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  • Transgender Supermodel Lea T. Opens Up About Life After Having Gender Confirmation Surgery

    In 2011, Lea T. was one of the most in-demand supermodels in the world. She had it all -- beauty, fame and a big paycheck. But, as she revealed that year on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," she had spent much of her life tormented by a painful secret.

    Lea T. was assigned male at birth and grew up the son of a world-famous Brazilian soccer star and a very religious Catholic mother. As a child growing up in Italy, T. always felt different and questioned her sexuality at a young age.

    "Realizing young [that] I like the same sex, for me was a taboo," Lea T. said on "The Oprah Show" three years ago. "I was feeling really uncomfortable."

    When T. began presenting as a woman, she felt more like her true self, but still struggled with this new life. "It's really difficult because you fight with all the world," she explained at the time. "You fight with your family, you fight with yourself, too, because you have to change everything in yourself."
    In 2008, Lea T. began hormone replacement therapy and was awaiting gender confirmation surgery, a difficulty in and of itself. "When you start your process, your heart becomes really sick. I was really disappointed with life because you walking in the street and the people laughing about you," she said tearfully. "When you start the hormones, it's really, really hard. I think it's weird seeing my breasts and the penis."

    When she spoke with Oprah back then, Lea T. was still awaiting her surgery and admitted that she was scared of both the physical and emotional pain of the procedure. A year after the interview, in 2012, Lea T. had the surgery and recently opened up to "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" about what her life has been like since her medical transition.

    "It was a really intense period," she admits. "I had a lot of pressure on me and on my life."

    At the same time, she says, she understood that the surgery wasn't going to alter anything about her fundamental personality or character.

    Hilary Swank Rocks A Polka Dot Bikini In Malibu

    Hilary Swank looked incredible as she hit the beach in Malibu, California, with her beau, Laurent Fleury, on Sunday.

    The Academy Award-winning actress was all smiles in a black polka dot bikini top, pink shorts and a hat while tossing a ball around with Fleury's two children. Swank and Fleury, a French real estate broker, have been dating for nearly two years.

    Swank, 40, has kept a low profile in recent years, despite starring in two new movies, "You're Not You," in theaters now, and "The Homesman," which co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer.

    Mama June Could Lose Custody Of Her Children Amid Allegations She's Dating A Child Molester

    Last week TLC canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" amid allegations that June "Mama June" Shannon is dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, but the 35-year-old mother of four stands to lose much more than just her show.

    On Friday, June's eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, who is now 20 and married with a 2-year-old daughter of her own, confirmed that she was the 8-year-old whom McDaniel molested.

    While her mother has repeatedly denied that she's dating McDaniel, more evidence to the contrary continues to emerge. Sources told TMZ that Shannon's recent split with Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, was actually due to her own infidelity rather than his.

    On Sunday, TMZ published photos of Shannon sitting in a stairwell with her 9-year-old daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and McDaniel, who was convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2003. He was released from Dodge State Prison on March 1, 2014, after serving 10 years behind bars.
    The scandal has already lost the family their show, but June could stand to lose custody of her three daughters, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, 14, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, 17, and Alana, according to a spokesperson for child services.

    "Generally speaking, when we receive a report that children are living around a sex offender ... it would certainly rise to the level of concern of us looking into it," Susan Boatwright, a representative of Georgia's Division of Family and Child Services, told People magazine.

    Due to privacy laws, Boatwright was unable to say if there are any ongoing investigations into the allegations against June Shannon, but did say, "If we thought a child was in harm's way in any way, shape or form, we would develop a safety plan and make sure the children are not around an offender."

    Watch Jim Carrey And Kate McKinnon Have A 'Chandelier' Dance-Off

    The child dancer from Sia's "Chandelier" music video has now inspired several individuals to don nude body suits and/or convulse rhythmically in the vicinity of a mattress.
    We had Lena Dunham, Jimmy Kimmel and can now add Jim Carrey, Kate McKinnon and Iggy Azalea to the list. Watch the good old-fashioned dance-off to Sia's "Chandelier" from last night's "Saturday Night Live" above.

    Hilary Duff And Ex Mike Comrie Go Hand-In-Hand To Halloween Party

    Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie looked like very friendly exes when they headed to a Halloween party together over the weekend.

