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When Scranton, PA’s Planned Parenthood closed, this woman took praiseworthy action

Autumn Granza

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The election of Donald Trump has sparked a resurgence of the feminist movement. Having a misogynist in the White House has motivated women who fear the president will dissolve the rights of both women and minorities to kick some ass. Suddenly, feminists are everywhere, organizing and rallying in record numbers — nationwide and on local levels.

Sabrina Lynn Hannon is the chapter leader of NEPA NOW — the Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization of Women. She says the election of Trump was a wakeup call that feminists still needed.

“For so long I would hear people say, ‘We don’t need feminism anymore.’ People had become complacent. Then, Trump was elected — something so many people thought was impossible. How could we have a President who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy?”

Hannon started NEPA NOW after Planned Parenthood in Scranton, Pennsylvania closed in November 2016 with just two weeks’ notice.

Sabrina Hannon, left, and Anne Williams, lady secretary of NEPA NOW, right, attend the March to End Rape Culture in Philadelphia.

“My thoughts were ‘why weren’t groups like NOW working to ensure this didn’t happen? Why weren’t there more resources for them?’,” said Hannon. “That’s when I started to do my research and found out that there simply wasn’t a group.”

The closest NOW chapter was over two hours away, inaccessible to women in Hannon’s home region.

Since the chapter began earlier this year, members have been working to get the chapter’s name out there and network with other groups. Chapter members host letter writing nights where they get together and write to local officials or organizations to make their voices heard.

In September, members traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the March to End Rape Culture. Chapter members also get involved with the community. The chapter adopted a local family for the holidays and within a week had everything on the family’s list, and still have members who want to contribute. In January 2018, members will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the Women’s March, and the chapter will host an art show on the First Friday in March — Women’s History Month — at a local female-owned business, to showcase female artists.

“I hope [the meetings] make those who attend [feel] like they are helping their communities and making their voices heard,” said Hannon. “It is so easy now to feel frustrated with the current political climate and I want this to be a place where we can do something about those frustrations.”

Hannon believes that feminism is important and hopes the negative connotations associated with the word are coming to an end.

“Feminism is the belief in equality for all and I think finally some of the very effective slander against feminism as ‘man hating’ has started to fall off,” said Hannon. “Feminism is important because it holds that we are all equal and it fights to make that a reality for everyone…Feminists have always been about putting thoughts into action and that is what the world needs.”

The chapter meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Adezzo in Scranton.

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Anyone Who’s Anyone Is Taking Pedialyte to Cure Hangovers

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Pedialyte is the most popular morning-after product on the market. A third of the child’s flu medicine’s sales now come from hungover adults.

Tequila can make our clothes fall off and it can also make us wake up in our own vomit. Nonetheless, tequila is sometimes there for us when we need it. The makers of Pedialyte understand the importance of respecting the dignity of the agave-based distilled beverage and the urgency of lending support when tequila slaps us in the face. That’s why Pedialyte is now getting Pedialit and helping us cure our nastiest hangovers.

Yes, Pedialyte is designed to promote rehydration and electrolyte replacement in ill children. But it also works for adults.

Pedialyte’s senior brand manager told Vox: “The beauty of the product is that the benefits haven’t changed — Pedialyte is still a medical-grade hydration solution backed by advanced science. We don’t endorse heavy drinking or claim to cure hangovers, but our users find confidence in having a trusted rehydration solution that works.”

They may not endorse heavy drinking, but they surely support a good party.

Not only is there a Pedialyte party, but people 👏🏼 are 👏🏼 here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 it  👏🏼.

On that note… BRB. Stocking up on Pedialyte.

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Pickledelphia Rescheduled for October, See You There

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Shit weather put Philly’s first-ever pickle festival in, well, a pickle. The rain washed away plans for the food fest to take place earlier this month, but a new day has been chosen: Sunday, October 14.

The festival will still go down at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons when it unites pickle lovers this fall.

In case this is the first time you’re hearing about Pickledelphia, here’s what to expect: More than a dozen food vendors, plus 15 pickle companies, who’ll be selling themed edibles such as pickle-flavored ice cream, pickle creme brûlée, and pickle pizza.

Pickledelphia even partnered with Jameson for a pickle back bar. Yeah, they’re not fucking around. Pickle Bloody Mary’s. Pickle margaritas. This is not a drill.

Better than the Weekend will have a tent set up with some giveaways, so be sure to say hi.

Information on the event, presented by Studio 27 Print & Design and Digital Force Agency, can be found by visiting their website: phillypicklefest.com.

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Inside Performix House: The Gym That’s Harder to Get In than an Ivy League School

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Welcome to Performix House — if they’ll let you in. This is New York’s latest elite fitness establishment and it’s where the most driven, fit, influential, able-bodied minds unite to achieve the ultimate Instagram-worthy body. With a 13 percent acceptance rate, it’s easier to get accepted to an Ivy League university such as Cornell.

The fitness incubator is an extension of Performix, a sports performance supplement brand available for sale in GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe.

The lowest tier of membership begins at $249 per month, which does not include independent gym access: members must have a scheduled personal training session with one of Performix House’s trainers to use the fitness facility. For $899 each month, members enjoy the luxury of unlimited access to Performix House’s premium amenities, including massages and cryotherapy.

One month of top-tier membership could allow someone to work out at Planet Fitness for seven-and-a-half years. It would even cost less to lease a 2018 Maserati than it would to be a member at Performix House.

Their personal trainers, who they refer to as collaborators instead of employees, have access to Performix House’s professional video production team to create the best fitness content. videographer and editor to create content. “We’re helping them connect with their consumers and grow their following,” says Hesse.

Devon Levesque is among their training collaborators. He has more than 80,000 Instagram followers.

The dude is a beast.

Matt Hesse, founder and CEO of Performix House, accepted about 230 members out of roughly 1800 applicants.

Hesse told Forbes membership isn’t unobtainable. He wants to bring together a community of driven individuals. Each applicant is given the opportunity to answer one testing question: What do you do to own every day?

After hearing that, my new goal is to work out at Performix House.

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