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Behold Your Roosting Chickens, Part Wev

[Content Note: Bigotry.] "How'd we end up with Trump?"Low expectations 4 Reagan.Lower expectations 4 Bush I.Even lower expectations 4 Bush II.McCain picks Palin. — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) August 17, 2016 And zero expectations of Trump to be a decent human being from Day One. Show More Summary

Why Proper Representation Matters: The Invisible Minority in Pop Culture

Maybe not so great. I have never had a hero who looked quite like me. Growing up, my favorite shows on Disney Channel included Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place – shows with complex, interesting female characters, but which also had predominantly white casts. Show More Summary

On the Proposed HUD Regulations on Transgender Inclusion at Homeless Shelters

[Content Note: Transphobia.]In September, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will reportedly finalize and issue new guidelines to shelters that receive federal funding, requiring them to provide space to transgender...Show More Summary

This Is Exhausting

[Content Note: Misogyny.] In today's edition of the CNN Politics app: Clinton holds an edge with women over Trump — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 16, 2016 23 points is "an edge"? Okay. Show More Summary

Daily feminist cheat sheet

Louisiana, Milwaukee, and Peru. The Chinese Olympian fighting period stigma is kind of my fave. File under: awful. “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker was accused of rape in 1999, and his accuser seems to have tragically passed away. “Your generation embodies everything that is most right with America.”  ICE has the discretion to release these women, […]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Titanica: "What movie(s) can you quote from the most? With examples, of course. :)"

Breaking a Sexist Taboo, an Olympic Swimmer Talked About Her Period  

On Saturday night, just after her team finished the 4x100 meter medley relay, China’s Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui discussed having her period.

This Is Real

[Content Note: Incitement.]From the BNR Team: "EXCLUSIVE: Big Media Mentioned Hillary's Emails EVERY DAY of 2016."In fact, I can tell you, since I was involved in the research on this project, that the media has mentioned Hillary Clinton's emails every. Show More Summary

Discussion Thread: Trump Dread

[Content Note: Bigotry; anxiety.]I'm hearing (and feeling myself) a lot of anxiety and anger about Donald Trump's candidacy. Not even necessarily about the possibility he may become president—although that, too—but about just his candidacy...Show More Summary

Naming Names

I am sick of protecting people. Midway through my college freshman year, I interviewed an Important Man for the school paper. He was a big donor, a tycoon, one of those money-coming-from-his-pores men whom universities dub “generousShow More Summary

That New Study On Pregnant Women and Tylenol Isn’t Worth Worrying About—Yet

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics reports that children born to women who took acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, during pregnancy might have a marginally higher risk of behavioral problems later in life. While findings...Show More Summary

The FDA Can’t Recall Dangerous Cosmetics, and the Industry Wants to Keep It That Way

Think all the ingredients in your shampoo and moisturizer have been tested for safety? Think again. A frustrating article in Tuesday’s New York Times illustrates how little regulation there is of the cosmetics industry, and how far some cosmetic companies are willing to go to keep it that way.

Daily Dose of Cute

"Two-Legs, may I have some cuddles, please?"(The answer, of course, was yes. The answer is always yes.) As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments...

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Flooding; death; displacement] No words: "An enormous and slow-moving rainstorm has laid waste to much of southern Louisiana, which the National Weather Service has called a '1,000-year' disaster. Show More Summary

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Settle Their Case After a Disturbing Leaked Video and Gory Photos

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have settled their court dispute, and Heard has dismissed her petition for a domestic violence restraining order, according to TMZ. Heard was granted a temporary restraining order in May after she appeared...Show More Summary

Top Five

Here is your topic: Top Five Best Days of Your Life.1. The day Iain and I went hiking in Glen Affric.2. The day of my 40th birthday party.3. The day after President Obama was elected, spent walking around Chicago with Iain and the Space Cowpokes.4. Show More Summary

The Feministing Five: Vien Truong

To put it mildly, Vien Truong is an environmental justice superstar. The Oakland-based activist is the Director of Green For All, a national initiative to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. She has led state policy and grassroots efforts to create programs that direct billions of dollars into […]

"Hillary’s life has been preparation for this very moment."

I've got a new essay at BNR about Hillary Clinton, her exceptional campaign, and what an extraordinary candidate she is—and would be no matter against whom she was running.Hillary's life has been preparation for this very moment. She...Show More Summary

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