20 Chart-Topping Songs From 2015 That Don’t Involve Sexism

The entertainment industry is chock-full of age old sexist ideals that can be dehumanizing and embarrassing to listen to. With so much sexism prevalent today, it can feel discouraging to only have access to songs where artists sing about either their butt, boobs, or both. However, you don’t need sexist ideals to make a chart-topping song. Check out the twenty artists that promoted gender equality and empowerment here!

20. “Cheerleader” by OMI

Why we love it: the song is about having someone in your life that cheers you up and motivates you to be a better person. Relationships are more than how attractive someone looks when you first meet them. It’s an ongoing process of two individuals becoming better people when they are together.

19. “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake (featuring MO)

Everyone needs someone to lean on, and this song reminds us of that. What makes this song fantastic is that it does not sexualize any individual to sell a song, but rather reminds people of how much we need each other as humans.

18. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten became a household name when she released her song titled “Fight Song.” The empowering and fearless lyrics struck a common chord in the people that feel anything but, and became the song to get through finals week, family troubles, and anything else that could come someone’s way. Even when we feel powerless, there is always a reason to keep fighting.

17. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor

You can write a romantic song without being sexist or gender normative, as exemplified through Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s ballad, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” It’s not about objectifying someone for lustful pleasure but rather valuing the people you love and refusing to take them for granted.

16. “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots understands that their listeners care more about sex and immediate gratification. In their song “Stressed Out,” the duo draws attention to the enormous amount of pressure millennials face when entering adulthood. Not only are they able to relate to their college aged listeners, but it’s refreshing to see a chart-topping artist create conversations about mental health and stress.

15. “New Americana” by Halsey

Brooklyn raised and inspired artist Halsey gained international attention when she released the song “New Americana.” The song quickly became the anthem for the millennial generation, the people who defy social norms and create a path for their own.

14. Here by Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara became our new BFF when she released her hit song “Here.” In her song, she recognizes that not everyone needs a relationship, and empowers every single person. Yaaas, Alessia, yaaas.

13. “Confident” by Demi Lovato

We live in a society where confidence is coined as the key to success, but confident people are put to shame. We teach people to feel small, to be afraid to ask questions, and reluctant to take opportunities. In her song, “Confident,” Lovato puts all the haters to silence when she poses the simple question: what’s wrong with being confident? Our answer: absolutely nothing.

12. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfield

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the pursuit of caring for others that you forget your own needs. In her song “Love Myself,” artist Hailee Steinfield reminds us that it’s okay to love yourself first before looking for satisfaction in another person.

11. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth

You are strong enough to be your own superhero, but sometimes it’s nice to know that there are people here for you if you need it. “One Call Away,” sung by the heart-throbbing Charlie Puth, reminds us to reach out to people when we need it.

10. “#SundayFunday” by MAGIC!

The boys of pop-reggae group MAGIC! got a bit of backlash when they released the song “Rude,” as the boyfriend asking permission from the father to marry his daughter was seen as gender-normative. However, the boys made up for it in their 2015 release of “#SundayFunday,” a fun, summery tune about making the most out of each day.

9. “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy

For years, Fall Out Boy has been the voice of teen angst, the sound of rebels who want to defy what’s normalized in society. In their song “Centuries,” the desire to be remembered is pronounced, making the ambitious teens feel like their dreams are validated.

8. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silento

Whether you like the song or not, it caught worldwide attention…without having sexist lyrics or old fashioned gender standards within its lyrics. You go Glen Coco.

7. “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor

Speaking of dancing, Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancing” tune is the newest toe-tapping beat to feel empowered. It’s a feel good song, without the underlying meaning of gender inequality. Woo!

6. “Hey Everybody” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Boybands did not see their death after the 1990s, as pop-punk group 5 Seconds of Summer released their epic song “Hey Everybody!” If you danced to this song while getting ready for class, don’t worry. We won’t judge you.

