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Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Discloses He Is Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been out to people in his personal and professional life, so it's not really right to say that he's come out, as if, previous to this statement, he's been not out. We tend to use language that treats coming out...Show More Summary

Queer and trans youth of color in NOLA demand accountability from police

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it will not come as a surprise to you that queer and trans people of color are routinely targeted by the police. We Deserve Better, a new report by BreakOUT! – a badass organization working to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans — highlights exactly the ways queer [...]

He Seems Nice

[Content Note: Privilege; white/male supremacy.]Ha ha jokes!Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joked in a private meeting this month [with the Hibernian Society of Charleston] that white men would "do great" under his presidency, according to...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker itchbay: "When you can't sleep, what do you do to try and help yourself fall asleep?"I count backwards from 100, very slowly. Like when a doctor asks you to count backwards when you're going under anesthetic. Especially after years of doing it, so that my body/mind associate backwards counting with falling asleep, it works like a charm. I rarely see 70.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Andrea Grimes has some tips for dudes on how to talk to your guy friends about not threatening to rape and murder women on the internet. MIT releases a detailed survey on sexual assault on campus. “I suspect I am not the only woman to become involved with men who profess to value her for [...]

Fair & Balanced

[Content Note: Violence; Christian Supremacy; anti-atheism; Islamophobia; imperialism.]This is what passes for "fair and balanced" discourse at Fox News: Fox's Keith Ablow: 'It's Time For An American Jihad.'"An American jihad would embrace...Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by stars.Recommended Reading:Mallory: We Regret to Announce That Your Request of "Gotta Hear Both Sides" Has Been DeniedBYP: Marvel Announces First Black and First Female Superhero MoviesMore here. CN for...Show More Summary

The Problem With That Catcalling Video

On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. More specifically, it’s a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. Show More Summary

Teen Sexting isn’t the Problem—Non-Consensual Forwarding of Photos Is.

That's Not Cool, a national public education campaign that aims to prevent teen dating abuse, offers "callout cards" to stop unwanted sexts. For several years now, studies have consistently shown that sexting is a common fact of teen life these days. Show More Summary

Quick Hit: The Rainbow Letters

Remember Zach Wahls? He was the young man who, in 2011, stood up at an Iowa House of Representatives hearing to testify against amending the state constitution. The proposed amendment would have made same sex marriage, once again, illegal in the Hawkeye State. Of course you remember him, because you probably remember tearing up while [...]

Ink

We've previously had super fun threads (the most recent) in which we share images of our tattoos and discuss the process of choosing art and what it's like to get tattooed, etc., so here's another one! Share your ink, talk about your...Show More Summary

Female Republicans, Like Male Republicans, Rely on the Male Vote to Win  

There are a lot of Republican women running for Senate this year. In fact, there are so many that, in a surprising twist, it might be Republicans, not Democrats, that help raise the number of women in the Senate over the current record of 20 female senators. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Wee Sophie. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

On Street Harassment

[Content Note: Street harassment; misogyny.]A bunch of people have emailed me about this video by Hollaback, which documents the street harassment directed at a young woman, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, walking through the streets of Manhattan for ten hours. Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Tommy James & The Shondells: "Crimson and Clover"

The Parody Twitter Account That Gets 21st Century Progressive Parenting Pretty Right

Los Feliz Day Care does not accept immunized children. One of its classrooms is called the “Ohm Sweet Ohm” room. Please don’t use the word “teacher” at LFDC; the school prefers “emotional/spiritual/ethical guides as your children explore the cosmos of independent learning.”

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Illness] Jeb Bush isn't even running for president yet, and I am already FURIOUS AT HIM: "[President Barack Obama's initial response to Ebola] looked very incompetent to begin with, and that fueled fears that may not be justified." Fuck you. Show More Summary

The Wednesday Weigh-In: How do you carry that weight together?

Today is international Carry That Weight Day of Action. Students at schools across the country will symbolically support survivors gender-based violence by collectively carrying mattresses around campus, inspired by Columbia senior Emma...Show More Summary

Um.

[Content Note: Depression; self-harm; disablism; harassment.]Eastsidekate sent me a heads-up about a new Twitter app called Samaritans Radar, which you can use to track whether any of the people you follow are distressed, depressed,Show More Summary

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