Wednesday BARB UP February 14, 2018

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Valentine’s Day! Some of us embrace it, some of us eschew it. I’m a woman who embraces Valentine’s Day. I have always enjoyed it, even more so once I had a child (it turns out, kids love to make hearts and give it to you, the parent.) I agree, we should celebrate love every single day. I agree, Hallmark had a great marketing person in its ranks back in the day, and that person made bazillions of dollars for that brand. I agree, it’s hokey. Still. I love seeing red roses clutched in people’s hands, on their way to deliver it to their loved ones. I love seeing couples in restaurants, having the same old meal they always have at their favorite joints, using the opportunity of Valentine’s Day to have a date on a school night. I love seeing the enthusiasm of my local chocolate shoppe, its interiors wrapped in hearts and chocolate covered kisses. It makes me so happy. I love it all. So, I’ll say it again: I’m a woman who embraces Valentine’s Day. Enjoy your Wednesday, whether it’s a Valentine’s Day for you or just another Happy Hump Day.

Melinda Gates: “My voice, my attention, and my focus will always be on women around the world, but…you want to talk about women not having [been] empowered yet, not having access to capital—it is women in the developing world.”

April Ryan: ” I recently asked him, “Are you a racist?” It’s a sad day when you have to ask a sitting president that.”

Use a vibrator on Valentine’s Day, loving yourself as you should.

If you hike, maybe there’s a boot in this list for you.

Finally, some tips on dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace.

Is breaking up with your phone possible?

Money things.

Are you a morning sex person?

Sex toys.

And now have a laugh with Amber Ruffin.

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