• I’ve talked here before about my personal choice to not read books by cishet white men. Our first link today is an excellent confirmation that that was a good decision, and helps reduce the daily amount of […]

  • Bound by statute – From Reveal: “In the last 25 years, Mississippi has charged 5,000 children as adults. Three out of every four of them were black.” THREE OUT OF FOUR. That is 150 black children being charged as […]

    • What a stupid, disasterous building! Shame on Cornell for accepting and funding the design without thinking about it and not noticing the issues (not just the floor) until it was finished. Apparently the horrible floor design is essential to the building’s air flow and lighting, so fixing it would basically require gutting and starting over from scratch.
      Also, the chairs and tables in the foreground look totally useless for this sort of library. They may be okay for sitting and reading novels, but academic libraries need large, accessible tables for setting down multiple books, notebooks and laptops, and many of the books in this specific library appear to be large format books which need an extra large table in front of the reader, not a comfy chair (if those chairs are remotely comfortable, you can’t tell from looking) and coffee tables.
      I would remove everything from the library, repurpose the space as an exhibit hall or basketball court, and build a whole new library, designed by someone who understands libraries. Or tear it down and start over.

  • How hymens actually work – Hint: Not at all like TI thinks they do. It is 2019 and we still have to state that policing your children’s hymen is disgusting and misogynistic.

    Danica Roem is now the first out trans […]

    • _Adam Ruins Everything_ had a segment on hymens.

    • TI insults every woman, and every man who refuses to reduce a woman’s value to that of an insignificant bit of membrane.

      We need to shame every person who, like him, diminishes others over trivialities, into nonexistence.

  • Stacey Abrams launches multi-million dollar voter protection initiative in 20 states – “With this new program, Abrams, who formerly served as minority leader in the Georgia legislature, will continue her efforts […]

  • Spiritual Science Research Foundation declares that 85% of LGBT+ people are possessed by ghosts – …does this mean I can make some extra cash tonight by renting myself out for Halloween parties as a haunted ghost […]

  • Steven Pinker, Sam Harris, and the epidemic of annoying white male intellectuals – Pinker can’t take even mild criticism and Harris choose to die on the hill of defending a racist who cloaks his racism in […]

    • That “educated women” post is glorious. GLO. RI. OUS. And I just finished reading “The Calculating Stars” where the brilliant protagonist “Lady Astronaut” has a beautiful relationship with her engineer husband who ADORES and supports her even though her mathematical skills far outstrip his.

    • Everything I’ve read from male intellectuals has convinced me we need to annoy them more, so I’m all for this epidemic.

    • These white male intellectuals make a lot of money by being annoying. Why would they stop? It’s their schtick.

  • Attacks on Greta Thunberg come from a coordinated network of climate change deniers – “…a large subsection of the commentariat driving the abuse of Greta is part of an established network of radical […]

  • You sir, are a human cactus – The amazing Katie Anthony on the latest coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s assaults on women. “Media outlets reporting on sexual violence don’t need to find a FRESH ANGLE on it. Hi, S […]

  • The rise of TERFs – “Gender critical” is just a new way term bigots are using to try and seem valid. Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists may have feminist right in the name, but yet they are aligning themselves […]

  • TSA’s body scanners are gender binary, humans are not – CN: Transphobia. Olivia, when pulled aside for additional screening by the TSA, was told that she would have to submit to a physical search by a male TSA […]

  • Amanda wrote a new post, Quickies: On the soothing power of horror, on the site Skepchick 3 months ago

    Horror is a soothing genre for women – Because it’s upfront about what it’s like to be a woman. Great interview on LitHub with Sady Doyle, author of Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the F […]

  • “Presenteeism” takes toll on menstruating women – (Note: Not all menstruating people are women. This study only questioned women on their experiences.) “Women who push themselves to work or study despite menstrual […]

  • Young white male rage is the biggest problem facing our country – By Jessica Valenti. “Continuing to ignore what is happening in this country — and what is happening to young men — is only going to get more peo […]

  • This is the beginning of the end of the meat industry – On the recent evolution and success of faux-meat products like the Beyond and Impossible burgers. Have you tried either, and what do you think of them? Thank […]

    • I don’t like the Beyond Burger, but I haven’t tried the Impossible Burger, and a lot of reports say it’s supposed to be better. I have tried various meatless sausage and chicken substitutes, which I mostly like as much or more than the real thing.

    • I’ve had a Beyond (bought frozen from grocery store) and an Impossible (via Red Robin). The Beyond tasted slightly better than a typical veggie burger, but definitely not meat-like. The Impossible actually tasted like beef. The only issue I had with it was that it had the taste and texture of a well-done beef patty. I mean, it probably just fine, if you don’t mind your burgers well-done. Me, I prefer something a bit more on the medium side.

  • FBI director says many domestic terrorism cases are tied to white supremacy – The majority of domestic terrorism arrests made by the FBI this fiscal year have been tied to white supremacy.

    How abusers use the […]

  • The village where every cop has been convicted of domestic violence – In Stebbins, Alaska, all you have to do to become a police officer is sign a form. Even if you’ve been convicted of a felony in the past, […]

  • An epidemic of disbelief – CW: Sexual assault, rape. Testing a backlog of years-old rape kits has lead to the discovery of many serial rapists, as well as revealing that many serial rapists do not follow patterns […]

    • Its another mirror to Lisak’s findings; ‘Date’ or Acquaintance rapists are NOT different from burglar/stranger rapists. They are violent repeat offenders with multiple crimes in their histories. Whether or not they’re on the swim team.

      Supposedly, the victim’s history is not material to investigation or prosecution. But the accused’s OUGHT to be. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Lisak’s subjects, all unindicted and not even accused, had an average of 7 rape victims each. And their average age was only about 21.

  • Happy Friday everyone! I’m filling in for Noisy today, who is off attending a conference.

    AOC is being sued for blocking people on Twitter – “AOC is the target of two separate lawsuits, both accusing her of […]

  • In Patriarchy, no one can hear you scream – Rebecca Solnit (author of Men Explain Things to Me) on the Jeffrey Epstein case and the culture of silencing. “Now it seems exhaustingly obvious that what’s happening t […]

  • What you lose when you gain a spouse – On the isolation and co-dependency that results from the American ideal of striking out on your own as a couple. Social ties outside of marriage are so important to the […]

    • Gad! That pull quote from Marion Young. Its the bodily equivalent of ‘up-talk.’ A constant self-diminishing that seems to invade every act.

      Can sport overcome this, when so much of ‘athleticism’ is corrupted into fat-shaming and commercial exploitation?

      I’m reminded of how, in so many films, women actors can’t look like effective fighters. Even with professional coaching, and post-production editing, they seem unable to make a powerful ‘outward’ gesture with their whole selves.

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