14 Quirky Comics That Capture The Ups And Downs Of Parenting 

Whether her children are throwing a tantrum or leaving LEGOs around causing chaos, freelance illustrator Liesbeth Ton turns her parenting struggles into art.

Ton, who is originally from the Netherlands and now lives in Los Angeles, shares her work at Betje.com (”Betje” is a variant of Liesbeth in Dutch). Many of Ton’s illustrations depict an all-too-real experience of life as a mom to three kids.

Illustrator Liesbeth Ton likes “to joke about the struggles” of parenting.

Ton’s kids, who are 9, 6 and a year-and-a-half, inspire many of her cartoons. They also seem to be big fans of their creative mom’s work.

“They love to read them, although I wonder if they really understand them,” Ton told The Huffington Post. “Because my work is mostly about stuff they do all the time, that is weird for grown-ups but completely normal to them (like tantrums because someone else pushed a button first).”

Listening to other parents talk about their kids’ shenanigans also sparks ideas for Ton’s illustrations. She told HuffPost that adding a bit of humor to the exhausting ups and downs of parenting has helped her “see things in the right perspective.”

“Someone once commented that I shouldn’t be nagging about parenting, as if it’s extremely difficult,” she said. “I never thought of it in a negative way, I just like to joke about the struggles.”

Ton also loves the feedback she receives on Facebook and Instagram. Seeing moms and dads relate to her cartoons has helped her recognize that all parents are in this together.

“It shows we all have the same struggles,” she said.

See more of Ton’s parenting comics below and head to her site for more of her work.

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Marilyn Monroe Drew A Nude Portrait, And It Ain’t Too Shabby 

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You are probably quite familiar with Marilyn Monroe the muse, the blond bombshell, the so-called“sexy looking angel.” We’ve heard tales of Ms. Norma Jeane singing sultry renditions of “Happy Birthday,” getting caught in the breeze in a stunning white dress, casually remarking she wore only Chanel No. 5 to bed.

It’s easy to remember the beauty that was Marilyn Monroe as she appeared in pictures or movies. But of course, she was so much more. An exhibition titled “Marilyn: Character Not Image” (curated, oddly enough, by Whoopi Goldberg), aims to create a more complex portrait of one of Hollywood’s most spellbinding celebrities, featuring not just her photographs but her clothing, her poetry, and, yes, even her artwork.

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“Lover watching his love sleep,” Marilyn Monroe, late 1950s, Conté crayon on paper

The drawing above, titled “Lover watching his love sleep,” was made by Monroe herself in the late 1950s, with Conté crayon on paper. The sepia-toned image depicts a woman who may or may not be Monroe herself, unclothed and reclining leisurely while her lover watches on, entranced.

It’s a simple drawing, but powerful nonetheless, not only in its aesthetic qualities but in what it reveals about its maker. The artwork hints at a different Marilyn than the bold vixen we see on screen. Rather, a Marilyn who is thoughtful, introspective, and creative ― an avid reader and obsessive writer.

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Marilyn Monroe by Weegee

Along with Monroe’s drawing, the exhibition will feature other iconic objects, photos and video footage that speak to Monroe’s multiple, often unseen dimensions. This includes images snapped by personal friend Milton Greene, depicting the star’s quieter moments, playing with animals and taking direction behind the scenes. Also on view are eerie street photographer Weegee’s photos of Monroe, which use dark-room distortions to visualize the bizarre and grotesque effects of Hollywood, fame and superstardom.

“This show presents a different side to the legendary actress,” a statement from gallery Mana Contemporary explains. “Behind the glamour was a vulnerable, sensitive, and ambitious young woman who spent time writing poems and diary entries to self-analyze, understand, and reassure herself. In these writings, she craves love and friendship, and battles with ongoing pain, heartbreak, and disappointment. She attempts to understand the world on her terms, tries to accept her insecurities and fears, and to become a better artist.”

