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Why I Stayed In an Abusive Relationship — and How I Finally Left

Source: NDVHotline “Why doesn’t she just leave her abusive partner?” It seems like a simple question and it’s one that’s often posed when people learn others are experiencing abuse. Leaving seems like the most obvious solution to outsiders. Show More Summary

No, Planned Parenthood isn’t selling baby parts, and here’s why the lie is so toxic.

The anti-choice narrative since Planned Parenthood's inception has been that PP has been ghoulishly profiting off of abortions, both by dragging in huge amounts of cash for the procedure and (as is currently under discussion) selling baby parts for exorbitant prices. Show More Summary

Spillover #30

Time for our 30th #spillover thread. Some reminders: 1. #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic by providing a separate constructive space for side-discussions. 2. Commenters are encouraged to respect the topic of each post and cheerfully volunteer to take off-topic side-discussions into #spillover. Continue reading ?

Being Religious and Pro-Choice is Not An Oxymoron

A Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice rally outside the Supreme Court last year. Photo via Facebook. “When I introduce myself, I tell people I’m a sexologist and a minister. The most likely response is that people laugh,” says Reverend Debra Haffner. Show More Summary

Blog Note

I'm taking the day off today, because I'm feeling under the weather—literally. We had a real house-shaker of a storm here last night, after a super humid day. The swing in bariatric pressure (I guess?) has my sinuses feeling like they're...Show More Summary

Looking for lesbians: a cross-country road story

On May 21st I flew to New York, six days after graduating with my masters and twelve hours after dropping my stuff at my parents’ house. Two months later, I am preparing to board a plane back to Indiana after visiting 30 states plus Washington D.C to create partnerships between local restaurants and local LGBT […]

So long, and thanks for all the feminism

I first came upon Feministing in early 2008, four years after its founding. By then, it was already a go-to, must-read feminist blog, one of the first big ones of its kind – and, as a college junior, I was oblivious to its existence. I had identified as a feminist for several years, and wasn’t […]

Pro-choice for Christ

“When I introduce myself, I tell people I’m a sexologist and a minister. The most likely response is that people laugh,” says Reverend Debra Haffner. “They see those terms as oxymorons, kind of like ‘jumbo shrimp.’”  Haffner, the jumbo shrimp in question, is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She is also the co-founder and president […]

The Feministing Five: Rue Mapp

For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke with Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro. Her wonderful organization celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature.  If you were to ask me two years ago, “Who goes hiking?” I would say (A) Not me (B) White dudes with beards and flannel (C)  Seriously, I’m not […]

Planned Parenthood Defunding Vote Shows How Much the Right-Wing Fringe Owns Republicans

Hopefully, the fabricated “scandal” over Planned Parenthood will be wrapping up today. For the past few weeks, Republicans have been striking poses of outrage and disgust over a series of misleading videos created by the religious-right propagandists at the Center for Medical Progress. Show More Summary

That’s What the Money Is For

Like all great television, Mad Men was largely about beautiful people treating each other terribly in the service of big philosophical ideas: the rapacity of capitalism, the earthquakes of feminism, racism’s eerie bonhomie, 20 th -century American alienation. Show More Summary

In Pregnancy Announcement, Zuckerberg Opens Up About Couple’s Past Miscarriages

On Friday afternoon, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced—via a Facebook post and photo starring an incredibly shaggy dog—that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child: a girl who gave her soon-to-be father a thumbs-up “like” in an ultrasound.

Quote of the Day

"I wish to emphasize our genuine wish to have a constructive relationship with The New York Times. But we also are extremely troubled by the events that went into this erroneous report, and will be looking forward to discussing our concerns...Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by cackling.Recommended Reading:Kenrya: [Content Note: Police brutality; misogynoir] Raynette Turner: The Latest Black Woman to Die in Police CustodyJohn: [CN: Police misconduct; homophobia; disablism]Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Adele: "Love Song"(See what I did there?)This week's TMNS has been brought to you by The Cure.

Daily Dose of Cute

Little Ms. Sophie. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Primarily Speaking

[NB: Not only women need access to abortion, but Rand Paul doesn't think about that.] I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! I love I love I love the primaries and I just can't hide it! Are you as excited as I am! I BET YOU ARE! If...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by Tatooine.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter T.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...This is very good news: "The World Health Organization announced Friday that an Ebola vaccine has shown great promise in halting the spread of the deadly virus during a clinical trial in Guinea....Show More Summary

Charly "Africa" Keunang: Update

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death; descriptions of violence; victim-blaming.]In March, I wrote about the police killing of a homeless man known as Africa in Los Angeles. Five officers descended on Africa, with one of the officers (wrongly) claiming that Africa had seized his gun. Show More Summary

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