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I have strung words together for The New York Times, Vice, and more. I write and shoot people (with a camera, you guys) from my home in upst...

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    Post by Jeanne Sager
    It should be a time for the victim in the highly publicized Steubenville rape case to breathe a sigh of relief. Her rapists, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty. Justice is hers. But America, we have failed this young girl. This child. This rape victim. This week, a 16-year-old girl who was brutally raped had her name reported over the airwaves to the masses by several major networks. This week, two teenage girls were arrested and charged with menacing for allegedly threatening the teenage rape victim on Twitter and Facebook.

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    It's the sort of thing mothers think but don't say out loud. So I'm going to say it. There are times when your kid comes home from school babbling about a new friend that leave you cold. THAT kid? Really? My kid had to make friends with THAT kid? The one whose dad is in prison/mom cooks meth/uncle is the village idiot? Go ahead, Moms and Dads, let it out. You've thought it. And if you haven't, I've got a question for you.

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    One of the richest and most famous women on this planet just confessed that her baby girl gives her "real purpose" in life. I'm talking, of course, about Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy. The celeb mom once topped Forbes' list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World, and yet she was willing to tell Shape that it's motherhood that really fulfills her. Pretty risky statement in this day and age. Women have fought tooth and nail to rise to the tops of powerful corporations, to prove we're as good as men, to get equal pay for equal work. And for some of the more vocal feminists, admitting you're fulfilled by motherhood comes perilously close to letting your baby define you.

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    Ladies, has there ever been a better time to be a woman? It's Women's History Month, y'all! It also happens to be exactly 100 years since our foremothers threw on their fancy dresses and marched up Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote. And look how far we've come! Now we have the right to wear yoga pants and a hoodie as we march into the voting booth to pick the president. Not the progress you were looking for? How's this: women now have a larger share of the high school diplomas and associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in America. Now that's something worth celebrating, right? And we know just how to do it. We've gathered some girl power quotes to really get you going.

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    Add the name Adam Lind to the list of Teen Mom stars who have spent some time in jail. The ex-boyfriend of Chelsea Houska landed in the pokey this week, and we won't be seeing much of him for another month and a half. Lind, who is father of Houska's little girl Aubree and is reportedly expecting a new baby with girlfriend Taylor Halbur, managed to work out a work release system with the South Dakota court. He'll be spending his days at work, his nights and weekends in jail. Can I get a yahoo?

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    If there's one thing I've learned since I became a parent, it's that you never know what is going to get a group of parents up in arms. The latest? Disney Parks have decided to put a new unaccompanied minor rule in place, essentially banning parents from dropping their kids off at the Happiest Place on Earth and booking it for the day. If your kid is 14 or younger, you're going to have to send someone 14 or older inside the gates to keep an eye on them. The only question I have? What took them this long?

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    Here we go again. It's spring break time, and that means hitting the open road with the family. Ready to take on a road trip with the kids? Are you sure? Sure, you've got the booster seat buckled in place, and you've got their bags packed in the trunk. You've even got your road trip eats figured out. But what about the first aid kit? If you've got kids in the car, you need to stock that baby! Don't worry; we've got your bases covered:

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    Leah Messer Calvert has been so mysterious about her baby's birth, we were starting to get worried. But she's finally come out with the story of baby Adalynn! The Teen Mom 2 star and her daughter got the star treatment from US Weekly with photos of the baby girl and the whole nine. The money Leah and husband Jeremy Calvert are sure to have gotten for the magazine spread explains why everything's been so hush hush. But what was it they were hiding anyway?

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    The mom who smothered her newborn twins to death is headed to prison, but will she be there long enough to make up for what she did? Lindsey Lowe had been insisting that she didn't know she was pregnant and was delusional when her newborn sons died. The Tennessee jury of her peers didn't buy it, and a judge has sentenced her to life in prison for first degree murder.  Life in prison, that is, with the possibility of parole. That's right, Lindsey Lowe could one day walk out of prison.

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    Come on, really? Another school has come out with a backward, ridiculous rule that bans girls from wearing tuxedos to the prom. The girls at Sultana High School in California have been informed they must wear "gender-appropriate" clothing. By that I'm guessing they mean poodle skirts and, wait, what else DID girls wear in the 1950s? It was nothing like the clothes I see in the prom catalogs these days. Have these administrators LOOKED at the average prom dress lately? The amount of skin on display is enough to make me clutch my durned pearls and furiously fan my face.