“Marilyn: Character Not Image,” curated by Whoopi Goldberg, will be on view from Sept. 25–Oct. 22, 2016, at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

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Source: Marilyn Monroe Drew A Nude Portrait, And It Ain’t Too Shabby

Angelina Jolie Through the Years

 

1975
LOS ANGELES – JUNE 4: Actor Jon Voight holds his new born baby Angelina Jolie Voight (only 4 hours old) on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


1986
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 24: Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight attend 58th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1986 at the Dorothy Changler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)



1988
Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, and Jamie Haven (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)



1991
HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 9: Actor Jon Voight arrives at the Re-Opening of ‘Tru’ with his daughter Angelina Jolie on April 9, 1991 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Archive Photos/Getty Images)



1991

LOS ANGELES – 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)




1994
Jon Voight and Son James and Angelina Jolie (Photo by Steve Granitz Archive/WireImage)



1995

Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie in a scene from the film ‘Hackers’, 1995. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)



1997

Angelina Jolie (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)



1997

Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of ‘Wallace’ on August 1, 1997 at the Director’s Guild Theatr in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)



1998

Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Jon Voight attend the world premiere of ‘Playing By Heart’ on December 10, 1998 at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)



1999

3/7/99 Los Angeles, CA. Angelina Jolie at the 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award.



1999

Actress Angelina Jolie attends the world premiere of ‘Girl Interrupted’ on December 8, 1999 at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)



2000

Angelina Jolie (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)

 




2000
 Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, pose for photographers, June 5, 2000 at the world premiere of Touchstone Pictures” Jerry Bruckheimer Films ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ in Westwood, CA. The eccentric couple has recently purchased a $4 million dollar home in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)



2000

Angelina Jolie Attends The 2000 Cartier International Polo Day At Guards Polo Club, Windsor. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)



2000

387049 13: Recipient of the Best Supporting Actress Award, Angelina Jolie, poses backstage at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards March 26, 2000 in Los Angeles. (Photo HO/AMPAS)



2001

386900 227: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the 73rd Annual Academy Awards March 25, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jolie is wearing a Dolce and Gabbana suit with hair by Paul DeArmas. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)



2001

390344 06: Actress Angelinaa Jolie arrives at the world premiere of the film ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ June 11, 2001 in Westwood, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Getty Images)



2001

393120 03: Actress Angelina Jolie prepares for a scene on the set of ‘Life or Something Like It’ June 4, 2001 in Vancouver, B.C. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)



2001
393727 01: American actress Angelina Jolie (R) smiles as she receives a pin from Mary-Anne Wyrsch, Deputy Commissioner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, August 27, 2001 during Jolie”s appointment ceremony as a goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland. The UNHCR appoints stars as goodwill ambassadors in an effort to raise public awareness over the plight of refugees throughout the world. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)



2001
Center, cast member Angelina Jolie with her Mother, left and actress Jacqueline Bisset before the ‘Original Sin’ premiere held at DGA Theater in Los Angeles, CA., Tues., July 31, 2001. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



2002
THAM HIN, THAILAND – MAY 20: Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie distributes balls to the children at the Tham Hin refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border 19 May, 2002. Jolie visited the camp, which is 180 kilometres west of Bangkok, as part of her role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (Photo credit should read SHKREE SUKPLANG/AFP/Getty Images)



2002

UNITED STATES – JUNE 19: Angelina Jolie, actress and Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, attend a news conference with Sens. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., to call on the Seante to approve bipartisan legislation to reform the treatment of unaccompanied alien minors, including refugee children, who are in federal immigration custody. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)



2003

LONDON – FEBRUARY 23: American actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the Orange British Academy Film Awards held at the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square on February 23, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)



2003

Angelina Jolie during Angelina Jolie Visits MTV’s ‘TRL’ to Promote Her New Film ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ – July 14, 2003 at MTV Studios- Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)



2003

HOLLYWOOD – JULY 21: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the world premiere of the film ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre July 21, 2003 in Hollywood, California. The film releases nationwide July 25, 2003. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



2003

LONDON – OCTOBER 12: ***NO U.S. SALES FOR 90 DAYS*** ***U.S. TABLOIDS OUT*** Actress Angelina Jolie poses backstage at a press junket for her new film ‘Beyond Border’ at the Dorchester Hotel, October 12, 2003 in London, England. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Getty Images)

 




