"Real Beauty" features and advertisements cleverly sell you products under the guise of body-positivity while actually reinforcing the idea that a woman's worth is based on the way she looks to others.
As far as I know, the half-birthday celebration has no basis in any religious or cultural tradition. They do mention an un-birthday in "Alice in Wonderland," but that is any day that is not your actual birthday.
CHUB RUB: When the inner thighs of a human touch, and upon locomotion, rub together, thus causing friction resulting in a number of maladies including, but not limited to chafing, blisters, rashes, bleeding, bumps and discoloration.
An unwanted seatmate on a train spent the entire hour-and-a-half trip calling me beautiful and stressing to me that he always found dark-skinned women attractive, as if he should be praised for this decision.
When I got my diagnosis, I didn’t think about feeling pretty, or (in the words of a male friend who tried his best one day to make me feel better) whether the treatment would give me a “free Brazilian.”