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Shonda Rhimes: “I haven’t broken through any glass ceilings.”

Shonda Rhimes accepted an award at the annual Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast the other day. And her acceptance speech is, in fact, as good as everyone is saying it is.  It was a “group effort,” Rhimes says, that made this current moment possible — a moment in which she has a “Thursday night of network television […]

Jackie Update

[Content Note: Rape culture; sexual violence.]The Washington Post, which has been leading the charge on discrediting Jackie, the woman at the center of Rolling Stone's story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, has published another piece asserting that Jackie is a liar, this time interviewing the three friends who Jackie called for help. Show More Summary

More Positive Momentum for Trans Troops

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement in May that he's willing to review the US military's policy on out transgender servicemembers, and three retired US generals speaking out in August on behalf of letting out transgender...Show More Summary

“We live in a country full of racism, but no racists; rape, but no rapists.”

In the midst of the continued fallout from the Rolling Stone mess and the ongoing protests against racist police violence, Kate Harding draws the parallels between the victim-blaming tendencies that runs through the conversations onShow More Summary

Of Course He Does

[Content Note: Torture.]Former Vice President Dick Cheney Says CIA Torture Report Is 'Full of Crap':Former Vice President Dick Cheney says a declassified Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 CIA interrogation program is "full...Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by a book sculpture of a hummingbird and flowers.

The Washington Post Inches Closer to Calling the UVA Gang Rape Story a Fabrication

The Washington Post has an update on Rolling Stone's UVA story that strongly implies, without outright saying so, that the gang rape at the center of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s article might be fabricated. Post reporter T. Rees Shapiro spoke...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Kathy_A: "What talent did you discover you possessed somewhat later in life (i.e., not as a child but as a young or older adult)?"

Finish This Sentence...

The television channel with the lyingest lying liar name is......I honestly cannot decide between A&E (Arts & Entertainment) or TLC (The Learning Channel), both of which have equal amounts of, respectively, arts & entertainment and learning. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Medical students across the country staged #blacklivesmatter “die-ins” today. Above, a photo from the one at Harvard. There are only bad victims.  Shocker of shockers: The newly unveiled budget deal includes cuts that would hurt the most...Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by granola bars.Recommended Reading:Carla: The White Conversation on RaceMarilyn: [Content Note: Fat hatred; disordered eating; bariatric surgery] The Danger of Being the Fattest Person AliveTLC: [CN: Transphobia]...Show More Summary

Citation Rates For Male and Female Law Profs in Legal Scholarship: Different From What We Thought?

Citation Rates For Male and Female Law Profs in Legal Scholarship: Different From What We Thought? Highlighted in the National Law Journal: Christopher Anthony Cotropia, University of Richmond School of Law, and Lee Petherbridge, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), have published Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates.  Here is the abstract. Show More Summary

I Write Letters

[Content Note: Rape culture.]Dear People Arguing Overtly or Obliquely That It's a Terrible Idea to Reflexively Believe Survivors:I see you.I see you and I hold you in contempt. Because you purport to care about men who are falsely accused...Show More Summary

Fair AND Balanced!

[Content Note: Christian Supremacy; gender essentialism.]Hey, remember when our favorite Christian friend Kirk Cameron made a message for Moms about how they're responsible for making Christmas perfect for everyone? Well, guess what? He's got a message for Dads, too! Men. Show More Summary

Sorry, But the Abortion Rate Is Not Going Down Because Women "Choose Life"

The abortion rate is down and anti-abortion folks would very much like to take credit for it. Last week, David Frum at the Atlantic wrote a piece arguing that "the pro-life movement really does seem to have changed American minds about...Show More Summary

“Hurry up and heal”: Pain, productivity, and the inadequacy of ‘victim vs. survivor’

Afterward, my friend said to me, “Stop calling yourself a victim. You’re a survivor.” The notion of the compulsory transformation from ‘victim’ to ‘survivor’ is hegemonic in violence care-work in the United States. To be a victim is to be fresh, still smarting, an open wound. Weak, disempowered, passive. To be a survivor is to […]

Oh, Pandas

As you may recall, in August, a panda at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China, gave birth to triplets. Now, I don't know if you know this about pandas or not, but they are maybe not the pinnacle of evolutionary success. They're...Show More Summary

Some tips for white people who have opinions on Ferguson

For many activists, these past few weeks have been rough. From Thanksgiving to holiday get togethers, ’tis the season for hanging out with people of diverse political opinions. Inevitably, the topic of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the ongoing protests against racist police violence comes up, and you may find yourself forced to explain institutionalized racism to a […]

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Freddie Mercury & David Bowie: "Under Pressure" (a cappella)

UVA's Heartening Response to the Rolling Stone Fiasco  

The discovery of discrepancies in Rolling Stone exposé of the sexual assault problem at the University of Virginia has prompted a wide range of responses, from the ugly to the thoughtful. Conservatives who are already hostile to theShow More Summary

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