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    Vanessa Knowles is a law student with big ambitions. She's also a professional stripper with countless fans supporting her endeavors on the web. A woman paying her way through college as a stripper is nothing new. In fact, you could argue it's a cliche. But Vanessa Knowles is different.

    Of course her use of the online medium makes this a fresh take on an old story, true. But more than that, it's Knowles' attitude. She has zero shame about her past (which includes a stint as an in-the-flesh lap dancer) and has been nothing but open about what she does for a living. In light of Duke student and porn actress Belle Knox taking ownership over her identity when a fellow student tried to "out" her, Knowles could be one of a new wave of sex workers who are out, proud, and unapologetic.

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    Ask anyone from La Leche League and they'll tell you that boobs and children simply don't mix. Yes, you bet I'm being extremely sarcastic right now, but one Disneyland worker would definitely argue in favor of keeping our womanly assets well hidden if we want to enjoy the happiest place on Earth. He even went as far as scolding a mom for letting her cleavage peek out!

    Melissa Behnken was enjoying a day at the theme park with her Marine husband and three kids when an elderly male Disneyland worker reportedly approached her and told her she needed to "pull her top up." When she asked him if he was serious, he replied, "This is a family park. You are showing too much."

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    I love taking my 3-year-old daughter to the dog park with our puppy, but for a twisted reason no one would guess.

    Everywhere else -- the grocery store, post office, playground -- strangers stop whatever they're doing, bend down, and inform Skylar how adorable they think she is. So this teaches her to develop inner beauty how?

    At the dog park, human cuteness means nothing. Here, strangers pay attention only to Slater, our year-old Dachshund-Pinscher mix. Thank goodness for borderline insane people who are convinced that their pets either are human or vastly superior to humans. (Incidentally, as much as you try convincing others, and yourself, that your beloved Canine-American will not become just a dog once you have a child, that's exactly what happens, because my wife and I used to say the same thing.)

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    How many of you have ever called your daughter the "B-word"? No, not that B-word, the other one: Bossy. It seems kind of cute, right? We all have our own little "bossy boots" running around the house.

    The problem is, especially as girls grow up, being "bossy" is looked at as a bad thing. Yet we should be celebrating the traits that make our daughters (and ourselves) "bossy" ... confidence, imagination, assertiveness, ambition, independence, you get the gist.

    Calling girls bossy is one of many things we do to discourage them from leading. Studies show that by middle school, fewer girls than boys believe they can be leaders. (No coincidence that girls are called "bossy" while boys are called "leaders.") Don't just take it from us -- listen to what girls themselves are saying.

    We talked to the girls in our lives about what they think of the word "bossy" and what they'd rather be called. Here's what they had to say:

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    Tongues are clucking that Jennifer Aniston spent her 45th birthday yesterday sans fiance Justin Theroux, but come on, people. It was a Tuesday, and he was in NYC filming his new HBO series The Leftovers. Also, Jen had her own plate pretty full, as she spent her birthday eve with author and activist Gloria Steinem at The Makers Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California.

    And it looks like all this hysteria and hoopla over the actress celebrating her big day like a single lady is especially ironic, given what she said to Gloria about her current relationship/parental status ...

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    If you really hate your name, there's no reason you should have to go through life with it. And as much as I feel "Sheila" is far from being the "ugliest" name out there, 41-year-old Sheila Ranea Crabtree strongly disagrees. A judge in Ohio recently approved her request to legally change her name to "Sexy," a moniker she feels better represents her bubbly, "free-spirited" personality. So now we can all officially call her Mrs. Sexy Crabtree, which I'm having a difficult time believing hasn't already been snagged and copyrighted by writers on The Simpsons

    It's great that Sexy/Sheila had the courage to do something she wanted to, and I have no doubt that someone who is this brave is also incredibly sexy and comfortable in her skin. But you have to wonder: did she consider how awkward certain situations might be once she starts introducing herself as "Sexy"?

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    Oh. No. Just about a week after Time depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as nothing more than, as Slate described, "a pointy heel trampling an emasculated dude," here comes The New York Times Magazine with their ridiculous interpretation of the Democratic 2016 presidential election frontrunner. NYT staffer David Joachim tweeted a preview of the newspaper's Sunday magazine cover, stating that it shows Hillary "as you've never seen her." That's for damn sure.

    Check it out ...

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    I'm not sure what kind of sicko would find this funny, but someone apparently did. A Twitter user named RichlonelyJuan, who has since had his account suspended, posted a disgusting photo on New Year's Eve of a woman passed out in her own vomit and then added the message, "Somebody put something in her drink, anyways, me and my brother bout to rape this b***h." 

    RichlonelyJuan and another Twitter user named TaBarius continued to post photos and insane messages about the woman's well-being, but now -- as police investigate the situation and try to identify the users -- they're claiming it was all just a joke. Ha, ha?

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    Judging by Air Canada's travel voucher policy, we should all be wearing aprons and cementing our feet to the kitchen floor while our husbands go out and bring home the bacon. An old-fashioned policy prevents married couples who do not share the same last name from transferring travel vouchers to one another. According to the Canadian airline, there is a good reason for this rule -- it helps prevent fraud. But, as it found out this week, hell hath no fury like a writer with a Twitter account. When Canadian author Chris Turner tried to transfer a voucher to his wife, who chose to keep her maiden name when they were married, he got the shock of his life when his request was denied. That's when things started to heat up on Twitter.

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    Robin Roberts, a supremely popular anchorwoman on Good Morning America, is used to breaking big stories. But she has become the talk of the town since broadcasting her own bit of news on her Facebook page this weekend: the 20-year TV news veteran revealed to the world that she is a lesbian and involved in a loving 10-year relationship with a massage therapist named Amber Laign. 

    While reflecting on all that she is thankful for this past year, Robin wrote: "I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together." That's it. She just kind of slipped it in there, casually -- yet the world can't stop chatting about the super-cool way she has come out. 

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