[Content Note: Fat hatred; diet and surgery advertisements.]A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about writing a post on the ubiquity of weight loss and/or body shaming advertisements. They are everywhere in my every day: I see them...Show More Summary
Virtually every time I sit down on the couch, even for a moment, Sophie immediately jumps on my lap or chest, Zelda jumps up beside me to my left, and then this happens to my right: Olivia stretches out one way, and Matilda stretches out the other. Show More Summary
As of this afternoon, Indiana’s Republican governor Mike Pence has just signed a “religious freedom” bill that would empower private businesses to discriminate against LGBT people if their “conscience” should compel them. The targets of this legislation are clear in spite of the sometimes cloudy language used by politicians to describe it. One man who was […]
[Content Note: There is a strobe-light effect in this video.] Paula Abdul: "Straight Up"
Doctors in Arizona might soon be required to tell women that abortions can be "reversed." As the Washington Post reports, the Arizona legislature just passed a bill that is the latest in state-based attempts to ban women from using their own health insurance to pay for abortion. Show More Summary
Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Extreme weather; death. Video may autoplay at link.] Tulsa area hit by deadly tornadoes: "One person was killed and several others were injured when a series of 'extremely dangerous' tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, knocking out power and leaving a massive trail of destruction. Show More Summary
[Content Note: War on agency; sexual violence; disablism.]If you thought that George W. Bush was terrible on abortion rights, get a load of his terrible brother:As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) fundraises with his brother George W., the likely 2016 presidential candidate is widely being positioned in the media as the more moderate of the two. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Description of airline crash; death.]On Tuesday, I mentioned that a Lufthansa Germanwings airbus had crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. The cockpit voice recorder has revealed that the crash appearsShow More Summary
A black woman was drugged and locked in a psych ward for eight days because police and doctors didn’t believe that she was a successful businesswoman. 25 labor events and organizers we should teach during women’s history month. On (in)accessibility at Amherst. Following Tennessee’s lead, Republicans in North Carolina have introduced a bill that would […]
[Content Note: Christian Supremacy; homophobia; transphobia.]Today, despite the fact that three major conventions have threatened to pull out of Indiana and corporations are balking, Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence has promised...Show More Summary
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Suggested by Shaker invisibilia: "What lesson you learn from your grandparents stuck with you? Could be something like 'Granddad taught me to love nature by taking me walking in the forest' or 'Granny showed me how to knit' or even something...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link.]Woolly Mammoth Could Walk Again after Genes Spliced with Asian Elephant. You know, I'm just as excited to add "trampled by rampaging woolly mammoth" to the list of my possible demises as the...Show More Summary
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Sophie loves to sit on towels. Especially clean towels, because why wouldn't a human want cat hair all over a clean towel? So of course as soon as I put a hand towel on top of the toilet tank, Sophie took up residence. Me: Sophie, don't...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Sexual violence; rape culture.]"If [black women] report our assaults to police, we risk being retraumatized not only by the inhumane process of reliving a violent experience through sharing its gory details—but also by the violence of the criminal justice system itself, which treats rape victims like suspects. Show More Summary
This blogaround brought to you by mud.Recommended Reading:Anne: [Content Note: Misogyny; choice policing] Dear Everyone: Here's Why I Don't Want to Read Your Crappy Opinions on What Mothers Should DoJennifer: [CN: Kierarchal hierarchies]...Show More Summary
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
Much like the gun lobby, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FratPAC) is exploiting the efforts of student anti-violence activists to advance its own agenda — making campuses more dangerous and less equitable as a result — all under the pretense of “improving campus safety.” Yesterday, a Bloomberg piece covering the FratPAC’s efforts announced: […]
Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Misogynoir; disablism; hostility to consent] Kam Brock, a 28-year-old black woman from Long Island, was forcibly committed, held for eight days, and injected with powerful sedatives...Show More Summary