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Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Racism.]"There's no doubt there are pockets of the country where some dog whistles blow and there's underlying racial fears that may be exploited. You've got a whole generation of kids growing up where the first president they've known is an African American. Show More Summary

Texas Is Trying to Classify Immigrant Detention Centers as Child-Care Facilities

Texas may soon classify two immigration detention centers as “child-care facilities” to circumvent a judge’s 2015 ruling that ordered them shut down. A new rule submitted to the state’s Health and Human Services Commission would create...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Zelda, curled up in bed next to me last night, and very carefully ignoring me, because she knows she's not supposed to be in the bed and I'm about to kick her out, lol.As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Quick hit: What the fuck, Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, what the fuck. BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin International Film Festival became embroiled in the debate about diversity in the movie industry Thursday, with jury president Meryl Streep dismissing questions about the all-white panel by telling reporters that "we're all Africans really." Read more ?

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: White supremacy] Cliven Bundy is under arrest and the "remaining occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were expected to surrender Thursday morning on the 41st day of the...Show More Summary

Oops They Did It Again

[Content Note: Hostility to consent.]The Bernie Sanders campaign continues to have problems with misrepresenting endorsements and associated unethical campaigning.First, in Iowa, Sanders ran a campaign ad that quoted praise from theShow More Summary

Republicans in Congress Urge Women With Zika to Accept Microcephaly, Not Abortion

Republicans in Congress say that microcephaly isn’t all that bad, and women in South and Central America who contract the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus shouldn’t terminate a pregnancy if they learn the fetus has the associated birth defect. Show More Summary

Utterly Galling

[Content Note: Racism; police brutality.]Rage seethe boil:The city of Cleveland is asking Tamir Rice's estate to pay $500 for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot by a police officer.The city requested the money as the 12-year-old boy's "last dying expense" in a creditor's claim filed Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Probate Court. Show More Summary

New Favorite Twitter: @femscriptintros

How did you first meet JANE? Hollywood producer Ross Putnam sees a lot of script with a lot of cringeworthy introductions to female characters. Now, he’s sharing them on his new Twitter account, @femscriptintros. Each character’s name has been replaced with “JANE,” which might be jarring if all of the intros didn’t seem to describe exactly […]

Question of the Day

What do you do with yourself when you're incandescently angry about and/or frustrated by something over which you have no immediate control?

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by broccoli.Recommended Reading:Amarie: [Content Note: Misogynoir; tone policing; gaslighting] My Fraught Relationship with the Adjective "Sweet"Anne: You Are HereChelsea: [CN: Transphobia; carcerality]...Show More Summary

Welp

[Content Note: Bigotry.]It's pretty terrific (ahem) how members of the media are suddenly interested in talking about how dangerous Donald Trump is now that he's won something.Now he's not the hilarious entertainment with which they've...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Today is the anniversary of Yusor, Razan, and Deah’s murders in Chapel Hill last year: learn about #OurThreeWinners and their legacy from their closest friends and then read Mahroh on how we continue to ignore white violence against Muslim women. Show More Summary

If Male Characters Were Introduced in Scripts Like Women

Screw the Bechdel test—even when women get leading roles onscreen, it turns out, their characters get written as if they were dreamed up by salivating teenage boys. On the @femscriptintros Twitter account, producer Ross Putman noticed...Show More Summary

Photo of the Day

PERFECTION. [H/T to Jess, who saw it posted by MSNBC.]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...After failing to impress voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reportedly considering suspending his presidential campaign. Seeya.[Content Note: Disablism; mental...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Olivia Twist enjoys having her back scratched. A lot. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Forget What You’ve Read. Swabbing Your Baby with Vaginal Juices Is Pointless and Weird.

As an OB-GYN physician, I’ve seen my fair share of strange and quirky birth plans. I’ve talked women out of encapsulating and eating infected placentas. I have kindly asked male partners to please not get naked and push alongside their laboring counterparts. Show More Summary

Trans Activists, Don’t Throw Mad People Under The Bus!

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. This article was written in collaboration with mad pride activist and SSHRC postdoctoral fellow Jijian Voronka. Recently, the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto shut down its Child Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), fired its head, the prestigious […]

Major Title IX Lawsuit Says University of Tennessee Is “Indifferent” to Athletes’ Alleged Rapes

In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, six women accuse the University of Tennessee of enabling and covering up sexual assaults committed by campus athletes, “fostering a hostile sexual environment,” and discriminating against alleged rape survivors through a biased adjudication system unique to Tennessee’s public university system.

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