2004

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 29: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)



2004

Angelina Jolie during ‘Taking Lives’ – Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)



2004

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: US actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency Angelina Jolie smiles as she is introduced to address a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington 08 March 2005. Jolie spoke about her work to help refugee and immigrant children arriving in the US to obtain lawyers free of charge for their legal proceedings. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)



2004

CANNES, France: US actress Angelina Jolie flashes a victory sign as she rides into shore at the Carlton Hotel beach on a promo float for the film ‘Shark Tale’, 14 May 2004 at the 57th Cannes Film Festival in the French Riveria town. AFP PHOTO BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)



2004

Angelina Jolie during 2004 Cannes Film Festival – ‘Shrek 2’ – Premiere at Palais Du Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)



2004

Angelina Jolie At The Film Premiere ‘Alexander’ In Cinedom in Cologne 171204. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)



2005

©AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM; ShoWest 2005 – FOX presentation and Luncheon. Paris Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. March 17, 2005. www.bauergriffin.com; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. (Photo by Michael Stub/Her Og Nu via Getty Images)



2005

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO — Episode 1114 — Aired: 6/5/05 — Pictured: Actress Angelina Jolie during an interview on June 5, 2005 (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)



2005

Angelina Jolie during ‘Mr. And Mrs. Smith’ Los Angeles Premiere – Red Carpet at Mann Village in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)



2005
WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Actor Angelina Jolie, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senator Hillary Clinton, (D-NY), attend the Global Business Coalition Gala Awards dinner September 28, 2005 in Washington, DC. The GBC held the event to honor members of the private sectors response to the global AIDS pandemic. (Photo by Chris Greenberg/Getty Images for the Global Business Coalition)



2005
Angelina Jolie on Location for ‘The Good Shepherd’ – December 6, 2005 at Long Island in Long Island, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)



2006

SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 26: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wait for the start of a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, January 26, 2006. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)



2006

Swakopmund, NAMIBIA: Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie (R) and Brad Pitt give a press conference 07 June 2006, at a Swakopmund hotel. Hollywood’s hottest couple became the proud parents of daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27 in Namibia. AFP PHOTO/- (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)



2007

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 08: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at Newmarket Films premiere of ‘God Grew Tired of Us’ at the Pacific Design Center on January 8, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



2007

INDIA – NOVEMBER 16: Angelina Jolie, American actress, sitting in the princess room at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba, Mumbai. She is in the city to shoot for a movie called – A Mighty Heart. Here she is speaking about her role in the film as Marianne Pearl at a press conference in the city. (Photo by Shriya Patil/The India Today Group/Getty Images)



2007

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 26: Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador for High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie attends the launch of ‘Global Action for Children’ April 26, 2007 in Washington, DC. Global Action for Children is a nonpartisan advocacy organization focused on increasing funding from the US government for programs that support orphans and other vulnerable children. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for GAC)



2007

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere for the film ‘A Mighty Heart’ at the Palais des Festivals during the 60th International Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2007 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)



2007

Angelina Jolie during 2007 Cannes Film Festival – ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ Premiere at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)



2007

VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 02: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attends the The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford premiere on the Day 5 of the 64th Annual Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2007 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)



2007

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 10: Angelina Jolie sighting in New York City on October 10, 2007. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)



2008
SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 07: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt inside at the 13th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 7, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)



2008

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the photocall for ‘Kung Fu Panda’ during the Cannes International Film Festival on May 15, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)



2008

US actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie pose as they arrive to attend the screening of actor and director Clint Eastwood’s film ‘The Exchange’ at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 20, 2008 in Cannes, southern France. Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie drew warm applause at Cannes on May 20, 2008 for a wrenching drama based on a true story of a single mother in 1920s California whose son vanishes. AFP PHOTO / Fred Dufour / POOL (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)



2008

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 03: Angelina Jolie seen leaving Il Buco restaurant on October 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)



2008

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 08: Actress Angelina Jolie attends ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ film premiere at the Mann’s Village Theater on December 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)



2009

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 11: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)



2009

HOLLYWOOD – FEBRUARY 22: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrives at the 81st Academy Awards at The Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)



