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What the F#@k Is This?

[Content Note: Racism.]This is an actual article written by an actual person for actual publication in the actual year of our lord Jesus Jones two thousand and fifteen: "Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much...Show More Summary

And Again

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death. Video may autoplay at link.]Nicholas Thomas, a 23-year-old black man, was shot and killed by police who are claiming self-defense:Police said he violated a felony conviction on a crime they would not discuss with 11Alive News. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

What is your most beloved book from childhood, the one you just read over and over and over because you loved it sooooo much?Longtime readers will surely be unsurprised at my answer: Beautiful Joe. Beautiful Joe is based on a true story...Show More Summary

Indiana Continues to Make Awesome Decisions

[Content Note: Class warfare.]More terrific news from the Conservative Legislation Lab:Indiana's public school districts are not required to provide bus services to students, according to a ruling Tuesday morning from the Indiana Supreme...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Dudley, looking uncharacteristically distinguishedin a rare moment of regality. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

After writing about her double mastectomy a couple years ago, Angelina Jolie opens up about her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Meet the Latina owner of the first LGBTQ gym in the US.  Every argument about Buffy on the Internet ever. So true. Everyone should have affordable access to IUDs (and all other forms of birth control) […]

Arkansas Legislator Says Single Mothers Should Get Free IUDs for the Sake of “Taxpayers”

Free contraception programs are a great idea. Free contraception programs that offer access to IUDs and hormonal implants—which are long-acting and highly effective, but carry upfront costs—are an especially great idea. A program offering free IUDs in Colorado helped lead to a 40 percent drop in the teen pregnancy rate in a mere four years. Show More Summary

Hero Things

[Content Note: Fat hatred.]Last week, I wrote a piece about not using fat as shorthand to indicate that a character is bad, which ended thus: "It's not just important to avoid writing fat villains whose fat is used to lazily communicate their inherent badness. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Fat hatred; medical malfeasance; eliminationism.]"In 1952, Norman Jolliffe, the director of New York's Bureau of Nutrition, warned doctors at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association that 'a new plague,...Show More Summary

Why don’t men read books by women?

I made a pledge at the beginning of 2015. This year, I’m only reading books by women. I borrowed this pledge from Lilit Marcus, who did the same thing in 2013, and so far, I’ve read some stunners. (I particularly recommend Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story, by Mac McClelland.) Like Marcus, I’m finding that […]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Airline crash; death] Terrible news: "An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday and all 150 on board were feared dead. Show More Summary

Jackie Update

[Content Note: Rape culture; sexual violence.]Yesterday, I mentioned that the Charlottesville, Virginia, police department were planning to publicly disclose the results of their investigation into the reported gang rape of a University...Show More Summary

Report finds 80 percent of anti-Muslim attacks in France are against women

A few days ago, Germany’s highest court finally struck down a state law that had banned women from wearing headscarves in classrooms. But the decision, a victory after more than a decade of legal and public debate, is sadly an isolated sign of optimism within an increasingly bleak picture of Western countries marginalizing Muslim women for […]

George Zimmerman: Murderer for God

[Content Note: Racism; guns; eliminationist violence; religious supremacy. Video may autoplay at link.]Rage. Seethe. Boil.Although [George Zimmerman] turned down many requests for interviews after he was acquitted for killing 17-year-old...Show More Summary

Last abortion clinic in Mississippi attacked in the middle of the night

A couple nights ago, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last standing abortion clinic in all of Mississippi, was attacked and vandalized by a masked intruder who destroyed security cameras and attempted to cut the power lines.  This morning our staff showed up to the clinic and found that our clinic had been vandalized. The security […]

This Is Terrorism

[Content Note: Anti-choice terrorism; war on agency; misogyny.]The Pink House, the last standing abortion clinic in the entirety of Mississippi, was attacked two nights ago:This morning our staff showed up to the clinic and found that our clinic had been vandalized. Show More Summary

Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama made some waves and warned the robots at the White House Science Fair on Monday, but it was the elementary-school Supergirls who captured his science-loving heart. Wearing red capes over their Girl Scout uniforms,...Show More Summary

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