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Sailor Moon Is Now Fighting For Sexual Health Awareness

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A superhero we can all count on

We always knew that Sailor Moon was a warrior of love, but we didn't anticipate her fighting for sexual health. But, that day has come in the form of a collaborative campaign between original Sailor Moon creator, Naoko Takeuchi, and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, STDs, and STIs. 

Wondering if this is a hoax? According to this fan website, various Japanese news outlets have confirmed the legitimacy of the campaign. Believe it or not, this is very real. In an official press release, Kazunari Asanuma, head of MHLW's Infectious Disease Control Division, said that the STD outbreak is among women and men in their 20s is alarming. In 2015, there were an estimated 2,697 cases of syphilis in Japan.

The Sun reports that the ministry will distribute 5,000 posters and 156,000 pamphlets that encourage women to practice safe sex, get checked by a doctor, and seek treatment at nearby clinics if diagnosed with an STD or STI on World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1.

We saved the best part for last, though—there are a whopping 60,000 condoms with Sailor Moon's face on the pink, heart-shaped packaging up for grabs. If anyone can inspire young girls to take care of their bodies, it's definitely Sailor Moon.

Check out one of the pamphlets for the program, below.

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Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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