2009

Angelina Jolie films on location for Salt on the streets of Manhattan on March 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)



2009
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 20: Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)



2009
HOLLYWOOD – AUGUST 10: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Premiere Presented by The Weinstein Co held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on August 10, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)



2010

PARIS – FEBRUARY 23: Actress Angelina Jolie films on location for ‘The Tourist’ at Place Colette on February 23, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)



2010

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 25: US actress Angelina Jolie poses for a photocall on the roof of Ritz hotel in on July 25, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)



2010

HOLLYWOOD – JULY 19: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures’ ‘Salt’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



2010

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 16: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the UK film premiere of Salt at the Empire Leicester Square on August 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)



2010

PARIS – NOVEMBER 29: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the ‘Megamind’ Paris premiere on November 29, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)



2010

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World premiere of ‘The Tourist’ at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 6, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)



2011

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 16: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)



2011

Angelina Jolie attends the ‘Kung Fu Panda II’ Photocall during the 64th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 12, 2011 in Cannes, France.



2011

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: Actress Angelina Jolie attends ‘The Tree Of Life’ premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)



2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – OCTOBER 4: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image provided by UNHCR, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie attends the annual meeting of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee (ExCom) on October 4, 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. The celebrated Hollywood actress described the situation in Somalia and surrounding countries as ‘the humanitarian crisis of a generation’, and said further help was urgently needed. She called on the international community to scale up its efforts to deal with the crisis in the Horn of Africa, saying the lives of hundreds of thousands of refugees depended on it and urged the UNHCR executive committee member states to remain committed to helping the world’s refugees despite the global environment of increasing economic and financial pressures. (Photo by J Tanner/UNHCR via Getty Images) Not for commerical use. Editorial use only. No Book Sales. Mandatory credit/byline. Not for sale for marketing or advertising campaigns. Image to be distributed exactly as supplied.



2011

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ at the School of Visual Arts on December 5, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)



2012

PALM SPRINGS, CA – JANUARY 07: Angelina Jolie attends the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)



2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 21: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)



2012
US actress and director of ” In The Land Blood and Honey” Angelina Jolie poses for a picture during the Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominees Seminars presented by The American Cinematheque and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on January 14,2012. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)



2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)



2012

Actress Angelina Jolie arrives to meet government ministers ahead of a screening of her new film ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ at the Foreign Commonwealth Office on May 29, 2012, in London, England. Angelina Jolie spoke on the Foreign Secretary’s initiative for preventing sexual violence in regions of conflict, ahead of the screening. AFP PHOTO / Dan Kitwood (Photo credit should read Dan Kitwood/AFP/GettyImages)



2013

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Angelina Jolie attends the G8 summit at Lancaster House on April 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)



2013

US actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie poses as she arrives for the UK premiere of her US actor and fiance Brad Pitt’s latest film ‘World War Z’ in Leicester Square in central London on June 2, 2013. Jolie, 37, revealed in an article in the May 14 edition of The New York Times that she chose to undergo surgery to minimize the risk she might develop breast cancer due to the inheritance of a ‘faulty gene.’ The actress’s partner and fellow screen star Brad Pitt led worldwide praise, declaring Jolie heroic, followed by her doctors, other stars and thousands of supporters, who took to social media to praise her openness. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)



2013

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Honoree Angelina Jolie arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)



2014

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)



2014

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the 86th Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)



2014

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 08: Angelina Jolie attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)



2014

SREBRENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – MARCH 28: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (R) and British Foreign Minister William Hague (L) pay their respects to victims at the Potocari Memorial Centre in the eastern city Srebrenica , Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 28, 2014. Jolie attends the regional military conference of ministers and senior officers to end sexual violence in conflict in the country. (Photo by Samir Yordamovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)



2014

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 28: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)



2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – JULY 29: Angelina Jolie at the ‘Unbroken’ Press Conference at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 29, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)



2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 17: Angelina Jolie arrives at the world premiere of Unbroken at the State Theatre on November 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)



2014

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Angelina Jolie attends the UK Premiere of ‘Unbroken’ at Odeon Leicester Square on November 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)



