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Read a Mother’s Note to a Man Who Facebook-Shamed Her for Breastfeeding in Public

Conner Kendall was at a T.G.I. Friday's in Indiana when the man took the photo

One young mother is fighting back after a stranger criticized her for breastfeeding her child in public on Facebook.

According to mom Conner Kendall, a male stranger snapped a photo of her breastfeeding her young son at a T.G.I. Friday’s in Terre Haute, Indiana. The picture, which was taken without her knowledge, was then uploaded on Facebook on Instagram where the unidentified man asked mothers to weigh in on the appropriateness of breastfeeding in public.

“I went [sic] to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat my Fridays, there are little kids around,” the man wrote along with the picture, according to a screenshot shared by Kendall. “I understand feeding in public but could you at least cover your boob up?”

“He snapped the photo and then put it up on social media (Facebook and Instagram), many of the comments that followed were nothing less than harassing and shameful to, not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother,” Kendall wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

“I was really very hurt by this act, because I was in no way bothering him, so what gave him the right to shame me?”

Kendall decided to contact the stranger with a strongly worded letter, standing up for her right to breastfeed in public. She shared her letter on Facebook as well.

“You’ve shown your true colors to many and you’ve exposed others who are likewise simpleminded,” she wrote. “While you meant to come across as exposing a violation of your rights and the rights of others, you fell into your own hypocrisy. You violated the rights of not only me, but my child. Did you know it is illegal to share the pictures of minors without the expressed permission of their legal guardian? I get that you felt uncomfortable looking at my breasts. Here is a novel idea, don’t look at them.”

“I am also intelligent, I know all the facts about breastfeeding and I know what I am doing is best for my child,” Kendall continued. “I chose to do it not only because it’s rewarding, but because it is what is best for them. I am resolved, not only in my choice to breastfeed my child, but to do it whenever and wherever I want.

“You have given me a platform and a drive to advocate breastfeeding ferociously. You’ve inspired me into a call of action. Rest assured, there will be action. Not only by me, the one you violated, but others like me who feel you violated them and their rights. Those that you are degrading by shaming the act of feeding their child. How I pity those who would actually belittle a mother for taking care of her child.

According to Kendall, the man responded with what she called an “insincere apology.”

“It is not the fact that the picture was taken, or even that it was put on social media that bothers me. If he wanted a picture he should have just asked, I would have gladly smiled,” Kendall continued. “It is the fact that it was done so in a way that aimed at shaming my child and I, as well as every other nursing mother, for taking care of my baby.”

She ended her Facebook post with a special message, “ALL MOMMIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO FEED THEIR BABIES WHENEVER, WHEREVER, AND HOWEVER THEY CHOOSE!”

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME society

Imagine a World Where Men Have Periods

This spoof puts the "men" in "menstruation"

A parody produced by the clean water charity WaterAid imagines how men would deal with menstruation. The hypothetical hilarity? These men take to their periods like professional athletes getting amped about a big game. By reimagining menstruation as a masculine trait, the clip forces everyone—men and women—to consider the necessity and impact of health.

This spoof is part of the charity’s “If Men Had Periods” campaign, which aims to increase awareness about women who don’t have access to toilets during their cycle.

TIME society

Hooters Waitress Donates Kidney to Customer

The server was inspired to do so because her grandma recently died after her kidneys failed

This weekend, a Hooters waitress is donating a kidney to one of the restaurant’s regular customers, Atlanta news station 11 Alive reports.

Don Thomas lost kidney function due to cancer, and Mariana Villarreal, who works at the Roswell, Ga., franchise, was inspired to donate because her grandma recently died of kidney failure.

“I wasn’t able to do anything for my grandma,” she told 11 Alive, but “if [Don] can live two more years, happy as he’s ever been, that’s fine with me.”

It is not the first time a stranger has donated a kidney to someone in need. TIME recently reported that a woman found her kidney donor on Reddit. The successful transplant surgery took place in Augusta, Ga., and the two are now close friends.

Read next: How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

TIME Sports

Husband and Wife Score Back-To-Back Hole-in-One Shots

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That's two aces for the happy couple

A husband and wife in Michigan claim they each made a hole in one back-to-back — at the same hole, no less — during a round of golf last weekend. The couple were playing at Ledge Meadows golf course in Grand Ledge, The Lansing State Journal reports.

After Tony Blundy hit his first hole-in-one as an amateur golfer, his wife Janet told him, “You’re gonna be really mad at me when I put mine in,” the Journal reports. According to Golf Digest, the odds of two amateurs in a foursome making a hole-in-one on the same day and on the same hole are 26,000,000 to 1.

Luckily, two “independent witnesses” — golfers at a nearby hole — saw the couple make these aces, otherwise, Tony said, “nobody would ever believe us.”

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These High School Students Gave Their Class Trip Money to Principal with Cancer

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They said it is the least they can do after all that she has done for them

After high school seniors in New Hampshire raised $8,000 for a class trip to the Adirondacks in New York, they learned that their principal, Courtney Vashaw, had cancer. So the students decided to use the money to fund her treatment instead.

Students at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem told WMUR that they would organize another trip in the local area and want to host additional fundraisers to help Vashaw.

Christopher Sirois, the senior class president, told WMUR that the principal “has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back.”

 

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Watch 100 Years of Indian Beauty in Less Than Two Minutes

Bollywood stars inspired many of the looks in this video

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A video production company called Cut has released a video that aims to show how Indian fashion and style has evolved since the 1910s. In less than two minutes, Trisha Miglani, a dancer and student at the University of Pennsylvania, models a range of bindis, henna designs and looks inspired by Bollywood stars throughout the years such as Aishwarya Rai and Sharmila Tagore.

