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[Content Note: War.]In our continuing not-really-at-war-anymore-war in Iraq, outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved "new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces....Hagel signed orders Wednesday for the first group of U.S. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The Justice Department says that discrimination against trans people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. On the sexism of self-tracking apps. A round-up of the anti-choice state bills that have already been pre-filed for consideration in 2015.  WTF, Leigh Anne Tuohy?? The next waves of feminism. Cannot wait for […]

Power Outage. Again.

The power is out here. Again. Not even having bad weather. Been about an hour now. The power company answers with a recording saying they are having outages in town and will restore as quickly as possible.I'm using my mobile for this note, before the battery goes. I'll be back as soon as I'm able. Grump.

Quote of the Day

"I have determined that the best reading of Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status."—Attorney General Eric Holder, in a statement announcing...Show More Summary

Feel-Good Feminism

This is an excerpt from the article "Feel-Good Feminism" in the current issue of Oregon Humanities. Nineteen years ago, two friends and I sat around a San Francisco bedroom, putting the finishing touches on the first issue of our zine. Show More Summary

Numbers of the Day

[Content Note: Class warfare.]Seven and seventy: A new Pew Research Center analysis of wealth finds the gap between America's upper-income and middle-income families has reached its highest level on record. In 2013, the median wealth...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

How can this even be comfortable, lol?! As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Feministing Reads: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

The thesis of Naomi Klein’s new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate — backed up with a heap of devastating research — is very simple: We’ve dithered away so many decades failing to take real action to combat climate change that now global capitalism and a livable world are a collision course — […]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Death penalty] Well, here is some good(ish) news: "Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new...Show More Summary

Authority on Her Own Life

[Content Note: Misogynoir.]Yesterday I mentioned that President and First Lady Obama had sat down with People magazine to talk about some of their experiences with racism. The one example I quoted was Michelle Obama's experience at Target:"I...Show More Summary

More Abductions in Nigeria

[Content Note: Violence; abduction; misogyny; terrorism.]Gunmen suspected to be part of Boko Haram, the terrorist organization who abducted 234 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in April, have struck once again,...Show More Summary

The Interview Gets Pulled

[Content Note: Terrorism.]I don't even know what to make of this business: The Interview is a comedy film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen about two celebrity tabloid journalists who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, and are recruited by the CIA to exploit the opportunity to assassinate him. Show More Summary

Fashion and Feminism: Taja Lindley of Colored Girls Hustle

I used to think that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how misogynist that was, how deeply the devaluation of the artistic elements of fashion is actually due to its […]

Open Thread

Hosted by David Bowie's "Thursday's Child." On cassette!

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker themiddlevoice: "What is the coolest place you have visited?"

Zelly Belly Is Magic

Thank you to everyone who has sent good thoughts for Zelda and inquired to see how she's been doing. ?We have finally gotten a diagnosis: It is indeed Cushings disease. Today, Zelly started her meds, which will hopefully agree with her and start making her feel better very soon.(And will hopefully allow me to sleep through the night again, lol. Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by zippers.Recommended Reading:Brittney: [Content Note: Misogynoir] "Listen When I Talk to You!": How White Entitlement Marred My Trip to a Ferguson Teach-in Anne: [CN: Racism; white supremacy] Leigh Anne...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Advocates are suing Walmart over its new, inadequate protections for pregnant workers. The Dominican Republic will now allow abortion in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the pregnant person is at risk.  A history of sex ed films. 14 women of color who rocked 2014. Two teens have been arrested in the rape case of […]


[Content Note: Violence; death; issues of consent and ethics.]Serial is a podcast, one of the most popular podcasts of all time, hosted by reporter Sarah Koenig, who is investigating the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, whose ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is serving a life sentence for the crime. Show More Summary

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