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Q&A: Talking to a Hot Guy?

Male geeks may think dating is easier for women, but any woman who’s endured modern dating hell will likely disagree. Partly the problem is mathematical – when women outnumber men, men have the leverage to set the terms. But then there are those girl geeks who really challenge themselves, gunning for guys they find “hotter” than themselves. Show More Summary

The Virtual Pub Is Open + Programming Note

[Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.] TFIF, Shakers! Belly up to the bar, and name your poison! Tomorrow begins a holiday weekend here in the States, and several of the mods, myself included, will be traveling and/or having visitors tomorrow and through next week, so we are taking next week off, starting tonight. Show More Summary

Primarily Speaking

Welp, Democratic former Senator Jim Webb, who is unapologetically misogynistic and racist, and was most recently heard from defending the Confederate flag, has announced that he is running for president. Presumably as a Democrat, although...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

America Ferrera wrote an open letter to Donald Trump. “To be a black woman and genius, is to be perpetually owed.” As of July 1, trans people in California have the right to be  correctly identified on their death certificates. Salon employees are unionizing.

I Write Letters

[Content Note: Fat hatred.]Dear Fellow Fat Person:You and I both know that fat people can be cruel to each other, sometimes even in ways that thin people aren't cruel to us. We've spent a lifetime internalizing fat hatred, and some of...Show More Summary

Removing the Mask: Ferguson Organizers Expose Veiled Profit in St. Louis

Every year, the St. Louis political and business elite gather to present their daughters to society at the annual Veiled Prophet Ball. This past winter’s ball — held just months after the murder of Michael Brown — was no different. The Veiled Prophet, masked and anonymous in all-white KKK-reminiscent garb, selected the “Queen of the […]

Quote of the Day

"FYI I had never attempted climbing a pole until 2 days before I took down the flag. I had the help of another badass woman activist who graciously taught me how to climb."—Bree Newsome, on Twitter, on her extraordinary feat of activism in South Carolina last weekend.

The Latest Battle for Religious Women: Quran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices

When Jerusha Lamptey listens to the Quran, she usually does it through Quran Explorer, one of her favorite apps. Reading from the holy text in the famously hypnotic and mesmerizing chant involves lots of rules—rules that dictate the ways words are pronounced and the rhythm of the recitation. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Zelda wants things. I shall give them to her. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Colonialism; dehumanization] This weekend, lots of USians will be celebrating the Fourth of July, which is being recognized tomorrow, since it falls on the weekend this year. Ahead...Show More Summary

ICANN’t Even: New Internet Standards Could Make Doxing Easier Than Ever

Doxing has become an all too familiar in the lives of internet-using women. The public posting of our home addresses is a particularly brutal way that our lives can be policed and upended by determined harassers–to say nothing of how it has been used by stalkers and domestic abusers to find their targets. I myself […]

Quick hit: We Bought a Huge Effing House, and Now We Can’t Afford More Kids

An Elle Decor essayist has come out with a horrible confession: She and her husband sacrificed a child to buy their dream home. (How awesome would it be if that were the actual story? “Our realtor didn’t mention the fiery, bottomless...Show More Summary

Quick hit: Misty Copeland has been named principal dancer at ABT

Ballerina Misty Copeland (she who was too old and had the wrong feet, legs, turnout, torso, and bust to even start training as a ballet dancer at age 13) has been named a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre -- the first African-American woman to rise to that position in the company's nearly 80-year history. Continue reading ?

The Problem With The Supposed Feminist ‘Comeback’

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road Much lip service has been paid to feminism’s supposed comeback — especially in terms of more authentic representations of women in pop culture. Charlize Theron’s recent portrayal of the badass protagonist...Show More Summary

Adios, Maria!

Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years (!) has announced her retirement: Manzano joined the show in 1971, and was promoted to series regular in 1974. During her tenure on the show, Manzano was nominated twice for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series, but lost both times. Show More Summary

China, Previous Paradise for Perpetrators, Must Address Domestic Violence Better

[Trigger warning: domestic violence and sexual assault]  The first rule of domestic violence in China is don’t talk about domestic violence in China. Victims face “fear and shame” when they speak out within”a culture that denies there is a problem,” as  Kim Lee, an American advocate who was married to an abusive Chinese partner, told […]

Justice Department Says Trans Students' Rights Are Violated by Restrictive Bathroom Policies

[Content Note: Transphobia; gender policing.]Gavin Grimm, a 16-year-old high school junior from Gloucester County, Virginia, filed a lawsuit against his school system after he was denied access to the boys' restroom because he is transgender.Until December, Grimm had used the boys’ restrooms for seven weeks without any issues. Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by Queen Latifah's "All Hail the Queen."

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker plot_thickens: "What do you enjoy doing every day, or almost every day?"

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