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Is #metoo a moral panic? Not if we’re clear about our values.

Last month, in response to a profile of pornography literacy programs, conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote an op-ed entitled “Let’s Ban Porn.” In it, Douthat argued that banning porn was not just feminist but also the logical conclusion of the #metoo movement’s quest for better sex. After all, Douthat argues, “It was […]

The Feministing Five: Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors is a queer artist, activist, freedom-fighter, and Black Lives Matter co-founder. Originally from Los Angeles, Patrisse is an NAACP History Maker and has received numerous awards for her activism and movement building, including being named a Civil Rights Leader for the 2st Century by the Los Angeles Times.  Patrisse’s first book, When They […]

“Listen to women. Trust us when we say we’re sick.”

Long-time Feministing readers might have noticed that my byline hasn’t been on the site as much in the last couple years. That’s because I’ve been at work writing my first book, Doing Harm, about how sexism in medicine is harming women, which is out today.  As I write in the 2,000-word version of the book […]

Janelle Monáe Fems the Future

Janelle Monáe has blessed us with two new music videos “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane” and I don’t know about you, but they’ve been on repeat at my house. Both songs are Black feminist anthems that explore gender, sexuality, and race. Watching these videos is an escape away from daily stress – they remind me […]

Georgia Bill Would Allow Adoption Agencies to Turn LGBTQ People Away

The Georgia state legislature is considering a bill that would allow adoption agencies to turn LGBTQ couples away. That’s how much they hate us: they’d rather leave kids in foster care then let them be in our loving homes. SB-375, also known as the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” would allow child-placement agencies […]

Ahed Tamimi is one of hundreds of children imprisoned in Israel

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi recently turned 17 in an Israeli prison. Tamimi was arrested after being charged with alleged assault and incitement for slapping an Israeli Defense Fund soldier trespassing on her family’s property, just days after her cousin had been shot in the head for protesting the occupation of Palestine. As outspoken Palestinian activists, […]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Sue Kerr: "Netflix has called and they would like you to helm the remake/reboot of any previous produced video material. What would you select and why?"Maybe the TV series Alice, with a more diverse cast. I haven't...Show More Summary

Breaking: Trump Asked Witnesses in Russia Probe to Disclose What They Discussed with Investigators

This is pretty fucking serious — or would be if anything still mattered:The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which [Donald] Trump asked key witnesses about matters theyShow More Summary

Wednesday Links!

This list o' links brought to you by lambs.Recommended Reading:Tal Abbady at Dame Magazine: [Content Note: Misogyny; racism] The New Yorker Has a Byline ProblemLance Mannion at His Eponymous Blog: Covering Politics as Performance ArtDr. Show More Summary

Discussion Thread: How Are You?

Me? Oh fine. Just listening to the thundersnow while writing about the Trump administration, because I'm living inside a cuckoo clock. How are you?

The Makeup Thread

Here is your semi-regular makeup thread, to discuss all things makeup and makeup adjacent. Do you have a makeup product you'd recommend? Are you looking for the perfect foundation which has remained frustratingly elusive? Need or want...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Cat ball. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

We Resist: Day 412

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have...Show More Summary

On the Stormy Daniels Story

[Content Note: Misogyny.]So, there's another twist in the saga of Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid by his attorney Michael Cohen to keep quiet about it, leaving the president...Show More Summary

Gary Cohn Jumps Ship to Dogwhistled Anti-Semitism

Gary Cohn, Donald Trump's chief economic adviser, announced yesterday that he is resigning. Gary Cohn resigned on the same day Trump was again bragging about how everyone wants to work in his White House. If Trump had a sense of irony or any shame, that might bother him. Show More Summary

Joe Biden, What Are You Even Doing?

In Pennsylvania's 18th District, there is a special election to be decided in one week to fill the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who recently resigned after revelations that he urged his mistress to have an abortion, despite being a virulently anti-choice candidate.It's a Republican district: Trump carried the 18th by 20 points in 2016. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Yankee Transferred: "If you could go back to a past decade in your life, what would it be and why?"I wouldn't. The hard-won comfort in my own skin that I now enjoy is too precious to me to ever revisit the past, even the very good bits.

Discussion Thread: Movie Recommendations

Seen any good movies recently that you'd like to recommend? I know lots of us are always looking for good recommendations from people who broadly share our sensibilities, so if you've seen anything that you really enjoyed, have at it...Show More Summary

This F#@king Guy

Donald Trump just held a joint presser with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and it went about as well as you'd expect, with Trump bragging about how terrific he's doing as president and claiming that Russia didn't meddle in the...Show More Summary

TV Corner: Everything Sucks! (and I Don't Care About McQuaid)

In the final scene of Pitch Perfect, do you want to know how many times the camera cuts away from the nine women performing on stage to Beca's (Anna Kendrick) on-again, off-boyfriend, Jesse (Skylar Astin), who is watching in the audience?Seven.Seven...Show More Summary

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