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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."

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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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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

1. Diver befriends a fish with the cutest smile

Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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