Your last f***able day— time to wax your beard!

In this clip from Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer comes upon Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette celebrating Julia’s “Last f***able day.” It’s meant to skewer Hollywood but yeah, it’s a  a mirror of our culture at large. Since it’s about all of us let’s toast and chug  the melted ice cream, ladies!

LOVE this.

For those engaged in the conversation about social change through culture change or political change here’s your answer. Do you want to listen to a bunch of males mutter about what they will think about doing for you if you put them in office or do you want to watch this and share with your friends and heighten awareness of the unspoken belief systems that  keep women down.

Art is a way forward!

Yes, we need political change and let’s work for that but also as important, perhaps more important let’s prime the culture for change with smart commentary like this.

Nonprofits, Causes: Position your digital newsroom

Thanks for the great conversation about digital storytelling earlier at #ChiCounts. Here’s the Storify. In a  world of fewer media gatekeepers, good information from nonprofits and causes is in demand. You now have all the tools  to tell  your stories well to your very specific audience and to amplify your reach.  But what stories should you tell? It’s all about figuring out where you fit in your news ecosystem – whether its geographical or knowledge based — and creating a system for storytelling

Sally Duros is a social journalist and digital storyteller. Connect with her on  and twitter at saduros.

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How good girls become fast girls online through sexting and social media

OK. I have a question for you wise ones particularly you moms and dads and social media wizards. I’d really like to hear from you teens out there. I have a few resources in mind, but I need your thoughts and inspired suggestions.

We’ll call this a hypothetical.

Say you are a mom of a 16 year old girl. Say your daughter is very bright and beautiful and going to one of the most prestigious gifted high schools in her town. Say she has fallen in with a crowd that thinks the game “F**K, Marry or Kill” is Fun, and thinks that oral sex is not really sex. She is a good student but has had stress around school performance. She has been a girl who has known her value in the world. Her family is loving and caring, but mom is going out of her mind with worry because not only does previously sweet daughter think oral sex is not sex, she and her boyfriend appear to be addicted to sexting and other sexually provocative behavior on various social media, including Facebook and Tumblr.

Mom fears this amounts to a pornography addiction. Mom has intervened stridently with daughter, boyfriend and with boyfriend’s mom – who doesn’t seem to care. Mom and daughter are locked in disagreement. Dad has been asked to intervene.

I see a few women authors are active in this world of the teen girl. Leora Tanenbaum, author of Slut, wrote this recently. Also Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out, seems very active in this sphere.

Where would you point this mom and family to for support? Also, do you know of social media “erasing” and monitoring services that could be useful? I know of a few under development. Thoughts and reax?

What’s my meme?

[media-credit id=2 align=”aligncenter” width=”660″][/media-credit]These are choice days for memes, which Wikipedia defines as

A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.

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