Alyssa Milano proposed a sex strike to protest restrictive abortion laws but it kind of misses the point.

Alabama and Georgia have passed restrictive and possibly illegal abortion laws, and, no surprise, a lot of people are upset about it. Many Hollywood productions that shoot in Georgia are departing from the state in protest. Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams announced they will continue to shoot Lovecraft Country in Georgia, but the money they earn from the show will go straight to two charities working to overturn the law. But actress Alyssa Milano, who shoots Insatiable in Georgia, came up with probably the most attention-grabbing (and kind of problematic) way to protest the law. She called for a sex strike. Georgia’s new law forbids abortion when a heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks into a pregnancy. Legal abortions after …

Woman’s viral thread about a stranger on the train asking her for help is a must-read.

via Shutterstock It’s hard enough asking for help from your closest friends and family, let alone a complete stranger. But for some people, relying on the kindness of strangers is a necessity. A woman recently shared an eye-opening thread on Twitter about how a stranger on the train who suffers from epilepsy reached out to her for help, and she complied. The woman, named Erynn Brook, initially shared the whole story as a distraction from her cat getting an ultrasound. I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story about something that happened last night, in the hopes that I can process my feelings around it. I …

These fat old lesbians smoking weed are the only thing worth paying attention to on the Internet.

The internet is a truly wonderful place*. Aside from allowing us to order food and other perishable/non-perishable goods without speaking to anyone, it also allows us to connect with people we never thought possible. Like two old, fat lesbians who smoke weed all the time. Did you think you were going to find out about them today? Well, guess what: It’s happening. It’s happening RTFN. View this post on Instagram Sugar Babe A post shared by The Likes of Dykes (@420oldfatlesbians) on May 9, 2019 at 3:30am PDT Sue and Lee are retired and reside in a house with an inflatable hot tub in Maine — existed. I did not know they existed before, but an interview in The Cut …

GoT’s controversial ‘lesson’ on how rape can shape a person sparked a great conversation with fans.

**Spoilers for Season 8 Episode 4 are below** In Season 8 Episode 4 of “Game of Thrones,” a long-awaited reunion between two characters took place. However, it left many fans reeling over a particular moment concerning Sansa’s trajectory. Sansa and Sandor Clegane, aka the Hound, hadn’t seen each other since the Battle of the Blackwater all the way back in Season 2. Obviously a lot’s happened to both of them in that time, but when Sansa joins the Hound in the dining hall, the focus falls to her and her “lost innocence.” The Hound remarks that when he first knew Sansa, she was too afraid to look him in the eye. She replies that she’s seen much worse than him …

Jason Momoa shaved his beard and people are losing their minds.

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images When Jason Momoa shaves, people take notice. The Aquaman actor recently shaved his beard to raise awareness on the importance of recycling aluminum. And spoiler: his chin is just as chiseled as we all thought it would be. Normally, changing facial hair would be the very least someone could do to raise awareness for a cause. (Wasn’t No-shave November supposed to help out cancer research in some way?) But people are freaking out about finally being able to see Momoa’s chin, so shaving is the best way he could have raised awareness for recycling. Everyone noticed. We’re all listening now. 75% of aluminum is still in circulation even though 100% of it is recyclable, as …

He was looking at a life sentence. Now he’s giving others a second chance.

At 38 years old, Dave Durocher was looking at a life sentence. Dave Durocher. All images in this post by Upworthy and Stand Together. He was a self-professed corruptor who’d ruined people’s lives. As a high-level drug dealer, he’d already spent years in prison. After completing a two-year sentence, he immediately went back to selling drugs then was arrested again.  He did a five-year prison sentence that time. Then a six-year sentence. Then a 10-year sentence. Four consecutive prison sentences. His was the story you hear about and would think – “people like that will never change.” And based on Dave’s pattern of behavior, you’d be right. Being incarcerated had become a way of life for Dave. So, he decided …

The real-life heroes of the Avengers surprised children’s hospitals with a $5 million donation.

In Endgame, the Avengers have to team up to save the universe from Thanos, but their real-life counterparts are also teaming up to save kids right here on Earth. Avengers actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson showed up with Disney CEO Robert Iger at Disney California Adventure Park to help announce a donation of $5 million to children’s hospitals across the country. At the event, members of the local Boys& Girls Clubs also got to hang out with the Avengers at Downtown Disney’s LEGO store, plus they all went home with new toys. So basically, a bunch of kids just had the best day ever. The stars of Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame …

A topless selfie cost a middle school teacher her job. She’s fighting back citing gender discrimination.

Lauren Miranda, a middle school math teacher, was fired after a shirtless photo she sent to her boyfriend back in 2016 ended up in her student’s hands. Miranda didn’t choose to send the photos to her students — or anyone other than her boyfriend at the time. It’s quite baffling that the school that employed her felt justified in ending her employment for their distribution. But the case goes deeper than that. Miranda feels the consequence she endured has more to do with gender discrimination. She believes if she were a man, her job wouldn’t have been in jeopardy. That’s why she’s refusing to walk away without a fight. In addition to a $3 million gender discrimination suit — think …

This baby was all alone in the hospital. Her nurse adopted her and changed their lives.