    Paparazzi photographed Duff and Comrie walking hand-in-hand into the Casamigos Annual Halloween Party in Los Angeles Friday night. The 27-year-old actress dressed as a tooth fairy, according to Us Weekly, and was all smiles as she strolled into the bash with her estranged husband, who was decked out in a tuxedo.

    On Saturday, the duo was spotted together again buying Halloween decorations with their son, Luca, in Hollywood.
    Duff and Comrie announced their separation in January after more than three years of marriage. Although they have been seen together many times since then, the "Chasing the Sun" singer previously dismissed speculation they are back together.

    "I'm separated from my husband right now, which has been a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby," she told Billboard in July, adding that there is a song on her upcoming album "about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we're not meant to be together, maybe we are. It's very, very personal."

    Three Killed as Firing, Arson Grips West Bengal's Birbhum

    Three persons were killed and nearly a dozen injured in violent clashes on Monday in West Bengal's Birbhum district, between suspected supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

    Footage on channels showed scores of armed assailants running through paddy fields in a village and firing country-made guns indiscriminately. Several people suffered bullet injuries; three of them reportedly died at a local hospital. Many houses were also set on fire.
    No arrests have been made so far, with both the Trinamool and the BJP accusing each other for the violence.

    Questions are being raised on the alleged failure of the police to contain the violence. Police personnel allegedly did not enter the village till at least two hours after the firing.

    The area had been witnessing tension over the last few days.

    On October 24, a police party was attacked with bombs, sticks and bricks when they raided Chakmondola village, seven kilometres from the site of yesterday's clashes, following reports of bombs hidden at a health centre. The same team had earlier seized several plastic drums full of crude bombs from a nearby village.

    Kelly Osbourne Pays Tribute To Joan Rivers With New Tattoo

    Heartbroken by the loss of her close friend and "Fashion Police" co-star Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne recently memorialized Rivers with some fresh ink. On Thursday, Osbourne posted a photo of her new bumble bee tattoo, located on her shoulder, with a touching caption explaining the meaning behind it.

    "In honor of you @joanrivers...'If you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle.' Thank you for being my miracle @joanrivers," Osbourne wrote.
    Along with hundreds of other celebrities who expressed their grief after Rivers' death in September, Osbourne issued a touching statement to HollywoodLife.com about her friendship with the comedian:

        I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her.

    Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' Leaks Online, Gets Immediately Removed

    Taylor Swift is seen performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Taylor Swift's "1989" is due out on Monday, and though we've only heard three official tracks, another song leaked online on Friday. "Blank Space" found its way to YouTube, and probably won't stay there for long. It's the second track and with lyrics like "Oh my God, look at that face/ You look like my next mistake" and "Darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream" we're already hooked.

    There's A Selena Gomez Song In 'Citizenfour'

    Laura Poitras' new documentary, "Citzenfour," is the kind of stirring thriller that David Fincher or Paul Greengrass could have turned into a feature film. Part of that feeling comes from the way Poitras films Edward Snowden's interviews with Glenn Greenwald, clandestine meetings that bubble with creeping paranoia and mounting tension; part of it comes from the music, which sounds like the most Trent Reznor-y score this side of "The Social Network." As it turns out, there's a reason for that second one: the two most prominent songs in "Citzenfour" are by Reznor's Nine Inch Nails.
    Both tracks come from "Ghosts I-IV," the 2008 album that was released long before Reznor won an Oscar for "The Social Network." The first, "02 Ghosts I," sets an eerie stage for "Citizenfour"; the second, "20 Ghosts IV," provides more of a hyperactive chase motif.

    But if Reznor's brand of industrial instrumental work doesn't interest you, there's this: "Citizenfour" also includes a brief snippet of Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It" video, which is on in the background during a sequence where Snowden is packing his bags. A better distillation of what life was like in the spring 2013 might not be found on screen this year.

    Toddler With Ebola In Mali May Have Infected Many People

    Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding from her nose as she traveled on a bus from Guinea, the World Health Organization warned Friday.

    The U.N. agency is treating the situation as an emergency since many people may have had "high-risk exposures" to the 2-year-old girl during her journey through several towns in Mali, including two hours in the capital, Bamako. The girl was traveling with her grandmother.

