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Why #FreeTheFart Is The Movement We Need

In my opinion, the best thing about living in a loud, bustling metropolis like New York City is being able to openly fart when you walk down the street. I believe we all could get back a few minutes (or hours) of our day if we stopped spending so much time clenched in a bathroom stall fiddling with toilet paper to muffle our farts. Because the truth is: Everyone farts, and most people do it 10 to 20 times a day. So why is it so taboo for people to make absolutely no effort to hold in or muffle a fart?

We're (almost) cool with nipples being out in the open; and talking about queefing, butt plugs, and anal sex is basically dinner table conversation — but for some reason, farts are still so wrong, especially for women. When Jim Carrey farts in Dumb and Dumber it's a funny party trick, but when SJP farts in Sex & The City, she flees from bed and flits around the room with embarrassment. These might sound like dated references, but even in Broad City, an arguably raunchy and progressive show, the male characters do the farting.

The world is just now calming down from the shocking reality that women bleed from their vaginas every month, and guess what? They release other things from that general area, too. The time is now to have your gas be heard. Free your farts — trust me, they want out.

The truth, medically speaking, is that farts are a sign that your digestive system is functioning properly, and your intestines are going to town on the food that you ate. How much air you swallow — because you're anxious, drinking a carbonated beverage, or chewing gum — can also impact how gaseous you are, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. So, if you're a human with intestines, who eats food or breathes air, and you pretend you never fart, I think you're lying.

Not to mention, holding in your farts or doing something to limit how they're expelled isn't just stressful, it could be bad for you. Over time, gas builds up in your intestines, which can lead to bloating and abdominal pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. There's a lot of well-meaning advice out there about how you can limit the amount of gas you're making, and it's basically about changing your diet. But, as long as you're feeling okay, isn't it much easier to just let it rip? (Though if you're having prolonged abdominal pain, or if you notice something weird happening with your stools, you should definitely see a doctor.)

Freeing the fart is about being okay with the fact that farts happen, and when they do, it doesn't have to be funny or awkward or anything.

Psychologists have ruminated about why people find farts funny, and the main theories are that it's nervous laughter or people find it hilarious when our bodies show us that we are, in fact, animals. But who really cares, because both explanations are tinged with shame and anxiety. Even kids who barely have control over their bodily functions are raised to believe that farting is a humiliating thing. I have a vivid memory of my entire third grade class turning around to stare at the beast who dared emit noise from her anus (it me).

Farting has also become a sort of litmus test for intimacy between partners, but that's BS in my opinion, because farting doesn't have to be a spectator sport. When Mic did an informal survey in 2016, they found that 25.2% of people waited six to 12 months to fart in front of their partner, and 33.3% of people said it's okay to start farting in front of your partner when you're having regular sleepovers. Is it really worth the wait?

Personally, I've never farted in front of my partner (and we've been together for six years), but there was one time in the middle of the night when I heard someone fart. To this day, I'll never know if it was me or him (it was him). I remember feeling victorious that I finally saw one little flatulent flaw, and I could relax. But like I said, it doesn't really matter whether or not you fart in front of your partner (or anyone, for that matter) — freeing the fart is about being okay with the fact that farts happen, and when they do, it doesn't have to be funny or awkward or anything.

We all deserve a safe place to pass gas, whether that's on the street, in a bathroom stall, or at a party. It's going to happen at some inopportune moment, so we might as well be in control of how we react. As for the embarrassment? That'll pass, too.

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Canada Is Expected To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Over the past year, you've probably heard at least one person in your life pledge to move to Canada if things in the U.S. didn't go the way they preferred. But if you're concerned about the way marijuana laws are going in the states, you might have a new reason to consider that trip.

According to the Associated Press, Canada is set to legalize marijuana nationwide by July 1, 2018.

The AP reports that a senior government official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana by the week of April 10, and the legislation should become law by next July.

While Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not confirm the dates provided by the anonymous official, she told AP that the government is committed to firm regulation.

"This will be done in a careful way to keep it out of the hands of children and youth, and to stop criminals from profiting," the statement said. "In order to meet our commitment to legalize, the legislation will need to pass through the parliamentary process in a timely fashion."

The government is expected to follow guidelines from a marijuana task force headed by former Liberal Health Minister Anne McLellan. Under those guidelines, adults would be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana for recreational purposes and grow up to four plants.

In the U.S., several states have legalized marijuana, though Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been vocal about his opposition to marijuana, to say the least.

(Refinery29 in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)

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Carl's Jr Stopped Using Bikini-Clad Women In Their Ads For The Worst Reason

If you've been paying attention to Carl's Jr commercials in the last several years, you know they're a little (read: a lot) problematic. Basically every commercial features one or more thin, white women dressed in bikinis and stuffing themselves with charbroiled meat.

The company recruits beauty queens, models, and celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian in their decidedly objectifying, and frankly ridiculous, ads. (I mean, who eats a salad like that?)s

Carl's Jr just released a new ad, however, without a woman wearing a bikini as the focus. In fact, this new commercial makes the claim that the company will stop making sexy (and sexist) commercials all together.

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The video shows Carl Senior swooping in to save the company from his son, Carl Jr. You see, the company used to be all about quality meat and fresh ingredients but when Carl Sr. gave control over to Carl Jr., things started to change.

His son got "distracted" from the company's goal — and that's why there have been so many sexy women feeding each other bacon in their ads. But that's all about to change. He even makes a show of it by replacing Jr's photo of a model holding a burger with a new picture of just the burger.

