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[Content Note: Fat hatred; disablism; misogyny.]Professional fat-shamer Katie Hopkins decided to gain and then lose 50 pounds in order to "prove" that fat people cannot be happy and that fat people are liars if they say they can't lose...Show More Summary


Well, Happy Halloween, if you care about it! Are you going to any parties, or having a party? Are you taking anyone trick-or-treating? Do you get lots of trick-or-treaters? If you're wearing a costume for any reason this Halloween, what is it? Discuss!

Research Grants at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University

Research Grants at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University From the FLP mailbox: The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library...Show More Summary

Spillover #22

Time for our twenty-second #spillover thread. Some reminders: 1. #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic by providing a separate constructive space for side-discussions. 2. Commentors are encouraged to respect the topic of each post and cheerfully volunteer to take off-topic side-discussions into #spillover.

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Bearpaw01: "What food combination do you like that most people think is weird? (E.g., pickles, peanut butter, and hot sauce sandwich.)"

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Purple Haze"'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

Headline of the Day

[Content Note: Class warfare.]Number of Billionaires Has Doubled Since the Financial Crisis. The super-rich club has become less exclusive, with the amount of billionaires doubling since the financial crisis, according to a report from global charity Oxfam. Show More Summary

Emma Sulkowicz Inspired Students Across the Country to Carry Their Mattresses. Now What?

A pine green air mattress floats through the Columbia University campus, climbs the steps toward the library, passes a line of reporters and a couple of girls clutching worn white pillows, and settles into the back of a crowd of students wearing hoodies with sleeves marked “X” in red tape. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Now THIS is what a feminist looks like #ellefeminism #BenedictCumberbatch — ELLEUK (@ELLEUK) October 27, 2014 Breaking my policy of not handing out too many cookies to male feminists, because Benedict Cumberbatch. Show More Summary

Good Grief

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is still considered to be a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, and I have no idea why. As soon as voters get a look at what this guy is really like, they're going...Show More Summary

We’ll believe almost anything rather than believe our favorite male celebrities committed sexual violence

As more women–up to at least eight now, perhaps ten-come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, who preemptively tried to make himself out to be the victim of some vengeful ex conspiracy twinged with anti-BDSM bias, please read this great piece by Kate Harding. Show More Summary

Quick Hit: We Regret To Announce That Your Request Of “Gotta Hear Both Sides” Has Been Denied

Sorry, not sorry. Thank you for your recent inquiry about hearing both sides. According to our records, this marks the fourth submission in as many days as to whether or not we have heard both sides. We regret to inform you that we have not. On March the 2nd, you interrupted a conversation by asking [...]

Discussion Thread: Whispered Warnings

[Content Note: Sexual harassment and abuse.]Last night, after reading Melissa Martin's terrific piece, "Do You Know About Jian?", which Ruth also linked below, I was texting with Jessica Luther about it, and I told her: Reading thatShow More Summary

Eight Women Have Now Come Forward with Jian Ghomeshi Allegations

The Toronto Star reports that four more women, including TV actress Lucy DeCoutere, have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against popular CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, bringing the total number of accusers to eight. Show More Summary

Follow Up: More Women Speak About Jian Ghomeshi

[CN: physical abuse, sexual assault, verbal abuse, BDSM discussion, rape apologia] More women have come forward with allegations against Jian Ghomeshi. One woman, actor and Royal Canadian Air Force captain Lucy Decoutere, agreed to use her name. Show More Summary

Watch: GamerGate gets The Colbert Report treatment

Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian to discuss GamerGate and the fact that “feminazis in the gamer world are coming for our balls to snip them off, put them into a little felt purse and take them away, so we have to play your non-violent games.” According to my [...]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War on agency] Fuck fuck fuck: "The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early,...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Sexual and domestic violence; failure to support survivors.]"The negative impact of college dating abuse is not limited to a survivor's academic career. There can be a literal cost to being a victim. I have more than $80,000 in private student loan debt used to attend a school that didn't care that I had been raped and abused. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: “White men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”

As we learned during the last election, sometimes there’s nothing like a recording of a closed-door event with supporters to reveal what politicians really think. In a private event at the all-male Hibernian Society of Charleston, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is considering a presidential run, told the audience: “I’m trying to help you with your tax status. [...]

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