Hatch Is Releasing New Maternity Swimwear—Just in Time for Summer

Let’s be honest, shopping for swimwear is not everybody’s favorite pastime. (I know it’s certainly not mine.) Now, factor in the ever-changing body that comes along with pregnancy, plus a dearth of stylish maternity suits, and it becomes even more difficult. So, Hatch wants to fix that.

When the beloved maternity label came onto the scene in 2011, pregnancy fashion got a seriously fashionable upgrade—and last summer, they brought that simple, chic aesthetic to the world of swim. Hatch is back for Summer 2019 with a new collection of bikinis and one-pieces specifically designed for moms-to-be.

The styles, available online now, are available in new colorways and silhouettes that “will allow mammas-to-be to dive into summer in style,” according to press release from the brand. From high- and low-waisted bikinis to sleek one pieces in colors like navy, red, black, and a dusty pink, there’s a little something for everyone. Sizes range from small to extra large and retail from $208 to $218.

If anyone deserves a relaxing day by the pool, it’s expecting moms. Now, they can also look incredibly fabulous while doing so. Shop Hatch’s latest maternity swim collection below.

A School Bus Driver Who Admitted Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl Will Serve No Prison Time

A bus driver in upstate New York who admitted to the rape of a 14-year-old girl on his route was sentenced to no jail time last week, after Judge James P. McClusky ruled that the case didn’t merit a prison sentence because the driver had no prior arrests and had one victim. The news has since gone viral, with critics pointing out that this isn’t the first time a man has evaded prison time after sexual assault.

As the Watertown Daily Times reported, 26-year-old Shane Piche pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. He also reportedly gave the 14-year-old alcohol. Still, that didn’t convince Judge James P. McClusky to put Piche behind bars. Instead, the judge sentenced him to 10 years probation with no jail time for the crime. He will also be registered as a Level 1 sex offender. This designation means that Piche is considered a “low risk” for reoffense and will not be included in sex offender databases.

According to the Watertown Daily, the district attorney on the case had requested a more serious Level 2 sex offender status, but the judge said because Piche had no prior arrests and there was just one victim in this plea, Level 1 was more appropriate. Three “no contact” protection orders were also issued against Piche and he is not allowed to be alone with anyone under 17 years old, with some exceptions approved. Piche was assessed $375 in court fees and a separate $1,000 special sex offender registration fee.

On social media, outrage was swift not least because the lenient sentence calls to mind the Brock Turner case in California in which Turner served just three months of his six-month sentence after he was convicted of assaulting an unconscious woman at Stanford. The backlash to that light sentence spurred the eventual recall of the judge who had presided over the case. Turner’s case was not even an aberration. Last fall, a former frat president at Baylor University was accused of rape on campus. A few months later, he made a deal with prosecutors and received a sentence of deferred adjudication probation, plus a $400 fine. In a recent Wisconsin case, a man who admitted to multiple sexual assaults and stalked and choked his victims, was sentenced to just three years in prison—even though the maximum for his crimes could have been up to 40.

In a statement, the 14-year-old’s mother expressed her disappointment with this sentence. “I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” she wrote. “He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”

On Twitter, women in particular were horrified. “Girls are disposable. That is what the judge is saying,” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “This is despicable.”

So far, neither the district attorney or the judge in Piche’s case has addressed the sentencing publicly.

The Best Books of 2019 – Great Books to Read in Every Genre

The news is relentless. No one human can keep track of all the memes on the Internet. You’ve sworn off prestige TV until Game of Thrones is back. Allow us to make a suggestion: Read a book. We’ve compiled a list of 2019 releases that’ll please even the choosiest readers. Unpredictable, addictive thrillers. Romance novels to savor over a luxurious weekend. Memoirs that the whole book club will love. Plus dozens more whose plots are as good as their ’grammable covers. Here’s a guide to the best books of 2019.

