Malia and Sasha in the White House: dangerous narrative about the progress of African-American girls. Social media, teens, moral panic, and the sexual predators that “lurk everywhere”. Cooking skills and farm vegetables in inner-city Washington D.C. Show More Summary
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The next time you are looking forward a wonder woman, look no further than Lovoisa Stannow. An established activists and current executive director of Just Detention International, she upholds an extraordinarly difficult yet vital mission — to help end sexual abuse in prisons. In her words, “its idea that no one should suffer from sexual [...]
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Mrs Esther Stace, who was one hell of a horsewoman in 1915, is the host of 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
Fri March 14, 2014 Dear Future Mom: Kids With Down Syndrome Share Heartfelt Message By Marc van Gurp Every expectant parent knows uncertainty. Questions about health and future. But what if you are told that you are expecting a child...Show More Summary
Fri March 14, 2014 The Winners Are...Women Dominate U.S. Book Critics Circle Award By VITAMIN W Staff Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for her third novel "Americanah."The prize is among the most prestigious literary recognitions in the world. Show More Summary
Over the past four years, accusations of fashion photographer Terry Richardson’s creepy sexual behavior toward his models—including claims that he gets naked, requests sexual favors, and in some cases, ejaculates onto young female subjects when they're not entirely jazzed about that situation—have mounted, without comment from Richardson himself. Show More Summary
bell hooks says: unplug this weekend! Vox hired gay homophobe and transmisogynist Brandon Ambrosino. Fuck the magazines that support Terry Richardson. 50,000 demand change at Dartmouth after student publishes “rape guide.” And 116,000 demand federal campus violence policy change. The diversity in media bingo card.
Fri March 14, 2014 FDA Panel Recommends DNA Test Instead of Pap Smears By VITAMIN W Staff A DNA test may replace the traditional Pap smear to screen women against cervical cancer. Earlier this week, an FDA committee voted 13-to-0 to approve the cobas viral DNA test, manufactured by Roche Molecular Systems. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Animal attack.]Well, I don't love the first part of the story, which is a tale of an elephant in India destroying a house. That's a thing that happens sometimes, not just with elephants, when humans and animals' habitats...Show More Summary
Julie Beck at the Atlantic reports on a new study, published in Social Science Research, that tracked who was likeliest out of a group of teenagers to be married or cohabitating in early adulthood. Researchers followed 9,000 young people in middle and high school for 15 years, ending the study when the participants were ages ranging from 24 to 34. Show More Summary
Fri March 14, 2014 Mushroom Death Suit: A Burial for the Eco-Friendly? By VITAMIN W Staff Jae Rhim Lee is concerned about what happens to the toxins in our bodies after we die. Her quirky solution? To create a “mushroom death suit.” Lee's...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Fat hatred.]Two studies have come across my desk (so to speak) about anti-fat bias that don't think they're about anti-fat bias. 1. BBC: "A new study suggests obesity in adolescent girls is associated with lower academic results during their teenage years. Show More Summary
Recently, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) issued recommendations to the White House on how to properly respond to college rape. Seeing the title of the page–RAINN Recommends White House Focus on Criminal Justice Response to College Rape–instantly made me panic. I’m an an organizer with ED ACT NOW, a national campaign calling for [...]
Carol Leifer first hit the standup stage as a college student in the 1970s, at a time when a female comedian was a novelty act on par with ventriloquists and animal tricks. Over the next several decades, she became a writer on Seinfeld...Show More Summary
"Ha-cha-cha-cha!" As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
#SolidarityWisconsin from The Voice Project on Vimeo. Pussy Riot is opening a prisoners rights center in Russia and engaging in transnational solidarity with… Wisconsin. Thursday, released Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and...Show More Summary
Fri March 14, 2014 Could You Forgive the Judge Who Stole Years From Your Life? By Hillary Transueh Imagine two young women sitting in your local restaurant; one of them is tall and heavy-set with bronze-colored curls and the other is slightly older and a bit shorter, with dyed blonde hair and a not-unpleasant-looking face. Show More Summary
This blogaround brought to you by chickens.Recommended Reading:If you can afford to donate, former Shakerville contributor and longtime Shaker CaitieCat could use some help bridging the four-month (!) disability application process.[Content...Show More Summary