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The New Black: a film on race, same-sex marriage, and intersectionality

Yoruba Richen‘s documentary about the African American community’s struggle for marriage equality is coming soon to a TV screen or laptop near you. The New Black, a film by Yoruba Richen, explores follows Black organizing for (and against) the successful 2012 Maryland referendum on same-sex marriage. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police misconduct; racism; possible self-harm] Goddammit: "Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell [in Portsmouth, Virginia] by guards early last Wednesday, according to authorities. Show More Summary

Men Had a Terrible Time on Ashley Madison. They Deserve Our Pity, Not Scorn.

40 minutes agoIssues & Causes / Feminism : DoubleX

Here’s a safe bet: If your husband’s name turned up in the Ashley Madison data released by the hacker group Impact Team, he probably isn’t cheating on you.

Finish This Sentence

My favorite game to play on my mobile device is......Peggle. Still forever Peggle. But I am currently engaged in a torrid love affair with Panda Pop, which makes me so happy when I rescue the baby pandas and they all cheer and makes me SO SAD LOL when I fail to rescue them and they cry. Show More Summary

Donald Trump ?s the Bible

On Bloomberg, Mark Halperin (who favors white men almost as much as Donald Trump does) was interviewing Donald Trump when he asked him to name his favorite Bible verse—which I frankly find an odious question for a number of reasons, but it's typically a standard softball for Republican candidates. Show More Summary

Is “confident” the new “pretty for a fat girl”?

I can gratefully say that I haven’t been told that I’m “pretty for a big girl” in a few years. Even though I like to hope that this means that the masses have acknowledged that this “compliment” is underhanded and offensive, I doubt it, because this “insight” has only been replaced with another one that makes […]


[Content Note: Misogyny.]Hillary Clinton went all in on the Republicans and their institutional misogyny yesterday during a speech in Cleveland:Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by a x-ray specs!This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter X.

Quick hit: Duke freshman refuse to, can’t wait to read Fun Home

On the one hand: Several Duke University students have publicly announced their unwillingness to do the suggested freshman summer reading. They refused to read Fun Home, Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her experiences with her father and her relationship with her sexual identity, because it offends their Christian values. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker kittenboots: "Should you 'just go for it'? What is 'it'?"

Photo of the Day

The Twin Jet Nebula, a bipolar planetary nebula. (Photo Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA) Rachel Feltman at the WaPo:This "butterfly" (which also kind of looks like two space squid head butting each other, if you're as into that as I am) is called the Twin Jet Nebula. Show More Summary

The Walking Thread?

So, that The Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, premiered last Sunday, and I have a question for y'all: Are you watching it? Do you want a Fear the Walking Thread recap a la my Walking Dead recaps, or are not enough people watching it that it would be of interest?Let me know in comments!

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Our own Katherine on that NYT piece questioning the benefit of sex reassignment surgery for trans people: “Medical transition helped me take ownership of my body. Activism and political change is required to ameliorate the rest.” Increasingly,...Show More Summary

Primarily Speaking

[Content Note: Racism.] Today's WORST CLOWN IN THE CLOWN CAR AWARD goes to Senator Rand Paul, who lectures #BlackLivesMatter activists, by way of Sean Hannity because OF COURSE, that they should change their name and their tactics: "I think they should change their name maybe—if they were All Lives Matter, or Innocent Lives Matter... Show More Summary

New favorite Instagram: Feminist_Tinder

I’m definitely swiping right on Feminist_Tinder, a new Instagram account where one woman is documenting what it’s like navigating Tinder as a feminist. Laura Nowak just added the line “hello i am a feminist” to her profile, and the guys do the rest.  Of course, including something about feminism in your online dating profile is also just a solid litmus test to […]

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: White supremacy; racism; anti-immgrationism; antisemitism.]"If Mr. Trump loses, this could be the last chance whites have to vote for a president who could actually do something useful for them and for their country."—A...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

"What? I'm definitely supposed to be on this table!" 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: Death] Absolutely awful: "As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked truck in Austria near the Hungarian border on Thursday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discovery...Show More Summary

A response to NYT nail salon exposé: “This only happened because people organized.”

Every evening on my way home from work, I open my “college rape” Google Alert email. And in it — every day, without fail — there’s a steady stream of articles that paints campus anti-rape activists as sad, disempowered rape girls. As a survivor and young anti-rape organizer myself, I feel endlessly frustrated with media […]

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