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What If Your Girlfriend’s Bedroom Habits Are Slowly Killing You?

“Let’s move in together…” she said, “it’ll be fun!” she said… But, it’s not. Since she moved in, you’ve been up all night, every night — and not for any of the good reasons, like sex or because it’s Christmas eve. The National Sleep Foundation says you need around 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. She’s killing you slowly with sleep deprivation torture.

You’re trying to sleep, but your girl’s checking her phone with the brightness set to “The Ark of the Covenant“…

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We all know that staring at your smartphone before bed makes it harder to sleep. Something about over-stimulating your brain or frying your eyeballs with LED lights just sounds like a bad idea. Well, guess what? Your girlfriend doesn’t care because she’s taking selfies with every Snapchat filter, and she’s not gonna stop until your whole face melts.

And she’s always shaking her feet because she drinks too much coffee…

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Your not Fred Flintstone, but you can make a bed rock! Am I right, bros? Sorry. I thought we could use a laugh. Why start now?! When she moved in, you expected serious seismic activity to occur in the place where the magic happens. Instead, the only thing shaking your bed frame is her restless leg syndrome. It feels like sitting on a dryer set to “permanent press.” If you wanted the “magic fingers” of a vibrating motel bed, you’d skip the nausea and just fall asleep on a chair in Brookstone.

Which explains why she gets up so often for the bathroom in the middle of the night…

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Whenever she gets up, she makes a fuss and throws the blankets all over the place. If she’s gotta be awake, you gotta too. It’s like Shawshank Prison around here, I’m telling ya!

Some nights, she just won’t stop talking…

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She’s beside herself and just can’t figure out why her favorite contestant on ‘The Voice‘ joined Team Chuck Mangione instead of Team Yanni, and you know what? It’s a mystery to everybody else, too. Go to sleep!

Like, in her sleep, too…

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She’s either dream-admitting that she has FOMO or nightmare-singing that Aerosmith song from the movie ‘Armageddon.‘ Either way, I heard it’s not good to wake someone who’s quietly sleep-talking because they could wake up and talk even louder.

Oh, and farts, too…

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She farts. Your girlfriend farts. It’s a fact of life. Luckily, she only does it while she’s sleeping, because with great power comes great responsibility. If you had her… um, tone, you’d go to to zoo and scare all the animals. Seriously, a Motown R&B group just called and they want your girlfriend’s butt to be their new bassy baritone guy. Should I tell them “no” or “bum-bum, bum, yeahhhhhh?”

When she’s not using her body to make noise, she’s taking up the whole bed…

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In ‘Titanic,’ Rose gave Jack more room on that floating door than your girl gives you on your own bed. SPOILER ALERT: Jack dies. Don’t think that can’t happen to you.

Or hogging all the blankets…

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After a long night of clinging to your comforter and losing the tug of war, you wake up with callused hands and you’re freezing to death. Look over at her, she’s swaddled hard like a burrito. She’s killing you slow. Pneumonia slow.

When her alarm goes off in the morning, she just keeps on hitting that snooze button…

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He body just attacks the alarm like Goro playing speed chess. That was a loaded simile, I’ll admit it. She’s unfazed, while you got a migraine and your pillows are empty because you ripped them open to get the feather, so you can jam them in your ears. You haven’t slept at all.

But when she finally does wake up, she’s  already looking flawless af…

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Did you even notice that she wore such a beautiful dress to bed? She’s your girl. Ask questions, man. Find out why she’s decked out for a fancy party. What, is she dreaming of going to a Quinceañera again? See? That’s the whole thing. Maybe if you took more of an interest in what she’s doing, maybe she wouldn’t be trying to kill you so hard. This has been a real come to Jesus moment, but it’s showed us that you’re neglectful in your relationship. She’s a goddess. Worship her.

Meanwhile, this is me:

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Sleeping is the only thing that I’m good at. Without it, I’m just a dude yawning all day for no reason. Oh, and I get cranky. You wouldn’t like me when I’m cranky.


[H/T] The National Sleep Foundation: HOW MUCH SLEEP DO WE REALLY NEED?

READ: Here’s A List Of Things That Take Away Your Manhood

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A Look Back At The Legacy Of Pedro Zamora, 25 Years After His Death

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A Look Back At The Legacy Of Pedro Zamora, 25 Years After His Death

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Back in 1992, MTV first aired “The Real World,” which went on to define reality TV forever. The shows premise and tagline — “This is the true story…of seven strangers…picked to live in a house… and have their lives taped…to find out what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real… ” — seemed like a fresh concept. At the time, viewers were simply taking in how people from different backgrounds got along. A lot of the time, they didn’t. In the middle of all that TV drama, something unusual was taking place: viewers were meeting individuals that presented extraordinary stories. In the show’s 27-year span, only one person stood out among them all and is remembered for literally changing the world. 

In 1994, MTV’s “Real World” San Francisco featured a 22-year-old Cuban named Pedro Zamora. 

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For those not familiar with Zamora, his life story is a remarkable one of survival. He was just 8-years-old when he and some of his family members left Cuba on the Mariel Boatlift and settled in Miami. Sadly, his mother died of cancer a couple of years later when he was 13. Zamora still excelled in school. It was around this time that he realized he was gay. While he did come out to his family, they mostly feared that Zamora would get discriminated against because of his sexuality. 