This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Bran Stark Is Actually the Lord of Light

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

There are only three episodes left of Game of Thrones and, honestly, we’re not sure what we’re going to do with ourselves when it’s over. In the meantime, we’re just going to keep mulling over mind-blowing theories about how the show is going to play out. One of the most confusing figures on GoT currently is Bran Stark. We’ve come a long way from watching that rascal of a kid climb up towers and get pushed off of them by one Jaime Lannister.

Bran is now the Three-Eyed Raven and a “warg” who can enter the minds of animals and has visions of both the past and the future. He also might be evil, if some theories are to be believed. Now a fan on Reddit suggests that Bran might actually be the Lord of Light.

Here’s some of the evidence. “Followers of the Lord of Light believe that their Lord is always at war with his evil opposite deity,” the Redditor writes. “Theres [sic] always a dichotomy. Light vs Dark. Good vs Bad. Fire vs Ice. Everything in this world has an antithesis.” Furthermore, “The lord of light supposedly has a “purpose” for everyone. Consequently, everyone supposedly brought back by the lord of light helped Arya defeat the Night King.”

OK, that tracks as Beric and Jon Snow—who were both brought back to life by the Lord of Light—played significant roles in the Battle of Winterfell, culminating in Arya killing the Night King. Then, the Redditor points out, “Bran gave Arya the dagger, and offered himself as bait. So, like the Lord of Light, everything Bran has done recently also ultimately leads to Arya defeating the Night King.”

So this theory posits that Bran has basically been warging around and manipulating events in order to lead to Arya killing the Night King. “Bran has been manipulating the plotline the entire time. He knew exactly how the battle was going to end. He knew exactly how to kill the Night King, because he set the trap himself,” the fan writes on Reddit.

“While warging during the battle, he was likely manipulating events to lead to the final conclusion,” user DontMicrowaveCats continues. “Everything he has done has revolved around getting the dagger to Arya and getting her safely to the NK. That plan was set in motion all the way back in Season 1. Future Bran made sure that dagger was sent to kill his childhood self. He put the key piece in play … All of the ‘magical Lord of Light moments’ that are supposedly the God’s work, are actually Bran manipulating the past, resurrecting people and making sure Arya got the knife and made it to kill NK.”

This would mean that Bran is creating “fire wights” by reviving people like Beric and Jon Snow—basically the opposite of the Night King creating “ice wights” when he raised the dead. If true, those wights might also be destroyed if Bran dies, as happened after Arya stabbed the Night King in this week’s episode. And GoT creator George R.R. Martin has actually called Beric a wight: “He’s not a living human being anymore. His heart isn’t beating, his blood isn’t flowing in his veins. He’s a wight, but a wight animated by fire instead of by ice, now we’re getting back to the whole fire and ice thing.”

So…that was a lot, but it’s pretty compelling. And it might help explain where the heck Bran warged to during the Battle of Winterfell. Hopefully, next week’s episode will give us all some more insight.

Royal Fans Have a New Theory About the Sex of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby

As far as we know, Meghan Markle isn’t even in labor yet—but that hasn’t stopped royal watchers from speculating about all things royal baby. Honestly, it’s getting fairly insane and bordering on some Game of Thrones-level theorizing. The Internet is basically just pinging between topics like “Is Arya Stark Actually the Prince That Was Promised?” and “Does This Link Prove Baby Sussex Is a Boy?” It’s wild out there.

On Friday, April 26, everyone lost their collective minds when an ambulance was spotted somewhere in the vicinity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home, Frogmore Cottage. Never mind that many pregnant women don’t require an ambulance to get to the hospital while in labor or that, you know, other people live in the town of Windsor and might have use of an ambulance.

Now, a glitch in the royal family’s official website is fueling speculation about the baby’s sex. Here’s the deal: People noticed that when you type “/prince-arthur”, “/prince-alexander,” or “/prince-james” after the page’s main homepage address, you are taken to the website’s main page. If you do the same with names like “/princess-grace,” you get a “page not found” message. This suggests that website redirects have been set up for Arthur, Alexander, and James, causing some fans to assume that the baby is a boy and will have one of those names.

