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David Brooks Says Hobbies Make Us Interesting. But What Counts as a Hobby?

Trying to unpack why voters haven’t warmed to Hillary Clinton, David Brooks recently noted that we like people who build lives outside of their jobs, creating spaces in which to be human beings, not human “policy briefs.” “Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun?” he wrote. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

What inanimate thing have you lost, and it still bothers you to this day?(And by "lost," I mean actually lost, left behind, forgot, etc. rather than having it taken from you in some way.)

On Hillary's Emails

So. Today the State Department's Office of the Inspector General issued a report finding that "Clinton's use of private email for public business was 'not an appropriate method' of preserving documents and that her practices failed to...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton, Ghostbusters, and Gender Politics Collide on Ellen

The four stars of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot, out July 15, visited the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday to promote the film and show off how skillfully they can play charades in precarious stilettos. The women—Kate McKinnon,...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Young Chicago woman challenges immigration authorities for labeling her a “public safety concern” over participation in peaceful civil disobedience. Eleven states are investing huge time and resources in order to deny trans rights. The conviction of Purvi Patel and the criminalization of abortion. Show More Summary

Feministing Reads: What We’re Reading

Here’s what our team is reading this month: Ava: I’m reading Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, a mid-century take on nineteenth century gothic horror, and queer in both centuries’ sense of the word. Mahroh: My sister just gifted me Remi Kanazi’s Before the Next Bomb Drops, in which he details the experience of Palestinians living under occupation and in […]

Daily Dose of Cute

Some people have the world on a string. Others not so much. Although that looks like a straw wrapper hanging off her head, it's actually a piece of ribbon (her favorite thing), which was originally the handle of a giftbag that she nearly...Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by a warm breeze.Recommended Reading:Flor: [Content Note: Transphobia; violence; anti-immigrationism] TLC Condemns New Immigration Detention Center in TexasKiki: [CN: Disablism; misogyny] #MillionsMissing...Show More Summary

Whooooooooops! Email SNAFU Alerts Media Trump Plans to Hit Clinton on Whitewater

The revival of the '90s attacks continues!This is just sad on so many levels:Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Wednesday morning emailed a researcher at the Republican National Committee asking him to "work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible. Show More Summary

What Is the Deal With This $149 Vagina Costume?

A Brooklyn couple is making headlines for launching a new business venture in the costume industry: manufacturing Lycra and polyester tunics roughly designed to look like a white person’s vulva.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...Hillary Clinton's emails! (I will have a dedicated post about this later, so save discussion for that thread, please.)[Content Note: War on agency; anti-LGBT bigotry] "Presumptive Republican presidential...Show More Summary

While We Were Out: North Carolina’s Bathroom Law

[Content note: mentions of transphobia and child sexual abuse] While Feministe has been down, an issue erupted in North Carolina about where trans people are allowed to pee. In response to a local ordinance in Charlotte outlawing discrimination...Show More Summary

"What kind of a man does that?"

[Content Note: Class warfare.]Senator Elizabeth Warren has been fighting an amazing Twitter war with Donald Trump for months. Yesterday, during a speech in DC, she took their war of words offline, and delivered a blistering attack on...Show More Summary


[Content Note: Class warfare.]Yesterday, Hillary Clinton released a powerful new ad recalling Donald Trump's comments about profiting from a housing crash. This is terrible but important stuff. Her campaign tweeted the ad with the blunt note: "When Trump got his wish for a housing crash, millions of Americans lost their homes. Show More Summary

Comedians Are Finally Taking on Motherhood—but Not Everyone Is Happy About It

A few months ago, I wrote about my consternation that the women’s comedy revolution has been mostly bereft of moms. But now, quite suddenly, we appear to be entering a miniature golden age of comedy about motherhood. There’s Ali Wong’s...Show More Summary

Deep Breaths. Deep Breaths.

[Content Note: Misogyny.]Last night, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver accused Senator Barbara Boxer of lying about having felt threatened at the Nevada Caucus when a bunch of angry Sanders supporters were screaming at her.Yes. Really.I had some thoughts about that. Ahem.

Open Thread

Hosted by an (incredible!) ice sculpture. (This ice sculpture, called "Bzzzz," was the winner of the 2015 Long John Jamboree ice carving contest.)

Question of the Day

What is your favorite inanimate possession? (I specify "inanimate" so we can rule out pets. Not everyone views pets as possessions, of course, but some people do, and I just wanted to set that off-limits for debate.)

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