At 17, Zamora found out he contracted HIV and decided to bring awareness to his disease. 

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While attending Miami Dade College, Zamora became a fierce AIDS educator. One of the most impressive traits that he possessed was that he could engage with people of different ages and backgrounds. He was a great speaker. It was his charming characteristics and profound knowledge that made him perfect for TV. He ventured into several famous talk shows of that time to speak about what it was like to be a young gay man living with AIDS. 

With the encouragement of friends, Zamora felt he could reach more people with his message of empathy and education about HIV and AIDS by auditioning to be on MTV’s “Real World.” Naturally, he was one of nine to be cast on the show. 

As a cast member on the show, Zamora helped to educate his housemates about living with AIDS. Those moments on MTV also informed millions of viewers. Zamora loved for people to learn about his Cuban culture. 

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Today with the lack of Latino representation in the arts and entertainment industry, we now see how rare it was to have two Cuban Americans on MTV talking about their culture and family. Another castmember that has continued to be in the limelight was Zamora’s housemate Rachel Campos Duffy. She was a young conservative back then, and she still is today as the wife of former GOP representative Sean Duffy (he too was a former cast member of the “Real World” Seattle). While Rachel and Zamora clashed on various topics, including his homosexuality, their bond broke through her closemindedness. 

While Zamora died shortly after the last episode of the “Real World” aired, his legacy continues to be inspiring 25 years later.

Zamora’s housemate and one of his loudest advocates today, Judd Winick, who wrote the 2000 book “Pedro and Me” said this on social media: 

“I’d ask that on this incredible milestone that we try to remember how he lived, and how he literally changed the world, rather than focusing on our loss of him. By appearing on The Real World in ‘94, he showed everyone what it was really like to be living with AIDS, to be living out, to love, to be loved by friends, supported by family—to have a full life. And it seems crazy that this was a lesson that needed to be taught. But it did.” 

Rachel echoed that sentiment on the 25th anniversary of his death on Twitter: “@RealWorldMTV changed many lives -including mine. #PedroZamora died 25 yrs ago today, but his impact lives on. I miss Pedro & the days when MTV respected young people enough to make shows like the Real World, San Francisco.”

For those of us who watched Zamora on the “Real World,” we learned about showing empathy and compassion for those that suffered AIDS and HIV and continue to live with it today. Zamora also taught viewers to always show kindness, respect, and love for one another.

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Click here for more information on the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship and The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

READ: A Single Mom On DACA Is One Of The Newest Cast Members On MTV’s New Season Of ‘The Real World

Selena Gomez Says Fans Bullied Her For Her Weight

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Selena Gomez Says Fans Bullied Her For Her Weight

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Two years ago, actress and singer Selena Gomez opened up to fans about her experience with lupus and undergoing a kidney transplant. The summer before she took a public break from her music career. The singer had been traveling her for Revival world tour when she announced her decision to take a break to focus on her health. She cited anxiety, panic attacks and depression as side effects to her lupus diagnosis and expressed her need to take care of her health. Now, Gomez has revealed why she spent so much time out of the spotlight. She was undergoing a kidney transplant.

Since her surgery, Gomez has been open about her experience and its impact on her physical and mental health.

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The singer opened up even more about the process of recovery during a recent podcast, in which she revealed that she’d experienced body shaming her health led to weight gain. During an appearance on a recent episode of “Giving Back Generation,” a video podcast by Raquelle Stevens, Gomez said criticism impacted her “big time.”

During the interview, Gomez said that after being attacked by body shamers online she decided that she needed some time away from social media. This was primarily because they were having so much of an impact on her mental health.

“I experienced [body-shaming] with my weight fluctuation for the first time,” Selena told Stevens during the podcast. “I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues, and for me that’s when I really started noticing more of the body-image stuff.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that, occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus. Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While there’s no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.” 

Speaking about how the autoimmune disease has affected her weight, Gomez said that it’s normal for her to fluctuate.

“It’s the medication I have to take for the rest of my life — it depends on even the month, to be honest. So for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that,” she explained. “In reality, that’s just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends what’s happening in my life.”

Gomez went onto further explain how the body shaming affected how she has chosen to interact with her fans moving forward.

“I’m very happy with living my life and being present. Because that’s it. Similar to me posting a photo and walking away. For me that’s it. I will do a red carpet, I will do whatever. I don’t need to see it. I participated. I felt wonderful and that’s where the extent of it is,” she said. “I don’t care to expose myself to everyone and hear what they have to say about it… I don’t care about that stuff but I did start gaining weight and I didn’t mind it. And that hurt…I’ve experienced people who try to control that kind of stuff before. This is my time and I want to do it the way I want to do it.”

It’s not the first time Gomez has opened up how criticism about her appearance has affected her mental health and how she chooses to include social media in her life. 

In 2018, Gomez explained that she was taking a step back from social media because she was being affected by disparaging and negative comments online.

“Update: taking a social media break,” she wrote to fans in a post on Instagram at the time. “Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember— negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”

“Update: taking a social media break,” she wrote to fans in a post on Instagram at the time. “Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember— negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”