Not so fast, says Buckingham Palace. “A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk,” a palace spokesperson told Yahoo! U.K. “This was in order to improve user experience. For guidance you will note that other names preceded by ‘prince’ or ‘princess’ produce the same result.”

A similar theory circulated last year, prior to the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s third child, Prince Louis, when fans were convinced that his name would be Albert because an “access denied” message appeared when you searched that name. Obviously, that was also false. Furthermore, there’s a very good chance that Baby Sussex will not have a prince or princess title at all.

So maybe we should all just settle down and wait for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s little royal to arrive.

Royals Fans Have a New Theory About the Sex of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby

As far as we know, Meghan Markle isn’t even in labor yet—but that hasn’t stopped royals watchers from speculating about all things royal baby. Honestly, it’s getting fairly insane and bordering on some Game of Thrones–level theorizing. The Internet is basically just pinging between topics like “Is Arya Stark Actually the Prince That Was Promised?” and “Does This Link Prove Baby Sussex Is a Boy?” It’s wild out there.

On Friday, April 26, fans of the royals lost their minds when an ambulance was spotted somewhere in the vicinity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home, Frogmore Cottage. Never mind that many pregnant women don’t require an ambulance to get to the hospital while in labor or that, you know, other people live in the town of Windsor and might have use of an ambulance.

Now a glitch in the royal family’s official website is fueling speculation about the baby’s sex. Here’s the deal: People noticed that when you type “/prince-arthur”, “/prince-alexander,” or “/prince-james” after the page’s main homepage address, you are taken to the website’s main page. If you do the same with names like “/princess-grace,” you get a “page not found” message. This suggests that website redirects have been set up for Arthur, Alexander, and James, causing some fans to assume that the baby is a boy and will have one of those names.

Not so fast, says Buckingham Palace. “A large number of search term redirects were set up some time ago on royal.uk,” a palace spokesperson told Yahoo! U.K. “This was in order to improve user experience. For guidance you will note that other names preceded by ‘prince’ or ‘princess’ produce the same result.”

A similar theory circulated last year prior to the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s third child, Prince Louis, when fans were convinced that his name would be Albert because an “access denied” message appeared when you searched that name. Obviously, that was also false. Furthermore, there’s a very good chance that Baby Sussex will not have a prince or princess title at all.

So maybe we should all just settle down and wait for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s little royal to arrive.

Gabrielle Union Is “Not Here to Serve Hollywood”

L.A.’s Finest, available on Charter Communications’ Spectrum Originals, picks up 15 years after Bad Boys II, with Syd now working as an LAPD detective alongside her partner, Nancy McKenna, played by Jessica Alba. Alba had just given birth to her third child when she was approached about the role, so she was hesitant to take on a demanding network show. Her respect for Union’s hustle, and the network’s responsiveness to Alba’s needs as a mother, changed her mind. “I know how hard it is to be successful in this business,” Alba says. “So many people are talented and gorgeous and the next thing that everybody wants—to be able to push through the noise and find your own path is a feat. I respect that Gabrielle has been in this business for so long and found her way. She produced and helped develop and create this show. That is so cool.”

It was important for Union to have the opportunity to make Syd a fully realized character who has a full backstory, mythology, and mysteries. “I wanted her to have a very full sexual life, like Mary Jane,” Union says, referring to Mary Jane Paul, the role she played on BET’s Being Mary Jane. “I wanted her to have more sexual fluidity than any character I’ve ever had.” In short, L.A.’s Finest is about complex, deep, and sometimes flawed women.

