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Got A Vagina? Here's A Song Worth Listening To (For Your Vagina's Sake).

I've watched this about three times now, and started singing along.

Got A Vagina? Here's A Song Worth Listening To (For Your Vagina's Sake).

Heads up: This is a hip hop song about vaginas. If that's not the kind of thing that would fly in your place of employment (or the coffee shop you're currently staking out), consider the audio NSFW.

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Here's a breakdown of the music video.

To start us off, we've got comedian Nadia Kamil with some muppet backup dancers inside what appears to be a fake vagina. I repeat: inside a fake vagina.


Mary Wollstonecraft, by the way, was an 18th-century advocate for women's rights. She wrote about some suuuuuper controversial things, like the idea that women are actually NOT inferior to men. *GASP*. Get it, Mary.

So then we jump into some facts.

In other words, about half of U.S. women don't get regular pap screenings. Why is that such a big deal, you ask? Because of these facts:

So what did Nadia Kamil do to promote vaginal health? She live-tweeted the experience of getting her own very first pap smear. And then she sang about it. Seriously, what could be a better PSA than this?

Now she breaks it down for us and explains the process of a pap smear: "The nurse inserts the speculum / She's all up in your frill. / It takes 30 seconds, it ain't a thrill but it's fine."

Look, people, it's weird to show a stranger your vagina. But if you think about it, the doctor you're seeing has looked at so many vaginas before yours. Honestly, yours is probably nothing special, so it's really nothing to be nervous about.


"All you b**ches better book a smear. / With no fear / So you know that your cervix is clear / Of cancer."

In the end, Kamil's results came back, and she was cancer-free! She did have thrush, though — just a yeast infection. Which is totally normal, but also a good thing to be informed about. Here's to having ALL THE INFOS about your vagina.

So what's the bottom line here? It's that getting a pap smear is really NO BIG DEAL.

It's nothing to get worked up about, but it's definitely something to consider having done.

Want to check out Nadia Kamil's live-tweeted pap smear experience? Here are some highlights.

Or check out the whole experience via Storify.

And hey, before you go — we're not trying to say that everyone with a vagina must go get a pap smear right this moment. Nadia says this best herself: "If you don't want to get screened — of course that's fine too. Your body, your choices! I just hope fear of cost or embarrassment isn't a barrier to anyone who would like to get screened."

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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