All dads should read what Channing Tatum wrote about his daughter and sex.

Cosmopolitan magazine recently gave "Magic Mike" star Channing Tatum an open space to write whatever he wanted.

Yes, Cosmo of "67,349 mind-blowing sex tips" fame.

It was fitting that Tatum decided to provide some "sex tips" of his own — though they weren't what you might expect.


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The actor says sitting down to write the column made him think about his 3-year-old daughter, Everly.

"I pictured her in her late teens or early 20s, hoping to explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love," he wrote.

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For any dad, the idea of his daughter one day dating (and having sex) stirs up a lot of emotions.

It's easy to let those emotions get the better of you, which is why so many fathers out there feel like it's their job to intimidate the people their daughters choose to go out with. It's the old "I'll just be here polishing my shotgun," routine.

But a new generation of dads, like Tatum, are trying to break the mold.

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"I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better, and at that moment, I realized a strange thing," Tatum wrote. "I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers. My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be."

And that includes whatever her own dad might think.

No doubt, the first time his daughter brings home a date will be a big test for Tatum.

He'll likely feel those protective urges, those ideas of what dads are "supposed" to do, swelling up inside of him. But the fact that, in only three short years, he's learned that his emotions about his daughter's sexuality and choices aren't what matter is extremely encouraging.

"That’s what I want for my daughter," he wrote. "To be expectation-less with her love and not allow preconceived standards to affect her, to ask herself what she wants and feel empowered enough to act on it."

The fact that a man with such influence is willing to share that message?

It's a great sign that we are, in fact, inching closer and closer to real equality.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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