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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

What. The. Fuck.  More and more dads are taking advantage of California’s paid parental leave. The respectability politics of birth control. Democratic senators introduced a bill to increase the tax credit that helps working families cover their child-care costs. Show More Summary

Save Sarah Palin!

Politico’s Dylan Byers says it’s “The end of the Sarah Palin era.” He cites a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll showing that a slight majority of Americans (54 percent) wish Palin would be less outspoken about political issues. Show More Summary

This Should Go Without Saying, But: Prosecutors, It's Not OK to Threaten to Photograph a Boy’s Erect Penis

Today’s apparent insanity: A sexting prosecution in Manassas City reportedly gone off the rails. According to Tom Jackman in the Washington Post, the police there are trying to serve a wildly inappropriate warrant on a 17-year-old accused of sending a pornographic video of himself to his 15-year-old girlfriend. Show More Summary

“The morning after I was raped, I made my rapist breakfast.”

Here’s a powerful comic from The Nib on rape, triggers, good stories, and true ones. Read the rest here.

Question of the Day

[I'm helping a friend with a presentation this afternoon, so I've got to wrap up a little early today.]Suggested by Shaker Alison Rose: "What's the best book you've read so far this year? (Seems a good time for it, being right at the halfway point!)"I just finished Iain M. Show More Summary

Watch: A Google hangout chat with the creators of Obvious Child and pro-choice advocates

We’ve been talking a lot about the new film Obvious Child around these parts lately. And we’re thrilled to be hosting a Google Hangout chat about it today with two of the films creators, as well as advocates from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Advocates for Youth. Watch the hangout live right here at 3 pm [...]

Daily Dose of Cute

"Whuzzat?!" As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

The term “classic rapist” shows that people still don’t understand what rape is

Whenever someone makes the argument that one way to stop rape is to teach men not to rape, the response is usually some form of “but most men know that rape is wrong.” I don’t doubt that most men would say rape is wrong. I haven’t been out in the field to conduct a study [...]

The Anti-Abortion Laws Are Getting Smarter

While most of the media coverage of late regarding reproductive rights is touching on this exotic new battle over contraception, American women are increasingly facing a dramatic drop-off in access to safe, legal abortion. The Guttmacher Institute has released its annual report on new abortion restrictions, and the news is not good. Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

a-ha: "Take on Me" This is the story of a human lady who likes comics about motorcycles and coffee, and is invited to have a cool adventure inside a comic book by a handsome drawing. Her love is so powerful it turns him into a real ...

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by colorful markers.Recommended Reading:Gemma: [Content Note: Disablism; appropriation] It's Not All About Youcrunkadelic: [CN: Racism; classism; human rights violations] Detroit GoddamnChristian: [CN:Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Homophobia.]"Executive branch agencies are to execute their functions as though the U.S. District Court Order of June 25, 2014 had not been issued."—From a memo (pdf) issued to "All Executive Branch Agencies" from Mark G. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War; death—covering next four paragraphs] In news from Israel and Gaza: "Israel's military incursion in the Gaza Strip showed no signs of abating on Wednesday, with a slew of fresh...Show More Summary

Number of the Day

[Content Note: Class warfare.]77 million: The number of USians who "lived in a high-poverty area in 2012, according to Changes in Areas with Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010, a recently released report that analyzes data from the United...Show More Summary

Sexism and Soccer Balls

The other day my friend asked me if I thought a true feminist can support the World Cup. Until this year, I probably would have immediately answered yes: I just associated the World Cup with a somewhat rarefied joy and excitement. Over...Show More Summary

According to Apple, “vagina” is inappropriate but “penis” is not

That’s what Justyn Hintze discovered when she bought a new iPad recently and tried to take advantage of the free engraving offered by Apple. Being a sex-positive feminist, she decided to engrave lyrics from her favorite Alix Olson song: “I’ll give myself a lube job/shake my broomstick til my clit throbs.” Not so fast, according to [...]

Deadly Storms in New York, Maryland

[Content Note: Extreme weather; death.]Powerful storms hit central New York last night, "killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and knocking out power to more than 70,000 utility customers, officials said Wednesday."The...Show More Summary

Here’s how we can give Title IX teeth to combat campus sexual violence

Editor’s Note: This article is cross-posted from The Nation and co-written by Dana Bolger and Alexandra Brodsky, founding co-directors of Know Your IX. Make sure to take action here.  Last July, members of Know Your IX were busy preparing for our national protest to pressure the Department of Education to hold colleges accountable for how [...]

Adeus Brasil

As you've probably heard, if you've looked at any news source at all in the last 15 hours or so, irrespective of how much or little you care about the World Cup, Brazil was knocked out by Germany yesterday in a stunning defeat. I have...Show More Summary

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