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Question of the Day

What is your favorite inanimate possession? (I specify "inanimate" so we can rule out pets. Not everyone views pets as possessions, of course, but some people do, and I just wanted to set that off-limits for debate.)

Baylor Cares More About Winning Football Games Than Dealing With Its Sexual Assault Crisis

On Tuesday, the website Horns Digest reported that Baylor University plans to fire President and Chancellor Kenneth Starr—yes, the one-time Clinton-hounding special prosecutor—due to an investigation into the school’s repeated mishandling of sexual assault cases. Show More Summary

The Canon Is Sexist, Racist, Colonialist, and Totally Gross. Yes, You Have to Read It Anyway.

Hello, Yale students. It’s me, a random internet writer. I have some unfortunate news for you, but first, let me step back and catch everybody up.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

How two historically black colleges/universities handled a sexual assault case (hint: not well). Workers at Babeland are unionizing! A Liberated Woman: the Story of Margaret King Ghostbusters, Hillary and gender politics

Daily Dose of Cute

This is what Dudley thinks about all of it. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.


[Content Note: White supremacist nationalism.]This piece by Allegra Kirkland at Talking Points Memo on Donald Trump's appeal to white nationalists is important reading. And though it's never explicitly stated in the piece, this is very...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Sexual assault] Bill Cosby will go to trial for "an accusation that he intoxicated and sexually assaulted a Temple University employee more than 12 years ago in his Pennsylvania home. Show More Summary

Victims of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting Sue Clinic for Poor Security

A woman wounded in the 2015 terrorist attack at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood and the widow of a man killed in that shooting rampage are suing the health clinic for what they say was inadequate security, making the clinic negligent and liable for the deaths and injuries wrought by gunman Robert Lewis Dear.

Bill Cosby Will — Finally — Stand Trial for Sexual Assault

Today a judge decided that there is enough evidence to proceed with a sexual assault trial against Bill Cosby in Pennsylvania. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. You’ll remember that Cosby is accused of drugging and violating an employee of Temple University, who, fitting with patterns described by literally dozens of women, considered him a […]

Ready for Hillary, in All Ways

Because I write a lot of positive pieces about Hillary Clinton, without feeling obliged to reflexively insert caveats about how she is not perfect, I'm often accused of thinking she's above criticism. This is not accurate. I am politically...Show More Summary

TV Corner: Grace & Frankie

? ? ? I've finally finished Season Two of Netflix's original series Grace & Frankie, and OH HOW I LOVE IT SO.To keep this post spoiler free, I will merely say that I love every member of the cast, and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are ESPECIALLY GREAT. Show More Summary

A Bill Extending Rights to Rape Survivors Actually Passes the U.S. Senate

Something unusual happened in the U.S. Senate on Monday: a unanimous vote, on a bill to grant new rights to sexual assault survivors.

The Amount of Housework a Mom Does Is Influenced by Where She Lives

Within straight couples, who does what around the house can appear to depend on personal situations and individual arrangements. Work schedules and habits are considered—sometimes consciously, sometimes not—and a pattern of domestic work emerges. Show More Summary

Samantha Bee Unearthed a Horrifying Film From the Dawn of the Pro-Life Movement

For those of us born long after the religious right had secured its chokehold on the sanity of liable Americans, the history of the movement—and its obsession with abortion in particular—can get lost in the chaotic rancor of its current proponents. But it’s worth reminding ourselves every now and again of the bizarre details of its oft-forgotten roots.

What Are You Even Doing, Sanders? Today's Edition.

[Content Note: Violence; harassment; misogyny.]Yesterday, Bernie Sanders predicted that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will be "messy."The Vermont senator said he will "condemn any and all forms of violence" but his campaign was bringing in newcomers to the process and first-time attendees of political conventions. Show More Summary

Trump Doesn't Like Women Any More Than He Respects Us

[Content Note: Misogyny.]I've got a new entry in the #WomenTrumpDonald series up at BNR, in which I explore how Donald Trump doesn't like women any more than he respects us:Understandably concerned about his cavernous gap with female voters, Donald moaned: "My poll numbers with men are through the roof. Show More Summary

Feeling meh about marketing for pride

Today in capitalism, I’m feeling meh about the commodification of queer identity. Most recent object of analysis: This Mic article about Levi’s 2016 Pride Line. The line, which does at least give a portion of profits to Harvey Milk Foundation, goes for queer dude denim looks and comes accessorized with colored bandanas a la queer and […]

The Quiet Violence of the Unwanted Kiss

In photos from last Thursday’s amfAR gala at Cannes, it might look like auction host Uma Thurman wasn’t perturbed by the surprise open-mouthed kiss she fielded from “playboy industrialist” and Fiat heir Lapo Elkann. With a gracious smile, she stood for the cameras as he pressed his sweaty face against hers and dangled his lit cigarette dangerously close to her updo.

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