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That’s What the Money Is For

Like all great television, Mad Men was largely about beautiful people treating each other terribly in the service of big philosophical ideas: the rapacity of capitalism, the earthquakes of feminism, racism’s eerie bonhomie, 20 th -century American alienation. Show More Summary

In Pregnancy Announcement, Zuckerberg Opens Up About Couple’s Past Miscarriages

On Friday afternoon, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced—via a Facebook post and photo starring an incredibly shaggy dog—that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child: a girl who gave her soon-to-be father a thumbs-up “like” in an ultrasound.

Quote of the Day

"I wish to emphasize our genuine wish to have a constructive relationship with The New York Times. But we also are extremely troubled by the events that went into this erroneous report, and will be looking forward to discussing our concerns...Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by cackling.Recommended Reading:Kenrya: [Content Note: Police brutality; misogynoir] Raynette Turner: The Latest Black Woman to Die in Police CustodyJohn: [CN: Police misconduct; homophobia; disablism]Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Adele: "Love Song"(See what I did there?)This week's TMNS has been brought to you by The Cure.

Daily Dose of Cute

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

Primarily Speaking

[NB: Not only women need access to abortion, but Rand Paul doesn't think about that.] I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! I love I love I love the primaries and I just can't hide it! Are you as excited as I am! I BET YOU ARE! If...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by Tatooine.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter T.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...This is very good news: "The World Health Organization announced Friday that an Ebola vaccine has shown great promise in halting the spread of the deadly virus during a clinical trial in Guinea....Show More Summary

Charly "Africa" Keunang: Update

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death; descriptions of violence; victim-blaming.]In March, I wrote about the police killing of a homeless man known as Africa in Los Angeles. Five officers descended on Africa, with one of the officers (wrongly) claiming that Africa had seized his gun. Show More Summary

"Surveyors were unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations."

[Content Note: War on agency.]Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence, along with several other Republican governors, thought it would be a terrific idea to exploit whatever public disapproval of Planned Parenthood had arisen from CMP's...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Happy National Orgasm Day! Mike Huckabee won’t rule out using federal troops to stop abortions if he becomes president. Why aren’t there more women futurists? Millennial men tend to want egalitarian relationships but fall back into traditional gender roles. The Senate will vote on Republican proposal to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday. Of lions and men.

Stay in your lane: We don’t need rich white actresses’ comments on sex work

A group of rich and famous white actress/feminists who have probably never in their life traded sex or experienced criminalization have added their rich and famous names onto a letter condemning a proposal from Amnesty International to adopt a position to support the decriminalization of sex work.  Amnesty’s proposal, which is in line with the […]

How to slash the cost of child care while raising workers’ wage to $15/hour

As the Fight for 15 movement keeps collecting wins, the “Make it Work” coalition is pushing to raise the wages of child care workers and preschool teachers next — while simultaneously reducing the skyrocketing costs of child care for families. At The Nation, Michelle Chen reports on their proposal: The campaign, launched this week by the […]

An Interview with a Lady Who Used a Breast Pump in an Open Office Plan

Earlier this week, it came to light that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called a lawyer “disgusting” when she requested a break from a deposition so that she could pump breast milk for her three-month-old baby. A spokesman later explained that Trump thought the lawyer wanted to pump in front of him, which he found “disgusting,” rather than privately.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The websites of Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds were shut down by anti-choice DDOS attacks. A new bill, backed by the FratPAC, would force victims of campus sexual violence to report it to law enforcement if they want their schools to investigate. “In many disciplines, the animals used to study diseases and drugs are […]

Dating Tips From Woody Allen

Woody Allen has done something bold and painfully self-aware, something that his many detractors might never have expected of him: He has come clean about the sins he's committed in the past against the women in his life.

Amnesty International, CATW, a bunch of celebrities, and decriminalization

[Content note: sex trafficking and sexual abuse] Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham, Emily Blunt, and numerous other celebrities, along with former sex workers and victims of sex trafficking and women's rights advocates, have signed...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Amarie: "What is your favorite music/background noise to work to? And it can be any kind of work you do: writing, exercising, painting..."I hardly ever listen to music while I work, because I prefer to write in silence. Show More Summary

Eeeeeeeeeeeee! THE CUTE!

Below: A video of a baby elephant playing with birds. I repeat: A BABY ELEPHANT PLAYING WITH BIRDS. Video Description: A baby elephant stands in the middle of a paved road, with wild grass and trees on either side. A bunch of small birds (possibly sparrows?) fly around the elephant, teasing her. Show More Summary

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