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Question of the Day

What words inspire you when you are feeling defeated by the world?

It's the Simple Things

Every year around the holidays, I get some emails from people asking if they can send me a little gift. Most of them have something in mind, often something they've made (yay!), but occasionally someone will ask me if I want or need anything. Show More Summary

Why Does Alleged Sexual Predator R. Kelly Still Have a Career?

As of Thursday afternoon, 16 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the latest a nurse named Therese Serignese who says the comedian drugged and raped her in the mid-1970s. Earlier this week, model Janice Dickinson told a similar...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Grandmas smoking weed for the first time. UK students march for an end to college tuition. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased maternal mortality.  Why did doctors stop giving women orgasms? An awful Rolling Stone piece about a freshman who was gang-raped at a frat party at University of Virginia, then discouraged from reporting […]

Whut.

[Content Note: Misogynoir; racism.]I don't even know where to fucking begin:The children's author Daniel Handler has apologized for an "ill-conceived" joke he made about the black American writer Jacqueline Woodson while hosting theShow More Summary

Jamie Oliver: Still the Worst

[Content Note: Child abuse.]Jamie Oliver is basically a professional bully, who has, among other things, donned a fat suit as part of his eliminationist campaign against fat people, so I'm not entirely surprised that he's publicly bragging...Show More Summary

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, how do we shorten the list of the dead?

Today is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance when we memorialize those who were killed by anti-trans violence in the past year. Here is this year’s list of those we’ve lost and here is where you can find an event happening in your area. As Morgan Collado wrote at Autostraddle, trans women of color dominate the list of lives lost — this year […]

Photos: Black dads and their kids

As part of their “Life Cycles of Inequity” series on Black men, Colorlines highlights this photo series by Marcus Franklin that captures Black men sharing ordinary moments with their children. Check out the rest of the photos in The Fatherhood Project here. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

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

Barbie’s male classmates can be computer engineers.

Barbie is one educated and versatile woman. She's been, among dozens of other jobs, a dentist, a doctor, a sign language teacher, a special education teacher, a surgeon, a paratrooper, a jet pilot, an ambassador, a firefighter, an architect,...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...House Republicans have passed legislation that forbids scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency on their own research: "In what might be the most ridiculous aspect of the whole...Show More Summary

House Republicans Give 20 Out of 21 Committee Chairs to Men

The number of women in Congress may finally have cracked 100 this year, but with Republicans in charge, don't expect to see those gains reflected in leadership. As reported by both Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post and Rachel Maddow this week, Republicans announced the chairs for next year's House committees. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Class warfare.]"The Republicans have a pretty simple philosophy: They say if those at the top have more—more power for Wall Street players to do whatever they want and more money for tax cuts than somehow they can be counted on to build the economy for everyone else. Show More Summary

Watch: The first live-streamed national abortion speakout

You can watch the first ever live-streamed, national abortion speak-out today. Between 1 pm to 9 pm ET, over 100 people — including many Feministing friends — will be talking about their personal experiences with abortion here.  As the 1 in 3 Campaign’s Debra Hauser explains, “We are telling our stories on November 20th and throughout the year to shatter the silence, […]

Today in Fat Hatred

[Content Note: Fat hatred; eliminationism.]There is an absolutely breathtaking article in Fortune today, accompanied by an image of Chinese children stretching poolside at a "fat camp," because the pathologization of fat children (who...Show More Summary

A virtual room of one’s own: Why GamerGate hates crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is not a panacea to the economic inequities of the world; but if GamerGate is any guide, it’s certainly a devil of some sort. In the tangled thread of gendered pathologies that this three-month long yarnball of fury has gathered lies the movement’s shocking antipathy to crowdfunding, with one twitter user sneering that it […]

Jim Webb Launches Exploratory Committee

[Content Note: Misogyny; racism.]Former Democratic Senator from Virginia Jim Webb has launched a 2016 presidential exploratory committee: Webb became the first well-known Democrat to launch an exploratory committee to run for president...Show More Summary

Transgender Day of Remembrance

[Content Note: Transphobia; violence.] A candle burns at Shakes Manor. Today marks the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is "set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.Show More Summary

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