5. “Hello” by Adele

2015 was the year of epic comebacks, and sitting on the Comeback Throne was British pop singer Adele. In her song “Hello,” she sings about her former lover, but in a very important way. She doesn’t attribute his worth to his body. She doesn’t play the blame game or try to make it a situation that it’s not. She’s sorry, without being sexist.

4. “Locked Away” by R. City featuring Adam Levine

Songs based on sexism often only see men and women as objects to be used at the dominating gender’s free will, instead of a long-lasting commitment to honor another human being. “Locked Away” poses the humbling question: will you still love me the same?

3. “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song) by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Ed Sheeran

Macklemore was one of the artists to join the New Father Club this year, and he was scared half to death. In his song “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song),” Macklemore expresses a desire to be the father that his daughter deserves, while empowering the mother as an intelligent and equal person. New challenge: try to listen to this song without a teary eye.

2. “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

Sometimes fights occur and you’re left angry. However, in your anger, it is important to not blame entire genders for the actions of one individual. In her song “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift remembers this, complete with an epic girl squad to back her up.

1. Renegades by X Ambassadors

Folk is back, and X Ambassadors are leading the movement. We love this song because although catchy and marketable, it doesn’t rely on making other people feel like they are less than what they deserve.

What are your favorite non-sexist songs from 2015? If we forgot your favorite,drop it in the comments below!

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’: Another Point of View on the Movie and the Criticism

If you have not seen The Force Awakens and intend to without having anything ruined, do not read this.

On the Star Wars fan scale, I am not a blinded fanboy. I am also not a fanboy who loves Star Wars only when it works for me personally and trashes it when it doesn’t. While I’m aware of, and agree with, most of the major criticisms leveled at the prequels, I am not a prequel hater.

This is to provide a degree of context as you read. I see the missteps and flaws in the Star Wars series. For whatever reason, I cut these movies slack I don’t cut other movies. The explanation for that is likely for another place and time.

For now, I flat out loved The Force Awakens. I’m sure I’ll watch it a bazillion times just like I have all the other movies, original and prequel. It’s exciting to see Star Wars re-invigorated in a manner I expected to occur in 1999.

In the last two weeks, I have devoured quite a bit of commentary across the web and have seen consistent criticism in a few areas (all criticisms I’ve read in italics).

First: It’s practically a shot-for-shot remake of the 1977 original.

Come on! No it’s not.

Yes, I see all the echoes and callbacks. After initial viewing, I truly felt like all three original movies had been jam-packed into one movie. Even so, none of the echoes bothered me. I found all the “spins” rather fun and kicky.

I particularly enjoy that Rey has elements of Luke, Han, Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi wrapped up in one character and accept the term “re-mix” over “re-make.”

One of the reasons people seemed to hate the prequels is because they didn’t “feel” like “their” Star Wars. This movie goes a long way towards evoking that feeling and some people are still complaining!

Perhaps the film-makers chose to continue George Lucas’ idea that moments in these movies should feel familiar and have a bit of “rhyme” to them. No matter what they did, they weren’t going to please everyone.

Unless you’re the director of a Star Wars movie, they are never going to be exactly what you want them to be. Disappointment is bound to happen.

Starkiller Base is way too easy to blow up, and its existence is lazy storytelling.

It’s kinda tough to follow up a weapon that can destroy a planet. However, where the Death Stars are omnipresent from the getgo in Star Wars and Return of the Jedi, Starkiller Base doesn’t show up until an hour into this movie. It’s not the thing that drives the plot; it’s secondary.

Han Solo even cracks a joke like, “There is always a way to blow [this sort of thing] up.” Princess… er…. General Leia agrees. They know….

….and therefore the writers know. That exchange tells me that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan knew they were backed into a corner with what the weapon could be, and Starkiller Base is what they chose to go with. It was a risk. Whether it pays off depends on how much you’re willing to forgive.

