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Ferguson

[Content Note: Police brutality; images of aimed weapons; racism.]Yesterday, the National Guard arrived in Ferguson, adding another layer of militarism to the scene of protests advocating for justice. The National Guard set up to defend...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker masculine_lady: "What was your favorite song when you were sixteen?"

Get It!

These are two lies that people tell about turtles:1. That they have no individual personalities. Such a lie. My grandfather had two box turtles named Tommy and Matthew, who came to live with us after he died, and they had very distinct personalities. Show More Summary

Number of the Day

[Content Note: Poverty; class warfare.]36%: The percentage of USians 18 or older who have no retirement savings, according to a survey.More than a third of American adults have no retirement savings, including 14% of those 65 years of...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

John Oliver takes on the situation in Ferguson. “When will being a person be evidence enough that you deserve to stay alive in America?” One father tells what he did after the police killed his son. “Is his life worth less than mine?” Amnesty International sends unprecedented delegation to Ferguson. “Neither deserved to be executed for [...]

Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage Companies for Women: Consumers

Mon August 11, 2014 Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage Companies for Women: Consumers By Anna Louie Sussman CONSUMERS When it comes to doing good, the big beverage companies are acting globally. Some, notably The Coca Cola Company, have made women the centerpiece of their corporate social responsibility. Show More Summary

President Obama on Ferguson, Again

Note: In a few minutes, President Obama is going to make another statement on what's happening in Ferguson. Here is one of the places where you will be able to watch it live.I will post video and transcript here afterwards, as soon as they become available.

Today in Rape Culture

[Content Note: Spousal sexual assault.]Republican Iowa State Representative Henry Rayhons has been arrested on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse for raping his wife, after officials at the Concord Care Center at which Donna Rayhons...Show More Summary

Welp

[Content Note: Racism; victim-blaming.]So now the media is publishing, care of an anonymous source, the information that Michael Brown had "marijuana in his system" at the time he was killed. Here is the Washington Post's headline: The...Show More Summary

Ongoing in Ferguson

Recently, in Ferguson, Missouri: A lot of things happened.

Quote of the Day: “My past is littered with the bones of men…”

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly [...]

Daily Dose of Cute

Dudley will often rearrange the pillows and/or cushions on the sofa so that his delicate eyes are shaded from the light while he takes one of his two dozen naps during the day.As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Ireland denies suicidal rape survivor an abortion and forces her to undergo a C-section

Ireland’s abortion law drew international outrage after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar a couple years ago. The attention, combined with the long-term advocacy of local and international human rights organizations, spurred the...Show More Summary

The Pressure to Breast-Feed Is Hurting New Moms With Postpartum Depression

No one knows exactly what causes prenatal and postpartum depression. It’s a complicated dance of hormones, predisposition to depression, and other factors. A new study, presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police brutality; racism] A couple more bits of recommended reading on Ferguson: Michael Brown's Family Asks: What Else Do They Need to 'Arrest the Killer'? Protesters, almost all of whom were white, say Darren Wilson is being victimised as they stage protest in St Louis. Show More Summary

Immigrant Woman in Ireland Denied an Abortion, Forced Into a C-Section

After the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in 2012 from sepsis after she was denied an abortion for a miscarrying pregnancy, Ireland agreed to relax its stringent abortion ban ever so slightly to allow women who are in real medical danger to obtain abortions. Show More Summary

New Jersey school bans trans girl from school unless she dresses as a boy

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy. As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey informed Rachel’s mom, Angela Peters, that she must come back to school prepared to dress like and act like [...]

Mo'Ne!

Last Monday, I mentioned that 13-year-old Mo'Ne Davis would be "only the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years" after the pitcher led her Philadelphia team to series. On Friday, Mo'Ne pitched a shutout in her team's first game in the series against Nashville. Show More Summary

Why I Need Feminism: Overcoming My Self-Loathing

As a kid I was very chubby and sturdy, but that all changed once puberty kicked in. People wondered if I went on a diet to lose weight when I was younger, but my eating habits hadn’t changed. This complacency didn’t last for very long, though. Show More Summary

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