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 Sex Ed For 10-Year-Olds + 3 Other Things to Know About Today 

Reported by MTV Act.

+ Sex Ed For 10-Year-Olds

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A study from Georgetown University suggests that things like unwanted pregnancies and the transfer of STDs would be seriously cut back if students got sex education at an earlier age, like ten. “If programs…are implemented at a time when adolescents are still malleable and relatively free of sexual and reproductive health problems and gender role biases, very young adolescents can be guided safely through this life stage, supported by their parents, families and communities,” the study authors argued.

+ Target Backs LGBTQ Rights

Profit Rises 18 Percent At Target Corp

Companies like Apple and Facebook have official stances of supporting same-sex marriage, and now Target has given its support, too. “It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage,” said Target’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Jodee Kozlak.

+ The Prez Sings “Fancy”

+ Watch Barack Obama Singing Fancy by Iggy Azalea

Okay, so maybe it’s not as cool as President Obama breaking out and singing “Fancy” in the middle of a press conference, but you can now watch the prez “sing” Iggy Azalea’s song. Baracksdubs is back, and you have to hand it to someone who has the patience to find all those clips to make this work. But if it gets people smiling and talking about the political process, it’s all worth it, right?

+ Viva Women’s Equality!

2014 Bastille Day Fireworks At Eiffel Tower

France has passed a major law for gender equality. Along with strengthening women’s reproductive rights and the right to an abortion, the law will give “support for domestic abuse victims, improve women’s wages, encourage paternal leave and a more equal division of childcare, increase female representation in politics…” Lilian Sepúlveda, director of the Global Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, remarked, “At a time when women in many parts of the world, including in the United States and Spain, are seeing their rights restricted, violated, and disrespected, France has set an important example for the rest of the globe with its progressive stance toward reproductive health care.”

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 Lena Dunham Invites Twitter to Talk About Birth Control 

Reported by MTV Act.

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In the wake of the Supreme Court decision that for-profit companies can be don’t have to provide birth control to employee, feminist activists have taken to Twitter to spark debate about the controversial ruling. Late Tuesday night, Lena Dunham joined their ranks.

Her first tweet was personal, which was no surprise coming from a writer, director, and actor who makes a living putting herself out there.

Other women followed suit, sharing why they use birth control. Some use it to control acne, while others use it because they simply don’t want to get pregnant right now.

To end the discussion, however, Dunham tweeted what most people are (hopefully!) thinking: that women don’t need to explain why they’re using birth control.

Want to support the actress and help women at the same time? Stay tuned to hear more about her upcoming book tour and to find out why Planned Parenthood is “rocking out” with her!

 AnnaLynne McCord Talks I Choose Campaign, Giving Women a Voice 

Reported by MTV Act.

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This world needs more female directors, so keep your eyes on AnnaLynne McCord. The actress and philanthropist just directed her first movie, a short film called “I Choose,” which contrasts consent and assault, autonomy and slavery.

The film can lead you to getting involved with her new I Choose campaign, which fights human trafficking around the world. (She refers to trafficking survivors she knows in Cambodia as her “girls” and her “heroes.”) AnnaLynne also recently wrote a tell-all for Cosmopolitan where she discussed childhood physical abuse and a sexual assault that happened to her when she was a teenager. The piece was about reclaiming your voice as well as rising above and stopping abuse. AnnaLynne talked about this and more to MTV Act, discussing topics like slut-shaming (women feeling bad for their sexual sides) and the ultimate importance of having control over your body: physically, mentally and emotionally.

ACT: You’ve been passionate about the cause of human trafficking for years and now you’ve created the I Choose Project. Can you tell us more about it and how to get involved to help fight trafficking?

ANNALYNNE: The “I Choose” film premiered online to launch the campaign. I’ve fought human trafficking for over six years now, specifically with my beautiful heroes in Cambodia. I felt like I could do more as a voice and as an activist in Hollywood. I’d been mulling over this, trying to figure out how I could lend a bigger voice, how something could come really personally from me that sheds light on who I am as an advocate as well as what I’m advocating for.

I did my tell-all with Cosmo, talking about my whole life. Something I’d always feared was that if anyone involved in anti-sex trafficking activism knew I liked sex, even though I’d suffered sexual assault in my life, they’d throw me from grace. I would no longer be able to speak on behalf of sex trafficking survivors. My girls educated me against this. They’d survived, they got through it. They could make sexy jokes. That freed me, to see these girls weren’t damaged, that they could think about having a love life with a man they fell in love with. They weren’t tainted because some other man took something from them.

