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Question of the Day

What is a kind thing someone did for you lately, for which you were very appreciative?

There’s a Boy in This Barbie Commercial, and He Is a Sign of the Girly-Capitalist End Times

Before you watch this commercial for Barbie’s new $150 Moschino-branded doll, I should warn you: There is a boy in it. In the lead-up to this year’s holiday gift-buying hubbub, which is sure to incite yet another round of gender-specific toy fundamentalism, Mattel has come down on the side of dolls for all.

The Monday Blogaround

This blogaround is brought to you by eagles.Recommended Reading:Dayna: [Content Note: Misogyny; white supremacy] On Gawker's Problem with WomenJulia: [CN: Bigotry; privilege; policing] How to Write a "Political Correctness Run Amok"Show More Summary

Gawker’s Other “Problem With Women” Is How Gawker Treats Its Female Subjects

Last night, former Gawker writer Dayna Evans published “On Gawker's Problem with Women” in Matter. Through a close read of a recent oral history of the site and interviews with former and current employees, Evans chronicles indignities both micro and macro. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“Abortion access nationwide quite literally hangs in the balance.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Gloria Steinem reminisce together.  It’s not just disparities in access to health care that explain Black women’s high rates of maternal mortality. A mother whose baby died on his first day at day care calls for federal paid family leave: “A mother should never […]

Common Fears

[Content Note: Refugee crisis; Islamophobia.]I have been updating my earlier post as more and more governors have said they will not accept Syrian refugees in their states, and/or demanded better vetting, as if the vetting already being...Show More Summary

President Obama on IS

[Content Note: Terrorism.]Earlier today, President Obama held a press conference on IS while attending the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. Below is a compilation clip from that press conference, in which he details what the US strategy will be in response to ongoing attacks: ISIL is the face of evil. Show More Summary

Tweet of the Day

[Content Note: Terrorism; Islamophobia.]

How politics & policing block undocumented women from reproductive health care

Ed. note: This post is by Xatherine Gonzalez and is re-published with permission from Bitch Magazine. In September 2015, an undocumented woman arrived at a healthcare clinic outside of Houston, Texas for a routine follow-up exam. Blanca Borrego handed a false driver’s license to the receptionist at the Memorial Hermann women’s clinic upon check-in and […]

Daily Dose of Cute

Matilda ain't having it, so don't even try. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

The People Who Brought You “Period Underwear” Now Have a Line for Men Who Menstruate

Recent advances in menstrual hygiene have finally collided with a growing market in underwear made specifically for transgender people. THINX, the company that makes absorbent underwear built to replace or complement pads and tampons, is advertising its newest cut as an option for trans men.

In the News

Here is some (other) stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Severe burns; descriptions of surgery; images of injury and surgical healing at link] This is an amazing story about another recipient of a face transplant, whose life has...Show More Summary

And Again

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism.]In Minneapolis, a black man was shot by police, two officers are on paid leave, protesters are demanding justice, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.Jason Sole,...Show More Summary

Democratic Debate Wrap-Up

[Content Note: Terrorism.]There was another Democratic debate Saturday night in Iowa. I have no idea why they scheduled a debate for a Saturday night, unless the goal was to have people not watch it, which I didn't.Here is a complete...Show More Summary

The Real Reason ‘He Named Me Malala’ Is So Inspiring

Malala Yousafzai When I saw the trailer for He Named Me Malala, I immediately teared up. I expected watching the feature film itself, therefore, to similarly involve waterworks. He Named Me Malala was not just an emotional experience,...Show More Summary

The Feministing Five: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, the standup comedian, actor, writer, activist, singer-songwriter, mensch, and wedding officiator, is also an unapologetic feminist. Cho is known for using her comedy as a weapon against racism, sexism, and homophobia. In...Show More Summary

On the IS Attacks

[Content Note: Terrorism; violence; death; religious extremism; white supremacy; Islamophobia.]Late last week, the Islamic State (IS) carried out bombings in Beirut, Baghdad, and Paris. This is a thread for discussion and information-sharing...Show More Summary

New TV series honors Celia Cruz, la Reina de Salsa

Ed. note: This piece is by Emilly Prado and was re-published with permission from Bitch Magazine. The work of Celia Cruz is being honored this year in an astonishing 80-episode long series from the Spanish-language network, Telemundo. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Cruz, the series will be an overdue but necessary […]

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