Since that aspect of the movie is completely secondary to fantastic character focus, I choose to look past the all-too-easy sub-plot. They had to get the X-Wings and Tie-Fighters battling over something. May as well be this. Doesn’t bug me that much.

Having said that, if the idea gets recycled again in a future episode, yeah….pretty lazy.

The idea that Luke, Han and Leia weren’t able to maintain peace in the galaxy, and particularly that Luke and Han ran away from their responsibilities after failure.

It’s not like this movie begins three weeks after Return of the Jedi– it’s 30 years!

If the movie opened with Luke, Han and Leia having always prevailed in the 30-year interim, then there would be no reason to believe they would not prevail every time. Where would the stakes and conflict for this continuation come from?

I like the idea that our heroes are battle scarred and weary in 30 years time. It gives all characters, new and old, something juicy to work with. Han “regressing” to a life of smuggling because he felt he let Leia and his son down makes total sense, as does Luke’s reaction to undeniable pain over the death of all his Jedi students.

Han and Chewie find the Millennium Falcon way too easily. They just happened to be “flying by?”

My take on it is whatever tracking system they had on the Falcon was tied to the Falcon actually being in use. Rey says the ship hasn’t flown in years, so it’s not implausible that the minute she flies off, Solo’s tracking device goes off. I don’t think Han and Chewie just “happened” to be flying near the Jakku system. The film doesn’t make it clear, but they may have gone through hyperspace to get to the Falcon.

Kylo Ren is not Darth Vader, or an equal villain to Darth Vader.

He’s not supposed to be!

Given the iconography of Darth Vader, there is no way any newly introduced villain would hold a candle. The film-makers knew any villain would be compared or seen as a “Vader wanna-be” by fans. So, in an adept and brilliant move, they owned it and made the character a “wanna-be.”

I will say though, that when Ren is doing his mind control thing while wearing that mask, he does come across quite threatening and spooky. Daisy Ridley is particularly effective at playing fear when he’s around. Also, Kylo does something Luke Skywalker said he was unable to do – kill his father. Brutally, I might add.

It’s implausible that Finn and Rey could survive against Kylo Ren in that lightsaber fight.

Not necessarily. The idea that Kylo is not as powerful with The Force as he wants to be is reiterated at several points. He obviously halted his Jedi training with Luke, so he may not be as great in his abilities as the audience with this complaint wants to think.

Finn may have gotten in a couple of lucky strikes, but overall he gets mauled and goes unconscious pretty fast.

Neither lightsaber face-off comes close to the over-choreographed and too perfect martial artistry of the prequel fights. Here it is mostly aggression, instinct and the clashing of swords, which feels just right – especially if people who have never held a lightsaber are involved.

Which brings me to Rey….

It makes no sense that Rey evolves so quickly with her power. It took Luke two movies to do what she does.

As Darth Vader was once written to say, “Don’t underestimate The Force.”

The film-makers know fans will scan every detail for flaws if they want to find them. The decision to have Rey “advance” so quickly is no throwaway.

Although Rey is initially frightened by Maz Kanata’s words about The Force, she eventually decides to listen. She closes her eyes and The Force responds to her.

It’s quite clear that when Rey decides to get quiet at a couple of crucial points in the movie — especially when she uses the Jedi Mind Trick on the Stormtrooper — that The Force is talking to her, or advising her on what to do, even if she doesn’t realize that’s what is happening.

Fans complained that Lucas made The Force too scientific in the prequels (although, don’t we have a science vs. faith argument in reality?) and here, Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams take that back and push The Force in an even deeper direction.

Here, they’ve advanced the mysticism of what’s possible through The Force by implying that it’s so powerful that if it wants to be heard, it will be, even by the untrained.

Who knows? What if this is one of the ways Obi-Wan Kenobi became more powerful than possibly imagined? After all, we do hear both his voice and Yoda’s during Rey’s “force vision.”

Viewing it this way makes the Force even more mystical. After all, the movie is called The Force Awakens.