    The toddler died in an isolation tent at a hospital in the western city of Kayes on Friday, according to a nurse at the facility, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

    This is the first Ebola case in Mali and may expand to many more. The case highlights how quickly the virus can hop borders and even oceans, just as questions are being asked about what precautions health care workers who treat Ebola patients should take when they return home from the hot zone. Doctors Without Borders insisted Friday, after one of its doctors who worked in Guinea came down with Ebola in New York, that quarantines of returning health workers are not necessary when they do not show symptoms of the disease.
    In the Mali case, however, the girl was visibly sick, WHO said, and an initial investigation has identified 43 people, including 10 health workers, she came into close contact with who are being monitored for symptoms and held in isolation. The child was confirmed to have Ebola on Thursday.

    "The child's symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures — including high-risk exposures — involving many people," the agency said in a statement.

    The girl first went to a clinic in Mali on Monday and she was initially treated for typhoid, which she tested positive for. When she did not improve, she was tested for Ebola, and she is now being treated in isolation in the western city of Kayes.

    Mali has long been considered highly vulnerable to Ebola's spread since it shares a border with the Ebola-hit countries of Guinea and Senegal, and staff from WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already there helping to prepare for a case. More WHO staff are being deployed.

    The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to five other West African countries. The virus has also been imported to Spain and the United States. On Thursday, Craig Spencer, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and returned home to the U.S. about a week before, reported a fever and is now being treated at a New York hospital.

    Some countries have banned travelers from the three main Ebola countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — and the U.S. started health screening of travelers arriving from there. But Doctors Without Borders said having its staffers quarantine themselves after leaving a country with Ebola is going too far if no symptoms are evident. A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until he or she starts showing symptoms.

    Philips unveils feature phone for senior citizens for Rs 3,800

    Philips Mobile Monday launched a new feature phone for senior citizens featuring a large font size, long battery life and SOS function, priced at Rs 3,800.

    Senior citizens are often inconvenienced by the standard phones available in the market due to their small font size, short battery life and fragility, Philips said in a statement.

      According to Pew Research Internet Group, elderly citizens face several difficulties while adopting new technologies.

    Two in five elderly citizens indicated that they have a "physical or health condition that makes reading difficult or challenging" or a "disability, handicap, or chronic disease that prevents them from fully participating in many common daily activities", it added.
            
    The phone makes use of large font sizes on a 2.4-inch screen to enable easy reading and the keypad also makes use of larger keys for comfortable viewing.

    It comes with a 1630mAh Li-ion battery capacity and Xenium power saving technology that offers users up to 1,128 hours standby time and up to 24 hours talking time.

    The handset also comes with SOS function that allows users to set three 'emergency' or SOS numbers.

    In case of an emergency, users can press the SOS button hidden under the flashlight to dial out the pre-set SOS numbers. The phone will automatically connect to these numbers until the call gets answered by any one of the parties. It also has a flashlight that can be used even when the phone power is switched off.

    "With changing lifestyles in metros in India and increasing incident of elderly abuse, senior citizens areoften left to support themselves by choice or otherwise. We specially designed this phone to make technology more accessible to and user-friendly for the elderly with minimum intervention from others," Sangfei Mobility Country Manager SAARC S S Bassi said.         

    Sang Fei is a subsidiary of China Electronics Corporation (CEC) that owns the exclusive global licence to market and sell mobile phones under the 'Philips' brand.

    Sophie Simmons Big Wet Nipples Steal The Underwater Photo Show

    Well, this is different. If you can put aside what some might consider a desecration of the Stars and Stripes, this Aleks Kocev H2o shoot of Sophie Simmons, first daughter of Gene and Shannon, is rather unique and alluring and most definitely, big ole nipple inspiring. Sophie definitely has some headlights that love to come out and play slippery when wet. We don't see a lot of Sophie outside of her reality TV appearances. Kind of a shame. She seems like she has some talent in the teasy photo...

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    Nicole Scherzinger Poses All Kinds of Slinky Hot

    You could do worse than having Nicole Scherzinger model your slinky dresses. You could do worse than having her private modeling the Emperor's New Clothes in your bedroom late one Saturday evening. On the off chance that latter moment doesn't come to fruition, settle into this Misguided Collection for Fall 2014 with Nicole showing how hot their clothes can look on one super sextastic woman with an absolutely perfect body. Misguided indeed.
    Nicole Scherzinger can't possibly qualify as underrated, but let's just say she doesn't get all the attention she deserves for being a world class especially amazing looking woman. I would give her such attention if I ran this world. I'd even document such attention on cell phone video and upload it to my iCloud account with the password 'BillGetsLucky'.  Just saying, in case the hackers are reading. No reason you can't release those tapes

    Celebrities are joining hands to hold fundraiser events in aid of Hudhud cyclone and Kashmir flood victims

     A month after Kashmir was hit by the worst flood of the last century; the film industry is joining hands to extend support to the victims of the calamity. ‘Hum Hain… Ummeed-E-Kashmir’ a concert that will be held simultaneously across seven cities will see artistes from the film and television industries come together to raise funds for the flood victims. Scheduled to be held on Saturday evening, the Hyderabad chapter of the event will have performances by Sonakshi Sinha, Shriya Saran, Sivamani, Leslie Lewis, Madhushalini, Deeksha Seth and Anuj Gurwara among others.