Past “100 years of beauty” segments have sought to enlighten the Internet about Persian, Korean and Mexican cultures, plus one about American style.

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This Whimsical New Scrabble Ad Is the Perfect Love Story for Word Nerds

It tells a tale entirely through anagrams

She’s a cab driver; he’s a crab driver. She lives in Tokyo; he lives in Kyoto. Her name is Agostina; his is Santiago.

This whimsical 80-second video, part of a new Scrabble campaign, tells a little love story using some major wordplay. Anagrams are what link these two people and eventually bring them together — when they meet at a costume party, one dressed as a pineapple, the other as an apple pie.

The clip, posted on Mattel Games’ YouTube channel, was created by the agency Lola Madrid.

“The idea of using anagrams was a way to salute the intelligence of avid Scrabble players, but by using a love story, the spot became universal,” Pancho Cassis, executive creative director of Lola Madrid, told Adweek. “This communication was aimed at opening up to a broader audience, specifically younger players and non-players who spend a lot of time online but are seeking out offline experiences.”

Ultimately, according to Cassis, the goal is “to convey that words are magical and powerful, and that they connect us with people.”

Read next: ‘Lolz’ And Thousands Of Other Words Added to Scrabble Dictionary

TIME Food & Drink

Delta Ordered Pizza for Passengers on Delayed Flights

After bad weather grounded or cancelled flights

When inclement weather delayed Delta flights nationwide on Tuesday, the crews ordered pizzas.

Passengers like Riley Vasquez, whose plane to Atlanta got diverted to Knoxville, Tenn., have been sharing pictures of these impromptu “pizza parties” on social media:

The airline experienced more than 100 flights cancellations and more than 650 delays on Tuesday, CNN reported via data from the flight-tracker FlightAware.

What makes a few hour delay of your night flight better? Free pizza! Thanks @delta #MLItoATL #pizza

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Earlier this month, ABC News reported a similar pizza party took place on a Delta flight that was diverted to Charleston after the cabin was enveloped in smoke.

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The Craziest New Baby Names of 2014 Include Sadman, Ruckus and So Many More

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We've got some great ideas for potential nicknames

Some of the most popular baby names of 2014 were Noah, Emma, William, Sophia and Jacob — but there were some, uh, less conventional names too.

According to Nameberry, a total of 1,393 new baby names were coined by imaginative parents around the U.S. To earn a place on the Social Security extended name-popularity list, these new names had to occur at least five times. (Feel free to browse that list, sorted into national and state-specific groups.)

Some of these new names are just spectacularly outrageous — and it’s quite entertaining to think about the fact that more than five sets of parents came up with them independently.

Here are some of our favorite new baby names of 2014, along with our ideas for some potential nicknames:

  • Ruckus — This name is basically a portmanteau of the last and first names of Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, so baby Ruckus could be called Hootie, just for fun. He could also be called Wu-Tang in honor of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 song “Bring Da Ruckus.” Either way, this is going to be a kid very well-versed in ’90s music.
  • Mickinley — This is a U.S. President’s name, but misspelled. So the appropriate nickname here would obviously be Prezident.
  • Sadman — Sadman’s nickname would have to be something like Smiley, just for the irony. Or, his nickname could be inspired by a famous sad man, like Thom Yorke or Napoleon.
  • Princecharles — This kid will not have a nickname. You will exclusively refer to him as Princecharles and nothing else. Have some respect.
  • Payzley — Payzley is an independent woman. She will choose her own nickname, or wait patiently for the Universe to present a nickname to her.
  • Legendary — The five boys all named Legendary will have to duke it out with several Feats of Strength. The winner will get to go by Legendary; the losers will all be called Scott.


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See Mary Ellen Mark’s Most Memorable Photo Essay

The photographer, who has died at 75, opened a nation's eyes to the plight of its homeless youth

Mary Ellen Mark frequently photographed people on the fringes of society. By training her camera on those who went unseen, she willed them to be just the opposite.

In 1983, a collection of these photographs was published in a LIFE Magazine photo essay called “Streets of the Lost.” The unseen in this case were the homeless youth of Seattle. When Mark’s indelible images hit newsstands, a once-invisible population was brought to life by an unforgettable collection of very real human faces.

Mark, who died Monday at 75, chose Seattle for this project because it was known as one of America’s most livable cities. She wanted to show that if kids were living on the street there, then they were living on the streets of every major American city. She didn’t photograph from a distance, but rather implanted herself in the daily lives of her subjects, and this intimacy allowed her to capture portraits of them at their most vulnerable.

Mark photographed children holding guns, eating out of dumpsters and injecting their arms with needles. To provide context for the stories she told visually, journalist Cheryl McCall explained the situations that led them to resort to prostitution, theft and violence. They were running from abuse, from alcoholic parents and families who couldn’t—or wouldn’t—care for them. Though their reasons varied, they were all running from something.

The impact of “Streets of the Lost” was so great that Mark’s husband, Martin Bell, convinced Mark and McCall to join him in making a documentary film following up on the lives of several of Mark’s subjects. The result, Streetwise, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Mark and Bell continued to return to Seattle to photograph the young men and women they met there. As Mark told TIME this past March, speaking about another memorable portrait of a child, “Going back is something that’s always fascinating to me.” In 2013, she and Bell raised more than $85,000 on Kickstarter to develop a follow-up documentary focusing on the life of Erin “Tiny” Blackwell, who featured prominently in the original photos and film. Their final collaboration, titled Streetwise: Tiny Revisited, has yet to be released.

Mark’s portraits of these young people—Tiny and Rat, Laurie and Patti and Mike—are arresting without resorting to sensationalism. As Mark told TIME, “I don’t like to photograph children as children. I like to see them as adults, as who they really are. I’m always looking for the side of who they might become.”

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