Why rape victims don’t want to give reporters the names of their attackers

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Kendall Anderson is terrified to let a reporter contact the man she says raped her in September 2013 Anderson, a 21-year-old student at Mills College in Oakland, California, has publicly shared details of the assault, which took place on a first date in her dorm room. She wants to raise awareness about the treatment of rape victims See also: How do we teach frat brothers not to rape? But ever since Rolling Stone published a now-retracted article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, Anderson has found that journalists interested in writing about her story have started asking for more corroborating evidence, including medical records and the perpetrator's identity. One reporter recently asked for permission to contact her rapist Read more... More about Media , Features , Journalism , Rolling Stone , and Gender Read more »

Despite loss, Ellen Pao succeeded in calling out subtle sexism

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SAN FRANCISCO, California — Ellen Pao sued the famed, powerful venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination and retaliation, and lost that years-long public battle on Friday A jury of six women and six men rejected Pao's claims that Kleiner Perkins discriminated against her because of her gender by failing to promote her and firing her See also: Ellen Pao trial loss sends shock waves through Silicon Valley Pao, a former partner at Kleiner Perkins, sought $16 million in lost wages and punitive damages in a messy case that revealed the inner workings of an exclusive Silicon Valley institution Read more... More about Venture Capital , Features , Silicon Valley , Gender , and Business Read more »

How far in advance should you schedule a Meerkat?

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Unfortunately, the question is a little like the proverbial "how long is a piece of string?" There are many possible factors when discussing Meerkat : your personal brand, your audience, the nature of the livestream. There is no correct answer for everyone. However, you can take a few things into consideration See also: 5 accessories to improve your crappy Meerkat videos Have a read through our suggestions of what to take into account if you're planning on scheduling a Meerkat. Then share your meerkatting tips in the comments below How to schedule It's pretty simple to set up a scheduled Meerkat. Simply enter a title for your broadcast, tap the "Schedule" option, set the time and add a photo. Read more... More about Mobile , Twitter , Apps , How To , and Features Read more »

Emoji that look just like you are hilarious, slightly creepy

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If you're an emoji fan, imagine how fun it would be to could create your own personalized versions. Well, thanks to Bitmoji , now you can. See also: Snapchat words of wisdom from its young users The company behind popular comic-creation app Bitstrips has taken its cartoon skills and applied them to the world of the emoticon No more generic yellow smileys — you can star in your own set of customized emoji with this fun, free app The app Image: Bitmoji Bitmoji is available for free on iOS and Android If you previously created a Bistrips avatar, it will load automatically once you sign into the Bitmoji app with Facebook. Read more... More about Social Media , Features , Emoticons , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

Why ride a horse when you can ski behind one?

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c. 1909 Image: Anders Beer Wilse / Arts Council Norway via Europeana "Skijoring": the word derives from the Norwegian skikjøring, which translates as "ski driving" in English. In a skijoring race, skiiers being pulled by a riderless horse on a frozen lake. The race typically lasts between 5 and 20 kilometers, although the race in Kalevala, Russia is over 440 kilometers (270 miles). And its not just horses -- skijoring participants might be pulled by dogs, reindeer and even yaks in place of their ski-poles. The sport appeared in the Nordic games in 1901, 1905, and 1909. By 1928, it had gained sufficient profile to be included as a demonstration sport at the Olympic Games held in St. Moritz. Read more »

If you think interviewing for a job is hard, try doing it pregnant

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I have one thing in common with President Obama's new communications director: We both were hired for a new job while pregnant On Thursday, White House officials announced that State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki will replace the president's outgoing communications director — and that she is expecting a baby in July When I spoke with Psaki on Friday about the timing of her pregnancy and new role in the White House, I couldn't help but feel a sense of female kinship, though there's little else to compare between a career in digital journalism and running communications for the leader of the free world Read more... More about Features , Women , Opinion , Job Interview , and Pregnancy Read more »

How to share your saved images on Snapchat

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Snapchatters rejoice! It is possible to send an image from your Camera Roll in Snapchat . With the ephemeral messaging app's Chat functionality, you can send photos and screenshots to your friends directly from your smartphone's photo gallery. See also: 10 clever Snapchat puns you'll want to replay over and over Learn how to send a saved image on Snapchat with our walkthrough below. Granting access iOS users first need to ensure they've granted Snapchat access to their Camera Rolls. Simply head to your "Settings" menu, click on "Privacy," then "Photos" and toggle to "on" for Snapchat Read more... Non-iOS users More about How To , Social Media , Features , and Snapchat Read more »

How to skateboard in 1965

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Image: Bill Eppridge/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Today's skateboarders are founders in this sport—they're pioneers—they are the first. There is no history in Skateboarding—its being made now—by you. John Severson, "The Quarterly Skateboarder", 1964 Image: Bill Eppridge/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images "Sidewalk surfing" — the original moniker for what we now call skateboarding. In the 1940s, when the waves were flat, Californian surfers took their skills to the sidewalk. Then one enterprising surf store owner struck a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company, and the first commercial skateboard was soon available in the stores. Read more... More about Fitness , Features , History , Us , and Lifestyle Read more »

8 easy feng shui changes to make right now

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Instead of resolutions you’re likely to break or expensive gym memberships you won't use, try out some quick moves from the ancient art of feng shui to help ensure this year is your best one yet. Feng shui coach Susan Chan has been consulting clients on how to balance their lives for over 10 years. She gave Mashable insider tips that take minutes, with results that last much longer See also: 9 Valuable Things You Didn't Know Are Lying Around Your House “Your external world is a representation of what’s going on inside of you,” Chan says. “When something in your home is off it affects your mood, it’s the internal and the external constantly going back and forth.” Read more... More about Features , Design , Home , Lifestyle , and Work Play Read more »

Why do we run so slowly in our dreams?

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You know how to run You've done it thousands of times, swishing your arms back and forth, tackling ground one leg at a time. And yet, when you enter a dream, running becomes much more complex. You feel sluggish, weighed down, forced to pull your body through some kind of invisible quicksand hellbent on trapping you It feels like you're running in slow motion How does this happen? Some research indicates, as a whole, our dreams may actually occur in slow motion . Daniel Erlacher, a psychologist at the University of Bern in Switzerland, conducted an experiment to analyze brain activity during sleep, interested in finding out how the brain reacts to action in a dream. Read more »