Clara Bensen’s romance with Jeff began in the traditional manner: through a dating site on the internet. Where their story strays from the typical “meet for drinks, go home together, never speak again” experience is how they planned their batshit crazy first date.
As Clara recounts in an essay for Salon, the burgeoning couple met at the Houston airport and hopped on a flight to Istanbul together for their first date—with no luggage, no itinerary, and a return flight scheduled 21 days later.
Have fun reading about this ridiculous case in which a judge says it’s fair game to use a woman’s abortion as evidence of her being an unfit parent. She has two kids with her ex-husband; he’s trying to get full custody. His lawyers subpoenaed her medical records and are arguing that her abortion a year after the divorce is proof she shouldn’t have the kids and the judge was like oh interesting no problem motion to vilify a woman for making a good choice for her life sustained. Cool attitude, judge.
Miss Sheryl doesn’t have a computer and definitely wouldn’t know what a selfie is. Her cell runs on minutes and doesn’t have a camera. Like many of us, she’s too poor to participate in pop culture. She’s on public assistance living in public housing and scrambles for odd jobs to survive.
Salon’s D. Watkins reports from East Baltimore, where “everything looks like ‘The Wire’ and nobody cares what a ‘selfie’ is.” Watkins points out that it requires a certain amount of money to participate in certain aspects of pop culture. [via]
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