Now, a few things I took issue with and haven’t seen noted elsewhere.

How is it that Poe Dameron gets back to the Resistance? Why did he go back to the Resistance instead of continuing to search for BB-8?

This was glaring in the movie. In fact, when it went unexplained, it made me wonder if Poe was some sort of double agent.

I found my answer in the novelization for the film.

This by the way, is one of my few irritations with the Star Wars saga: answers to questions the movies bring up that can only be found in “tie-in” books or magazines.

Previous example: a major mystery of Attack of the Clones (who was the Jedi that ordered the clone army? Why? Who erased the cloning planet from the Jedi Archives?) is never resolved in that film or in Revenge of the Sith.

I found the answer in an “Official Collector’s Edition” magazine (now likely long out of print) connected with the release of Revenge of the Sith.

If you’re going to bring up a major story point in a movie – resolve it in a movie!

What happens to Poe may not be quite as important a plot point, but the novelization for The Force Awakens has a chapter devoted to what happens to Poe after the crash. It’s a fairly major sequence and I’d be surprised if it was actually filmed, but an extra sentence during his reunion with Finn would have closed that loop.

If I do have a “worst offense” for The Force Awakens it’s the scene where the main commander of the First Order, played by Domhnall Gleason, gives a rageful speech in front of a gazillion Stormtroopers.

The speech is not only crazy over the top for Star Wars (neither Peter Cushing or Ian McDiarmid had to do anything so unhinged to communicate “evil”) but it culminates in a Nazi-esque salute from the Stormtroopers; a moment so obvious and “on the nose” it took me out of the movie. It just doesn’t fit.

A few trivial quibbles. It’s not clear what spurs Artoo-Detoo to insult See-Threepio after Threepio asks what seems like a perfectly logical question. Especially since Artoo has apparently been in a coma for quite some time. What was that about?

Speaking of Threepio, what’s the deal with that red arm? He even comments to BB-8 that he needs to get his original arm re-attached, so it seems like a simple fix. There is a shot towards the end of the movie where the Resistance watches the Millennium Falcon leave and the arm is fixed. Also of note is that there is an all red protocol droid nearby in the same shot.

It’s just seems an odd choice to give Threepio a red arm if it’s easily fixed by the last shot and not explained why he had it to begin with.

Also, why exactly is Princess… er…. General Leia all gussied up at the end? Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go to just to watch a ship take off and leave. Was there another medal ceremony we weren’t invited to?

The fact that The Force Awakens has made more money in under two weeks than each individual prequel did in their entire theatrical engagements tells me that the choice to “echo” or “hit the familiar beats” on the part of the film-makers was the correct one.

They’ve struck the right chord not only with hard-core fans, but the more “middle of the road” fans such as myself, which I think make up the primary bulk of the Star Wars audience.

Despite any criticism or even minor quibbles, I enjoy the movies for what they are: a really great time, and a heckuva lot of fun to write about and debate afterwards.

Having seen The Force Awakens in all formats: 2D, 3D and 3D-IMAX, no presentation is bad, but I recommend 2D in a theater equipped with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The presentation at The El Capitan Theater in Hollywood with those capabilities was most stunning of all.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Pic Collage – Photo editor and collage maker with effects – Cardinal Blue

Cardinal Blue - Pic Collage - Photo editor and collage maker with effects  artwork

Pic Collage – Photo editor and collage maker with effects

Cardinal Blue

Genre: Photo & Video

Release Date: July 13, 2011

Make your holidays even happier with PicCollage! With exclusive holiday content, PicCollage has everything you need to commemorate the season! New Christmas and Hanukkah stickers, holiday backgrounds, and easy-to-use templates make PicCollage the perfect app for the holidays (and any time of year)! Join over 100 million people who use PicCollage to combine photos, Youtube videos, funky fonts, sassy stickers and cute cutouts to create the prettiest collages you'll ever see on a mobile device.

