Weekend reading


What’s left when you photoshop the all-male bands out of festival posters.

5 things feminists should know about the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

An Alabama lawmaker is trying to shut down an abortion clinic because the anti-abortion protests outside pose a threat to children.

New laws on strangulation aid prosecution in sexual assault cases.

Hillary Clinton must go bold on abortion.

The new podcast Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race offers insightful discussion from Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby.

Meryl Streep has funded a screenwriting lab for women over 40.

A miscarrying woman was denied medication because of “conscience.”

My favorite clothing website ModCloth gets even better by spotlighting transgender comedian Rye Silverman.

A store in Pittsburgh charges women 76% of what it charges men to make up for the wage gap.

PETA: Just. Stop.


If I had a nickel for every time I shook my fist and cursed to the heavens because PETA did something that made me angry, I’d have a lot of nickels.

Think Progress recently covered what they call a “new low” for PETA: teaming up with notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to promote serving vegetarian meals in prison. The piece reminds us about just what kind of character PETA is heaping praise on:  (more…)

Weekend reading


Lindsay King-Miller on the new Dove ad and the expectation that women should have to feel beautiful.

Amy Davidson on the Walter Scott video and how “videos, like pictures, are effective only when the people looking at them are willing to really see what’s there.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Walter Scott and overreliance on the criminal justice system to try to solve problems.

As part of Mother Jones’ investigation into the cost of gun violence, they looked at what it’s like to be a survivor of gun violence.

Also, 16 charts that show the true cost of gun violence in the US.

A women’s healthcare bill failed to get through the Democratically-controlled Oregon state legislature because of its abortion provision.

A CEO lowered his salary to $70,000 and increased all employees’ salaries to $70,000.

Weekend reading


Richard Nixon’s sexist advice to Hillary Clinton in 1992.

A former Harvard professor is suing the school alleging that they denied her tenure because of her support for sexual assault survivors.

The podcast Criminal looks at a Texas case of an unarmed black man who survived being shot in the chest by a police officer.

These charts show that gun experts clearly disagree with the NRA and gun rights activists.

Republican who has apparently been living under a rock thinks it’s harder to get a vasectomy than an abortion.

Vulture on the wonderful women of “weird stand-up” comedy.

A majority of Americans agree on what the abortion experience should be like.

A new video game shows you what sexual harassment can feel like.

Would you say that to a man?


“I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.”

I was in my mid-20s and a promotion opened up in my division at work and I planned to apply for it. Given the hierarchy in our department, one male coworker and I were the natural ones to consider for the job. When the topic came up, that’s what he said to me: “I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.” I don’t remember what I said in the moment, but I remember quietly seething and thinking, “Don’t do me any favors. Go ahead and apply and I’ll still get it.” (more…)

Weekend reading


How to tell if your religious liberties are being violated.

NPR shares the sad story of a black man who whistles songs from Frozen to appear less threatening to people.

The Advocate celebrates the trans women of color featured in this year’s Trans 100.

National Review thinks calling a member of Congress “exotic” and “beautiful” is appropriate and relevant to talking about her foreign policy experience.

So, so, so wrong: Nashville prosecutors reportedly offered women plea bargains in exchange for sterilization.

In a new book, 16 writers take on the stigma of not having kids.

Bitch Magazine’s podcast Popaganda looks at progressive causes that use problematic tactics, including talking to major offender PETA.

Democrats: stop catering to white men

photo via theatlantic.com

photo via theatlantic.com

One of the only things worse than seeing right-wing Republicans sweep an election is seeing Democrats take that drubbing and interpret it as an indication that they need to act more like Republicans. Which is why I wanted to yell “hallelujah!” when I read these comments from Dannel Malloy, the governor of Connecticut and the person poised to take over the Democratic Governors Association:  (more…)

Weekend reading


Relationship advice from comedian Amy Schumer.

Alyssa Rosenberg offers 24 books for a year of reading only work by women.

The verdict in the Ellen Pao gender discrimination case shows how difficult it is for some people to recognize sexism that isn’t overt.

Why it matters that the International Criminal Court is now run by three women.

A horrifying story about a black woman who was locked in a psych ward for 8 days because cops didn’t believe she was a successful business woman.

There’s not a single all-male board among the UK’s largest companies.

Report finds 80% of anti-Muslim attacks on France are against women.

A comic by Erika Moen about the science of abortion.

A poem by a Starbucks barista that reveals the ridiculousness of their failed #RaceTogether campaign.