2015

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15: Director/actress Angelina Jolie attends the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)



2015

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 28: Actress Angelina Jolie walks to stage to accept award for Favorite Villain in ‘Maleficent’ at the Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)



2015

United States actress and UNHCR representative Angelina Jolie waves ahead of a panel on Conflict related gender violence on June 12, 2015 during a session of the African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)



2015

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 05: Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt attends the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘By the Sea’ during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Source: Angelina Jolie Proves Moms Can Also Be Sexual Women

 

 

 

Source: Angelina Jolie Proves Moms Can Also Be Sexual Women

Angelina Jolie Proves Moms Can Also Be Sexual Women

 

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Angelina Jolie shows some leg on the Oscars red carpet. 

Angelina Jolie has an extensive list of accomplishments: She’s a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, she’s been a Special Envoy and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN, she won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an Oscar. Her romantic relationship is far from the most interesting thing about her.

But as news of her split with Brad Pitt, with whom she has 6 children, dominates the news cycle, one incredible detail about Jolie stands out freshly to me: She has never allowed her role as a mother to define her, or erase her sexuality.

Let me take you back to 2005. The rumors about Pitt and Jolie’s dalliances on the set of “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” were still just rumors, and 29-year-old mom-of-one Angie talked to Nancy Jo Sales at Vanity Fair about how she negotiates sex as a single mom. (Did you forget that Jolie was ever a single mom?!)

Here’s how it starts:

“You know, you’re sleeping with your kid all the time and you’re like, God, I haven’t had sex in months, let alone tempted anyone,” says Angelina Jolie. She’s sitting cross-legged beside me on an overstuffed couch at a hotel bar in Beverly Hills, on a misty March day, drinking champagne. She’s slender in jeans and a silky tunic with a pattern of naked women on it, which she says she bought at a London sex shop, Coco de Mer. “It makes your ass look nice,” she says.

Take a minute to process the content of that quote. She actually mentions her kid and her sex life in the same sentence! The simple admission that moms want to have sex is still a revelation.

She goes on to talk about negotiating terms (just sexual, please) with lovers (she has 2) and where she meets them (hotel rooms).

New moms may not usually feel like sex symbols. Bodies may turn unfamiliar after childbirth, sleep deprivation may turn the bed into a blessed sanctuary for just sleepingeven for 5 minutes please. Some moms may find themselves focused on their new progeny to the point of distraction.

But that doesn’t mean, for most of us, that we’re ready to give up our status as sexual beings, that at 20 or 30 or 40 or whatever age we are when we have kids, we’re ready to pack it in when it comes to the joy of human sexuality.

No, that’s something that’s done to us.

Society insists that the role of “mother” subsumes our sexuality in a way that it doesn’t demand of men. There’s a fear once you have kids that, if you are too sexual, you’re somehow being a “bad example” for your children. Look at the scores of commentsreminding Kim Kardashian that she “is somebody’s mother” when she poses nude or the outrage when a grown-up Beyonce sang candidly about sex with her husband. (Of course, race complicates the issue even further.)

Moms who want to have sex, or simply be sexy, are both taboo and fetishized ― how else do we explain a country where women with kids are meant to be chaste but our top porn searches are some variation of the term “milf?”

Men aren’t defined by their children the same way that women are, their paternity doesn’t cast a long shadow over their essential humanness. When a man is sexy, no one asks what his kids will think.

 

Men are allowed to be people and fathers. And people have desires.

It’s a double standard that male celebrities just aren’t as beholden to ― raunchy male comedians talk about their genitals onstage without fear or reprisal, David Beckham poses in his underwear without anyone mentioning his children, and even Howard Stern has a daughter.

Right from the beginning, Jolie refused to be defined by her kids. She insisted on remaining visible as a woman, a freaky, weird, dirty, horny, sexual woman.

And throughout her famous union with Brad Pitt, as her family has grown, she’s continued to speak openly about her sexuality as a married woman with children.

