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In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...Today is the Scottish independence vote, and it's really coming down to the wire. The Guardian has live coverage here. I've been chatting with my Scottish cousin about it this morning, and it'sShow More Summary

5 things that are people according to the impeccable logic of Senator Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham, US Senator from South Carolina and Expert on Pregnancy, defended the 20-week abortion ban he’s introduced in Congress by noting that parents sometimes sing to their fetuses. Ergo: fetuses are people.  “If you’re telling parents to sing to the baby because they understand your voice, really should we be aborting a child at the [...]

The NFL Opines on “the Role of the Female”

Today, the New York Times’ Ken Belson reports on how some female football fans are growing disillusioned with the sport in the wake of a wave of domestic violence arrests of NFL players, and an endlessly bungled response by league officials. Show More Summary

Where Pregnant Women Aren't Allowed to Work After 36 Weeks  

The state of American child care is pretty abysmal. Day care is not well-regulated, the quality is often poor, and it’s expensive: In 35 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more than a year’s in-state college tuition. We are the only...Show More Summary

Another NFL Player Arrested for Domestic Violence

[Content Note: Domestic violence; misogyny.]Yesterday, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic violence and aggravated assault charges. He has charged with "one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture,...Show More Summary

Law and Film Events At the AALS Annual Meeting, January 2-5, 2015

Law and Film Events At the AALS Annual Meeting, January 2-5, 2015 If you are planning to attend the AALS Annual Meeting in January 2015 you may be interested in two law and film AALS Film Committee-sponsored events taking place during the conference. The first, on January 2, at 7:30 p.m. (the first night of the conference), … Continue reading ? Feminist Law Professors

Watch: A Ray Rice-inspired makeup tutorial

I’ll admit that the first few times I saw this Ray Rice makeup tutorial shared, I was skeptical. Maybe I just wasn’t quite ready to find the dark humor in a story that, as Mychal wrote last week, has revealed just how much some people hate women. But comedian Megan MacKay’s video is really very [...]

Pathfinder roleplaying game adds another trans woman to canon

Paizo’s Pathfinder roleplaying game continues to harness the imaginations of its many writers to fantastic effect. Back in July, Paizo released a new, updated “Harrow” card deck accessory for the game. Harrow is basically tarot but transposed to the fictional fantasy setting of Golarion, with unique art, symbolism, lore, and rules. The divination deck is [...]

Good Morning! Or Whatever!

I have a medical test this morning, so I'll be away for a bit. Hopefully it won't take too long. In the meantime, please enjoy this adorable video of a bulldog puppy playing with an ice cube! Video Description: A supercute tiny brown and white bulldog puppy wearing a blue collar barks at an ice cube on the hardwood floor inside his home. Show More Summary

Today in Gender Gaps: Biking

Elizabeth Plank at Mic took to the bike paths of New York City to investigate the "huge and under-reported" gender gap in, of all things, bicycle-riding. Turns out way more men ride bikes than women: "In the U.S., 1 woman for every 3 men gets around on a bicycle," Plank writes. "In London, 77% of bike trips are taken by men and only 5% of women identify as frequent cyclists."

I Love This

I don't know how long this advert for the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been running, but I saw it for the first time last night, and I love it so much! Since I spend an inordinate amount of time complaining about shitty advertising, I like to occasionally highlight the ads that do a good job, too. Show More Summary

An Observation

[Content Note: Corporal punishment.]Two observations, actually, regarding Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson, who is facing a child-abuse charge for spanking his four-year-old son. 1. "Domestic violence" is a term generally associated with intimate partner abuse, but it refers to all familial violence. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Congrats to the newest batch of MacArthur Genius grant winners, including Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and long-time favorite of ours, Alison Bechdel, cartoonist and creator of the Bechdel Test, and Sarah Deerer, a legal scholar working to protect Native American victims of gendered violence. Show More Summary

Is Nonfiction the Patriarch of Literary Genres?

National Book Awards season is upon us: The judges have just announced the longlist for 2014’s nonfiction contest. The ten-book lineup includes a historical account of Paris under German occupation (by Ronald C. Rosbottom), a biography of Tennessee Williams (by John Lahr), a study of economic ambition in the “new China” (by Evan Osnos), and E.O. Show More Summary

Bartender pens awesome open letter to hedge-fund bro who grabbed her ass

Completely fed up with all dealing with misogynist, entitled customers, bartender Laura Ramadei decided to make an example of Brian Lederman, a Manhattan hedge-funder who responded to her inquiry about whether he and his friends needed...Show More Summary

The Can't Fucking Win List

[Content Note: Misogyny; abuse.]I'm a little late to this one, but here is the latest video of Jay Smooth being awesome, in case anyone hasn't yet seen it, because EVERYONE SHOULD SEE IT. The List of Rules for Women Hey, so I have aShow More Summary

A father of daughters

Any father of daughters knows that a woman doesn't actually become a person unless you contribute DNA to her. But when you do, boy howdy!

Photos of the Day: 30 butts

You may have heard that the cultural authorities at Vogue have decided it’s the ”official era of the big booty.” You, like many on Black Twitter who quickly shot down that idea, may have been confused by the revelation that big booties are a recent invention. You may have been surprised to learn that a body part, which has come [...]

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by owls.Recommended Reading:Nina: [Content Note: War on agency; death] Why Is the U.S. Standing Between Women and Health Care?Prison Culture: Shanesha Taylor Regains Custody of Her ChildrenCarla: [CN: Racism;...Show More Summary

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