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The Powerful Reminder From Taylor Swift Each Zodiac Needs On November 7

The Powerful Reminder From Taylor Swift Each Zodiac Needs On November 7

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The Powerful Reminder From Taylor Swift Each Zodiac Needs On November 7

Aries: March 21 – April 19th

“When someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s to stop believing them. It’s to say ‘you’re NOT sorry’ and walk away.”

Taurus: April 20th – May 20th

“There’s more to life than dating the boy on the football team.”

Gemini: May 21st – June 20th

“There are two different categories of love. The first category is called a fairytale. The second category of love is called just another lesson.”

Cancer: June 21st – July 22nd

“At some point you have to forget about grudges because they only hurt.”

Leo: July 23rd – August 22nd

“I’ve found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn’t mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love. It means I’ve just added more things to my list.”

Virgo: August 23rd – September 22nd

“I’ve learned that you can’t predict love or plan for it. For someone like me who is obsessed with organization and planning, I love the idea that love is the one exception to that. Love is the one wild card.”

Libra: September 23rd – October 22nd

“I haven’t had that one great love, which is good. I don’t want that to be in the past, I want it to be in the future.”

Scorpio: October 23rd – November 21st

“I’ve found time can heal most anything and you just might find who you’re supposed to be.”

Sagittarius: November 22nd – December 21st

“Words can break someone into a million pieces, but they can also put them back together. I hope you use yours for good, because the only words you’ll regret more than the ones left unsaid are the ones you use to intentionally hurt someone.”

Capricorn: December 22nd – January 19th

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.”

Aquarius: January 20th – February 18th

“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”

Pisces: February 19th – March 20th

“Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”

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Heavenly influence: how an eclipse affects events on Earth | Rebekah Higgitt

Heavenly influence: how an eclipse affects events on Earth | Rebekah Higgitt

A total solar eclipse has always had the power to fascinate humans and affect the actions, purses, thoughts and knowledge of humans all over the world

While not in the ways claimed by astrologers, it cant be denied that the motions of the heavens sometimes have a strong influence on events on Earth. We can with confidence predict that a full solar eclipse, such as that visible across the USA and online today, will prompt unusual actions from large numbers of people, as well as peculiar animal behaviour and a dip in the generation of solar power, as the sun casts the moons shadow over part of the Earth.

The influence of the 2017 solar eclipse has, indeed, been powerful enough to stretch back several years prior to todays event. Although it is simply the result of a particular and momentary alignment of the sun, Earth and moon, astronomy enthusiasts and science communicators have been preparing for years with newspaper articles, books, talks, exhibitions, events and merchandise.

There is, of course, little new in this. Humans have, we might assume, always been fascinated by the effect of a total solar eclipse. Before they were predictable, such events might cause excitement, bemusement or fear while they were in progress. As soon as they could be predicted, however, they have prompted even greater anticipation, discussion, preparation, travel and, yes, sometimes, fear.

We like to contrast our enlightened selves with the ignorant and superstitious other, whether of the past or present. It was, for example, a common trope for Western imperial nations in the 19th century to compare the calm preparations of their astronomers on eclipse expeditions with the expected wonder or fear of native populations. Today we still worry about people foolishly looking directly at the sun, charlatans selling shoddy eclipse glasses and the impact on local health services of a sudden influx of eclipse chasers to small towns.

There are also those who claim less direct impacts, drawing on the long tradition of eclipses as signs and portents. Just as the astrologer William Lilly claimed that the solar eclipse of 11 August 1645 signalled the end of the House of Stuart, in 2017 Newsweek reported that some astrologers believe the eclipse indicates some kind of downfall, some kind of ruin, some kind of difficulty for Trump personally, or the US more generally.

However, without needing to go near the claims of astrology, history shows us that solar eclipses have had their impact on the actions, purses, thoughts and knowledge of humans all over the world.

Eclipse-watching through the centuries

Pre-modern

Several ancient cultures independently attempted to understand and predict solar eclipses, noting patterns over long periods of time. The earliest records are Chinese, dating from 2137BCE. It was the Greeks who established that solar eclipses are caused by the moons shadow, and thus that accurate predictions require us to understand the complex motions of the lunar cycle. Over centuries people were motivated to unpick this challenging astronomical puzzle for political, economic, religious and astrological reasons.