Now that the new season has wrapped, Union’s next career chapter is all about using her platform to lift others up. Yes, her role on America’s Got Talent is to judge others. But she says she gets a thrill from telling contestants yes. “Part of what makes me cry is people’s visceral, emotional reaction to hearing a yes,” she says. “Even if I’m the only yes and the rest are no’s and they’re still not going to go through, you’re just someone saying, ‘I believe in you. I see you. I get what your genius is, even if nobody else does.’”

Similarly, with her production company, I’ll Have Another, her sole focus is giving people an opportunity—and getting them paid. “I think people thought I was just going to make shit that I wanted to put myself in,” she says. “But I’m already on a show. I don’t need all the jobs. I’m straight.”

Instead she’s looking for projects with unique voices that she doesn’t see anywhere else. Specifically, telling the stories from those who’ve been overlooked—the stifled, the silenced, the writers who can’t seem to make it out of the junior ranks in writers room. She became obsessed with being a super champion for others, an endeavor she admits is exhausting but that also, she says, “gives me wings.”

This is where she sees she can make change: by creating the kinds of roles and writing positions she wishes existed in her twenties. “When the script for the pilot of Scandal came out, every black actress wanted it because there was nothing like it,” she says. “It was it. I’m trying to create that same feeling, but a bunch of those. There are so many different creators of color who are creating amazing content, and I want to be a part of that.”

“With my production company, I’m trying to give voice to all the things I wish I’d had sooner,” Union says. “I want to create the scripts I want to do. I want to have wild success. And I want to have epic failures, that’s a part of it too.”

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She’s more interested in creating content that audiences actually want to see than pleasing Hollywood. “I’m not here to serve Hollywood,” she says. “I’m not here to serve the one percent. I’m not here to serve the Talented Ten. At the end of the day, I’m Nickie Union from Omaha, Nebraska.”

Some Guys Seriously Think Arya Doesn’t ‘Deserve’ Her Big *Game of Thrones* Moment

Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.

Last night’s Game of Thrones was intense, to put it lightly. After seasons of buildup, we finally got to see the Battle of Winterfell, which ended in a surprising-but-satisfying way: Arya killed the Night King by stabbing him with a dagger made of Valyrian steel. This turn of events set Twitter ablaze, with everyone cheering—both physically and metaphorically—for Maisie Williams’ beloved character.

Well, not everyone. For whatever reason, some guys out there think Arya didn’t “deserve” this victorious moment. In fact, they’re calling her a “Mary Sue,” which is a literary term used to describe an idealized female character who’s seen a “perfect” and has success handed to them. The derision for Arya has gotten so out of control that “Mary Sue” is now trending on Twitter.

But of course droves of people are jumping to her defense. “People calling Arya a Mary Sue may have missed the part where she trained for six seasons to be an assassin,” one person tweeted. “She’s been training as an assassin for 8 FREAKING SEASONS, and this was the payoff,” posted someone else.

“Wait wait wait. Some folks are calling Arya a ‘Mary Sue’ when she spent the entire series—seven whole seasons—training to be a master assassin? It takes 3-4 years to become a deployable Navy SEAL, but Arya is a Mary Sue?” wrote another person.

A popular female-centric comic site that’s literally called The Mary Sue even hopped in Arya’s corner. “Glad to see that we are trending on Twitter,” the site tweeted in a statement. “We here at The Mary Sue are so happy you’re reading us and that this has nothing to do with men diminishing the importance of a female character who trained for something through over 7 seasons of a television show.”

Check out some more responses, below:

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Arya Stark didn’t defeat the Night King because she got lucky—she did it because she’s the best assassin on Game of Thrones. And there are eight seasons of receipts to prove it.

Some Guys Seriously Think Arya Doesn’t ‘Deserve’ Her Big ‘Game of Thrones’

Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.

Last night’s Game of Thrones was intense, to put it lightly. After seasons of buildup, we finally got to see the Battle of Winterfell, which ended in a surprising but satisfying way: Arya killed the Night King by stabbing him with a dagger made of Valyrian steel. This turn of events set Twitter ablaze, with everyone cheering—both physically and metaphorically—for Maisie Williams’ beloved character.

