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Stat of the day: 1 in 6 Australians thinks “no” means “yes”

A new national study of over 17, 000 people found that 1 in 6 of my fellow Australians believes that, when it comes to sex, when women say “no,” they sometimes mean “yes.” The numbers in this survey are really fucking grim, and what’s more depressing is that the views on sexual and domestic violence [...]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker plot_thickens: "What kind of transportation do you use the most, and what's your favorite way to go from here to there?"

Just in Case

Here is just a terrific picture of a greyhound who is very happy to be dressed as a unicorn, in case you need it: Sometimes you just have a day where you need a greyhound who is very happy to be dressed as a unicorn. I get it.[Picture via Etsy seller AcmeCouture, maker of many adorable things!]


[Content Note: Misogyny; antisemitic violence.]So, I'm reading this story about a geep—a rare goat-sheep hybrid—just born in Germany, which sent me in search of pictures of the wee devil, which eventually led me to this article about a geep born last month in an Arizona petting zoo. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

American inequality illustrated by three new charts from the Census. “Self-defense is murder when you’re a transgender woman of color.” A UNC professor tells her tale of reporting her years-ago rape to the Title IX office. The NFL continues to be the worst, punishing Rihanna for being a victim of domestic violence. Facebook agrees to [...]

You Say Tomato, I Say Close Combat Advising

[Content Note: War.]In spite of President Obama's repeated assurances that he will not be ordering troops back into ground combat in Iraq, Army General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate armed services...Show More Summary

Why Does Anyone Listen to Richard Dawkins Anymore?

[Content Note: Rape apologia; misogyny; gender essentialism.]That, of course, is a rhetorical question. People still listen to Richard Dawkins, despite the fact that he is a misogynist, racist, disablist rape apologist (not a comprehensive...Show More Summary

Watch: Lupita Nyong’o teaches Elmo about skin

The talented Lupita Nyong’o stopped by Sesame Street to chat with Elmo about skin, and how it comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors. Just gorgeous. (h/t The Root)

Chart of the Day: The pay gap narrows by one whole percentage point

Readers, I am forced to humbly apologize to the Senate Republicans. Just this morning, I blamed them for, yet again, blocking legislation to address pay discrimination. But it turns out they might be on to something. According to latest data from the Census Bureau, even without the help of the Paycheck Fairness Act, the gender pay gap [...]

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Domestic violence; victim-blaming.]"CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."—Rihanna, singer and survivor of domestic violence,...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police brutality; death; racism] An important update on the John Crawford case: Not only is the police account falling apart, but the primary witness account is falling apart, too.[CN:...Show More Summary

For the 4th time, Senate Republicans vote against equal pay protections for women

Surprise! For the 4th time since 2012, Senate Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. The GOP, of course, claims that it’s not that they’re against equal pay for women. It’s just that–well, to be honest, it’s not entirely clear how they finish the end of that sentence. Some argue that the Paycheck Fairness Act–which would [...]

So This Happened

[Content Note: War.]While we were on hiatus, President Barack Obama became the fourth US president in a row to announce a bombing campaign in Iraq: Video clip of former President George H.W. Bush saying: "As I report to you, air attacks...Show More Summary

Aaaaaand We're Back

First things first: You've probably noticed Shakesville has a new look. Our amazing new banner, featuring me leading the community in a teaspoon charge, comes care of Shaker mdevile, who also created my feminist boss card. I love it so much; the other contributors and mods love it so much; and I hope you love it, too. Show More Summary

This Week In Racist Police Profiling

Just two of the latest incidents: a Black actress kissing her White husband in front of her CBS workplace detained on suspicion of prostitution, and a Black man shot repeatedly in the back by police after buying a souvenir samurai sword.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Ellen and Kristen Wiig cover “Let It Go.” Some really courageous kids are speaking out about gendered violence in the Alaskan wilderness. A great interview with Tressie McMillan Cottom. Newly crowned Miss America shares her past of having been in an abusive relationship. Arizona GOPer says women on welfare should be sterilized. The greatest Black women in superhero [...]

My Year As an Abortion Doula

This article originally appeared in The Cut.

The Academic Feminist: We Heart Women’s Centers

Today we’ll be kicking off the first of a three-part series on women’s centers on college and university campuses. The first two posts will tackle the history of women’s centers and the role that they play on campuses, as well as their relationship with women’s and gender studies programs. The final post will discuss women’s [...]

Why Not Just Turn Campus Rape Allegations Over to the Police? Because the Police Don't Investigate.

In the urgent conversation about how universities should be dealing with campus sexual assault, there are some who object to the idea of university disciplinary boards handling these cases to begin with, asking: Why not just go straight...Show More Summary

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