With the article released, I felt like, “Okay, now I can be who I am.” Then this thought came to me of showing the parallel between a woman who chooses [to have sex] and one who doesn’t, because I’ve been both. I wanted to show that I understand these two women, the one’s love and happiness in the act, and the other’s agony and shame with what’s been done to her.

+ Watch I Choose

If people want to get involved, I’m building a house for the girls in Cambodia called the Lotus House. I created a page where I have organizations around the world that I endorse that I think are doing a wonderful job fighting trafficking. Cambodia might not resonate with everyone, and I understand that. To me, it does. If it doesn’t resonate for you but Atlanta, Georgia does, then let me show you an organization in Atlanta.

ACT: You’re also the writer, director, producer and actress for the film “I Choose.” What did you set out to show with this film and what do you want people to take away from it?

ANNALYNNE: I want them to take several things away from it. My heart is in the fight to end slavery across the board, but there’s also the message of slavery we’re all touched by. That’s the slavery of our minds. The slavery of cultural and societal belief systems. We can step back and say, “No, no, no. I choose. I choose every detail and decision in my life.” It requires breaking down the biases from other people and coming to an awareness of a voice in our minds.

Are we in fact free? That’s the metaphor challenge on this film. I think there should be more of a conversation about sex so it’s not so taboo. I feel like the more we push something down, the more it can manifest itself in different ways. What is suppressed will be expressed. There’s also sexual liberalism and female empowerment in the film. I wanted to put some rough stuff into the film — without being too PG-13 — to say that as long as you choose, it’s okay, provided that you’re safe.

ACT: What’s it like being a director? Do you think you might make more pro-social films like this?

ANNALYNNE: Directing was the most fun I’ve ever had on set. The experience was really beautiful because I think the real reason I wanted to be an actress is because I love stories. I noticed my own frustration as an actress from my lack of control as to where the story was going. I would love to direct more, absolutely.

ACT: We at MTV are very proud of you for your piece in Cosmopolitan, where you talk about child abuse, sexual assault and giving women a voice. In the piece you also say that everything you’ve been through has led you to your own revolution. What is your revolution, and what words of advice about getting help do you have for people who’ve suffered physical and/or sexual abuse?

ANNALYNNE: Thank you, MTV! You guys are awesome. I would say my revolution was coming back to myself. I came into this world, guns blazing. As a child I would get myself into trouble because I couldn’t shut my mouth; I had an opinion about everything. By age nine I was telling my mom I was never getting married because there was no way in H-E-double-hockey-sticks (because we couldn’t say “hell”) I was ever going to have to listen to a man. I had the wiring of a young feminist. And through the years of abuse, that little voice diminished and it became a very quiet whisper I barely heard anymore. My revolution is that that voice is back, full-fledged. And I’m not using it simply for my own interests. I am looking out for me, which is part of that revolution, but I’m also speaking out for anyone suffering abuse who hasn’t found that voice again or doesn’t have that voice.

Just before I got on the phone with you, I was finishing up an email to a young woman who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of two family members while growing up. None of her family believed her when she told them what happened. It’s hard enough to even say what happened to me, let alone to not be validated. I was telling her about separating the beliefs systems. There’s an amazing three-step process from one of my favorite authors, don Miguel Ruiz, where he says something very crucial to the healing of your mind. I became my worst abuser because I perpetuated it into my adulthood. He says step one is: do not believe me. Step two: do not believe you. Step three: do not believe anybody else. And you’re like, “What are you supposed to believe?” What he’s saying is that the truth will always survive your skepticism. A lie needs me to believe it for it to be true. The lie I believed was that I was not good enough. Because I believed in that lie, it became truth for me. Reading that flipped my whole world upside down.

ACT: In your Cosmo piece you also say, “Most of all, I have my message for women and girls: You have a voice.” Lately we’ve been seeing more push for women’s rights with things like the #YesAllWomen campaign. How do you think we can keep this momentum going and see real change and equality?

ANNALYNNE: I’m going on a college tour this fall to talk to our little world changers, to have this conversation face-to-face. If you want me to come speak, your school can contact my rep Amber Bobin of the ESA Speakers Agency. I want to reach as many young people as possible. These are the young people on our planet who will keep this going. They’re the ones on social media, they’re the ones connecting around the world. Investing in young people will really keep the snowball effect going here. Then we get on-board with them and it’s just a circle effect.

