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Hey CBS, Rihanna Is Exactly Who I Want to See on My TV Before NFL Football Games

Last Thursday night, CBS and the NFL Network decided to pull its planned opener—the Jay-Z and Rihanna song "Run This Town"—during its pre-game broadcast, hoping to strike a more serious tone in light of the Ray Rice video. "At the time,...Show More Summary

More Hobby Lobby Fallout

[Content Note: Religious supremacy; child abuse.]Perfect:Citing Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court's decision last June holding that the religious objections of a business' owners could trump federal rules requiring that business...Show More Summary

Statistic of the Day: 1 in 5 American men admit to domestic violence

People are justifiably outraged by Ray Rice’s treatment of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. But what’s even scarier is that one out of five men admit that they’ve committed domestic violence against a partner or spouse. A new nationally-representative study by the University of Michigan asked 500 men the following question:  Over the course of your relationship, how often [...]

#WhyIStayed: Understanding Domestic Violence

Janay and Ray Rice On March 27th, 2014, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and indicted for third-degree aggravated assault. He had punched his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the face, knocking her unconscious. Shortly...Show More Summary

Today in Gender Gaps: Biking

Elizabeth Plank at Mic took to the bike paths of New York City to investigate the "huge and under-reported" gender gap in, of all things, bicycle-riding. Turns out way more men ride bikes than women: "In the U.S., 1 woman for every 3 men gets around on a bicycle," Plank writes. "In London, 77% of bike trips are taken by men and only 5% of women identify as frequent cyclists."

I Love This

I don't know how long this advert for the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been running, but I saw it for the first time last night, and I love it so much! Since I spend an inordinate amount of time complaining about shitty advertising, I like to occasionally highlight the ads that do a good job, too. Show More Summary

An Observation

[Content Note: Corporal punishment.]Two observations, actually, regarding Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson, who is facing a child-abuse charge for spanking his four-year-old son. 1. "Domestic violence" is a term generally associated with intimate partner abuse, but it refers to all familial violence. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Congrats to the newest batch of MacArthur Genius grant winners, including Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and long-time favorite of ours, Alison Bechdel, cartoonist and creator of the Bechdel Test, and Sarah Deerer, a legal scholar working to protect Native American victims of gendered violence. Show More Summary

Is Nonfiction the Patriarch of Literary Genres?

National Book Awards season is upon us: The judges have just announced the longlist for 2014’s nonfiction contest. The ten-book lineup includes a historical account of Paris under German occupation (by Ronald C. Rosbottom), a biography of Tennessee Williams (by John Lahr), a study of economic ambition in the “new China” (by Evan Osnos), and E.O. Show More Summary

Bartender pens awesome open letter to hedge-fund bro who grabbed her ass

Completely fed up with all dealing with misogynist, entitled customers, bartender Laura Ramadei decided to make an example of Brian Lederman, a Manhattan hedge-funder who responded to her inquiry about whether he and his friends needed...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Wee Sophs, on the cat tower beside my desk. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

The Can't Fucking Win List

[Content Note: Misogyny; abuse.]I'm a little late to this one, but here is the latest video of Jay Smooth being awesome, in case anyone hasn't yet seen it, because EVERYONE SHOULD SEE IT. The List of Rules for Women Hey, so I have aShow More Summary

A father of daughters

Any father of daughters knows that a woman doesn't actually become a person unless you contribute DNA to her. But when you do, boy howdy!

Photos of the Day: 30 butts

You may have heard that the cultural authorities at Vogue have decided it’s the ”official era of the big booty.” You, like many on Black Twitter who quickly shot down that idea, may have been confused by the revelation that big booties are a recent invention. You may have been surprised to learn that a body part, which has come [...]

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by owls.Recommended Reading:Nina: [Content Note: War on agency; death] Why Is the U.S. Standing Between Women and Health Care?Prison Culture: Shanesha Taylor Regains Custody of Her ChildrenCarla: [CN: Racism;...Show More Summary

Victim Blaming at the Miss America Pageant

Criticizing the Miss America pageant feels almost old school. Does anyone even take Miss America seriously anymore? But I tuned into the pageant this weekend, intrigued by how the competition seemed to be shifting ever so slightly away from its white-centric beauty pageant roots and toward a scholarly ethos. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Terrorism; war] ISIS has released a new high-production video "in which the terrorist group appears to threaten U.S. troops and the White House. The 42-second spot—complete with gun...Show More Summary

Number of the Day

[Content Note: Domestic violence; descriptions of violence.]Nearly one in five: The number of men who admit having engaged in physical abuse of an intimate partner.The data is a decade old but it comes from face-to-face interviews with...Show More Summary

GoFundMe bans abortion-related campaigns, is fine with supporting murderers

GoFundMe, the crowd-funding site that fundraised for Mike Brown’s murderer, has updated its guidelines to prohibit abortion-related campaigns, filed under GoFundMe’s headline “Termination of Life.” This latest move seems to be in response to the widely-publicized efforts of an Illinois woman identified as “Bailey” to raise money for her abortion. Show More Summary

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