By at least the 15th century, astronomical tables, though based on a geocentrical model, were good enough to predict the date of an eclipse. It was much more difficult to forecast the path of the shadow, meaning that eclipse observations were largely a matter of chance. If you happened to be in the right place at the right time you could experience the event, and a few left reports of a corona or even solar prominences, but it was impossible to know in advance if you would experience totality, or to travel to a place where you could.

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Detail from an 18th-century diagram of an eclipse, engraved by Seale. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London


17th and 18th centuries

There were huge jumps in the accuracy of lunar theory and mapping of the Earth in the 17th and 18th centuries, as both practical observation and astronomical theory improved. It became possible to predict the geographical locations at which totality might be observed and in 1705 two maps were published in advance of the eclipse of 1706. Visible across large parts of Continental Europe, this was widely observed, including perhaps the first telescopic observation.

Britains opportunity came in 1715, with a map produced by Edmond Halley that showed a predicated path differing only about 20 miles from the actual one. As I have written previously, this was something of a coup for the predictive power of Newtonian physics. Halley aimed his map at a broad readership of the Curious, advertising the successes of the new astronomy, encouraging observations to improve future predictions and emphasising the natural rather than ominous nature of the event.

There were many further 18th-century eclipse maps and, undoubtedly, a number of the most motivated (if they had time and money) travelled to ensure they experienced totality. In their book Celestial Shadows, John Westfall and William Sheehan suggest that the first official eclipse expedition took place when a party from Harvard travelled to Maine in October 1780. It was the more remarkable that this took them behind enemy (British) lines during the Revolutionary War but, sadly, an error in longitude meant that they missed totality.

19th and 20th centuries

Travel remained restricted during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars but was increasingly possible in the 19th century, as steam ship and tourist routes opened up. This coincided with a lack of solar eclipses taking place over Europe and North America, leading to a great boom in eclipse expeditions, organised by national observatories, universities and astronomical societies.

By the later 19th century eclipses might be, as historian Alex Soojung-Kim Pang described, the social event of the season. Taking advantage of accessible travel routes, tourist infrastructure, colonial settlement and military presence across the European empires, a significant number of professional and amateur astronomers, including women, travelled to view eclipses.

Developments in observation techniques, including the arrival of photography and spectroscopy, meant that the structure and nature of the suns corona could begin to be studied in detail, and linked to what was known of its surface, composition, cycles and magnetic influence on Earth. In 1919 an eclipse famously gave the opportunity to make measurements to test one of the predictions of Einsteins theory of relativity.

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The corona of the sun, based on a photograph taken during a total solar eclipse viewed at Dodabetta, 11-12 December 1871, by D.J. Pound. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London

Such expeditions were only for a few but they were well covered for readers back home by popular science publications and general magazines. These articles typically told of scientific success and heroic endeavour with an imperial backdrop. Elsewhere, eclipses have long featured in caricatures as political metaphor, but seem not to have prompted celebration in jewellery or song as did comets and transits of Venus in the 19th century.

Today

In the late 20th and 21st centuries there is still science to be done, and enthusiasts have continued to travel, but eclipses have become an increasingly important opportunity for science broadcasters, museums and writers aiming to reach a wide public.

The 1999 eclipse over Europe, the first total solar eclipse visible on the British mainland since 1927, was recorded as the most widely observed eclipse in history. It prompted large amounts of television coverage, merchandise and public interest. The 2017 total solar eclipse, the first visible across a substantial part of the US for 99 years, looks set to (forgive the inevitable pun) eclipse this.

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Quiz: Discover your internet personality type

Quiz: Discover your internet personality type

This post is part of Me, online, Mashable’s ongoing series digging into online identities.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably online, which, you know, good luck. But have you ever wondered exactly what type of online you are?

It takes all sorts to make an internet, from the fighters to the lurkers to the people who don’t really understand the internet at all. In our opinion, discovering your internet personality is kind of like the famed Myers-Briggs test — it relies on four main divides. 

In this case, the divides are as follows:

  • Combatant vs. Peacemaker

  • Sharer vs. Lurker

  • Distracted vs. Focused

  • Expert vs. Offline

Keep in mind, these traits all vibe together to create a complete profile. So if you’re an O (Offline) and a C (Combatant), that still works — you may not be on the internet a lot, but when you are, you’re ready to go to bat.

Also, remember this is all for fun. If you don’t like your answer, just take the quiz again! Total CSFE move, though.

