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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 […]

Virginia News Shooting: Updates & Thoughts

[Content Note: Guns; death; self-harm; racism; homophobia; animal abuse.]Background here.[CN: Video autoplays at link] This morning, WDBJ had a moment of silence on air for reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Blub.Vicki Gardner,...Show More Summary

On Male-Dominated Spaces and Internalized Sexism

The subtle sexism of being a woman in male-dominated college classes. The spring semester of my freshmen year of college, I took a class called “Intro to Political Theory.” I was obsessed with the syllabus (Kant and Marx make my head...Show More Summary

Non-Appropriative Halloween Costumes

Yesterday, in comments of my post about another appropriative Halloween costume, Shaker yazikus asked for a thread to share ideas for non-appropriative costumes. So here it is!What are costumes you have worn yourself, are planning to wear, have seen other people wearing, etc. Show More Summary

Our shared affair: The sexual shaming behind the Ashley Madison hack

The hacking of Ashley Madison, the infamous adultery-focused dating website, and the release of the names and identities of its many users, has, not unexpectedly, prompted more than a little schadenfreude out in the world. It’s been the subject of jokes, “told you so”s on social media, and a sense among many that a kind of […]

Today in Police Militarization

[Content Note: Police militarization; police brutality.]Were I still capable of surprise at what police forces around this country are doing in order to harm people more effectively, this would surprise me, but I have been rendered unsurprisable at this point. Show More Summary

No, Porn Addiction Is Not Really a Thing

Josh Duggar has reached the "checked into rehab" station of the celebrity-scandal cross. What does Josh need to recover from? It's unclear from his family's statement, but Josh's claim that he has "been viewing pornography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction" gives us a hint.

Women’s suffrage (on paper)

On this day in history, 95 years ago, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed a proclamation amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee a woman's right to vote -- after a fashion -- with the signing of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Also suggested by Shaker GoldFishy, and the logical follow-up to yesterday's QotD: "If you were running a radio request show, what song would you play every time it was requested?"So, so many songs I just can't get enough of, but the first one that came to mind from the "I could listen to this forever" file is 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

"I'm not sure whether to describe those comments as remarkably rich or utterly predictable."—White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, on Charles Koch whining like an aggrieved infant who doesn't understand the world yet, all because...Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by soup.Recommended Reading:Michelle: [Content Note: Fat hatred; weight loss talk; beauty policing] We Deserve to Look Like OurselvesJulia: [CN: Transphobia; racism; misogyny; homophobia] That Joke Isn't...Show More Summary

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