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Chart of the Day: An uptick in threats against abortion providers

 A survey published by the Feminist Majority Foundation shows there’s been an uptick in threats and intimidation against abortion providers since 2010. The proportion of clinics affected by such tactics jumped from over a quarter toShow More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Environmental harm.]"It's hard to deny that in certain geographic locations with certain geologic circumstances, we've had some problems with some wastewater wells [but] to make a blanket assertion that wastewater wells are always the cause, I don't know that I can agree with that."—A.J. Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

[Content Note: There is a strobe-light effect in this video.] Kool & the Gang: "Celebration"

UVA Sorority Sisters Banned From Frat Parties to Punish Them for Being Potential Rape Victims

Spring semester is underway and there are a lot of eyes on how rush season is going for the Greeks at the University of Virginia after the school was the subject of a massive Rolling Stone piece on campus rape back in November. ThatShow More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...Let's begin with what is, of course, the most important news item of the day: The more you know. Insert your favorite fishmonger jokes here. Yesterday, Newsweek debuted a cover image for a story on sexism in tech that has been criticized by a lot of women (and men). Show More Summary

Important Clown Car Nooz

Care of Politico this morning: Of course they're unfazed by Hillary Clinton. Why should they be fazed by Hillary Clinton when they're not fazed by the imminent global catastrophe of unchecked climate change, or the prospect of running...Show More Summary

Infographic of the Day: The incarceration of domestic abuse survivors

Marissa Alexander should never have been convicted for shooting at the ceiling to scare off her abusive husband. On Tuesday, Alexander was “allowed” to fill the rest of her sentence at home, under house arrest. Sadly, the incarceration of women like Alexander is an epidemic. ColorOfChange and UltraViolet have collaborated on this disturbing infographic showing […]

I Write Letters

[Content Note: Misogyny.]Dear Dudes:You're not entitled to women's affection.I know that's not what the Patriarchy tells you, and I know it's definitely not what MRA and PUA and other antifeminist men's movements tell you. But the voices and narratives from those places are lying.You are not entitled to women's affection. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Kathy_A: "Do you like chatting with strangers? If so, what was your favorite conversation with one? ('No, I really don't like talking to people I don't know' is a perfectly cromulent response.)"When I am in the right mood and or situation (spontaneous small talk vs. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Over at The Nation, Victoria Law asks, “In a country that claims to care about women and ending violence against women, why does our legal system mimic the tactics of abusers?” The two Tallahassee police officers who tased an unarmed black woman last September are (finally) being suspended without pay. A new survey out about […]

Rapists Lie

[Content Note: Rape culture.]You know how I keep banging on about how rapists are also liars? Yeah, well: "Rapists use social media to cover their tracks, police warned."Rapists are increasingly exploiting social media to cover their...Show More Summary

This Is What Dehumanization Looks Like

[Content Note: Racism; silencing; dehumanization.]I don't know shit about sports, and I don't follow sports. What falls onto my radar about sports tends to be athletes doing cool things, athletes doing terrible things, and athletes who...Show More Summary

Finish This Sentence

The last thing I bought for myself that made me sooooo happy was......a meat tenderizer. Such a cheap, simple thing, which I'd just neglected to buy for years. And now I don't have to tenderize meat with whatever's in reach—the rolling...Show More Summary

The Ghostbusters Casting News Is Totally Exciting. The Reaction to the News Is Even Better.

Huge news in the world of comedy: Director Paul Feig has announced the four stars of his upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, and they are funny. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon will play the four leading roles. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Dudley, napping last night after a hard day of sleeping. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Marissa Alexander: Out of prison, still being punished

As noted yesterday, Marissa Alexander was released from prison yesterday. She has been, however, sentenced to two years’ of house arrest (after having spent three years in prison already), all for the crime of, nine days after having given birth, firing a warning shot at her estranged abusive ex-husband who was threatening to kill her […]

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by fairy lights.Recommended Reading:Adolfo: [Content Note: Police brutality; racism] Latina Teen Shot and Killed by Denver Cops Leads to Questions, AngerDigby: [CN: Police brutality; disablism] AnotherShow More Summary

Another Sign That Men's Magazines Are Changing: Men's Health Denounces "Pick-Up Artists"  

Men's magazines have long been home to some of the most sexist attitudes about women. But a recent exchange between men's magazine writer Tauriq Moosa and the South African edition of Men's Health magazine suggests a bit of good new...

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