    Touted to be the biggest ever charity show the concert will be held simultaneously across Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Jaipur. With the participating artistes waiving off their fees, all the proceeds from the shows will go towards helping the victims of the devastating floods. “That’s the way it should be,” says percussionist Sivamani, who will perform with his band at the concert in the city. Incidentally, the artiste plans to launch his new band at the event and promises an act full of entertainment and rock for the audience. “I feel strongly about extending help to those who need it. In fact, I usually spend most special occasions like Birthdays and festivals with these children at an orphanage in Bandra. We spend the day having fun and I play for them. So when I got a call about performing to raise funds for the flood victims I thought why not. What could be better than us being able to make a difference? I’m hoping to see good participation from the audience too towards the cause,” he says.
    Music composer and singer Leslie Lewis too is eager to lend his support. Incidentally, he cancelled a prior commitment to be able to do his bit for the flood victims. “All of us feel bad when such things happen, but how many of us actually get out of our comfort zones and actually do something about the situation? When I was approached for the concert it was a matter of what was more important to me and if I could really set aside something for a good cause. It’s about going beyond the borders we set for ourselves,” he says, adding that he plans to perform his rock version of the National Anthem at the concert. “I last played it at the F1 in Delhi and it received a great response. I know people might be sceptical about having a rock version of the National Anthem, but rock is really an expression of emotion and not noise. I also plan to play my version of Naam Gum Jayega. It will be my tribute to Kashmir and R.D. Burman with elements of Hip Hop and Rap without straying from the original number.”

    The film fraternity strongly feels that they can use their profession to convince people to generously donate towards the cause and Hum Hain is an attempt to do just that. “ We as a nation have always stood united when it comes to helping others in times of need. I strongly feel that it is my duty as a responsible citizen to help the flood victims in whatever way I can. Fortunately, I am in a profession where I can urge people to donate money or do whatever they can to raise funds for the cause,” says actor Sonakshi Sinha, who will dance to some popular numbers including her hit songs like Saree Ke fall Sa and Gandi Baat.

    Shriya Saran on the other hand plans to do a classical number along with her college friend and danseuse Yamini Reddy. “It’s a worthy cause and I want to do whatever I possibly can to help those affected by the floods. I’ve trained in Kathak and we plan to put up a fusion act for Hum Hain… There will be elements of Kathak and Kuchipudi as well,” she says.

    Must Watch: Breast Cancer!

    All the people who saw this girl opening her bathing gown on street could not believe their eyes. The girl decided to open her bathing gown on streets of Delhi for a campaign called ‘Big or small, save them all’.

    She chose this bold concept to begin the campaign for awareness of Breast Cancer. Everybody who was around could not resist taking a look at her.

    Some men and women even went very close to her to check out what there was behind the bathing gown.
    The month of October is the Breast Cancer awareness month and 24th October is ‘wear it pink day’ to create awareness for Breast Cancer and that’s one unique way to campaign for it.

    The girl was wearing a T-shirt with a slogan ‘Big or small, save them all’ behind the gown which states that it doesn’t matter whether a girl’s breasts are big or small but one should be aware of the various changes that breasts undergo throughout a woman’s life.

    What this Delhi girl did on roads is really shocking, But You will definitely salute her after watching full video. Watch it here:

    The Kardashians: Kim has designer wardrobe for North West

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly been sent over 200 pieces of designer clothing for North West, that they have yet to dress her in.


    The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' beauty has reportedly been sent hundreds of pieces of designer clothing that she has yet to dress daughter in.

    According to US Weekly, a source revealed that North's wardrobe includes clothes from Oscar de la Renta, Alexander Wang and Roberto Cavalli.


    The insider said: "Kim and Kanye are grateful when designers send them some pieces.