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19 People Whose SO Dumped Them for the Dumbest Reason

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Busting The Frauds Who Are Stealing Native American Culture

Busting The Frauds Who Are Stealing Native American Culture

The problem of hip white people appropriating Native culture actually goes a lot deeper than wearing headdresses at Coachella. Right now, Native religions and cultural practices are fighting off a vicious eradication campaign. And it’s not being waged by cross-burning racists, or weird hold-over fans of Andrew Jackson: it’s legions of New Age “seekers” who don’t recognize that their Etsy dreamcatcher is part of something sinister. Cracked sat down with Dr. Alton Carroll, a history professor who runs the site NewAgeFraud.org. He’s an actual Native American, and he’s dedicated much of his life to busting fake Natives. And he explained …

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Native Americans View It As Battling Spiritual Genocide

The appropriation Dr. Carroll encounters today can get very strange. He told us about New Age groups “that claimed Native people were descended from dolphins. There’s people out there who claim Atlantis or Lemuria are part of Native tradition, it’s not. There are people out there who claim astrology is part of Native tradition, it’s not. Uh, y’know you have the ones who are claiming blacks are the true Natives, a lot of them are black supremacists.”

One of these guys, Dwight York, eventually gathered enough money for a sweet-ass compound with his own goddam pyramid(s):

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Yes, some Native Americans built pyramids. No, they did not look like those.

In fairness to Mr. York, his Nuwaubian Nation was a confusing synthesis of Muslim, Jewish, and Ancient Egyptian beliefs, but he also claimed Creek and Olmec native heritage, because fuck it, why not? And he’s not close to the worst perpetrator. Take “Iron Eyes” Cody. You know him from this:

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The one with the iron tears.

He was one of the most influential Native Americans in Hollywood history: He advised some of the great directors of Hollywood’s golden age and insisted on historical accuracy in Native dress and rituals in the movies he worked on. He also wrote a book documenting the nearly lost art of Native hand signals:

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And we have a hand signal we’d like to give him, actually.

But Cody Iron Eyes was about as Native American as a nice lasagna. He was an Italian-American fraud, and his book on Indian hand signals was a mix of a bunch of different Native traditions, tossed with his own special sauce of complete bullshit. Cody wasn’t the first or the last person to build his fame lying about Native Americans. And today, thanks to the internet, it’s more profitable to be a fake Native than ever. You can sell books (or classes) on Cherokee sex magic:


Roughly as factual as Amazon’s books on dinosaur sex magic.

And you can also make a quick buck from fake Standing Rock Facebook pages, selling shirts and other merch, like these guys in Kosovo and Vietnam.

“We’re outnumbered to begin with. Native people are very much outnumbered online. And on top of that you have a huge problem with imposters … anything you can imagine out there.”

Carlos Castaneda earned a doctorate from UCLA for traveling to Mexico, learning the ways of a Yaqui medicine man, and writing the bestselling book The Teachings Of Don Juan. It took years for anyone to figure out he’d made it all up. He was eventually exposed as the conniest con-man in con-town, but Don Juan is still one of the most popular books on Native American spirituality:


“Don Juan” was the most Indian name the author could think of.

“It’s just such a huge problem that, basically, anything that is … dealing with Native religion online, is false. It’s entirely false,” Carroll said. “There’s nothing you can rely on online except for two sources; university and tribal websites.” And even then, “only for general information. Most ceremonial details are kept secret to try to avoid abuses that might endanger someone’s health.”

The forum on the NewAgeFraud’s website is like a clearinghouse of bullshit mysticism:


Mocking quotation marks, 50 percent off.

Users help each other track and expose frauds and attempt to do outreach to New Age and pagan groups. Their goal isn’t to stop people from being weird hippies; it’s just to make damn sure they don’t confuse their modern beliefs with ancient Native American religion.

“One of the biggest misapprehensions about the bulk of this material is that it is genuine traditional religion ‘just like the Indians do it!’ A lot of this has to do with the amount of cultural appropriation that first the New Agers, and then the Pagans, indulged in in regards to various Native American cultures.”

One reason there’s so much misinformation out there is because a whole lot of the real knowledge has been destroyed.

“There was a period of time when the federal government brought in missionaries to the reservations.” This started in the 1870s, and the army officer who founded the first off-reservation boarding schools noted, A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one … In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only in this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”


“If white people can’t dress up as Indians, then no one can!”

