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C-sections May Not Be as Bad for Children as Previously Thought

In recent years, some parents of newborns born via C-section have introduced a new, and controversial, step to the post-partum routine. Concerned about studies that show that babies delivered this way have lower levels of immune-boosting...Show More Summary

An Observation

I miss writing about Hillary Clinton. I miss reading about Hillary Clinton. I miss being excited about the possibility that she would be our president.I miss looking at photos of her excited supporters. I miss videos of the people whose lives she touched. Show More Summary

Find a Tiny Bit of Solace in This Cher-ified Chick Emoji

One tiny tragedy of the presidential election is that Cher, whose campaign-season tweeting amounted to a powerful, if loopy, act of surrogacy, didn’t get to bask in a Hillary Clinton victory. If case you haven’t checked in on Cher’sShow More Summary

Ugh Pence

Aren't y'all SO THRILLED that you have a headstart on everyone else knowing how sinister Mike Pence is, since you've been listening to me rant about him for fully eleventy million years already? LUCKY YOU!But also? Lucky you. Because everyone needs to get on board with the need to understand exactly who this guy is ASAP.Anyway. Show More Summary

Christie Vetoes Bill Banning Solitary Confinement for Children, Pregnant Women, and the Mentally Ill

On Monday, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have strictly limited the state’s use of solitary confinement. Had the bill passed, state prisons would have been barred from placing vulnerable populations—including pregnant women, children, seniors, LGBTQ people, and those with mental illnesses—in solitary. Show More Summary

Sex-Positive Superhero: Sunny Leone

Today’s sex-positive superhero: Indian-Canadian porn-star-turned Bollywood actress Sunny Leone. A documentary about her life is about to drop on Netflix, so now is the time to revisit the star-powered sex-positive goddess that is Sunny. Never heard of her? Then you’re probably not living in contemporary India/have not been hip with the porn world for the last […]

Angela Merkel Announces Plan to Ban the Burqa in Germany

A few days after Donald Trump won the United States presidential election, the New York Times ran an article whose headline declared that “Angela Merkel May Be the Liberal West’s Last Defender.” Responding to the impending presidency of a decidedly illiberal autocrat, the piece began with a sour proclamation: “And then there was one.”

Daily Dose of Cute

Sleepy Dog is sleepy. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

December 6: Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

[CN: gun violence against women] Today, December 6th, is Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It marks the anniversary of the death of 14 women who were engineering students at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. Show More Summary

Oh My Heart

Last night, Vice-President Joe Biden presided over the Senate during a procedural vote on the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes funding for his Cancer Moonshot. During the session, the section of the legislation that provides the...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Mira: "What's your #1 most favoritest, bestest cleaning or organization trick?"

Oregon Man Convicted Under Revenge Porn Law Claims It Is Unconstitutional

Oregon passed a revenge porn bill in June of last year criminalizing the “unlawful dissemination of [an] intimate image” of a person with the “specific intent” to humiliate or harm that person’s reputation. Over a year later, 31-year-old...Show More Summary

This Must Stop

[Content Note: White supremacy.]Here is a thing that Dianna E. Anderson, Alison R. Parker, and I all worked on together, and it's a really important piece to me, and I hope you will read and share it: "Nazis were 'stylish,' too: TheShow More Summary

Michelle Obama’s Festive Gucci Gown May Be One of the Last Ones We Get to Ooh and Ahh Over

During Michelle Obama’s term as first lady, Americans got used to headlines of the “Michelle Obama looks hawt” variety. She stunned in satin, she fascinated in florals, she prevailed in pleats, and gradually it began to seem ordinary that our first lady regularly turned out such high-grade looks. Show More Summary

How Being “Mom” Became Cool

Over the past decade, many women have turned away from the what they believed was the terminally uncool term “mom,” choosing instead the rootsy “mama” in a play to project their relevancy and hipness. However, recent linguistic trends among the millennial denizens of the internet suggest this was the wrong move.

Recommended Reading

Here is some good stuff to read!Yessenia Funes at Colorlines: "Water Protectors Celebrate Army's Halt of Pipeline, Brace for Trump Pushback."Sean Mandell at Towleroad: "HB 2 Stalwart Pat McCrory Finally Concedes Defeat in NC Governor's...Show More Summary

Trump Picks Carson for HUD

Because of course he does. I've got a few thoughts on that at Shareblue: "Unfit president-elect Trump chooses unfit nominee Carson to lead HUD.Now, after dithering about it, Carson has accepted the nomination to HUD, despite his lack of qualifications. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Post-breakfast nap. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

This New Music Video Powerfully Took On Police Brutality

YG in One Time Comin’ In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. He was later acquitted of the crime. Two years later, Eric Garner was killed after being placed in a chokehold by police officers, and Michael Brown had been shot to death by a white police officer in Missouri just a month later. Show More Summary

Dear The Left

[Content Note: Bigotry, privilege, emotional auditing and tone policing.]First they came for the trans people, and we said, "America is sick and tired of hearing about liberals’ damn bathrooms."Wait, no. That's not right, is it? Let's...Show More Summary

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