    "North loves clothes and getting ready to go out. It's a lot of fun."
    The source then added that the 16-month-old even has a pair of half-carat Lorraine Schwartz earrings which are worth "well over $50,000".

    They also revealed that Kim has stocked up on baby equipment and has several expensive strollers located around the world.


    The source explained: "She has one in Paris and New York, and she keeps one at her sisters' houses.

    "All of North's stuff is always waiting at the location they're travelling to.

    "They use a local caterer to bring in food for North while she is in Paris. Kim likes Nori's food to be all organic."

    Sorry, You're Still Stuck With Cable For Now

    There was much celebration earlier this week when HBO said you would soon be able to access the network's programming without having to pay for a TV subscription. One day later, CBS announced a $6 monthly service that will stream most of its live programming, as well as past and current shows, over the Internet.

    Analysts have called this the beginning of the great unbundling -- the dawning of an age where we'll be able to pick programming a la carte and choose what we want to watch, rather than having to pay each month for hundreds of channels we don't.

    It's "the first crack in the dike," Michael Davies, a co-founder and senior partner at Endeavour Partners, a firm that consults for broadband, media and content companies, told The Huffington Post after HBO's announcement Wednesday. "If HBO will go, then pretty much everybody else will go in due time."

    But it will probably be a while yet before people cut the cord en masse so they can hand-pick from the growing number of Internet-delivered offerings. The cable bundle is still tightly bound, and it's far from coming apart completely. Live sports programming, for one thing, remains a huge draw. CBS's new service, which for now is only available in 14 cities, won't offer Thursday and Sunday NFL games.

    And depending on what you subscribe to, an unbundled world could wind up being pretty pricey. HBO hasn't announced how much its new service will cost, but The Information, a technology news site, has reported it'll be around $15 a month. Some observers have pointed out that once you add up your Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO and CBS subscriptions, plus whatever additional networks come to offer standalone services (ESPN on its own could cost as much as $30 a month, according to one analysis), you could be paying more per month than it would cost to get a premium cable subscription.

    Bloomberg's Lucas Shaw, citing data from Hudson Square Research, reports that it would cost over $100 a month to subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, HBO, CBS, the Tour de France, WWE wrestling and three of the four major pro sports leagues. And that's on top of what you're already paying for Internet.

    "If you want all the sports, you should just get cable TV," Daniel Ernst, an analyst at Hudson Square Research, told Bloomberg.

    But at least you'd have the ability to choose another way to get programming -- and choice is not something consumers have had a lot of when it comes to TV subscriptions. Cable bills have jumped a whopping 97 percent over the last 14 years, and that doesn't include fees, taxes or promotions, according to SNL Kagan, a media researcher.

    Pregnant Blake Lively Holds Her Belly In Latest Preserve Photo

    Blake Lively sure has something to smile about.

    The 27-year-old actress is pregnant with her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds. She made the big announcement on her lifestyle website, Preserve, on Oct. 6.

    On Friday, she shared another pregnancy photo on the site. In the shot, the blond beauty wears a Sam and Lavi floral blouse and printed skirt. She smiles, looking at the camera, with her two hands placed on her belly.
    The photo appears on Lively's site within a post titled "Bringing Up Baby."

    "With a new baby on the way there is so much to do!" the post reads. "But before experiencing the joy of 3am screams, seemingly impossible amounts of poop and having a favorite shirt covered in reflux… there are presents to open, onesies to dye, there is cake to serve, advice to be shared and all around celebration to be had."

    The post includes pictures from a fall celebration the actress had with other pregnant women.

    Jennifer Lopez's Abs Game Is Next Level

    Jennifer Lopez's abs made an appearance Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. The singer was spotted pulling a tank top over her purple sports bra and black leggings outside the gym. Later that evening, she was photographed heading to dinner in a white midriff-baring ensemble.
    In May, Lopez revealed she tried the 22-day vegan diet that Beyonce and Jay Z completed last year.

    "I did the vegan 22-day plan and it was really good, and I kept on with it for a few more weeks and now I've incorporated a little bit of fish here and there," she told Ryan Seacrest. "But I've got to tell you, I enjoy it. I enjoy eating that way. I never did and I didn't know how good you can feel when you put healthy stuff in your body. I was so used to just eating the way I grew up."