For decades, U.S. Government policy was to destroy Native religion and culture on sight.

“Native spiritual beliefs are not protected by the first amendment; they are protected by federal statutes. It is perfectly legal for the federal government to bar Native religions as it was done on the reservations for about a century and a half. [It wasn’t until] the Native American religious freedom act that statutes protected Native religion. Basically so many practices were outlawed, either they died or they were conducted in secret, and you had a lot of conversions … so yeah, a lot of it died or has been lost.”

Obviously, the right of Native Americans to practice whatever religion they want is protected under the first amendment. But many Native beliefs are tied to specific parts of the land, and specific rituals, and THOSE have only recently started to be protected.


The case pitted loggers against the Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association. Guess who was the bad guy?

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There’s An Art To Spotting Fake Native Americans

One of the most infuriating aspects of this New Age appropriation is that it tends to treat Native American religion as a grab-bag of spirituality. And they charge for a dip in that bag:

“You very often see this idea that you can mix and match, so you have someone mixing Cherokee and Lakota and Apache altogether, when they’re extremely different from each other … You have this very common idea that money is energy and it’s just an exchange of energy, and that’s an entirely New Age idea.”


“The best kind of energy is green energy, man.”

Actual practitioners of Native American religions don’t charge for access to ceremonies. If you see someone charging for time in a sweat lodge, you know they’re full of shit. “It’s very common that you’ll see this idea that you can buy enlightenment … with a $19 book or a $3000 workshop weekend.”

I asked Dr. Carroll what he and his colleagues do when they first get the sense that someone might be faking their Native credentials for profit. “You basically first look and see if they are who they say they are. Native communities tend to be small. A typical tribe has an average of 3,000 members. There’s usually some online record you can find, if you look at their family history … there are several people on the site who are good genealogists. So you go back to their great-grandparents and … every single record says that they’re white, every single census record, for four generations back says they’re white … they’re probably, they’re lying about who they are.”


If their ancestors were all white, they’re probably lying about their ancestors not being all white.

Another key clue is when people fuck up basic terminology. “You’ll see people refer to themselves as Sioux medicine people, and that’s not the traditional term. They’ll refer to themselves as Lakota. You’ll see people making obvious mistakes about this reservation, or that clan, something people from the community will pick up on right away.”

But the most obvious red flag is when folks identify themselves as simply following “Native American religion,” because that’s just as ridiculous as saying you follow “European religion.” “One of the most common things is just the idea that you can talk about Native beliefs as all believing the same thing. You have a huge variety of … different traditions, different belief systems, hundreds of belief systems that are as dramatically different as y’know, Presbyterians from Hindus. But they very often get lumped together.”

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There Are Entire Fake Tribes

It’s one thing to claim to be Cherokee or Sioux, but some people create whole fake tribes. “You have one group out there, calling themselves the Central Cherokee. They pretend Jewish people are the real Cherokee and vice versa.”

That group is mostly gone now, but a look through the Wayback Machine keys you in on just how nutty they were:


“Adobe Reader” is their quack Pueblo historian, who will come to your house and not leave.

That’s right: These folks claimed Pocahontas was a Jewish girl. The whole thing appears to have been an attempt to let insecure assholes block out two squares on their persecution bingo cards. It didn’t work, because actual Cherokee weren’t having it. But the Central Cherokee weren’t alone:

“There’s a mini industry, really, that started off as the Nation Of Islam-type people that is trying to convince black Americans that Africans are the true Native people and Native people are Chinese imposters. You have about half a dozen cults out there that pretend that, and recruit black Americans. It gets weirder. Their argument, actually, is that there was no Atlantic slave trade. Africans were enslaved inside America. And so that’s really bizarre. It’s like someone Jewish pretending there’s no Holocaust.”


“How could there be an Atlantic slave trade, when Atlantic Airways didn’t exist until 1987? Checkmate, history.”

Maybe the idea of a secret Jewish Cherokee tribe, or some weird Chinese/Native American conspiracy is so crazy it’s almost whimsical. That is not always the case. Actual Native American tribes have rights, and a degree of sovereignty, that make them aspiring-to-be-national governments within the United States. So if you’re a fraud, creating your own tribe opens up a lot of money-making opportunities. Take the fake Little Shell Pembina tribe (not to be confused with the real Little Shell tribe)

“They just issue a huge number of fake liens, fake affidavits. They found a family called the Delorme family, who actually are Native … [and used them as a cover] … this is a really bizarre group that’s kind of gathered around them. There’s one guy in the group saying he’s had a dream that he’s a medicine man and he will sell these strange dreamcatchers with pentagrams inside them … there’s another guy there who was involved in a coup over in the island of Fiji. Yeah, you’ve got some really bizarre groups out there.”


