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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

On Twitter, people share their experiences of when they were #firstharassed. Good news: the California assembly passed a bill banning crisis pregnancy centers from misleading patients.  At least 4,000 migrant workers in Qatar are expected to die before the 2022 World Cup. At this Seattle high school, students can get IUDs inserted at no cost at the school-based health […]

Fatsronauts 101: The Inspirational Fatty

[Content Note: Fat hatred.]So, one of the many reasons I do public fat advocacy is because visibility is important. It's been important to me to connect with other fat women and their individual experiences; to listen to them share their stories; to see images of them living their lives. Show More Summary

What Was the Worst State for Women This Week?

Fundamentalist perversity: It's not just for the stars of reality shows on TLC. The legal war on women gets downright bizarre in this edition of Worst State of the Week, which features a dumb lie, a weird lie, and a call for securit...

LGBTQ immigrant activists block road outside trans detention center

Several badass LGBTQ and immigrant rights leaders blocked the intersection in front of a detention center in Santa Ana today. They’re demanding an end to our abusive detention and deportation system, starting with the release of undocumented transgender women held within the facility. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Zelly, the zelliest of all the bellies: "It's a day!" As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

New “Men Who Rock” issue skewers sexist music journalism

What if media wrote as condescendingly about male musicians as they so often do about female musicians? Back in 2012, The Stranger published its satirical “Men Who Rock” issue — a play on Rolling Stone’s annual “Women Who Rock” issue — to brilliantly expose the difference. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police brutality] Defense attorneys for the six officers who were charged in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore have filed for a change of venue, arguing that "their clients can't get a 'fair and impartial trial' in Baltimore. Show More Summary

Dear media, it’s your fault if you think young feminists only care about campus rape

First, a confession: There are many terrible things happening in the world, of which campus rape isn’t the worst. We should think critically about whose experiences and needs our politicians, press, and public at large prioritize, and about whose we ignore.  Meghan Daum’s recent piece on campus sexual assault activism in the LA Times doesn’t […]

Primarily Speaking

[Content Note: Racism.] Welp, it's official! Former New York Governor George "Who?" Pataki has jumped into the clown car and is seeking the Republican nomination for the US presidency.Are you so excited?! I bet you are! I KNOW I AM!Show More Summary

Shaker Garden Thread: May Edition

Hey Shakers! Time to talk gardens! It's May, which means spring or summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. In the US Southeast, it's starting to get hot and the onions are blooming. Yes, that's an onion bloom, from some we planted last year that never amounted to much. Show More Summary


[Content Note: Sexual abuse; bullying; name mockery.]I have previously written about Dan Savage's gross "Campaign for 'santorum' neologism," and the many problems with it, not least of which is that Rick Santorum isn't the only person...Show More Summary

Menstruation Matters: A Guide to Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day! What's that mean exactly? Menstruation happens all year long—each menstruating person has their own unique rhythms and cycles. But in 2014, a coalition of NGOs decided that menstruation should get its own day of global recognition. Show More Summary

Extreme Weather; Extreme Denial

[Content Note: Extreme weather; death.]While parts of Texas and Oklahoma prepare for more storms and more flooding, and more people are being displaced by rising water, on the other side of the world, a heatwave in India that is literally...Show More Summary

Goddess from the machine: A look at Ex Machina’s gender politics

This article contains spoilers for Ex Machina and assumes the reader has seen or spoiled the movie for themselves. “A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster.” – Catharine MacKinnon If there’s a trope with AI that I can’t stand, it’s the idea that a sufficiently intelligent, sapient machine will simply want to […]

Question of the Day

Inspired by Shaker catvoncat: Who's your current favorite character in a television show you're watching, film you just saw, book you're reading, or game you're playing?The source material doesn't have to be new; it just has to be new to you.

Notebooks 4EVA

Via Shaker GoldFishy, here's a fun story about people who still use notebooks in the digital age, and about how taking handwritten notes has been found (for some people) to increase comprehension of a subject.I'm still a total notebook head. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Tell Scott Walker: forced vaginal ultrasounds are not “a cool thing.” Auburn University employee arrested for distributing date rape drug. Black women represent 5.8% of SF’s female population, but accounted for 45.5% of all female arrests in 2013. Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by oil paint.Recommended Reading:Teresa: [Content Note: Misogyny] Denver Comic Con Hosts a "Women in Comics" Panel with No WomenQimmah: [CN: Racism] Michael B. Jordan Hits Back at Racist TrollsSamantha:...Show More Summary

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