In case it wasn't painfully obvious, this is all made up. There is no irresponsible and immature boy behind the company's sexist ads — that was probably a room full of grown men.

While we're glad Carl Jr's is planning to stop making ads that make us cringe, the way they're framing the change is just as problematic as sexually objectifying women to sell meat. This commercial relies heavily on the "boys will be boys" trope, which aims to excuse men for their actions.

"It's not our fault," they're saying with this ad. "Objectifying women is just what boys do."

To make matters worse, the ad agency behind these commercials made it clear that this change has nothing to do with treating women better.

“It was time to evolve,” Jason Norcross, executive creative director of the ad agency, told Adweek. “Some of the product attributes got lost because people were too busy ogling girls.”

So it's not that Carl's Jr wants to make up for years of sexually objectifying women, but that they're worried about women overshadowing their burgers. That doesn't sound like "evolving" to us.

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Indecisive? These Stores Have The Best Return Policies

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Buying online can make it a bit easier (especially if you get free return shipping), but not every store's return policies are conducive to taking risks. Ahead, we've rounded up five retailers with the most generous return guidelines and timelines, to make experimenting with your decor a little easier. Still not sure where to start? We've also suggested an item we love from each one.

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Return Period: Unlimited

What's Required: You can get a full refund with an original receipt. For purchases made in the last 365 days without a receipt, an attempt will be made to locate the order in the system. If that fails, you'll still get 80% of the value in store credit.

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Target

Return Period: Refund within 90 days for unopened merchandise; up to one year for Target exclusive brands including Threshold, Sutton & Dodge, and Nate Berkus.

What's Required: A receipt is ideal, but your transaction can possibly be looked up if you bring along a government-issued ID and the original method of payment used.

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Walmart

Return Period: Refunds for up to 90 days.

What's Required: Your receipt. Without a receipt, there's a limit of three returns within a 45-day period — so be sure to hold onto yours until you're positive you plan to keep your items.

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L.L. Bean

Return Period: Unlimited

What's Required: Exchanges and refunds are possible at any time when a customer is unsatisfied with the purchase. Store credit is available if a receipt cannot be provided.

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Costco

Return Period: Unlimited

What's Required: Original packaging and receipts are preferred, but your purchase can be looked up on your membership card. Returns are in-store only, but pickups can be arranged for extra bulky items.

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The Property Brothers Explain Why They Still Live Together

Even though Drew and Jonathan Scott — a.k.a. the Property Brothers — both recently settled down, they still own a home together in Las Vegas, which has become a "family compound," according to an exclusive with the HGTV stars in People magazine.

In December, Drew got engaged to Linda Phan, who works at their company as the creative director. "I’ve always been focused on work, so to have this beautiful woman in my life and knowing we’re going to get married, it’s amazing," he told People.

Jonathan is in a serious relationship of his own. "This is the most humbling, unexpected, fantastic place to be in my life," he told the magazine of his relationship with girlfriend Jacinta Kuznetsov. "I’ve never been happier."

Jonathan even helped his brother propose to Linda. "The hardest thing was to try and keep Linda from knowing that it was coming," said Drew. "I had to use an old email that I haven’t used in years. I had to have Jonathan calling friends."

The 38-year-old brothers help each other not just when it comes to life's happy moments, but in times of difficulty. When Jonathan's marriage ended, he continued to live with Drew even after Phan moved in. But recently, Drew and Linda bought a place of their own in Los Angeles. Jonathan and Jacinta have a home in Toronto.

"People were always like, 'Isn’t that weird?' But there’s an ease to it," Phan said of the three living together. "You wake up and you go to work. It’s nice and really convenient to be able to have meetings with the people you live with."

We agree: Some fans questioned the arrangement, but there's nothing wrong with helping out a family member who needs you. It's super-sweet. The fact that the brothers still own the Vegas home together is also a testament to how close they are.

Both Drew and Jonathan said starting their own families is a priority for them. "I’m definitely looking forward to having kids," Drew said. "Linda and I have talked about it, and we’ve considered adopting." Jonathan said: "I love kids, and I get along great with kids. Plus I’m very immature, so that helps."

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Bed, Bath and Beyond

Return Period: Unlimited

What's Required: You can get a full refund with an original receipt. For purchases made in the last 365 days without a receipt, an attempt will be made to locate the order in the system. If that fails, you'll still get 80% of the value in store credit.

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A bathtub soap dish in your actual bathroom — need we say more?

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Return Period: Refund within 90 days for unopened merchandise; up to one year for Target exclusive brands including Threshold, Sutton & Dodge, and Nate Berkus.

What's Required: A receipt is ideal, but your transaction can possibly be looked up if you bring along a government-issued ID and the original method of payment used.

Target: What To Buy

This tropical cushion adds an instant resort vibe to your couch.

Threshold Banana Leaf Lumbar Pillow, $19.99, available at Target.

Walmart

Return Period: Refunds for up to 90 days.

What's Required: Your receipt. Without a receipt, there's a limit of three returns within a 45-day period — so be sure to hold onto yours until you're positive you plan to keep your items.

Walmart: What To Buy

Cooking will feel like a picnic with this cute basket holding your kitchen essentials.

Better Homes And Gardens Small Chicken Wire Basket, $7.47, available at Walmart.

L.L. Bean

Return Period: Unlimited

What's Required: Exchanges and refunds are possible at any time when a customer is unsatisfied with the purchase. Store credit is available if a receipt cannot be provided.

L.L. Bean: What To Buy

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Costco

Return Period: Unlimited

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