We hear that last one happened in 2007. CBS covered it.

Speaking of …

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There Is No Such Thing As Cherokee Sex Magic

It’s called “chuluaqui quodoushka,” or Cherokee sex magic. Basically, it involves paying lots of money for the privilege of fucking your partner in front of people, or sometimes banging prostitutes under the pretense of magic. (“They also practice group anal masturbation, with objects,” Professor Carroll added helpfully.) The movement started with this guy, Harley Reagan:


Clearly a trustworthy figure.

Dr. Carroll described him as “this red-haired Irish-American who claims to be Cherokee and Mayan. And he actually convinced HBO some years ago to put on a program, [an episode of] Real Sex, about Cherokee sex magic, where people were paying thousands of dollars for this alleged ritual. And y’know, he built up a cult that has branches all over Europe, all over America, in Canada and Australia, they claim to have something like 3,000 members.”

Before Reagan died, Dr. Carroll protested some of his “rituals.” “It was held at this very luxurious home in Scottsdale … and they had some German bodyguards who were there to try and keep us away … we basically stood outside and tried to convince people not to go in … the German bodyguards were jumping in front of us saying, ‘they’re terrorists they’re going to attack you! Come inside, quickly they’re terrorists!'”

Mr. Reagan and his followers claimed that what they were doing was sexual surrogacy, an actual legitimate healthcare practice. Real sex surrogacy does not involve houses full of people humping together and pretending to do magic.

“We called it prostitution. And they also had a long history of drug use during the ceremonies, people getting high … so we were urging the police to go in there … We had fliers prepared, that were written warnings of everything they’d done. And we were saying, please let us talk to you … and I think we got to two people before the German bodyguards started in.”


Usually, we don’t root for cops stopping the sex and drugs party, but this is an exception.

The Cherokee vehemently deny that Reagan has any relation to the tribe, and that his “teachings” have anything to do with their traditional religion. So Reagan moved on, claiming his beliefs about “q energy” (orgasm powers) were a synthesis of a bunch of other traditional beliefs. But as hilariously full of crap as Harley Reagan is, at least he didn’t get anyone killed …

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Bootleg Shamanism Can Be Deadly

Military chaplains now recommend sweat lodge ceremonies for vets with PTSD. Dr. Carroll wanted to be clear that he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with white Americans, or anyone else, wanting to learn from Native American religious and cultural practices. “Learning from societies that have a much better history with regards to women’s rights, and women’s roles, y’know that’s a very positive thing. But it’s the idea that they’re entitled to it, that they can do what they want because they attended one ceremony one time, suddenly they’re an expert.”


“1/16 Cherokee is actually more than full Cherokee. Yes, I’m also into homeopathy. How did you guess?”

“That’s the danger that sometimes happens. You’ll see somebody who attended a ceremony once, and suddenly they’re an expert, and they’re off charging for it, or they’ll come up with a made-up version of it.”

This is particularly true of sweat lodges, because the basic concept is so easy to grasp and emulate: Build a big room, start a fire, get everyone sweaty, burn some sage. Put a $3,000 price tag on that, and you’ve got yourself a potentially deadly hustle.


As with any plan where step two is “and then comes fire.”

In October of 2009, James Arthur Ray hosted a “Spiritual Warrior” seminar in Arizona. One of his sweat lodge ceremonies went wrong, three people died, and 18 more were hospitalized. It makes Reagan’s ‘high-end wizard brothel’ seem downright respectable by comparison. Professor Carroll adds, “In many other fake sweat lodges, people routinely get burned, scalded, or have heart attacks. Some people pass out and get sexually assaulted. Many relive psychological traumas like molestation.”

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Every Now And Then, A Real Victory Is Scored

“I wish we could report more success than we have had. Unfortunately all you can do is put out the information and hope people listen … probably the biggest recent success we can point to is a woman named Kiesha Crowther who claimed she was the returning prophet prophesized by hundreds of tribes, by not simply Americans but also people in Australia, New Zealand, indigenous people worldwide, that she was the returning red-haired prophet.”