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    The ink is still drying on the sentence for the Steubenville rapists, and already one of them is appealing. Ma'lik Richmond, the younger of the two football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl, has mounted an appeal of the guilty verdict on a claim that his "brain isn't fully developed." Somehow we're supposed to believe that a 16-year-old boy's brain couldn't handle the fact that rape is wrong. And now for the scary part: as backward and ridiculous as the claim sounds, what's more ridiculous is that people might believe it. The appeal could work.

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    My friends and I got together with our kids recently, and a dance party broke out. The song was "Sexy and I Know It," and the kids were going wild. And then something awkward happened. Kids, none of them older than 8, took their shirts off. None of the moms knew quite what to say. Were our kids just being silly? They're just kids, after all? Or did our kids really know what this song was about? It's the question we all ask, isn't it? When we're listening to the latest hot song on the radio and the kids are singing along, is it the catchy beat that's getting to them or do they really understand the adult themes of most top 40 hits? I decided to find out.

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    I'd just put my kid on the bus this morning when I saw the bag on the counter. Inside was the project she was supposed to take to school for music class. I'd forgotten to grab it on our way out the door. That happens, doesn't it? Moms forget. Mistakes happen. So should a school force a kid to go hungry all day because of one little mistake? That's what happened to a teenager in Texas recently. Her lunch account was 70 cents short of the money to cover her meal, so the school made her throw the food out. The 14-year-old was told she had to go hungry all day.

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    Just when I thought the whole "babies in bars" debate had played itself out comes this: several beer halls have had to implement an actual "baby's last call." Usually around 7 or 8 p.m., it's the witching hour when parents and their little darlings will be booted out of the bar. I've got to hand it to the tavern owners. They're just making official what we've always thought, albeit with the risk of pissing off a major section of their clientele. But at what point do rules like these become intrusive and judgmental? At what point do the rules step too far into making decisions about someone else's parenting?

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    We're closing in on 100 days since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School put Newtown, Connecticut in our hearts. And since Adam Lanza was named as the person responsible for killing dozens of innocent children and adults, including his own mother, people have been filled with questions about the killer's father. Now at least one of them has been answered. Peter Lanza has reportedly come out of hiding to speak with some of the parents affected by the Sandy Hook massacre. Alissa and Robbie Parker are the parents of little Emilie, one of the 6-year-olds murdered by Adam Lanza on December 14. And it was them who reached out to Peter Lanza. Fortunately, he answered. After all, he owes these people an explanation, doesn't he?

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    I don't know about you, but what with the Steubenville case making me feel like the world is an awful place and the fact that the first day of spring has come and gone and my lawn is still covered in snow, I could really use some good news today. And here it is! A woman has survived a wolf attack! By being really, really calm! At first I thought it was a joke, but my dears, it appears that it's true. This timber wolf was simply no match for the awesome that is Dawn Hepp. Just get a load of this story, and by the end, I guarantee you will have a new hero (if not, I owe you a cupcake):

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    Tonight's Glee was reminiscent of the show when it first started. The theme was guilty pleasures, and it was chock full of song and dance numbers that were all about fun, fun, fun. That is until Chris Brown almost derailed it all. Ain't nothin' fun about teenagers singing Breezy. Got that? 

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    Here we go again. Another set of parents has pulled the old humiliate the teen by making her hold a sign up at a busy intersection trick. Only Gentry and Renee Nickell decided to put a little twist on this shameful discipline. Their 13-year-old daughter was being disgraced for her grades. The child had -- according to a huge sign she had to hold up for an hour and a half at a busy intersection -- brought home three Ds. Oh, the horror!

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    A baby was shot in the head this week as his mom pushed him in a stroller down the sidewalk in Brunswick, Georgia. The perpetrators are a mystery, save for this: both were mere children themselves. What is going on, America? If we have babies killing babies, is anyone safe? Not until these kids are found. America, it's time to step up.

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    Poor Leah Messer Calvert! This was supposed to be the Teen Mom 2 star's big week. She and husband Jeremy Calvert were introducing their new baby, Adalynn Faith Calvert, to the world. They even got a big magazine spread (and we're guessing a nice chunk of change).  But here she is spending the whole week correcting every media report out there on how to spell the baby's name. Whoops!

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