There’s so much junk on the internet these days that it can be hard to find the good stuff. Thankfully, I’ve done that for you. Below are 5 pieces of internet that I believe will make you a smarter, cooler, happier, more date-able person. You’re welcome :) By Karley Sciortino
1) Nina Hartley on how to make the 69 position not suck
OMG I hate when dudes want to 69. I’m like… really? You want me to put my nose in your butthole? Ugggghhh, fine. Also, it’s so distracting. I can’t enjoy getting head when I’m upside down choking on a dick, and I can’t give a quality BJ while trying to enjoy head while upside down choking on a dick, ya know? However, the miracle-worker (and one of my heroes) Nina Hartley—aka the legendary pornstar, sex educator and nurse—manages to give some enlightening tips of how to make 69-ing less heinous, and maybe even enjoyable! Thank you Nina, for everything :)
2) Amy Schumer’s genius skit on how women can’t take compliments
Amy Schumer is god. And the voice of our generation. And one of the greatest feminists who’s ever lived. The end. Of all the amazing skits on her show, Inside Amy Schumer, this might be my favorite yet. I quote it like once a day. Also, it’s so true — us women need to get our shit together and learn how to embrace compliments and not constantly put ourselves down. Ugh, we’re fucked-up.
3) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s inspiring 2015 Wellesley College Commencement Speech
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most inspiring, eloquent and powerful speakers around. You might know her as the woman whose voice is sampled in Beyonce’s song “Flawless,” talking about feminism. That sample was taken from Ngozi Adichie’s Ted talk, “We should all be feminists.” This May, Ngozi Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley (a top women’s liberal-arts college, for you non-American readers), in which she discusses gender inequality, privilege, and how smart, educated young women (aka us!) have a moral responsibility to change the world, and she gives a lot of great examples of how we can do it.
4) New Yorker’s profile on con artist Frédéric Bourdin
This isn’t breaking news—the article is from 2008—but I only recently read it and it blew my mind. It’s a profile written by David Grann about Frédéric Bourdin, a French man who spent a large portion of his life pretending to be children, from posing as a student at an elementary school, to convincing a mother that he might be her missing child. There’s since been a documentary made about him. Read the New Yorker article HERE.
5) Bell Hooks poses the question: “Whose Booty Is This?”
If you’re not familiar with Bell Hooks, you should be. She’s an extremely important feminist, activist, and leading intellectual who’s written many books on topics such as gender, race and contemporary culture. This is a video of a panel at the New School that happened last year, led by Hooks, which is an interesting discussion about the black female body, cultural appropriation, and out culture’s obsession with butts, basically.
Main image by Ellen Von Unwerth