Here she is holding — surprise — a crystal!

Crowther calls herself “Little Grandmother,” despite not being either, and also claims to be a member of the Sioux Salish tribe, despite certainly not being that. (“Actually there’s no such tribe. The Salish and Lakota are unrelated peoples with very different cultures,” says Proffessor Carroll.) For a while, she offered naive hippies the chance to join her “tribe of many colors,” and take part in the $6000 ceremonies she completely made up. Dr. Carroll and other online activists began a concentrated media blitz:

“I think simply we started tracking down what info she said. A lot of it was really obvious false things; she was getting the tribal names wrong. And then we had the good luck that there was a relative who came to us and said she’s had a long history of making up stories. And so we wrote articles that were published in independent media, so even within her own group, both online and in person, there were people who were starting to question her and she was constantly trying to tamp down criticism that was coming towards her and so it kinda snowballed. At one point she finally publicly apologized and moved to Europe. ‘This is my own personal belief and it has nothing to do with indigenous people’ and she’s over in Holland somewhere and she’s pretty much given up most of what she’s said before.”


“I am so proud to be among you fine, Danish people!”

She’s still making up vaguely spiritual crap, like this crystal ceremony in Rotterdam, but she’s not claiming to be Native American Grandma Jesus anymore. So that’s a win.

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A 12-Year-Old Girl Gives the Cruel Russian Version of The Bachelor a Dose of Her Own Feminist Reality

MOSCOWHumiliation is part of many reality shows, but some are worse than others. And in Russia, one stands out. Lets Get Married is a version of The Bachelor presided over by a panel of women who delight in demeaning their subjects. And for 10 years on Russias most-watched network, Channel One, theyve gotten away with it, dissing the bachelors and bachelorettes, their kids, their parentswhoever was brave enough or fool enough to go on the show. But that was before 12-year-old Anastasia came on with her father.

Last October, Anastasia and her dad, Anton Titov, a 46-year-old U.S.-educated neurosurgeon, decided they would take part in Lets Get Married despite its reputation. The divorc and his daughter are close. Theyve traveled the world together, enjoy the same sports, and think alike on many subjects. This seemed an adventure, and Titov really was looking for a wife.

Besides, the shows producers assured the family that Anastasia would be treated with respect. At the beginning of the program she presented bouquets of flowers to the three middle-age presenters. Poised, pretty, with dark brown hair, big brown eyes, and braces, she said that she truly wanted her father to find a new spouse.

But things went wrong in the next few minutes. It became clear that Anastasia had things she wanted to say, and she refused to play by the rules that would have her bending before the onslaught of the shows main host, the physically imposing and very overbearing cold-blue-eyed Larisa Guzeyeva. Several times, Guzeyeva interrupted Anastasia: No, no! You listen to me. Then the presenter insulted her, calling her insincere and disagreeable and, an odd thing to say to a 12-year-old, worse than any mother-in-law.

After the show aired, Anastasia and her father saw how Russias trolls joined in the opprobrium and amplified the attacks. Hundreds of TV viewers wrote hostile comments about Anastasia, some wanting to knock her teeth out and strangle her.

Thats when Anastasia decided she would launch what she proudly calls her online video campaign directed at Channel One.

I do not think that the hate-thirsty TV hosts should be allowed to traumatize the psyches of children, Anastasia told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview.

Indeed, aggressive attacks are Guzeyevas style. In one show last year, she insulted her guests, a 35-year-old potential bride named Darya and Daryas mother, for not accepting the proposed grooms. Guzyeva told both women they were fools and said to Darya, You are as empty and angry as your mother.

Last September, Guzeyeva yelled at a 14-year-old girl who dared to disagree with her: I would take a belt, drag you into a dark roomdont listen to me child-care authoritiesand beat you so much. Guzeyeva continued, even when the girls eyes filled up with tears. You should burst into tears, look at yourself in the mirror and say that you are a little monster.

Probably, it is time Russian child-welfare authorities did pay attention.

In Anastasias own video address about the show, viewed by more than 12,000 people so far, she insists that what she said in the original footage had been edited to show both her and her father in a negative light. Anastasia calls for prosecutors and members of the Russian parliament, the Duma, to request a copy of the original footage from the management of Channel One so they can see how much the shows presenters had worked to humiliate her. (She pointedly begins her video with a photograph of President Vladimir Putin presenting an award to Channel One CEO Konstantin Ernst.)

