing the widest and deepest store of information ever before assembled in the history of humanity? Check. Binging on “Game of Thrones”? Check. Clear-headed and productive arguments? Not so much.

Well, the best way to change that is to start naming and shaming the arguments that go off the rails. The following isn’t a comprehensive list of the types of logical fallacies you’re likely to encounter on the Internet, but it’s a pretty good start.

This excellent explainer is brought to you by the folks at the PBS Idea Channel.

Years Ago, Melissa Was Raped. What Followed Was One Of The Hardest Decisions Of Her Life.

Hear a couple of women from Kansas explain why we should have the right to make a decision like Melissa’s.

Melissa Olsen is a mother from Wichita, Kansas.

She has two kids. Here is one of them.

Here is Melissa with her family.

Many years ago, before she had a family, Melissa was raped.

That’s young Melissa on the right.

Soon after her rape, Melissa found out she was pregnant.

To this day, she remembers how hard her decision was.

Ultimately, Melissa decided to get an abortion.

Here’s what she has to say about her decision:

    “I got my abortion for multiple reasons, but one of the huge reasons was after my rape,
    I wasn’t prepared to share my body for nine months with another being. I felt like I had already put my body and my spirit through so much that I don’t think that psychologically I could have been through a pregnancy. I was angry and I was afraid and I literally had nothing left to give.”

Today, Melissa has no regrets about her decision. She only wishes her younger self could have been less hard on herself.

Fact: 1 in 3 women of reproductive age will have an abortion. Melissa was one of those women.

Watch this video to learn more about her story and the advocates who have worked to help people like Melissa.

FACT CHECK TIME!

This video was directed by Tani Ikeda and produced by Michael Moeder for the 1 in 3 Campaign.

Years Ago, Melissa Was Raped. What Followed Was One Of The Hardest Decisions Of Her Life.

Hear a couple of women from Kansas explain why we should have the right to make a decision like Melissa’s.

Melissa Olsen is a mother from Wichita, Kansas.

She has two kids. Here is one of them.

Here is Melissa with her family.

Many years ago, before she had a family, Melissa was raped.

That’s young Melissa on the right.

Soon after her rape, Melissa found out she was pregnant.

To this day, she remembers how hard her decision was.

Ultimately, Melissa decided to get an abortion.

Here’s what she has to say about her decision:

    “I got my abortion for multiple reasons, but one of the huge reasons was after my rape,
    I wasn’t prepared to share my body for nine months with another being. I felt like I had already put my body and my spirit through so much that I don’t think that psychologically I could have been through a pregnancy. I was angry and I was afraid and I literally had nothing left to give.”

Today, Melissa has no regrets about her decision. She only wishes her younger self could have been less hard on herself.

Fact: 1 in 3 women of reproductive age will have an abortion. Melissa was one of those women.

Watch this video to learn more about her story and the advocates who have worked to help people like Melissa.

FACT CHECK TIME!

This video was directed by Tani Ikeda and produced by Michael Moeder for the 1 in 3 Campaign.