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Today in Proving the Point

[Content Note: Misogynist terrorism.]Hey, do you think anyone has pointed out to the Gamergaters that trying to convince people you're not just a bunch of misogynist shitlords by being a bunch of misogynist shitlords isn't a very good idea? Someone should mention that to them.(Everyone has mentioned that to them.)Prove the point more, assholes.Actually, don't.

Why we need to get over Clair Huxtable

Brittney Cooper has a provocative piece up over at the Crunk Feminist Collective about (symbolically) slaying the patriarch and matriarch of The Cosby Show clan, Cliff and Clair Huxtable, in light of resurfaced concerns over real life patriarch Bill Cosby’s rape accusations. There’s a lot there to make you reconsider just how warm and fuzzy [...]

Don’t you get sick of those damned poor trick-or-treaters in your rich neighborhood?

This week, an actual win from advice columnist Dear Prudence: I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets -- mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks...Show More Summary

For Angel H: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

A little while ago, I mentioned that I was reading Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird, on an open thread, a really interesting retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by a Nigerian-British novelist that engages issues of race in a way that very few fairy-tale retellings do (“The Glass Bottle Trick” by Nalo Hopkinson is […]

Quickhits: Ebola fearmongering, massacre threats, GassyGoat, who gets to pick up a gun and live?

Still not feeling up to sitting in front of the computer for too long while convalescing from my hospital admission, but here's a few things I've noted filling my feeds:

Shooting at High School Outside Seattle

[Content Note: Guns; shooting; self-harm.]There has been a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School outside Seattle. Right now, there aren't a lot of details. The school is currently in lockdown, as police assess what's happened. NBC News is streaming live coverage. Show More Summary

One in Four Young Female Internet Users is Stalked Online

We’ve been talking about online harassment a lot in the past few weeks and now a timely new study from the Pew Research Center offers some hard data about the nature of digital harassment. The survey asked 2,849 internet users whether they have experienced harassment online. Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz Video of the Week: “Pistols At Dawn” by Seinabo Sey

Seinabo Sey’s voice is completely enchanting, and the visuals for “Pistols At Dawn” (after the jump) definitely keep us firmly in enchanted territory. The Swedish-Gambian singer has been killing it this year, and her latest video is glorious. I am especially interested in the relationship between the two women in this video – it’s a little open [...]

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by leaves.Recommended reading:Mannion: Our Good Friend PhilDr. V. Pasupathi: Phil BarronPaKou Her: [Content Note: Police brutality; racism] Ferguson, Asian America, & Performative Solidarity: Showing Up, Staying ShownJos: [CN: Transphobia] Trans people need more than beloved celebrity spokespeople. Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

The Beatles: "With a Little Help from My Friends"

“Men’s Rights” Group Tries To Lure Visitors Away From Anti–Domestic Violence Website

Until recently, an online community of anti-feminist men (and a couple of women) who consider themselves "men's rights activists" were content to perform most of their "activism" by complaining about women online and overwhelming the...Show More Summary

No Type: Trap Feminism Pt. 2

I’ve been thinking a lot about trap feminism and what it means since I first wrote about it in January. In this introductory piece — which was mostly a purge of initial ideas that I had been bouncing back and forth with friends — I identified some of the makings of trap feminism which included [...]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Guns; death; terrorism] The Globe and Mail has a comprehensive compendium of information about the Ottawa attacks and immediate political responses to the attacks: "Ottawa aftermath:...Show More Summary

Why I Celebrated International Day of the Girl

Malala Yousafzai I went to an all-girls’ school where I felt, first-hand, what it’s like to be nurtured, challenged, and encouraged. My thirteen years in a school that was deeply invested in how girls armed me with resilience, self-care, and a generations-long support network of strong, smart, and successful women. Show More Summary

Poor, Misunderstood Chris Christie

[Content Note: Class warfare; worker exploitation.]Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says everyone misunderstood him when he said he was tired of hearing about the minimum wage. The governor, speaking at a Garden State diner,...Show More Summary

Things I am too hot to care about

It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.” –Fox News host Kimberly [...]

Doctor in NYC Tests Positive for Ebola

[Content Note: Illness.]Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, has tested positive for the virus. After starting to feel sluggish Tuesday, he developed a fever yesterday, and, upon reporting his symptoms, was taken by people in protective gear to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...RIP Ben Bradlee, "who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post's transformation into one of the world's leading newspapers." He died yesterday at his home in Washington...Show More Summary

Sounds Legit

[Content Note: Christian Supremacy; anti-atheism; holocaust reference.]This is a sitting Republican congressman:Last month, Rep. Trent Franks appeared on a conference call with Virginia pastor and failed lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Show More Summary

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