We reached out to the presenter of Lets Get Married, Larisa Guzeyeva, asking for a comment about Anastasias campaign.

If she decided to grow famous using my name as a flag she can wave, I am not interested in this, Guzeyeva told The Daily Beast. On the show, contestants are asked about the kind of people they admire, and Anastasia tried to explain to the presenters why she became interested in a strong woman, Maya Plesetskaya, after she read the famous ballerinas memoirs, but she was immediately interrupted.

Stubborn and thoughtful, Anastasia found ways to surprise the presenters. She refused, for instance, to give the shows host astrologer her date of birth, saying she does not believe in the pseudo-science of astrology. Unlike some other girls, Anastasia did not cry on the show. She stayed calm, explaining to the presenters that she was interested in media, and in issues such as politics, religion, and feminism.

That was taken as a provocation. In Russia, feminism is considered a Western sin, and feminists often are treated as extremists. Feminism is when women reject men helping them with a coat, Guzeyeva told Anastasia.

In her interview with The Daily Beast, Anastasia said that she has studied online at an American school, taken online music classes, and she is mature enough to control her own social environment, unlike other teenagers whove been humiliated and traumatized on Channel One.

On the show, Anastasia asked why Guzeyeva thought that she was not sincere. The TV host responded to the girl in an authoritarian tone: Everything about you is far-fetched, baby, I can see that. Celebrity comedian and showman Maksim Galkin recently said in an interview for the online publication Gazeta.ru that Russian television lacks pure kindness, humor and sincerity, but Anastasia is not the only young person trying to break out of the old molds.

This year Russian authorities have already seen a riot of teenagers online, trying to teach their elders and officialdom to smile and chill.

In one video, air cadetsfuture members of the Russian militaryposted a scene of themselves twerking to Benny Benassis hit song Satisfaction. The cadets had nothing on but their underwear and uniform caps. And after authorities threatened to expel the future pilots of Ulyanovsk Institute of Civil Aviation, the incident inspired viral flashmobs. Within days people all over the country were twerking in support of the Ulyanovsk cadets. Even Saint Petersburg pensioners twerked in solidarity.

Anastasias avowed feminism also has touched a nerve. More than 10,000 Russian women die from domestic violence every year: beaten to death, thrown out of windows, burned, or strangled. Yet last year the Russian parliament adopted a bill that reduced the punishment for men beating their wives and children from up to two years in prison to 15 days in jail, 360 hours of labor, or a $500 fine.

Anna Rivina from the Nasiliyu.net (No to Violence) project of women struggling against domestic violence welcomes Anastasias campaign. Rivina believes that it shows that the younger generation of Russians are ready to say no to hypocrisy. When I see bright young people like Anastasia, I want them to ignore hypocritical moralists who should have stayed with their opinions in the last century, Rivina told The Daily Beast. It is very important for our people to learn how to respect themselves. Anastasias campaign means to teach Russia to respect women as much as men, and to be kind.

Happily, Anastasia did not lose friends as a result of the public humiliation. A group of her mostly male classmates supported her in the video address. Thousands of random people have joined her.

So far I have not seen any reaction from Channel One, Anastasia told The Daily Beast. But I am pleased to realize that people of different ages and political views support my campaign.

What the shows presenters did to me was real cyberbullying, Anastasia told The Daily Beast. She said she does not want to position her campaign anywhere on the political spectrum. I have my entire life ahead of me.Anastasia stresses that her campaign has a very specific target. For 10 years, Lets Get Married presenters have been publicly humiliating children, their mothers, older women, even kids with autismthis is unacceptable.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/12-year-old-girl-gives-the-cruel-russian-version-of-the-bachelor-a-dose-of-her-own-feminist-reality

Why is it that straight men harbor so much hatred of *shuffles cards* astrology?

Why is it that straight men harbor so much hatred of *shuffles cards* astrology?

We’re sorry we missed this last week because we really could have used a “What’s wrong with straight men?” post to balance out all of the “What’s wrong with white women?” posts.

So what is wrong with straight men now? It turns out they hate astrology — a lot.

Read more: https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2018/11/24/why-is-it-that-straight-men-harbor-so-much-hatred-of-shuffles-cards-astrology/

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