Well, not everyone. For whatever reason, some guys out there think Arya didn’t deserve this victorious moment. In fact, they’re calling her a Mary Sue, which in modern literature is an idealized female character who’s seen as “perfect” and has unrealistic success handed to them. The derision for Arya has gotten so out of control that “Mary Sue” is now trending on Twitter.

But of course droves of people are jumping to her defense. “People calling Arya a Mary Sue may have missed the part where she trained for six seasons to be an assassin,” one person tweeted. “She’s been training as an assassin for 8 FREAKING SEASONS, and this was the payoff,” posted someone else.

“Wait wait wait. Some folks are calling Arya a ‘Mary Sue’ when she spent the entire series—seven whole seasons—training to be a master assassin? It takes 3-4 years to become a deployable Navy SEAL, but Arya is a Mary Sue?” wrote another person.

A popular female-centric comic site that’s literally called The Mary Sue even hopped into Arya’s corner. “Glad to see that we are trending on Twitter,” the site tweeted in a statement. “We here at The Mary Sue are so happy you’re reading us and that this has nothing to do with men diminishing the importance of a female character who trained for something through over 7 seasons of a television show.”

Check out some more responses, below:

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Arya Stark didn’t defeat the Night King because she got lucky—she did it because she’s the best assassin on Game of Thrones. And there are eight seasons of receipts to prove it.

Nothing Gets Rid of Ingrown Hairs Like This Genius Treamtent

I’ve been insecure about the way my body looks in a bathing suit for a long time. But after over a decade of skipping out on beach trips, wearing t-shirts by the pool, and dramatically dodging out of every photo, it’s finally not the reason behind my summertime, swimsuit-impending dread. To have made this peace with myself, and my ever-fluctuating size, is something I never thought I’d be able to do. So to have made it here is surely cause for celebration. The only thing proving to stand in the way? My bikini line.

Whether I shave or get a wax (or, for whatever reason, attempt to DIY my wax at home), I can’t seem to get around the teeny razor bumps and subsequent ingrown hairs that always seem to pop up along the line of my underwear. I’ve used all of the pre- and post-shave lotions and moisturizers, kept the shower steaming hot, and have made it a habit to exfoliate with a warm cloth and body scrub after any hair removal; and yet, still nothing. Truthfully, I’d began to accept these ugly bumps and marks would just about always be apart of both my and my bikini line’s lives—and then I was introduced to the Fur Ingrown Eliminator ($18).

Launched as an Ulta exclusive, each pack includes 12 individually packaged biodegradable mitts that are soaked in a powerful serum formulated with calming and soothing ingredients like witch hazel, aloe, and clary sage essential oil. Using it couldn’t be easier, either. You simply slip the mitt on your finger (I prefer using my ring finger for the most control), and massage the area you’re looking to treat. While I clearly use it to treat my pubic area, Fur encourages you to use the mitts wherever your prone to redness and ingrowns, including your underarms, brows, lip, and chin.

I began seeing serious results on my bikini line after one full week of daily use, right after I get out of the shower regardless of whether I shaved or not. Both dermatologically and gynecologically tested, the mitts are quick to soothe irritation, and have made even the most stubborn of my ingrown bumps significantly smaller—though I have faith that after more use, they’ll help me eradicate them completely for that Sports Illustrated-level clear skin.

It’s comical that after everything I’ve tried, the solution is a product that’s so simple in theory; but I’m glad to have found it. More than that, I’m glad to have found a brand that doesn’t feel the need to tiptoe around the pubic and body hair conversation, and is instead spearheading a shiny, new wellness category. Like Fur says, whether you think the bush is back or skin is in, it’s nice to have options. And for that, my long-awaited return to the beach is full of thanks.

Tanisha Pina is a writer in New York City. Follow her @tanishapina on Instagram.

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