She implied that she wore her horns from “Malificent” as a sexy costume for Brad. She gushed about the pleasures of pregnancy sex. In 2012, Pitt bragged to the NY Post that Jolie was “still naughty in sexual ways.” That same year, Jolie told CBS News that she was “still a bad girl,” but that that side of her is now for her husband. A mother of 6 who gets to call herself a “bad girl” is, again, a revelation.

Jolie began her career as a dark sex symbol, a sort of thinking woman’s Marilyn Monroe, and she refused to let motherhood and marriage whitewash those parts of her, even as the media sometimes reacted to the couple’s public friskiness by reminding them that their kids were old enough to read.

Because heaven forbid children should see a healthy sexual relationship between loving parents, or have a mother who refuses to be ashamed of her sexuality.

Angelina Jolie insists on embodying every authentic part of herself, even when seemingly “conflicting” identities make people uncomfortable. And I for one am excited to see her do it in the next phase of her life.

 

Source: Angelina Jolie Proves Moms Can Also Be Sexual Women

 

Why Your Environment Is Working Against You—And How To Fix It 

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Did you know that the way we dress, our facial expressions, our posture, and the tone of our voice make up 93 percent of what we communicate to others?  Research pioneered by Dr. Albert Mehrabian shows that what we communicate non-verbally can be highly impactful. We are hardwired to listen to our senses without conscious thought, and this ability helps protect us from danger and saves us time making endless decisions throughout the day.

If we are so influenced by our senses, what else is subconsciously triggering our everyday decisions?

Lately, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to “nudges” in the built environment around us. The built environment includes the size and shape of our roads, parks, and buildings: these all drive our behavior. Specifically, I’ve been in search of ways the built environment can affect decisions we make about our health. What we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel impacts our actions—and emerging research in urban planning, occupational health, and behavioral science validates this. Here are just a few of the many ways to leverage the built environment to improve health outcomes:

Nudges to encourage movement

Building location and access to public amenities can impact how much we move. For example, research shows that proximity to parks and other recreational facilities is consistently associated with higher levels of physical activity and healthier weight status among youth and adults. The same goes for proximity to public transit—there is a link between access to public transportation and physical activity since transit use typically involves walking to a bus or subway stop. In one study, train commuters walked an average of 30 percent more steps per day and were four times more likely to walk 10,000 steps per day than car commuters.

Several studies show that simply letting people know the health benefits of taking the stairs and showing their location (like putting a sign in the elevator lobby or using stair banners, like these) increases stair usage by 54 percent. Taking this a bit further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a “StairWELL to Better Health”campaign in its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. They use music, art, an upgraded appearance, and motivational signage to nudge employees to use the stairs more often. (Check out their downloadable signs, and see “before” and “after” images of their stairwells.)

Nudges to encourage healthy eating habits

You may not have heard the term “choice architecture,” but you experience its impact every time you stand next to the candy display at a checkout counter. Choice architecture refers to the different ways in which choices can be presented to consumers and the impact of that presentation on consumer decision making.

For example, the number of choices presented, the manner in which attributes are described, and the presence of a “default” can all influence consumer choice. Many companies are using this strategy by reducing the number of unhealthy foods available in the workplace or by making them harder to find.  ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating, suggests a number of ways our eating behavior is significantly impacted by the way food is presented to us. For example, in some of his studies, people were 44 percent less likely to snack in kitchens that were tidy versus kitchen environments that were messy.

Keeping the kitchen clean is more than just a sanitation issue—it can affect how much we eat. In another study, Wansink found that people tend to eat less on plates that are 9-10 inches in diameter. People piled up food on larger plates, but felt “deprived” and went for a second helping when eating on smaller plates (around 6 inches in diameter). His other studies show that people are likely to serve themselves 20 percent less food on plates with “contrasting colors” to the food they are eating, e.g., white pasta on a red or blue plate. White breads and pastas on white plates? That is a recipe for “carb-loading”!

Nudges to reduce stress and improve well-being

We have a strong desire to be in and among nature. It’s only natural: for most of human history we spent all our time outdoors. This preference, often referred to biophilia, was introduced and popularized by E.O. Wilson, known as the “father of biodiversity.” Wilson suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.

