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Things We Saw Today: Wow, a Lot of PG-Rated Films Were Really Messed Up

Kevin Maher (the mind behind the "Monster Gaze" video we also shared) compiled some of the most terrifying moments of PG films that left a deep scar on our young psyches that we've never fully recovered from. Did you see any of your childhood nightmares?

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Sandra Fluke Pens Scathing Open Letter to Trump About Birth Control: You’re ‘Radicalizing Religious Liberty’

"Exactly what religion would a publicly traded corporation like Bank of America or Coca-Cola or General Electric have? The religion of the majority of shareholders? Its CEO? Its board? What if an employee takes a job at an agnostic telecommunications firm, but then new leadership is hired and the company announces it has a new religion affecting health care coverage for all employees?"

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Melinda Gates Wants to Give 100 Million More Women Access to Contraception by 2020

In a recent editorial in National Geographic, Melinda Gates recommitted to a 2012 goal to increase access to contraception worldwide. She wants to bring family planning services to 100 million more women by 2020.

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Things We Saw Today: Stranger Things Finally Gets the Funko Treatment

The Stranger Things Funko set includes all the main characters, with a few different versions of Eleven, the Demogorgon, and Will. They're available for pre-order now and will hit shelves early next year.

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The Legend of Korra Newbie Recap: “The Coronation”

Or the Korra-nation! Ha. Ha. Ha.

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Things We Saw Today: Catwoman Loves Cat Memes

Nyan Catwoman? Grumpy Catwoman?

It makes sense that Catwoman's favorite Internet memes would be cat memes. Check out this Internet Catwoman print by artist, M.K. Matsumoto, which is available at the artist's Society 6 store for $18. (via Geek Alerts)

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Arizona Schools Are Literally Ripping Pages on Contraception out of Biology Books

Well this is as stupid as [REDACTED].

The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board in Arizona became displeased with a section in a high school biology book that described how an abortion-inducing drug works after complaints from a Christian law organization called Freedom, so they advised school officials to redact it with extreme prejudice. I can't wait until someone goes full-on Fahrenheit 451 on them.

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Planned Parenthood Now Offers Birth Control and Counseling Online

Everything's coming up ovaries.

From lack of affordable health care providers in rural communities to the stigma surrounding sexuality, there are plenty of reasons why a woman might be unable or unwilling to physically see a doctor and discuss contraception and protection. It should be as cheap and easy as possible for women to take care of their bodies--and thanks to Planned Parenthood's incredible new online service and app, soon it might be.

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Male Birth Control May Be On The Market As Soon As 2017

Not so fast, condoms. You've still got a job to do.

Thanks to the non-profit Parsemus Foundation, the birth control field might be on the cusp of becoming far more egalitarian--starting as soon as 2017, a reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive may soon be on the shelves of a pharmacy near you.

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Things We Saw Today: A Painted Leather Bag End Bag Fit For Any Baggins

There and bag again?

Baby got bag?

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Bill Gates Has Invented Remote-Controlled Birth Control

Now, where's the button that turns Hobby Lobby off?

Not a fan of IUDs or other hormonal contraception options? Don't worry, friends, the future of our fallopian tubes is bright! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently experimenting with an incredible microchip that could be embedded into the body to provide convenient and reliable protection for far longer than any currently available hormonal birth control. Now if I can just keep track of where I put the remote...

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Song Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby Dissent

Let's see, what rhymes with "it's 2014, get your shit together America"?

"Slut-shaming geezers" is not a Ginsburg quote. Not exactly.

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Things We Saw Today: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Strong Words on the Hobby Lobby Birth Control Mandate

As do we, incidentally.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a passionate 35-page dissent on today's Hobby Lobby mandate, condemning a ruling that will revoke thousands of women's contraceptive coverage.

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It’s Really Hard to Castrate a Hippo, but Vets Have a New Technique to Get the Job Done. Sorry, Hippos

Bad news for hippos, but also probably not great new for vets.

Unlike some species (looking at you, pandas) the common hippopotamus can reproduce very well in a zoo environment. Sometimes a little too well, creating the need for hippo birth control. Castration of males is a logical way to go, but until recently castrating a hippo was harder than it sounds, and it already sounds really hard. Hippos are crazy.

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Things We Saw Today: The Cover of Christopher Lee’s New Metal Album

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This Friday sees the release of Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, the second metal LP by actor/secret agent/metal musician Sir Christopher Lee. Death and Taxes has song clips and a video where Lee "shares the inspiration for his calling as a metal sorcerer."

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How The Morning After Pill Ensures That Babby Is Not Formed

We've got a lot of methods of birth control at our disposal, and on principle, we are big fans of all of them, because dang it, family planning is a good thing. Yes, we are fans of things for boring reasons sometimes. Despite our best laid plans, though, accidents still happen. That's why it's always good to have a backstop, and for many women and couples, that backstop is Plan B. Also known as the morning-after pill, Plan B can prevent an egg from ever being fertilized. We repeat, since there's been some know what? Just check out the above video from AsapSCIENCE, who once again just knock it out of the park with snappy answers to our stupid questions. Oh, and also brightly colored pictures. We like pictures.

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Eggs & Sperm Take On Cute Personalities In This Animation Helping You Understand Plan B

Allow Us To Explain

I'll be honest, it's been a while since I sat in a science class and my brain has refused to retain most of what I learned when I did. Though mostly, I don't care how things like the pill or Plan B work, just that they do work. But in case you're curious (or forgot), here's a great animation from AsapSCIENCE showing you what goes down in your body. (via The High Definite) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Things We Saw Today: An I Love NY Shirt Fit for a Whovian

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The BBC wants to add a bunch of new shirts to its line of official Doctor Who merchandise, but is letting fans choose which ones make the cut. Vote here! (Titan Merchandise)

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Things We Saw Today: Blizzard Offers In Game Kittens in Hurricane Relief Promotion

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Shortly after Blizzard took the plunge and began offering exclusive in-game pets to World of Warcraft players for real money they started offering them to benefit charity. The Cinder Kitten above goes for $10, and all of those dollars will go to the Red Cross' Sandy efforts. (Wow Insider)

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Birth Control Pills May Improve Women’s Cognitive Abilities Later In Life

Beginning in the 1960s, the introduction of hormonal birth control pills introduced modern family planning to the world, preventing unwanted pregnancies and generally making the world a better place for everyone concerned. It turns out the pill may do even more than that, though. A new study shows that taking hormonal birth control before menopause may improve women's cognitive function later in life, leaving them sharper and more mentally "with it" than peers who weren't on the pill.

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