You can also PRINT your collages into greeting cards to send to your loved ones anywhere in the world, or turn your collages into phone cases, magnets, posters, and MORE!

Check out our Contests section and create a visual response instead of just a plain text response. Share with your friends and followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and iMessage.

Awesome features:
* Import photos from your photo library, Instagram, Facebook and web image search
* Simple touch gestures to rotate, resize, flick to delete
* Double-tap a photo to edit photo with Aviary photo effects, clip photo, adjust borders, copy/paste mages, and "flip" stickers
* Just tap on the lower-left Frame icon, and swipe to select a frame to make an instant collage!
* Clip photos by outlining the area you want with your finger
* Lots of backgrounds and stickers to choose from!
* Choose Templates to create themed collages easily
* Share your creations to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

Recent updates include:
* Select Grids to make grid collage in seconds!
* Print your collages by connecting AirPrint printer at home
* Make your creations into personalized products- phone cases, prints, magnet, greeting cards or posters !
* Collect your favorite images to collected folder
* Choose your own username and profile pic on PicCollage
* Follow others to discover more collages
* Leave comments on collages and Remix collages with collages!
* We've also added a Contests section where you can Remix others with your own creations to get shoutouts and more followers, and stand a chance to win awesome prizes from our sponsors.

If you're looking for a place to escape from Facebook and Instagram, this is the latest and greatest.

For teachers and parents, we have a "School Settings" feature that allows you to:
* Disable "Photos from Web"
* Disable all social features such as the Explore and Profile tabs
* Diable ads
… perfect for young kids and classrooms!

"Whether you're 6 or 106, you'll find the free Pic Collage app an excellent way to dress up your photo collection and share your handiwork." – USA Today

"You can impress your mother, brag to your co-workers, and make your vacation look even better than it really was, all before you pack your suitcase to return home … It could be the fastest way you'll ever find to organize a batch of photos … Also makes gorgeous emails and can turn your image into a real postcard." – LA Times and Newsday

“Pic Collage is fun, free and freaking amazing! It’s kind of like photoshop for first graders.” – Cat Johnson

“This app is awesome. I love it. If it was a human, I would marry it. <3 ” – hailybaily125

“It’s the BESTESTEST! And yes, I just spelled it incorrectly, it’s just because it’s a really great app, you can share your photos on facebook, instagram, etc.” – thegirlofyourdreams

"I love PicCollage bc it lets you meet new people in a not-so-social media way and lets you express yourself in a way no one can judge you. (;" ~ @music_skittles_kbug

"Because I can have fun and express my feelings." ~ @Mer21

"Because I love making contests for my followers and seeing how creative everyone on PicCollage is." ~ @awkward-turtle

PicCollage(TM) and “Pic Collage” are trademarks of Cardinal Blue Software. For more detailed terms of service: http://cardinalblue.com/tos

© © 2011-2015 Cardinal Blue Software

Close5 – Buy & Sell Locally – Marktplaats BV

Marktplaats BV - Close5 - Buy & Sell Locally  artwork

Close5 – Buy & Sell Locally

Marktplaats BV

Genre: Lifestyle

Release Date: August 29, 2014

Close5 is an easy and fun way to buy & sell locally. Find items for sale in your neighborhood and broadcast what you’re selling to those around you in just seconds! It’s classifieds made easier.

Find deals on home goods, fashionable clothing, accessories, as well as baby & kid items. Search within 5 miles, or extend your search radius to scope out items in new areas. Sign in with your email address to get started, or sign in with Facebook for an even quicker experience!

List your items in seconds – No price or description needed!
Discover items around you – Watch an item, ask a question, or make your offer!
Chat privately – Once an offer is accepted, chat privately to discuss when & where to meet. No phone numbers, no emails necessary.

Close5 is the free safer option for local buying & selling. All ads are monitored by our dedicated Community team. Need to report a user? Contact us at support@close5.com.

High fives for local buying & selling!
Team Close5

© © 2015 eBay International AG