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Watch the first woman complete the American Ninja Warrior course

I’m only a little embarrassed that I teared up while watching this. Because damn. Kacy Catanzaro not only became the first woman to complete the mind-bogglingly difficult final course but also earned praise from the commentators as “one of the greatest competitors, man or woman, we’ve ever seen in American Ninja Warrior.” Maya is regretting not [...]

True Facts

[Background.] Last night, I was talking to Iain about the mental gymnastics a lot of fanboys were performing in order to undermine the new Thor as the one and only Thor. She just picked up the hammer... The real Thor still exists... She's not actually Thor... Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Zelda Three years ago today—I cannot believe it has been that long!—Iain and I walked into the local humane society and fell in love with a little black-and-tan mutt who didn't even have a name. We brought her home and gave her the name...Show More Summary

Renee Ellmers Says Her "Bring It Down To a Woman's Level" Comment Is Better In Context. Nope.  

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, one of the Republicans who is supposed to be working on improving her party's outreach to women, became just the latest in a long line of Republicans saying boneheaded things about women when comments she made during a Friday panel came to light this week. Show More Summary

“Las Libres” film on Mexican women convicted for homicide for abortions is coming to a theater near you

Las Libres, a Mexican documentary about the struggle to free women convicted for homicide and thrown in jail for having abortions is coming to a theater (possibly) near you. And you’ll want to see it. We’ve written about Las Libres before, but in case you missed it, the documentary focuses on how Las Libres, a women’s human’s rights organization [...]

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by typos.Recommended Reading:Arturo: [Content Note: Anti-immigrant sentiment; racism] Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Enters the 'Unaccompanied Minors' FrayAiofe: [CN: Discussion of trigger warnings; rapeShow More Summary

Watch This Awesome Woman Kill It on American Ninja Warrior

Back in October 2012, the New York Times Magazine published an article titled “Why Women Can’t Do Pull-Ups,” using some combination of not enough testosterone and too much fat as an explanation. Unsurprisingly, this lead to some heated reactions, but all we really needed was this video of Kacy Catanzaro on American Ninja Warrior last night.

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Huey Lewis & The News: "The Heart of Rock and Roll"

Anti-immigrant protesters in Murrieta rely on sexist & racist stereotypes

In response to the increasing influx of migrants crossing the border into the U.S., a group of protestors blocked three buses filled with migrant women and children from entering the local Murrieta Border Patrol facility. The protests have continued for weeks, and the buses – which came to Murrieta in order to relieve overcrowded facilities in south [...]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Class warfare] A new study from the Economic Policy Institute has found "that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the widest it's ever been in American history....According...Show More Summary

Orphan Black: The Feminist Show You Need To Watch

While we are arguably currently experiencing the golden age of TV, thanks to shows like Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, The Game of Thrones, and House of Cards, we are also inundated by shameful, “reality” crap. With so many options,...Show More Summary


The New ColossusNot like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. Show More Summary

The Wednesday Weigh-In: “Just One Of The Guys”

So, Jenny Lewis has a new video. The song is “Just One Of The Guys” and she dresses up a bunch of famous, pretty, feminine movie stars as dudes. Really, just watch it: I have so many questions. Autostraddle likes the video, and I like Autostraddle and Jenny Lewis, so I’m trying to stay open [...]

Nurse Conscientiously Objects to Force-Feeding Detainees at Guantánamo Bay

[Content Note: Torture.]Background: For more than a year, a number of detainees at Guantánamo Bay have been on a hunger strike, and the US military has been force-feeding them. In May, US District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered Gitmo officials...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

What is something nobody knows about you? Not necessarily because it's a secret (although it could be that!), but maybe just because no one has noticed this particular trait or habit, or because it's something you wouldn't keep a secret but don't have anyone you feel inclined to tell.

More News from the Conservative Legislation Lab

[Content Note: Class warfare.]Indiana state has a $2 billion budget surplus in cash reserves, and our Republican Governor Mike Pence is really proud of it. Except: "Pence ordered budget cuts in December, including a loss of $34 million to state colleges and universities. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

"Oh, you want your book? Too bad!" 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

THOR! We stand with Jose Antonio Vargas. R. Kelly’s ex-wife has wonderful things to say about supporting their trans son. For fuck’s sake. Criminalization of parenthood much? Feministing alum Miriam Perez on a new movement in medical education to teach doctors about the systems and structures that impact people’s health. “We will not be divided. We will [...]

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