In Biophilic Design: Theory, Science and Practice, authors Stephen R. Kellert, Judith Heerwagen, and Martin Mador describe the importance of nature for human productivity:

“Nature is rife with sensory richness and variety in patterns, textures, light, and colors. All organisms respond with genetically programmed reflexes to the diurnal and seasonal patterns of sunlight and climate.”

Interestingly, biophilia-based design can be manifested in many ways. The most obvious way is to incorporate real plants, water, and natural views into buildings. Another way is to create “natural analogues” or use materials and patterns that evoke nature, such as artwork, ornamentation, biomorphic forms, or the use of natural materials. A third way to use biophilia is through configuration of space, by organizing interior environments or man-made outdoor landscapes, using similar to natural environments elements. In its paper “The Economics of Biophilia,” environmental consulting firm Terrapin Bright Green suggests:

“Over the last quarter century, case studies have documented the advantage of biophilic experience, including improved stress recovery rates, lower blood pressure, improved cognitive functions, enhanced mental stamina and focus, decreased violence and criminal activity, elevated moods and increased learning rates.”

There are hundreds more nudges and design strategies such as these that urban planners, architects, product designers, business owners, and homeowners can use to shape the environment around us to improve health and well-being. In the words of Winston Churchill:

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.”

The key is to be aware of how our environment affects us and to use this knowledge for good.

Source: Why Your Environment Is Working Against You—And How To Fix It

Ashley Graham Poses Completely Nude In Grazia U.K. 

 

What do you do when you’ve already graced the cover of the biggest swimsuit magazineand you just got done walking the runway in your own lingerie line?

Why, you pose completely naked for a sexy-as-hell magazine spread, of course.

Ashley Graham stars in Grazia U.K.’s subscribers-only “Big Fashion Issue,” for which she appears scantily clad on the cover and completely unclad inside.

The publication came under a bit of fire from commenters on Instagram, who wanted to know why the model and body positivity advocate only appears in the subscriber’s version of the mag, not the version that hits newsstands.

But thankfully the entire internet has been blessed with her greatness, thanks, of course, to Instagram.

If you’ve got it, flaunt (and flaunt and flaunt) it, eh?

 

Source: Ashley Graham Poses Completely Nude In Grazia U.K.

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What Your Favorite Piece Of Clothing Says About You 

Americans buy lots of clothes ― 64 new items a year, on average. That’s more than any other country in the world.

But for many of us, the most meaningful piece of clothing is one we already own. It’s probably not the nicest or most expensive item in our wardrobe, and it probably doesn’t fit with the latest fashion cycle. The attachment, pride and loyalty we feel for it comes from somewhere deeper.

When you consider that our clothing consumption contributes to real social and environmental problems, it’s worth asking: Do we really need to keep buying so much when our connection with what we already own and love can grow over time?

We asked around HuffPost’s office, and here’s what people had to say about the deep and hard-to-explain attachment they feel to that one special item in their closet.

If you have a favorite item that only gets better with time, please share a photo and your story using the hashtag #ReclaimFashion. 

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Anna McGrady – Editor, Growth & Analytics

What: The college sweatshirt

The backstory: A bookstore purchase from the University of Virginia, her alma mater. After college, it became a semi-official weekend uniform. When she’s not wearing it, friends ask why.

 

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Shonitria Anthony – Voices News Editor

What: Indestructible gray cardigan from American Apparel

The backstory: It goes with everything, washes well and lives at the office. “I always get compliments, which is funny, because I feel like it’s old and dated. But it’s gray, so it’s always on trend.”

 

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James Cave – Men’s Lifestyle Editor

What: See-through preschool T-shirt

The backstory: The text reads “Dot Beck’s School,” an Arkansas preschool he may or may not have attended, operated by a family friend. Due to the shirt’s transparency, it makes appearances only on laundry day. “I lose stuff all the time. I don’t know how I’ve not lost this,” Cave said. Not pictured: His dad’s name, Kevin, is on the back.

 

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Alyssa Spatola – Contributors Editor

What: Ripped black cat tights

The backstory: From Hot Topic, at the mall.

 

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Brittany Berkowitz – Associate Producer, HuffPost Video

What: Black skirt

The backstory: A long, versatile BCBG skirt, bought at Lord and Taylor and beloved for its childlike qualities. “It’s like my inner child, I can still twirl.”

