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Open Thread with Giraffe and Skyline

A lone giraffe with Nairobi's city skyline in the background features 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

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Police bruality; racism.]"Clearly some were not telling the truth."—St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, admitting that some of the witnesses who appeared before the grand jury tasked with deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown, lied during their testimony. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Don’t give money to the Salvation Army. In 2014, young people organized for human rights. “The last recourse of women who are pushed out of community on every angle is often the Internet.” Ralph Lauren’s “genocide aesthetic.” Chicago’s youth diversion program fails justice-involved girls. Butchbaby & Co.: The first androgynous maternity line for queer individuals. […]

The Alarming Inaccuracy of Prenatal Testing  

When I was pregnant with my first child, I got an important call from my doctor’s office. I remember very little of the specifics aside from where I was standing (on the sidewalk, outside of a management training seminar I had to do for work), and the dread I felt as the call proceeded. Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by foil.Recommended Reading:Elena, Neha, and Jean: [Content Note: Misogyny; harassment] MIT Computer Scientists' Reddit AMA Proves the Point about Gender in STEMScott: [CN: Rape culture; harassment; intimidation]...Show More Summary

So, the President Had a Press Conference

Earlier today, President Obama had his end-of-the-year press conference, and here is something interesting that happened: LOL. Awesome.I suppose a cynical person might suggest the President did this as a stunt so people would talk about his calling on only female reporters instead of on the content of his responses to those reporters. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Olivia, asleep with her paw on her head, little pink nose just sticking out. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Let’s talk about Title IX and fair process

Welcome to the backlash. With every action comes an equal and opposite reaction, so we always had to know that progress in the fight to end campus gender-based violence would provoke a negative response. And our opponents primary tactic is clever: I see anti-feminists claiming fair process for themselves. As schools reconsider their disciplinary procedures, these […]

Finish This Sentence

The Christmas song that I hate with the fiery passion of ten thousand suns is......Do They Know It's Christmas? Every time this fucking track comes on the radio, I feel obliged to shout "DO YOU KNOW THIS SONG IS RACIST AS FUCK?" WhyShow More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Counting Crows: "Mr. Jones"This week's TMNS have been brought to you by bands with alliterative names. Remember what I said about "Two Princes"? Double it for this track. Ugh. Ugggggghhhhhhh. Ugh.

Fucking With Feministing: Vaginal Orgasms

Welcome to the second installment of Fucking with Feministing (check out our first installment here)! This monthly sex advice column is the place where readers get feminist advice on my favorite subject! I’m Sesali and I’ll be your resident sexpert with the help of our friends at the Center for Sex & Culture (CSC) who […]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police brutality; racism] A new video shows NYPD officers beating a black teenage boy against a car: "After three cops hold the boy against the car, a non-uniformed officer is seen...Show More Summary

It’s A Rich Man’s World

Money is usually equated with security and the ability to have a comfortable life. Yet girls are still persistently raised to believe that they may not have control over this reality. We’re often told that we should “marry rich” or at least make sure our husbands (always husbands) can “provide” or “take care of” us. Show More Summary

Serial (Again)

[Content Note: Violence; death; racism; issues of consent and ethics.]When I first posted about Serial earlier this week, I was halfway through the series. Yesterday was the podcast's concluding episode, and I've now listened to the whole thing. Show More Summary

Feministing Follow Friday: Anti-Carceral Feminists, Vol. II

  We couldn’t limit our list of great anti-carceral feminists to just five. So here’s our second volume of writers and organizers imagining and creating responses to gendered harms that don’t rely on the criminal justice system: Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira): Journalist & author, Playing The Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). Show More Summary

Suddenly Republicans Don't Like Mavericks Anymore

Greg Sargent had an interesting piece yesterday about President Obama's recent decision "to be as aggressive and ambitious as possible in unilaterally pursuing his agenda wherever he can," and how his executive actions are "setting in...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love."

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker yes: "What is your favorite piece of retro technology that always makes you nostalgic?"Does Atari count if I still own one and still play it, lol?

Welp

[Content Note: War.]In our continuing not-really-at-war-anymore-war in Iraq, outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved "new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces....Hagel signed orders Wednesday for the first group of U.S. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The Justice Department says that discrimination against trans people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. On the sexism of self-tracking apps. A round-up of the anti-choice state bills that have already been pre-filed for consideration in 2015.  WTF, Leigh Anne Tuohy?? The next waves of feminism. Cannot wait for […]

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