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It's All Happening Very Fast Now

Since even before Donald Trump was elected, I was warning that he was a dangerous authoritarian who would subvert our democracy given the opportunity — warnings that were greeted with accusations of hyperbole, pessimism, the abandonment...Show More Summary

Open Thread + Programming Note

Hosted by a yellow sofa. Have a seat and chat. I will be away today and tomorrow, as I'm going to be helping out a friend. I will post the Virtual Pub tomorrow night, so there will still be a place to chat over the weekend. See you Monday!

Wednesday Links!

This list o' links brought to you by streaming sunshine.Recommended Reading: You know how I'm the brokenest of broken records constantly urging caution about the likelihood of Mueller's investigation having the explosive results for which lots of people are hoping? Here's a solid explainer on why I am such a damn downer bore. Show More Summary


Noting my most recent act of self-care was new shoes, Shaker (and self-described "power lurker," lol) Ellie requests, which I'm sharing with her permission: "I love the Fat Fashion and Makeup Threads. Could we have a shoe-love thread,...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Just normal greyhound stuff. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

A Terrible Reminder That White Supremacy and Patriarchy Are Inextricably Linked

[Content Note: White supremacy; domestic violence; descriptions of violence.]White supremacist Matthew Heimbach, who came to national prominence by leading a hate group, shoving anti-racist protesters, and being quoted in a number of...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Hellianne: "Whaaaaaaaaaa?"I can't even imagine a better QotD for the end of this day.My answer: The fuck if I know.Wait, that's not true. I do know. I just wish I didn't.

Rex Tillerson Reads Goodbye Statement

Binned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just read a brief statement, taking no questions before he disappeared into the sunset or wherever he's headed. It was a completely bland statement about the transition and the good people at State and how proud he's been to serve etc. Show More Summary

Trump's Personal Assistant Fired and Removed from White House

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at first link.]While Donald Trump heads off to San Diego to tour nativist wall designs, his personal assistant was fired and escorted off the White House grounds so abruptly that he didn't even have time to grab his jacket. Show More Summary

This Is What It Looks Like When Your President Is Owned by Russia

Last night, the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee abruptly concluded that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign (and/or administration) and Russia, and further that there is no evidence to support the assessment of the U.S. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Brenda A.: "When were you helped by a total stranger?"One night, many years ago, before there were automated railroad gates at every crossing on the country roads near where I live, I came to a railroad crossing I crossed all the time, braked to a stop, and looked both ways, just like always. Show More Summary

Is #metoo a moral panic? Not if we’re clear about our values.

Last month, in response to a profile of pornography literacy programs, conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote an op-ed entitled “Let’s Ban Porn.” In it, Douthat argued that banning porn was not just feminist but also the logical conclusion of the #metoo movement’s quest for better sex. After all, Douthat argues, “It was […]

The Feministing Five: Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors is a queer artist, activist, freedom-fighter, and Black Lives Matter co-founder. Originally from Los Angeles, Patrisse is an NAACP History Maker and has received numerous awards for her activism and movement building, including being named a Civil Rights Leader for the 2st Century by the Los Angeles Times.  Patrisse’s first book, When They […]

“Listen to women. Trust us when we say we’re sick.”

Long-time Feministing readers might have noticed that my byline hasn’t been on the site as much in the last couple years. That’s because I’ve been at work writing my first book, Doing Harm, about how sexism in medicine is harming women, which is out today.  As I write in the 2,000-word version of the book […]

Janelle Monáe Fems the Future

Janelle Monáe has blessed us with two new music videos “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane” and I don’t know about you, but they’ve been on repeat at my house. Both songs are Black feminist anthems that explore gender, sexuality, and race. Watching these videos is an escape away from daily stress – they remind me […]

Georgia Bill Would Allow Adoption Agencies to Turn LGBTQ People Away

The Georgia state legislature is considering a bill that would allow adoption agencies to turn LGBTQ couples away. That’s how much they hate us: they’d rather leave kids in foster care then let them be in our loving homes. SB-375, also known as the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” would allow child-placement agencies […]

Ahed Tamimi is one of hundreds of children imprisoned in Israel

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi recently turned 17 in an Israeli prison. Tamimi was arrested after being charged with alleged assault and incitement for slapping an Israeli Defense Fund soldier trespassing on her family’s property, just days after her cousin had been shot in the head for protesting the occupation of Palestine. As outspoken Palestinian activists, […]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Sue Kerr: "Netflix has called and they would like you to helm the remake/reboot of any previous produced video material. What would you select and why?"Maybe the TV series Alice, with a more diverse cast. I haven't...Show More Summary

Breaking: Trump Asked Witnesses in Russia Probe to Disclose What They Discussed with Investigators

This is pretty fucking serious — or would be if anything still mattered:The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which [Donald] Trump asked key witnesses about matters theyShow More Summary

Wednesday Links!

This list o' links brought to you by lambs.Recommended Reading:Tal Abbady at Dame Magazine: [Content Note: Misogyny; racism] The New Yorker Has a Byline ProblemLance Mannion at His Eponymous Blog: Covering Politics as Performance ArtDr. Show More Summary

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