“Who’s this beautiful angel?” Those were the first words that Liz Smith, the director of Nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts spoke to a blue-eyed baby she’d never met before. She was on her way to the elevator and expected to say nothing but a quick hello to a tiny hospital resident she didn’t recognize. The “beautiful angel,” it turned out, was an eight-month-old named Gisele. She was a ward of the state, and she’d already spent more than five months at the hospital being treated for conditions stemming from a premature birth and her mother’s drug use during pregnancy. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Franciscan Children’s (@franciscanchildrens) on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:55am …

A group of high school girls put a stop to the boys who made a list ranking their appearance.

What do you do when you’re reduced to your looks? If you’re one of the students at Bethesda-Chevy ChaseHigh School in Maryland, you take a damn stand and show the people who objectified you that you are, in fact, a person who has very real feelings. Male students created and distributed a list ranking 18 of their female peers based on their looks. The list rated the girls from a scale of 5.5 to 9.4, but when the girls found out about it, they refused to be reduced to a number. The list was created last year, but was recently recirculated. When some of the girls found out that they had been ranked, their first impulse was to feel badly …

13 comebacks for ableism you can use to answer ignorant questions about your disability.

via Ali Watson / Twitter People with disabilities, chronic illnesses and mental illnesses get asked curious, outright ignorant and sometimes blatantly offensive questions regularly. It’s OK to take a moment to educate someone, but it isn’t your responsibility to answer any or every question thrown at you. You are not obliged to put up with questions or statements that are hurtful or infuriating. You also have the right to keep your medical information private, even if your disabilities are visible. Disability advocate Imani Barbarin started the hashtag #ComebacksForAbleism on Twitter Friday after an encounter with someone in an elevator. Though Barbarin wasn’t able to respond in the moment, she had a perfect and sarcastic response in mind. Some guy in …

Escaping homelessness can feel impossible. This shelter’s making it easier.

When you’re homeless, finding a clean place where you feel safe can seem impossible. Homeless shelters used to be nearly identical: they offered temporary shelter for a few hours a night. In most cities, people started lining up for shelters well before dusk. They’d get a meal and a few hours of sleep in a crowded room before being sent back out early in the morning. And shelter for the next night would not be guaranteed. While these types of shelters certainly still exist, they’re no longer the only option. In fact, more and more city governments are changing the way they think about fighting homelessness, moving away from a model where temporary shelter is seen as a solution to …

This group is bringing clean clothes to anyone who needs them, one laundromat at a time.

It all started with a man named T-Bone and a simple desire. 25 cents is one way it starts…. www.laundrylove.org Posted by Laundry Love on Thursday, December 18, 2014 His name was Eric, but he was T-Bone to the people he knew and liked. Greg Russinger met him in 2003, when he and his friends were working with under-resourced individuals and families in Ventura, California. Russinger remembers asking T-Bone one question: “What would it look like for us to come alongside your life in a way that would matter to you specifically?” “He just said ‘If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me as a human being,’” Russinger recalls. This lack of clean clothes is sadly all too …

The boy who became a hero for egging an Islamophobic politician is doing something beautiful with his newfound fame.

Seventeen-year-old Will Connolly of Melbourne, Australia will forever be known as “Egg Boy” after a daring piece of political anarchy he pulled off on Saturday, March 16. The day after the horrific shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 dead, Connolly stopped by the Conservative National Party meeting in Melbourne to catch a glimpse of right-wing senator Fraser Anning. The day of the shooting, Anning released an alarming statement where he blamed the attack on New Zealand’s decision to admit Muslims into the country. “The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” he said in a …

Queen Elizabeth just made her first Instagram post and it has a secret nod to a feminist hero.

Women in STEM apparently have the support of Queen Elizabeth. The Queen posted her first post on the Royal Family Instagram. The 92-year-old monarch paid a visit to the Science Museum in Kensington to announce an exhibit called “Top Secret: from Ciphers to Cyber Security.” The Queen posted two photos of a letter to Prince Albert from Charles Babbage with a caption.  “Today, as I visit the ScienceMuseum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,”theQueen wrote in her post. “Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the ‘Difference Engine,’ of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. The Queen …

These men created a support group for fathers. They’re changing what it means to be a dad.

Lance Somerfeld and Matt Schneider never meant to start a movement. They were just two dads taking care of their kids full-time. Lance Somerfeld, his wife, Jessica, and their children, Jake and Jade. Photo courtesy of Lance Somerfeld. The two men met and became friends when they were public school teachers in The Bronx. While they’d already bonded over lesson plans, their love of their work and their students, soon Somerfeld and Schneider were bonding over something else: The fact that they’d become the primary caregivers to their children. “My wife works in insurance in corporate America,” says Somerfeld, who became a stay-at-home dad in 2008. “I had a position where I was teaching, and if I took a childcare …