 

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Carly Ledbetter – Entertainment Writer

What: Mystery shirt

The backstory: “After seeing this shirt in my cousin Mariah’s closet, I knew I had to have it. I traded one of my Prince cutoff tees for it, and so far it’s been the best barter of my life. Mariah has no idea where she got the shirt ― she thinks it was from a thrift store in San Francisco. It doesn’t even have a label, which only upsets me because I want to buy a few more so I always have it! It’s so weird and colorful and I probably wear it way too much.”

 

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Damon Dahlen – Photo Editor

What: Zip-up Ralph Lauren sweatshirt

The backstory: A Christmas gift from mom, circa 1998. Through the years, various people have tried, and failed, to throw it away. “It’s still warm, it’s still put together, it’s really well made,” says Dahlen.

 

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Hayley Miller – Senior Contributors Editor

What: Cranberry and gold pashmina

The backstory: A college-era souvenir from Jerusalem cherished for the richness and warmth of its colors. “I lose a lot of clothing but this has really stuck around.”

 

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Meg Robertson – Supervising Producer, HuffPost Video

What: The family business t-shirt

The backstory: “Atlantic Tree was a tree maintenance and landscaping business that my grandparents owned,” says Robertson. “I found this shirt in a closet, somewhere, about 20 years ago. This shirt has to be from the 1970s. Whenever we’d call my grandparents’ house, it was never ‘hello?’ on the other end, it was always ‘Atlantic Tree!’ They ran the business out of their kitchen. My uncle Jimmy helped run the company too. It was truly a family business. This shirt reminds me of the huge amounts of hard work my family has done over the years, and where I come from. Robertsons are not afraid to strap on a harness and climb a tree with a chainsaw if the situation calls for it. Not me, of course, but some of us. … You get the picture.”

 

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Dzana Ashworth – Video Production Assistant

What: Ribbed black dress

The backstory: When her best friend’s father died, in 2009, she didn’t know what to wear to the funeral. “I went to Forever 21, which is not your typical funeral-wear place,” Ashworth says. Still, her best friend’s mother approved. “I still have it, I still wear it out. It’s still a staple, especially in the winter.”

 

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Jared Greenhouse – Producer, HuffPost Video

What: Paint-splattered T-shirt from Cluck U, a New Jersey chicken joint

The backstory: He won it at a wing-eating contest. Thirty-seven wings in an hour. “It was disgusting.”

 

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Julia Brucculieri – Entertainment Writer

What: Holey jeans purchased in high school

The backstory: “When I bought them, they became my favorite pair of jeans because they fit me perfectly in all the right places. As they’ve faded and ripped ― literal wear and tear ― I’ve continued to love them. They have two massive holes in them ― one across the right knee and one, from seam to seam, under my right butt cheek. But, to be completely honest, the holes just made me love these jeans even more than I did the day I bought them; they’re like little mementos of my past, and I have no doubt I’ll be adding more in the future.”

 

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Curtis Wong – Senior Editor, Queer Voices

What: Disneyland “Haunted Mansion” T-shirt

The backstory: “My parents divorced when I was 3, and shortly afterward, my dad relocated from Connecticut, where I grew up, to Los Angeles. As difficult as it was being on opposite coasts, there was a silver lining ― he lived minutes away from Disneyland!” recalls Wong. “Some of my fondest memories are of spending the day with my dad at the park, riding my favorite attraction, the Haunted Mansion. Sadly, Dad passed away in 1995, and it would be almost 20 years before I’d return to the West Coast. I finally made it back in 2014, and during that trip, my aunt surprised me with this awesome Haunted Mansion T-shirt, unaware of its significance. Needless to say, it’s been a staple of my wardrobe since then!”

 

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Cristian Farias – Supreme Court and Legal Affairs Reporter

What: Armani Exchange T-shirt

The backstory: Does every single thing in this life need to be explained and analyzed? The shirt fits. It looks nice. Don’t overthink it.

 

Source: What Your Favorite Piece Of Clothing Says About You

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