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In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Transmisogyny; rape; violence; anti-immigrationism] Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, and Kristofer Ríos have published a report on a six-month Fusion investigation on abuses against...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, has died at age 65. The Advocate has an obituary penned by hir partner and spouse Minnie Bruce Pratt here. Show More Summary

It's Cold

It is very cold in Northwest Indiana right now, along with much of the rest of the country. Our front storm door is covered in ice, even though we've not had much precipitation, and I'm wrapped up in fuzzy slippers and a blanket just...Show More Summary

Open Thread

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

A top Uber executive suggested hiring opposition researchers specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. Related: Here’s how to cancel an Uber account.  Jill looks at the “help” offered by the so-called “sidewalk counselors” outside an abortion clinc in Boston. On cultural appropriation in the […]

School Argues in Court That a 14-Year-Old Girl Could Consent to Sex With Her Teacher

Before the 1970s, most rape victims who dared to take their cases to trial were forced to undergo humiliating and degrading experiences: The rapists’ attorneys would call up a series of witnesses to testify that the female victims were promiscuous, licentious, and immoral. Show More Summary

Philae Detects Organic Molecules on Comet

Well, this is pretty neat!The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredientsShow More Summary

Not Good Enough

[Content Note: Fat hatred.]After a number of complaints, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shelved a website called "Lean Works!" which "offered an 'obesity cost calculator' to help American bosses tally...Show More Summary

Running the Line

[Content Note: Racism; misogyny; classism.]Did y’all miss me? Did you wonder what in the world has elle been doing all this time? Amongst many things, I was writing a book! A now published book! And I am grateful to Liss for allowing me to share details about the book, my “other” baby for most of the 21st century. Show More Summary

To the guy I punched in the face in Prague

Dear guy that I hit on the sidewalk in Prague, c. 11:30 pm, Saturday night, August 12, 2014: First off, I don’t exactly know why I’m writing this, or even who I’m writing it to, because I’m pretty sure you don’t speak English, guy-I-may-or-may-not-have-physically-assaulted-in-Prague, judging by the fact that when I yelled in your face […]

Catholic Church says having to defend itself against discrimination claims is a violation of its religious freedom

The religious freedom claims just keep getting more and more ridiculous. In the latest, the Catholic Church is arguing that its religious liberty rights protect them from even having to go to court at all if they’re accused of discrimination. Mother Jones reports on the case of teacher who was fired from her job at a Catholic […]

The Monday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by wind.Recommended Reading:Luam and Hakima: [Content Note: Police brutality; racism] Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Black Self-Defense in the Wake of FergusonDon: Jane Byrne, Chicago's First Female Mayor, Dies...Show More Summary

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Daily Dose of Cute

Olivia, just sitting in the sink. Like a cat. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Sartorial Misogyny, Feminist Concern Trolling, and the "Little Things" in Science and Everywhere

[Content Note: Misogyny; sexual violence; disablist language.]So, last week, during the Philae landing, European Space Agency scientist Dr. Matt Taylor wore a shirt covered in half-naked, provocatively-posed women, seen all over the world during his interview on the live broadcast. Show More Summary

Anti-Abortion Protesters in Massachusetts Want Women to Stop Having Sex, Please

During arguments for the recent Supreme Court case McCullen v. Coakley, which eventually led to the court striking down Massachusetts' buffer zone protecting abortion clinics from protesters crowding the door, it was revealed that many...Show More Summary

What Cops Are Really Thinking When a Woman Claims She Was Raped

Fewer than half of rapes committed in the U.S. are reported to the police, and the vast majority of reported rapes never lead to arrests. What are these cops thinking? For a study published this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Dr. Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

"Let's go run in the leaves!" As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

SOLHOT’s Black Girl Genius Week

Last week while many of you were visiting and following the polls for midterm elections, something amazing was happening in a small college town in central Illinois. SOLOT (Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths) presented the first ever Black Girl Genius Week in Champaign, IL. It was a week-long event of creation, celebration, and knowing, […]

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