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[Content Note: White nationalism; bigotry.]My BNR colleague Peter Daou has written a series of three pieces lying out a compelling—and chilling—theory about why Donald Trump's presidential run is so bizarre and often inexplicable: Because he's not running for president. Show More Summary

Deadly Flooding in Louisiana

[Content Note: Flooding; death; displacement; video may autoplay at link.]Torrential rains have devastated parts of Louisiana over the past couple of days:The federal government declared a major disaster in Louisiana Sunday after torrential...Show More Summary

Peruvian Mom and Daughter Tell Stories of Immigration and Womanhood Through Art

When Mabel Valdiviezo returned to Perú after living as an undocumented immigrant in California for sixteen years, it was art that brought her closer to her mother, Bila Flores. For the first time they will showcase their work in the exhibit Mothers and Daughters in Art: The Prodigal Daughter and the Healing Mother. The exhibit […]

Bodies Where They Don’t Belong: On Nico Hines, Queerness, and the Olympics

Thursday’s summer Olympics news consisted of standard fare: Simone Biles smashed competition to achieve an all-round title in gymnastics; Katie Ledecky broke yet another record in swimming; and straight men, once again, decided they were chronically incapable of staying in their lane. In an article that was posted, edited, and then swiftly removed from the […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Read this interview with two of Chicago’s young black drag queens – The Vixen and Petty Crocker – on their work and identities on and off the stage. BuzzFeed News talks to the people who’ve been trying to figure out Twitter’s failure to stop harassment for a decade. Some women won’t ‘ever again’ report a rape in Baltimore. […]

Zika Can Persist in Semen Twice as Long as Doctors Previously Thought, Two New Cases Show

The Zika virus can be detected in the semen of men who’ve been infected for more than twice as long as scientists previously thought. Two reports published Thursday in Eurosurvellance detail cases of men who showed Zika RNA in their semen 181 and 188 days, respectively, after the onset of their symptoms. Show More Summary

Here’s a New Sex Thing to Try: A Manatee Mating Ball

Olympic swimmers may have cornered the market on hydrodynamic musculature and record-breaking speed in Rio, but Florida’s Tampa Bay offers the average viewer a far more attainable standard of underwater role model: the manatees of a manatee mating ball.

Texas Funnels Women’s Health Grant to Extremist Anti-Abortion Group

The Healthy Texas Women program is a state program that uses public funds to help women locate and obtain quality health care. Given that Texas is currently on high alert for Zika, a virus that causes birth defects, you might expect the funds to go to programs that help women with family planning services like contraception and abortion. Show More Summary

Planned Parenthood Will Register Voters at Health Centers Across the Country

In the months leading up to November’s election, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America will register voters at its health centers and college campuses in 45 states, the organization announced last week.

How The Sexist Media Treatment of Hillary Clinton Affects Young Girls

Hillary Clinton “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Hillary Clinton said on July 27th, acknowledging her historic presidential nomination during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia. “This is your victory,” she continued. Show More Summary

Fox News Thinks Female Olympic Athletes Should Wear Makeup to “Look Beautiful” on the Podium

Should female Olympic athletes wear makeup? Can it make them feel more empowered and more like themselves during competition? After USA Today published an article on this subject last week, a Fox News show called Sports Court decided to take it on. This being Fox News, the commentators offered intelligent, well-reasoned, nuanced opinions on the matter.

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

[Content Note: There are some flickery lights in this video.] Lionel Richie: "Dancing on the Ceiling"

This is a real headline in the world.

[Content Note: Racism; terrorism.]The Guardian isn't even bothering to mask its disbelief at what is happening in the United States presidential election: "Trump reiterates he literally believes Barack Obama is the 'founder of Isis'."Donald Trump has turned us into an international embarrassment. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Alexandra has a smart piece in the New York Times today on why mandatory minimums aren’t the answer to our collective outrage over Brock Turner. NPR talks with Anita Hill, twenty-five years after she testified to the harassment she suffered from Clarence Thomas. Calling for equal pay, nearly every female employee of Samsung HQ in Korea walked out […]

Kayla Harrison Won Judo Gold for the USA. For Sexual Abuse Victims, Her Triumph Is Twofold.

Last week, an Indianapolis Star investigation revealed USA Gymnastics officials ignored allegations that coaches were sexually abusing their underage athletes. In at least four cases, executives neglected to report accusations to authorities, allowing the coaches to continue victimizing girls for years before their eventual arrests.

Can You Guess What Arianna Huffington’s New Company Is From How Investors Describe It?

On Thursday, Arianna Huffington announced that she will leave the Huffington Post to devote her attention to a new company. “I thought HuffPost would be my last act,” wrote Huffington on Twitter. “But I’ve decided to step down as HuffPost’s editor-in-chief to run my new venture, Thrive Global.”

That Poll Asking Voters if Hillary Is the Devil Was Doing Trump’s Dirty Work for Him

Like a lot of stories this election cycle, this one begins with words coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth. At an August 1 rally in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Trump appeared to refer to his Democratic rival for the presidency, Hillary...Show More Summary

Four New Jersey Lesbians Sue Over Preposterous Rule That Delays Their Fertility Coverage

Four lesbian women are suing the head of a New Jersey agency over a state mandate that requires health insurers to cover fertility treatments for women under 35 only after couples have had two years of unprotected sex.

"When they go low, we go high."

[Content Note: Incitement; misogyny.]I've got a new piece at BNR about the stark difference in Donald Trump's attacks on Hillary (and others) and her response: At the Democratic convention, Michelle Obama delivered a terrific address,...Show More Summary

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