[Editor's Note: If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, please contact RAINN at 1-800-656-HOPE. With sexual stuff, everyone involved must consent 100% to what's going on. If you or someone you know is a minor being abused, please call 1-800-394-3366 for Child Welfare. If things are bad, please contact the police.]

Photo: (I Choose)

 Beyoncé Gives $7 Million to Help Homeless + 5 Other Things to Know Today 

Reported by MTV Act.

+ Beyoncé Gives $7 Million to Help Homeless

An Alternative View: 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Day 2

We all know that Beyoncé makes A LOT of money, but we don’t always know that she gives A LOT of it to charity. That’s ’cause sometimes Bey keeps her charitable endeavors quiet, but now Rev. Rudy Rasmus, who married Beyoncé and Jay-Z, is reporting that she’s given seven MILLION dollars to help homeless people in Houston. “She’s an incredible human being,” Rev. Rudy Rasmus said, pretty much stating the obvious.

+ Marriage Equality in Utah

Mormons Gather For LDS Church's Semiannual Conference

So what’s up with marriage equality in Utah? First it looked like it was happening, and then state politicians tried to stop it. There’s been fighting in court, and now the state of Utah is going to the Supreme Court to try to keep same-sex couples from marrying.

+ Microchips as Birth Control?

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Can microchips become a form of birth control? Bill Gates is backing work on a potential form of birth control that would be in the form of a microchip. A professional would have to implant it the way you need doctors to implant an IUD, but then it would stay in there and work for 16 years. And you could turn it off with a remote control. Would this be a freaky perfect form of birth control, or could people grab remote controls and wreak havoc? IDK, this still just sounds like sci-fi, man.

+ Prince William and Prince Harry Support Young Leaders

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Selfies just got the royal treatment, with Princes William and Harry posing for one. Then they took part in a Google Hangout where they talked with young leaders from all different countries. And, it turns out, both Princes give some pretty good advice. “Always believe in yourself and don’t give up on your quest,” said Prince William, and Prince Harry went on, “Don’t give up, and if it’s a lack of confidence and belief then team up – there are people out there who share your passion.”

+ #OperationGirl with John Legend

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The activist website RYOT is hooking up with Burkle Global Initiative and singer/feminist/awesome-guy John Legend for #OperationGirl, a major fundraising event to help women and girls. Different nonprofits will be contending in this super necessary campaign, and this is going on through August 18. The nonprofits get to keep whatever they earn, and RYOT will also be dispensing extra donations.

+ A Hedgehog Has a B-day Party Because Of Course

+ Watch Tiny Birthday For A Tiny Hedgehog

And, in other news, the genius who brought us Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos is back. This new cuteness masterpiece is a “Tiny Birthday for a Tiny Hedgehog.” There’s a miniature b-day party with a hedgehog and two hamsters eating tiny pieces of cake. And wearing birthday hats. Nuff said.

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 Prince Harry Dances to Katy Perry + 6 Other Things You Need to Know About Today 

Reported by MTV Act.

+ Prince Harry Dances With Disabled Kids to Katy Perry

+ Watch Prince Harry Dance to Katy Perry

 

While on his trip to Chile, Prince Harry spent time at Fundacion Amigos de Jesus, a place that helps children with disabilities. And while he was there, he not only danced with the kids, but he danced to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” And got it on film and shared it with the world. Most. Awesome. Prince. Ever.

+ Corporations Are People But Women Aren’t?

PFLAG National Straight For Equality Awards

In response to the Supreme Court siding with Hobby Lobby over a woman’s right to birth control as part of her healthcare, “Daily Show” co-creator and activist Lizz Winstead wrote, “In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are people. Today, the court just upped the ante: it ruled that Hobby Lobby, a family-owned craft store, is not only a person but also a person with religious beliefs. While they were at it, the court also decided this newly created religious-corporate-monster-person has the constitutional right to practice medicine – specifically, obstetrics and gynecology – without a license. And the best part is that the rights of this fake religious-corporate-monster-person-doctor supersede the privacy and medical needs of that old definition of a person. You know, a human being.”

+ Beyoncé Runs the (Celebrity) World

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Beyoncé  sings about how girls run the world, and you know what? Forbes agrees. Actually, Forbes agrees that this particular girl runs the entertainment world. The magazine has released its Celebrity 100 List, and it put Ms. Knowles at number one. Bow down.

