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Being one of the greatest athletes in all of recorded human history is hard work.

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For Serena Williams, the job description is simple: Win all the time.

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Transforming into a pretty, smiling princess on command isn't really a part of it.

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So when a reporter asked her why she wasn't smiling after defeating her sister Venus in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, Serena told him straight up that it's because she was bored with him.

And it was glorious.

There's a video of the exchange (h/t Clutch), but for quickness' sake, here's the transcript.


Women: They don't have to smile!

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You'd think that would be ... relatively obvious.

And yet, for some reason, lots of men have a weird interest in making sure women smile constantly.

They're so invested that some feel the need to yell at random women on the street to make sure they're smiling to their satisfaction.

They're so invested that Apple caused a minor controversy this week for digitally altering a woman's face so that she was smiling in a demo ad for the new iPad.



Weirdly enough, women actually have the complete range of human emotions!

Happy, sad, tired, angry, bored, annoyed, hyphy, that thing you feel when the airline rep tells you your carry-on is too big even though it easily fit in overhead bin on the way here...

And not all of those emotions involve smiling.

Bottom line: The question that reporter asked Serena would probably never be posed to a similarly all-time-great male athlete.


Yo, LeBron, you're so jacked, why don't you smile? A man as swole as you should smile more! Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images.

Major props to Serena for not laughing it off and telling that reporter exactly how she really felt instead.

Even for a world-famous sports icon, that took guts.

Here's hoping that, after Saturday's finals, she'll have a real, trophy-induced reason to smile.


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A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

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It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Famous writers shared their book signing woes with a disheartened new author.

Putting creative work out into the world to be evaluated and judged is nerve-wracking enough as it is. Having to market your work, especially if you're not particularly extroverted or sales-minded, is even worse.

So when you're a newly published author holding a book signing and only two of the dozens of people who RSVP'd show up, it's disheartening if not devastating. No matter how much you tell yourself "people are just busy," it feels like a rejection of you and your work.

Debut novelist Chelsea Banning recently experienced this scenario firsthand, and her sharing it led to an amazing deluge of support and solidarity—not only from other aspiring authors, but from some of the top names in the writing business.

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On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn't have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women's rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn't something we'd choose—and we'd hope others wouldn't choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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