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Read the Letter Outraged UVA Faculty and Students Are Sending to Their President

The University of Virginia community is reeling from horrifying accounts of sexual violence and rape detailed in a Rolling Stone piece published earlier this week. The story painfully details a campus culture that allegedly silences victims, disregards offenders, and fails to keep the students informed about sexual assaults on the grounds. Show More Summary

Open Thread with Alligator Hatchlings

Teeny tiny alligators feature for this week's Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by dirt.Recommended Reading:Tracy: [Content Note: Transphobia; violence] TDoR Is Forever, but Transphobia Doesn't Have to Bestavvers: [CN: Sexual assault; rape culture] On Ched Evans, Rehabilitation, and...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Harvard’s student daily has created a searchable database of Title IX complaints filed between 2002 and 2014. Roxane Gay on Bill Cosby: “One accuser should be more than enough.” Rights groups offer software to detect government spying. On anger and strength. Continually baffled that The Onion does some of the best writing on campus gender-based violence…  

What Happened When One Canadian Dad Took a 37-Week Parental Leave? (Nothing Bad.)

The state of American child care is pretty abysmal. Day care is not well-regulated, the quality is often poor, and it’s expensive: In 35 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more than a year’s in-state college tuition. We are the only...Show More Summary

Republicans Sue Over Affordable Care Act

And here we go:House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president's executive authority.The lawsuit — filed...Show More Summary

Garbage Treasures! (And Happy Birthday to Deeks!)

As you may recall, Deeky collects and saves useless garbage like we're beyond Thunderdome and useless garbage is now a form of currency and he's a garbageaire. Then, instead of throwing it away, he throws pieces of his fancy detritus...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny.]"We wish to express our support for members of the community who rightly brought this issue to the fore, and we condemn the unreasonable attacks they experienced as a result, which caused deep distress in our...Show More Summary

Fucking With Feministing: What’s the deal with anal?

Welcome to Fucking with Feministing! We’re so excited to launch this new, monthly sex advice column where we’ll be answering questions straight from awesome readers like you! I’m Sesali and I’ll be your resident sexpert with the help of our friends at the Center for Sex & Culture (CSC) who have partnered with us to […]

Daily Dose of Cute

Earlier today, I walked into the living room to find Zelda curled up on the loveseat using her big plush ducky as a pillow: When I sat down on the ottoman beside her to give her all the snuggles because she is SUCH A GOOD GIRL, she rolled...Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

[Content Note: There is a strobe-light effect in this video.] The Spin Doctors: "Two Princes" This week's TMNS brought to you by the number two. I bet you thought the Open Threads were gonna be brought to you by the number two! Did I fool ya?! Btw, this is one of my most loathed songs of all time. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Extreme weather; death] The snow has slowed in and around Buffalo, after a truly epic (in the old sense of the world) snowstorm, which caused 13 deaths, including two elderly residents of a nursing home yesterday, who died during an evacuation when the roof began buckling. Show More Summary

PR: An Industry Full of Women, Run by Men

It’s a well known fact that women still face inequality like sexism and discrimination in the workplace. However, while we often focus on the dismal representation of women in STEM fields or at the top of corporate fields, this problem extends to many (if not most) professional fields. Show More Summary

How Magnanimous

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism.]Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, may resign from the force:Officer Darren Wilson is close to resigning from the Ferguson...Show More Summary

WATCH: President Obama announces executive order on immigration affecting over 4 million undocumented Americans

  Last night, President Obama issued the most broadest reaching action on immigration in 30 years. Last night he announced an executive action that offers temporary legal status for over 4 million undocumented people living in the United States. This action relieves them of the threat of deportation. In a speech given last night, President Obama noted […]

Blast from the Past: Debunking the “all sex is rape” quote (again)

  Remember that whole thing about how all hetero sex is rape? Right, me too. Misogynists love playing straw feminist, and one of their most successful campaigns has been falsely attributing the quote that “all sex is rape” to Catharine MacKinnon and/or Andrea Dworkin. The lie is a deeply untrue and unfair reading of those scholars’ works, and is […]

So the President Gave a Speech Last Night...

...in which he announced a series of executive actions on immigration that will provide at least temporary relief to nearly five million undocumented immigrants in the US.Some relevant links: The transcript of his address. The White House Fact Sheet on the announced executive actions. Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by a sand sculpture of the Yellow Brick Road and its travelers.

Why Did the AP Suppress the Sexual Assault Portion of Its Bill Cosby Interview?

On Nov. 10, the Associated Press released a video featuring Bill Cosby and his wife Camille, chatting about the collection of African-American art the couple had recently loaned to the Smithsonian. More than a week later, the AP published additional footage from the Cosby sit-down that hadn’t make the original cut.

Question of the Day

What words inspire you when you are feeling defeated by the world?

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