+ POTUS Talks Immigration Reform

President Obama Delivers Statement On Immigration Reform In The Rose Garden

President Obama said that he’s going to take executive action on immigration reform. This happened because House Speaker John Boehner is refusing to let there be a vote on immigration reform. “If House Republicans are really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, the best solution to that is to passing bills,” POTUS said. “Pass a bill. Solve a problem. Don’t just say no on something that everybody agrees needs to be done.”

+ Gay Conversion Therapy in the Courts

Los Angeles Holds Annual Gay Pride Parade

Lady Gaga would say, “You’re born this way,” but there are still some people who believe that “therapy” can change a person’s sexual orientation. This has been discredited, and the state of California forbids gay conversion therapy being done on minors. Some therapists tried to take this to the Supreme Court, but SCOTUS turned the case down.

+ Why Don’t More Women Have IUDs?

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IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control out there, but not many American women use them. Time asked why this was, and then Jezebel picked up the story. “Why aren’t IUDs more popular?” Jezebel asks. “There’s no worrying about broken condoms or forgotten pills, they last for years and they’re pretty much the definition of ‘set it and forget it.’ Can reproductive health advocates finally convince American women and doctors to consider them?”

+ “Broad City” Is Feminist City

4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards - Arrivals

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of “Broad City” are loud and proud feminists. Abbi said, “I would totally say I’m a feminist. I don’t find it to be negative at all.” Ilana added, “I feel like a feminist is gender equality. You know, we’re feminists… the people who work on the show [Broad City] are feminists.”

Photo: (Getty, Jezebel)

 

 Jason Collins & ‘OSTNB’ Cast To Be Honored At ‘Trailblazers’ + 4 Other Things To Know Today 

Reported by MTV Act.

+ Jason Collins & OSTNB at “Trailblazers”

"TrevorLIVE LA" Honoring Jane Lynch And Toyota For The Trevor Project - Arrivals
Great news about Logo TV’s “Trailblazers” special! The event, which celebrates people who work for LGBTQ equality, will also honor Jason Collins and the cast of “Orange is the New Black.” Jason said, “We are proof that the actions we make, big or small, can have a positive, global impact on our community.” Remember to check it out June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT!

+ A Stamp For Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou Signs Copies Of "Maya Angelou: Letter To My Daughter"

Want another great way to respect Dr. Maya Angelou’s legacy? UltraViolet has a petition asking the Postal Service to put her on a stamp. As UltraViolet explains, “Maya Angelou was influential in so many ways: she was Hollywood’s first black female director, a best-selling author of 36 books and presidential inauguration poet. That’s why there’s movement to create a stamp in her honor. Will you add your name?” Already signed.

+ Melissa McCarthy is Ready to Take on Fashion

CinemaCon 2014 - Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You To "The Big Picture," An Exclusive Presentation Highlighting The Summer Of 2014 And Beyond
Get ready, Fashion World, because Melissa McCarthy is here to make some changes! Tired of fashion concentrating on only certain body types, the actress is launching her own plus size line. “When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” she told Redbook. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.” Not cool.

+ Research on Female Condoms

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Male condoms are better known than female condoms, but researchers at Indiana University are seeing what they can do about improving the female condom. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding it, along with other projects to help people’s health. If you ever have questions about birth control and protection, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life.

+ “Cosmos” Host Talks the Money of Climate Change

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Astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about how it might take economics to get rich people more involved in fighting climate change. The way climate change is going, people are set to lose major money as rising sea levels encroach on cities. “If they start to lose their wealth, they change their minds real fast,” he said.

Photo: (Getty, NPR)

 Jason Collins & ‘OITNB’ Cast To Be Honored At ‘Trailblazers’ + 4 Other Things To Know Today 

Reported by MTV Act.

+ Jason Collins & OSTNB at “Trailblazers”

"TrevorLIVE LA" Honoring Jane Lynch And Toyota For The Trevor Project - Arrivals
Great news about Logo TV’s “Trailblazers” special! The event, which celebrates people who work for LGBTQ equality, will also honor Jason Collins and the cast of “Orange is the New Black.” Jason said, “We are proof that the actions we make, big or small, can have a positive, global impact on our community.” Remember to check it out June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT!

+ A Stamp For Maya Angelou?

Maya Angelou Signs Copies Of "Maya Angelou: Letter To My Daughter"

Want another great way to respect Dr. Maya Angelou’s legacy? UltraViolet has a petition asking the Postal Service to put her on a stamp. As UltraViolet explains, “Maya Angelou was influential in so many ways: she was Hollywood’s first black female director, a best-selling author of 36 books and presidential inauguration poet. That’s why there’s movement to create a stamp in her honor. Will you add your name?” Already signed.