    James Franco And Seth Rogen Are Naked, Just Chillin' In The Wilderness

    James Franco and Seth Rogen's latest ridiculous stunt involves hanging out naked in the wilderness together and, of course, documenting their nude adventures on Instagram. Franco shared two photos of himself with Rogen on his Instagram account Friday and another on Saturday. While Franco references "Naked And Afraid" in his caption we can't say for sure if these two are officially filming an episode for the reality show. Let's face it: It's totally believable that this is simply Franco and Rogen's idea of a good time.

    'Outlander,' The Wedding Episode And TV's Sexual Revolution

    It would pain me greatly if critics and viewers dismissed "Outlander" for irrelevant, trivial or condescending reasons.

    Don't mistake my purpose: I'm not here to tell you "Outlander" is a perfect show. I like it, I loved a couple of episodes, but I outlined some of my issues with it in my original review.

    That said, sometimes a show on the margin of the public's attention does something radically different -- even revolutionary -- and it'd be a real shame if the show's non-trendy status prevented people from recognizing the fantastic thing it has done.

    "Outlander" has blown up a lot of the received ideas about sex on television -- how it's shot, who it's for, who it's made by and who it's about. The show's Sept. 20 episode, in which the two lead characters get married and have a lot of sex, was nothing short of revolutionary in its depiction of nudity and intimacy, and in its willingness to entertain the female point of view.

    I'm not saying other shows haven't done compelling and interesting things with sex on occasion, or even on a regular basis. As Emily Nussbaum tweeted the other day, "we are living in a dirty honest TV wonderland." I agree, and this development is tremendously exciting.

    It's a distinct relief that "Outlander" is not alone. We've now seen two full seasons of the twisted power dynamics that inform those strange, intense hotel-room encounters in "Masters of Sex." "Girls," obviously, has an honest treatment of sex as one of its main goals, and Jill Soloway, partly inspired by Lena Dunham, just unleashed "Transparent," a fantastically complex depiction of all kinds of desires. Thanks in part to streaming options and an expanding array of adventurous creators and networks, shows with sexually unapologetic women suddenly seem to be all over the place: "The Fall," "The Good Wife," "The Americans," "Orphan Black," "New Girl," "You're the Worst" and "Orange Is the New Black" are all part of a seemingly unstoppable wave of shows that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest.
    Even a few years ago, it was not like this. Shows like this cropped up here and there, but they were not thick on the ground.

    To overgeneralize, you could say that the post-"Oz," post-"Sopranos" revolution in television was all about what a protagonist could do. The wave of ambitious dramas that crested in the mid- to late-'00s (and still lingers in sizable pockets of the TV landscape) explored the outer limits of the behavior of a complex individual ... as long as that individual was a dude.

    The last two or three years have seen a welcome and overdue explosion in who a protagonist could be. "Looking," "Happy Valley," "Borgen," "The Honorable Woman," "The Bridge," "Enlightened," "Broad City," "Top of the Lake," "Sleepy Hollow" and the shows mentioned above -- these and other programs often dominate conversations about adventurous television, and they aren't all that concerned with changing definitions of masculinity, the status anxiety of white guys and all that anti-hero baggage. They often feature diverse ensembles; they're often about how communities and individuals regard each other and change each other. A new set of thematic concerns has joined the big TV party, and that's also exciting. ax

    Ayperi Alekseeva Gets 9-Pound Hairball Removed From Her Stomach

    A 18-year-old girl in Batken, Kyrgyzstan went through a hair-raising medical procedure in order to have a nine-pound hairball removed from her stomach.

    Ayperi Alekseeva was admitted into a hospital recently after she complained of stomach pains so severe that she was unable to eat anything, or even drink water.

    X-rays revealed the hairy blockage and realized they needed to operate quickly.


    “It was actually the only alternative, nothing else would solve the problem," surgeon Bahadir Bebezov said, according to News.com.au.
    Bebezov said the hairball formed in Alekseeva's stomach because she had a nasty habit of picking up hair from the carpet and eating it and also chewing the tips of her hair.

    "In fact her stomach was so badly swollen from hair and bits of wool from the carpet that it literally just oozed out as soon as the wall of the stomach was cut," Bebezov said according to the Telegraph.

    After going through the ordeal of major surgery, Alekseeva has promised her hair-eating days are over.

    She's not the only person who paid a price for having a bizarre taste in snack foods.

    In October, 2012, doctors in Indore, India removed a hair ball weighing nearly four pounds from the stomach and small intestine of a 19-year-old girl.

    Like Alekseeva, she too had a taste for hair, but combined it with chalk.

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