Weekend reading


Music writer’s Twitter feed exposes industry’s harsh sexism, marginalization.

Opponents of abortion rights, including those convicted of violent crimes, are digging up details about patients and doctors.

What would happen if we repealed birthright citizenship.

The case against cash bail.

Actually, Hillary, hearts do change.

Questioning Trump’s insane immigration plan doesn’t make Jorge Ramos an “activist.”

Doctor pens anonymous essay recounting sexual misconduct in operating rooms.

The dangers of #laughingwhileblack

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The news lately has reminded us of a long list of things that black people can’t do without facing punishment. Far too often that punishment is deadly. Making eye contact with a police officer, failing to use a turn signal, playing music too loudly. Now you can apparently add laughing to that list, as 11 women, 10 of whom were black, were kicked off a wine train and met by the police for laughing and having too much fun together. The company initially released a statement claiming the women were physically and verbally abusive, but quickly rescinded it and admitted it was false. Brittney Cooper wrote a powerful response to people who would claim this has nothing to do with race: (more…)

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Artist Shirin Barghi has been making drawings of #LastWords spoken by black male victims of state violence.

Anti-abortion advocates don’t care about black people.

5 reasons to be skeptical of the new “female Viagra.” 

Director Ava DuVernay shared personal memories while tweeting a review of Straight Outta Compton.

The White House hired its first openly transgender staff member.

Hillary Clinton is trying to get Spanish media to forget what she said last year.

Comedian Kate Berlant makes a feminist case for shoplifting.

If she’s wearing a dress, how can you NOT sext the intern?


We hardly need more examples that victim-blaming is alive and well, but the world keeps giving them to us.  After two Missouri lawmakers were forced to resign over sexual harassment allegations, some of their colleagues leapt to the eminently reasonable conclusion that none of this would have happened if those harlot interns hadn’t been dressed so provocatively:  (more…)

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Alejandro Juarez made a series of satirical photos mocking the whitewashing in the new Stonewall movie.

Stephen Colbert shares why he thinks women should be in charge of everything.

#BlackLivesMatter more than the hurt feelings of white progressives.

You can’t separate abortion from the rest of what Planned Parenthood does.

Virginia Wesleyan College demands names of rape victim’s sexual partners.

GOP: attack women all you want, but hands off the white Republican ones.

A CVS pharmacist stood in the way of my abortion–and the law says that’s OK.

A powerful new protest song about racism and police brutality from Janelle Monae.

The lengths men will go to control women’s bodies

Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Opponents of abortion rights want you to think that their aggressive (and sometimes violent) activism is all in the interest of saving children. Of course, there is ample evidence that this isn’t the case–from their opposition to contraception to the lack of interest they have in supporting the children once they are born. Digging deeper into their attitudes reveals the serious objections they have to women acting as sexual beings and exerting their bodily autonomy. Control over our reproductive lives is essential to gaining political and cultural power, and a couple of recent news stories show the extreme lengths some men will go to stop it. (more…)

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Indiewire offers 5 most daring portrayals of female sexuality in movies.

Mother Jones obtained documents showing how local police forces try to justify their requests for military gear.

Bill Cosby mocked sexual assault laws and affirmative consent in a 1999 book.

White kids get medicated when they misbehave, black kids get suspended–or arrested.

Huntington Park, CA appointed two undocumented immigrants to local government positions.

The faces and fake names of the people behind the Planned Parenthood attack videos.

Margaret Talbot on watching Sandra Bland.

Black Lives Matter protesters adopt Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” as a protest chant.

Criminalization does not help sex workers.


Pro-choice activists need to be loud and proud


The past few weeks have been rough ones for supporters of abortion rights and women’s reproductive health care. Every week a new deceptively edited video making false claims about Planned Parenthood has been released, and anti-choice politicians eagerly snap them up to feed their grandstanding. Seeing women’s rights under attack is hardly new in an era where politicians are trying to ban abortion after 6 weeks and nearly every clinic in Texas is shutting down, but this coordinated, slimy attack has been demoralizing. In the swirl of sensationalism and political opportunism, women lose, especially low-income women with little access to health care.  (more…)

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Should you be a wife or career woman? Take this 1950s magazine quiz.

The groundbreaking gyno-humor of Amazon’s realistic rom-com “Catastrophe.”

The “marijuana smear” used against black people who are victims of police violence.

Why is the Iraq war not brought up in the context of the Iran deal debate?

5 badass Iranian women who are shattering stereotypes of what feminism looks like.

Lindy West: “My wedding was perfect–and I was fat as hell the whole time.”

Jessica Valenti on aging and our complicated relationship with catcalls.

An artist uses “whiteness goggles” to demonstrate privilege and lack of understanding of cultural appropriation.