+ Melissa McCarthy is Ready to Take on Fashion

CinemaCon 2014 - Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You To "The Big Picture," An Exclusive Presentation Highlighting The Summer Of 2014 And Beyond
Get ready, Fashion World, because Melissa McCarthy is here to make some changes! Tired of fashion concentrating on only certain body types, the actress is launching her own plus size line. “When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” she told Redbook. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.” Not cool.

+ Research on Female Condoms

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Male condoms are better known than female condoms, but researchers at Indiana University are seeing what they can do about improving the female condom. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding it, along with other projects to help people’s health. If you ever have questions about birth control and protection, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life.

+ “Cosmos” Host Talks the Money of Climate Change

Premiere Of Fox's "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" - Red Carpet
Astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about how it might take economics to get rich people more involved in fighting climate change. The way climate change is going, people are set to lose major money as rising sea levels encroach on cities. “If they start to lose their wealth, they change their minds real fast,” he said.

Photo: (Getty, NPR)

 5 Reasons Future + Kanye’s Video Game Sucks For Guys Too 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Two men sit on a beach with all the power to pick whichever women they want by throwing gold chains at them and turning them into “trophies.” This is the premise of “I Won” the video game, and since its release on Future’s website last night, it has been described as “sexist,” “terrible” and “horrifying” by a number of outlets for its blatant objectification of women.

However, this game is problematic for far more reasons than just those on the surface. And, particularly for guys, it brings up a whole host of issues around what’s expected of a “real man.”

Here are five reasons that this game should piss guys off, too:

+ Being ‘That Guy’ Staring At Women

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Maybe you’ve heard about “male gaze,” which refers to the use of women’s bodies (in the case of Ye and Future’s video game — the half-naked women walking past on-screen) as a spectacle on display for men. The fact that the two men sit back on gold-plated thrones and literally turn women into prizes to be envied by others suggests a power dynamic in which men are aggressive and creepy. We know you’d actually prefer to go up and talk to a girl rather than just staring at her. Your mom definitely taught you better than that.

+ Throwing Things at Girls

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We pretty much all can say with confidence why throwing things at someone is wildly uncool — but it takes on a different level of gravity when a video game shows two men throwing heavy, gold chains at women, knocking them to the ground and turning them into inanimate objects. Not something I’m thinking most guys — or anyone — would be proud to admit they’ve done.

+ Objectification of Women

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Players earn a somewhat random number of points for each woman they hit. Once the women in the game do get hit by a flying gold chain, they’re now — with no spoken consent or mutual desire — the property of the man. Literally, they become an object in the guys’ possession. Cars and bling are one thing, but owning women? Nope. Not cool, man.

+ The ‘Gold Digger’ Stereotype

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What Drake did with ‘YOLO,’ Kanye did with “Gold Digger.” The video game tells guys that if “you throw expensive s at women, they can be yours” In other words, forget about having a personality or anything substantive, all you need is cash. However, in reality, two-thirds of women are the breadwinners of their families — so the gold digger stereotype should prob stay back in 2005, when Ye released his mega-hit.

+Macho/Masculine Stereotypes

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At the end of the 60 seconds in which players fling gold chains at women, they’re given a score on how many trophies they earned — a virtual pat on the back for getting so much action. Let’s be honest, IRL, women don’t necessarily always go for the ultra-macho, hyper-masculine guy. For example, Drake seems to be doing all right in the relationship department (Hello, Rihanna!) without being an over-the-top macho dude like the guys in this game.

For more on challenging hidden bias, head to MTV’s LookDifferent.org

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 Selfless Snaps: Vinny Guadagnino’s Big-Ass Box Of Condoms Would Provide A Lot Of Protection IRL 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Vinny Guadagnino, of “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny,” is back on MTV, and this time it’s to talk about the importance of condoms!

But it’s no super-serious PSA he’s behind. Vinny has a fake condom ad (and a later cameo) in this video from MTV Other’s “Two Guys Named Josh.” He Tweeted:

Deciding that condom boxes are too small, the fake ad presents the solution: Vinny’s Big-Ass Box of Condoms. How big-ass? Well, there are 364 condoms in a box, and this number was picked on purpose. “That’s a condom for every day of the year, except one: Don’t have sex on Halloween,” he jokes. “That’s too scary.”

