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[Content Note: There is some strobe-effect animation in this video.] Rebecca Black: "Friday"

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by flowers.Recommended Reading:Samantha: An Open Letter to My Nieces, Who Are Currently Fighting Over a DudeAndrea: [CN: Rape culture; rape apologia; sexual assault; transphobia] Can the GOP Protect UsShow More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Sophs, asleep, with her tiny paw on my shoulder. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Doctors in Houston Are Preparing the Pregnant and Would-Be Pregnant for a Zika Outbreak

Though mosquitoes haven’t yet carried the Zika virus to the U.S. mainland, communities in areas that could be affected by a future outbreak are already taking precautions. For pregnant women or women who are trying to get pregnant, the specter of a virus known to cause birth defects is cause for worry or an abrupt change in plans.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Satanists are not happy about Ted Cruz being called Lucifer. Who knew? Karrine Stefans-Shorts reflects on LEMONADE and playing the Becky and the Beyoncé. Anti-LGBT laws are being passed because there aren’t enough LGBT lawmakers. Surprise. This new toolkit released by Wellstone and Make It Work helps organizations integrate an intersectional gender lens into their work!

What about my body? Protection of trans bodies in performance art

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. In recent years it’s started to look like trans issues are gradually moving up the agenda. Increasingly many people, both within and outside of LGBT+ communities, see themselves as trans allies and take an interest in the existence of trans people. Whether it’s following […]

Two major college applications are giving student applicants more gender options

Beginning this year, the Common Application and the Universal College Application – used by almost 700 schools – are implementing changes to make their applications more gender inclusive. The Common Application will add an optional text field where students can describe their own gender identity. It will also change the “sex” field to “sex assigned at […]


Hey, remember when I was complaining about a candidate ignoring the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) population in California? You probably do, since it was just yesterday!The AAPI community is largely ignored in the wider...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War; death] "A US air strike that destroyed a medical charity's clinic in northern Afghanistan, killing 42 people, was not a war crime, the Pentagon has said. Announcing disciplinary...Show More Summary

Reporter Who Profiled Melania Trump in a Generally Positive Light Is Inundated With Anti-Semitic Threats

On Wednesday, GQ published a long profile of Melania Trump, possible future first lady of the United States, by Julia Ioffe. Ioffe is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine (and an occasional Slate contributor) who was...Show More Summary

Fewer Teens (Especially White and Rural Ones) Are Learning About Birth Control

Despite a shift in federal policy away from abstinence-only sex education in recent years, fewer U.S. teens are getting formal instruction about birth control methods. A new data analysis from the Guttmacher Institute found that 60 percent of girls aged 15-19 reported learning about birth control in 2011-13, down from 70 percent in 2006-10. Show More Summary

Another Talking Point Bites the Dust

I've got a new piece up at BNR on how Bernie Sanders' last talking point and excuse for not winning—closed primaries—has been discredited: The latest talking point Bernie Sanders, his staff, and his surrogates have been peddling to try...Show More Summary

"Hillary could be the greatest President of this century."

This is just a superb "Get to Know Hillary" piece: "The Quick Startup Guide to Hillary." There's so much great information there: I bet even those of us who have long immersed ourselves in Hillary Clinton's career will find things we...Show More Summary

Bump Your ‘Becky’ Beef

Part of me knew Beyonce’s “Becky with the good hair” line would cause a wave of uninformed, poorly thought out responses, but for some reason I still hoped for the best. British fashion, beauty and style magazine, Glamour UK, may have had the worst public blunder (to put it mildly) so far, but their antagonistic […]

Why The Gender Gap In STEM Fields Still Exists

We need more women in STEM. Women make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, yet comprise only about 25 percent of American STEM workers — numbers that have even stagnated in recent years. Although some might claim this under-representation is due to a lack of academic accomplishment, women actually earn 41 percent of all STEM PhD degrees. Show More Summary

Yemen: The Forgotten War

by Shaker Transcendental Moose[Content Note: War; violence.]I am an American whose work looks closely at Yemen and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula. Since early last year, Yemen has been in a civil war that easily rivals the devastation...Show More Summary

Oh, Team Bernie

[Content Note: Misogyny.]Two things I read late yesterday:1. In a New York Times piece about Bernie Sanders laying off campaign workers: "If we can win the largest state in this country, that will send a real message to the American people," Mr. Show More Summary

Ralph Lauren’s Olympic Uniforms are Straight Out of Prep-School Hell

The U.S. Olympic team has unveiled its costumes for this summer’s closing ceremonies, and boy are they preppy. Our nation’s finest physical sporting specimens will bid farewell to Rio de Janeiro clad in striped Ts, button-down shirts,...Show More Summary

Today in Required Reading: Lessons from scandals of the 90s

All these women confronted us with truths we did not want to consider, and so we terrorized them, mocked them, abused them, and rendered them finally voiceless. That was how terrified we were of listening to what they had to say. InShow More Summary

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