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Trump's the Worst

[Content Note: Harassment.]I know saying "Trump's the worst" is like saying water is wet at this point, but still. He really, really is.I've got a new piece at BNR about a particularly odious chapter in Donald Trump's history: The time...Show More Summary

Why Did Jennifer Aniston Decide to Publish Her Essay on Body Shaming in the Huffington Post?

“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up.” So writes Jennifer Aniston in a piece published in the Huffington Post on Tuesday to respond to all those rumors from earlier this summer that she and husband Justin Theroux were expecting. Show More Summary

The Vast Majority of Fertility Apps Are Ineffective Forms of Birth Control

A new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine has found that the majority of fertility apps are not reliable forms of birth control. A team from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine looked at 95Show More Summary

Feministing Reads: Jessica Valenti’s Sex Object

I think about the ways in which men hurt women often. Not just the stories of men killing women for refusing their advances or that one in six women can be expected to be raped in her lifetime, but the smaller things that still affect a life. The way a man thought it was okay […]

Virginia Has Finally Outlawed Child Marriage. Will Other States Follow Suit?

On July 1, a new Virginia law went into effect, stirring U.S. conversation around an issue usually associated with developing nations. The law sets the minimum age of marriage at 18, with exceptions for 16- and 17-year-olds emancipated from their parents. Show More Summary

Blog Note

I've had bad allergies combined with the wooooorst sinus headaches the past couple of days, and not getting much sleep as a result is catching up to me. So I'm going to take it easy the rest of the day. If anything major with the election (or anything else) happens, I will post something, but otherwise I'm going to try to keep it to a dull roar.

The Feministing Five: Gina Belafonte

For this week’s Feministing Five, I caught up with Gina Belafonte, actor, performer, producer, and passionate racial justice activist. Daughter of the legendary musician and civil rights advocate Harry Belafonte, Gina was the lead producer of the widely praised 2011 film Sing Your Song, about her father. A longtime theater actress (she toured in the […]

More Veepstakes

Mike Pence is ready to play Mr. Conventional to Donald Trump’s Mr. Unorthodox https://t.co/WbDyO5BMcw | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/FQmkLoWVmQ — POLITICO (@politico) July 13, 2016 Huh? So, last night, Donald Trump campaigned in Indiana with its governor, Mike Pence. Show More Summary

We Are the Left

[Content Note: Harassment; threats; marginalization] "An Open Letter on Identity Politics, to and from the Left." I am one of the signatories on this letter, and I strongly encourage you to read and share it.This is a key passage:This statement is not being put together by people who unilaterally agree with each other. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

What is your favorite anytime snack?Baby carrots. Even though they give me the hiccups. Tied with chips and guacamole. (Which I'm usually too lazy to make for a quick snack, lol. So I end up eating baby carrots a lot more often!)

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

[Content Note: There is a strobe light effect in this video.] Whitney Houston: "I'm Your Baby Tonight"

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Happy birthday, Malala! The queen protester of Baton Rouge. Amidst a worldwide Zika crisis, Republican lawmakers have cut funding for international family planning. Being a woman is not a preexisting condition. 7 sexual health issues facing teen girls globally. “I no longer feel awkward about explaining my period status during Ramadan.”

GOP Veepstakes

I honestly don't know which would be worse: Donald Trump choosing Mike Pence as his veep; choosing Chris Christie as his veep; or Newt Gingrich as his veep. Either way, it's a ticket full of hot garbage breath and melancholy.Anyway.Show More Summary

Disney Introduces Its First Latina Princess—But Might Discontinue a Beloved Black Character

The list of Disney princesses is an exclusive, and predominantly white, club. Of the current lineup of eleven princesses, only four—Tiana, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan—are nonwhite. But Disney is finally admitting a Latina princess to the cabal: Elena of Avalor, the star of a Disney Channel series set to debut on July 22.

Daily Dose of Cute

She's the sweetest. She really is. 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: Death; violence; racism; police targeting; police brutality] President Obama has just given an address in Dallas at the memorial service for the five police officers killed in a mass shooting. Show More Summary

A Note to White Feminists Following Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s Deaths

In the wake of the recent killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police and the following waves of Black Lives Matter protests, all white people have had to take renewed accountability for the perpetuation of racism. No less white feminists and survivors of sexual assault (like me), whose goals of ending sexual and intimate […]

A Moment of Indulgent Gloating

[Content Note: Bigotry.]I've got a new piece up at BNR in which I indulge in just one moment of gloating at the Republicans' expense: "Dems Throw Down the Gauntlet to Republicans: We're Unified, You're a Mess."This is the moment we've...Show More Summary

The Gender Pay Gap for Doctors is Atrocious

Be they pediatricians or cardiologists, just starting their careers or at the tops of their fields, female doctors are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

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