The ad may be for LOLs, but using condoms is def no joke. April is STD Awareness Month, and in our recent article “Common STD Myths Busted, Once + For All,” expert Meredith Mishel explained, “Male latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly — meaning EVERY time, and from start to finish — are highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV. They also reduce the risk of many other STDs. Condoms are also the only method that protects sexually active people from both STDs and pregnancy.”

If you ever have any Qs about condoms, like the best kind to use, the proper way to put them on, etc., you can check out It’s Your (Sex) Life. They have a special section explaining condoms, plus info on other forms of birth control. The ad might be fake, but the importance of protecting yourself can never be overstated!

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 Sweet Tweet: Kristen Bell Knows Who Owns Your Ovaries 

Reported by MTV Act.

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People often think of birth control as just something that prevents unwanted pregnancy, but it’s so much more than that. Kristen Bell decided to highlight the many positive side effects to birth control — like how it can majorly improve both women’s rights and the economy.

The star of the new “Veronica Mars” movie Tweeted:

Kristen’s link takes you to an Upworthy chart that discusses why birth control is so necessary. As it explains in the beginning: “Other side effects of birth control include people of all genders living longer and earning more money. Trufax.”

The chart goes on to say: “222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception… Women with access to birth control have 40% higher earnings than those who don’t… Additionally, for every dollar invested in family planning and reproductive health, there is significant savings in education, immunization, water & sanitation.”

Think about it: if a woman has access to birth control, she can make sure she doesn’t have kids until if and when she’s ready. In the meantime, she can get an education and start a career. If and when she has kids, she already has herself established as an independent woman making her own income. She can afford her lifestyle and afford to take care of children, so she doesn’t need help from elsewhere.

If she has only the number of kids she wants to have, she’s able to take better care of them and afford what they need. When people have their education, their career, and the ability to take care of themselves, that helps the economy big time. People with access to birth control live longer, healthier and wealthier lives — both men and women!

 Selfless Snaps: Shalyah Evans Remembers Awesome Get Yourself Tested Party 

Reported by MTV Act.

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You have slumber parties and birthday parties and girls’ (or guys’) night-out parties . . . why not have Get Yourself Tested parties? Shalyah Evans of “Girl Code” went to one, and she talked about it for her #ThrowBackThursday.

Shalyah shared this on Instagram, writing, “#tbt GYT party with GirlCode!”:

The girls on “Girl Code” aren’t shy when it comes to talking about sex. But they also know that if you’re gonna have sex, your mental, emotional and physical health are #1 priority. It’s important for you to decide if and when you have sex, and you get to set whatever boundaries you want for you and your partner. At the same time, physical health is important, and that’s done through preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs.

Shalyah and others on “Girl Code” have done some pretty funny skits about getting yourself tested. They do it to make people feel less embarrassed and uncomfortable about getting tested. Going to a doctor and getting tested for STDs shouldn’t make you feel ashamed — it should empower you, because it’s the responsible thing to do! That way you can know what’s going on with your body. If you do have something, you can get it either cured or treated, which is sooo much better for your body than ignoring it.

Half of sexually active young people will catch an STD by time they’re 25. If you’re sexually active, the best way to keep yourself protected is to use a condom every time you have sex. GYT tested might not be the most typical kind of party, but protecting your health is a reason to celebrate!

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 Selfless Snaps: Gabrielle Union Stands Up For Sexual Assault Survivors 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Gabrielle Union was sexually assaulted when she was younger, and now she is bravely speaking out as a survivor.

Gabrielle spoke at the Call of the Game Dinner, then shared some images afterward on Instagram.

She wrote, “Sat night I was honored to co-host the #callofthegamedinner to speak about being a rape survivor and to highlight #laurenskids foundation that helps children who’ve been abused. It is NEVER easy to talk about my journey from rape victim to survivor but I recognize the greater good that comes from my speaking out. I live for the day when I don’t hear ‘It happened to me too’ … That day hasn’t come yet… So I continue to do the work… Whatever it takes. Always remember you aren’t alone, ppl DO care, and there IS help. So to all the survivors, to all the strong but don’t know it yet and ESP to all those struggling to find hope… Love, Light, Healing and Many Blessings”.

Lauren’s Kids is an org founded by Lauren Book, a woman who was sexually abused as a child and who doesn’t want to see that happen to others. She has speaking engagements around the nation and teaches both kids and adults about sexual abuse through in-school curriculum.

One third of girls and one fifth of boys are sexually abused before turning 18. Sexual abuse is never okay, and Gabrielle is right that people do care and there is help available. You can always call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE or live chat with someone at RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. You are not alone.