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The Media Is Running Against Hillary Clinton, Too

[Content Note: Misogyny.]I've got a new piece up at BNR about how the media is effectively working with Donald Trump to run against Hillary Clinton (and about how BNR is dedicated to calling it out): There is much reporting today onShow More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...Bernie Sanders released a statement on yesterday's primary: "I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come." (I love how he says that like somehow she hasn't been focused on the issues. Show More Summary

The 47 Percent

[Content Note: Class warfare; wage stagnation; financial insecurity.]This is a really great piece (minus some male-centric imagery) by Neal Gabler on the 47% of USians who are unable to come up with $400 in case of an emergency, and how this financial precariousness extends across many demographics.It's a long but very good read. Show More Summary

A Leopard Misogynist Can't Change His Spots

[Content Note: Misogyny.]Last night, during his rambling victory speech/stream of consciousness monologue/press conference/shitshow, Donald Trump again accused Hillary Clinton of having nothing but the "woman card" going for her. He bellowed: "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote. Show More Summary

Men Reading Online Harassment to Women Is Powerful to Watch. But Will the Trolls Listen?

Everyone knows it’s easier to spew vitriol on the internet than to confront someone in real life. If it weren’t, the majority of online comment sections would devolve into “no, you hang up” lovefests, and all those Twitter report evaluators would have to find work as peer mediators instead.

Paul Nungesser Tries Again To Sue Columbia ... Using a Strategy That Has Never Worked Before

Last month, Paul Nungesser—the Columbia University graduate who Emma Sulkowicz accused of rape and made infamous in her “Carry that Weight (Mattress Performance)” art piece—argued in a lawsuit that his alma mater had violated his rights by allowing Sulkowicz to brand him a rapist. Show More Summary

Indigenous movement stops construction of Brazilian mega-dam

In a historic victory, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups has managed to suspend construction of a mega-dam that threatened to submerge their home. The Brazilian indigenous agency FUNAI finally demarcated the territory of the Munduruku...Show More Summary

The Truth About Having “Bad” Hair

One brand of hair relaxer. I am a young Senegalese woman with “kinky” hair — specifically, type 4A/4B according to Andre Walker’s hair chart  — and I have heard every comment in the book about it. Since preschool I have been told I have...Show More Summary

Super Tuesday Wrap-Up!

So, here are the results of yesterday's primaries:Donald Trump swept all five states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.Hillary Clinton won four: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Congratulations...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker boutet: "What would childhood-you think of you-now if they met you?"I'm pretty sure childhood-me would like me-now, since I'm a lot like the aunts of whom childhood-me was very fond.

Quote of the Day

"Well, I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women."—Hillary Clinton, when asked during her town hall last night whether women would make up half her cabinet if (WHEN) she is elected president.How radical would it be if she did this? VERY.

This Subscription Sex Toy Box Wants to Be a Sex Educator, Too

There are sex toy subscription boxes, and then there are sex toy subscription boxes. When Birchbox fever hit in the early 2010s, intrepid reviewers at Alternet, Bustle, and New York magazine surveyed the landscape of new services that popped up promising a monthly or quarterly shipment of bedroom products.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Ted Cruz says transgender women should only use the bathroom at home. By the way, trans people face high rates of homelessness. Cosby demands NYMag hand over information about his accusers. Paul Nungesser, Emma Sulkowicz’s rapist at Columbia, files lawsuit declaring that “rapist” is a gender-based slur against men. When Broad City went on Birthright. Hillary Clinton […]

What is Queer Justice?

In Alexandra’s article in The Nation this month, she explores some schools’ recent efforts to use restorative justice in cases of sexual aggression. And oh my God did this article rend my heart. Restorative Justice in the way it’s practiced by the schools Alexandra features is a process of addressing assault not as an infringement upon […]

What Is Sanders Even Doing? Afternoon Edition.

Julie Bykowicz, a national reporter for the Associated Press, earlier today tweeted this screencap of a Bernie Sanders fundraising email, in which he tries to tie Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: 1. Trump said that in 2008. I'm pretty sure that, since then, Trump has said that he would make a great president. Show More Summary

Can a “Teaching Moment” Over a Sexist Artwork Really Combat Rape Culture at UVA?

On university campuses littered with symbols of sexism and racism, it can be convenient to think that simply acknowledging the sins canonized in artworks or committed by the namesakes of buildings is a solution. After all, talking about them is far easier than removing or replacing them.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Beyonce’s Lemonade is #blackgirlmagic at its most potent. Meet Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet featured in Lemonade. Justice Sotomayor: You can’t “wish away” racial injustice. Kansas State University students sue school for gender violence. No, HRC is not more powerful than the NRA.  

Warped

[Content Note: Misogyny.]I've got a new piece up at BNR on the unfathomable reality that Hillary Clinton gets more negative coverage from the corporate media than Donald Trump:What does it say about this country, and how we value women,...Show More Summary

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