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Guy Makes Justice Ginsberg’s Hobby Lobby Statement Into A Song

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"Oh, The Court, I Fear, Has Ventured Into A Minefield"
  • Well, that’s one way to react to the Supreme Court’s ruling today.
  • In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren’t your jam, here’s a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg’s dissent. [Mother Jones]
  • Or there’s this one-act play inspired by the ruling, called “The Taming of the Slut.” [Happy Nice Time People]
  • Arm yourself with knowledge: 10 right-wing media myths about the Hobby Lobby case. [Media Matters For America]
  • The town of Latta, South Carolina has reinstated police chief Crystal Moore, who was fired by the town’s mayor because she is a lesbian. (Yeah, apparently that’s legal.) [Wonkette] Keep reading »

“Cold Beer And Titties”: Sexism At A Texas Boys Civics Conference

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I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.

The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties, the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party, and are meant to learn basic civics lessons such as how to run for office and pass legislation. Another conference for young women in Texas, called Girls State, is held separately. Sounds as wholesome and American as apple pie, yes? Keep reading »

Artwork Depicting Nigella Lawson Being Strangled Is Posted On Her Ex-Husband’s Website

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The image of Nigella Lawson with her then-husband’s hands around her throat is seared into my memory. If you remember, back in 2013, Lawson and businessman/art gallery owner Charles Saatchi were seated in a London restaurant, arguing, when he placed his hands around her neck as if to choke her. A photographer happened to catch the incident, which went on for close to 30 minutes, as Lawson cried. The fact that it was caught on camera was a rare and disturbing reminder of the ubiquity of domestic violence, even among the wealthy and powerful.

So what are we to think then, exactly, when several artists have created artwork depicting Nigella Lawson being strangled and posted it on Saatchi’s web site? Keep reading »

Kristen Wiig And Bill Hader Play Messed-Up Brother And Sister In “The Skeleton Twins”

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Together Again

Kristen Wiig knocked it out of the park with “Bridesmaids,” proving that she could fill movie theaters by running on funny. But contrary to what a lot of ex-”SNL” stars might do, she hasn’t just made the same comedy over and over again. She played slightly more serious roles in “Friends With Kids” and “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” and now she’s back for what looks to be even darker comedy. In “The Skeleton Twins,” Wieg and Bill Hader (AKA Stefon from “SNL”) play estranged siblings who are brought back together when both are at a crossroads in their lives. He’s a failed actor still damaged by an old relationship, while she’s unhappily married to bro-tastic meathead. Together again, they’re trying to patch things up and confront the past. Complicated relationships with siblings FTW!

Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

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The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who oppose birth control. The Obama administration had made a variety of concessions for religious employers like churches and religious non-profits, but this ruling affects for-profit businesses. (According to Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog, this ruling will not apply to publicly held corporations, just family-owned businesses when the owners in question are clearly religious.)

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Shia LaBeouf Fought With Homeless Man Over McDonalds Before “Cabaret” Arrest

  • Shia LaBeouf is Amanda Bynes-ing even bigger than Amanda Bynes: Page Six reports that hours before Shia LaBeouf was dragged out of the Broadway show “Cabaret” and arrested for causing a ruckus, he was arguing with a homeless man in Times Square over a McDonald’s bag. Oooookay. [Page Six]
  • Robert Downey, Jr.’s 20-year-old son Indio Downey was arrested for cocaine possession on Sunday afternoon. Indio posted a $10,000 bail and was released later that day. [TMZ]
  • Disney actress Zendaya Coleman has dropped out of Lifetime’s planned biopic about the late R&B singer Aaliyah. [TMZ]
  • Mental health experts have concluded that Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorious was not mentally ill when he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013. [People] Keep reading »

GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

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  • Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
  • Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirts and ponytails. [Cosmopolitan]
  • New York State failed to pass the Women’s Equality Act (again) because Republicans balked over reproductive rights enshrined therein. [Feminist.org]
  • Yeah, the Vatican knows no one is following its rules on sex and marriage. [LA Times] Keep reading »

Nigerian Pop Singer Adokiye Ruffles Feathers Offering Her Virginity In Place Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

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Five things to know about Nigeria's 200+ abducted school girls. Read More »

Well, that’s one way to get attention. Adokiye Kyrian, a Nigerian pop singer, ruffled some feathers this week when she (jokingly?) offered up her virginity if the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram would release the 200+ school girls they kidnapped back in April. She told Vanguard’s Showtime:

“This is 11 p.m. in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange. They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.” Keep reading »

Cloudy With A Chance Of “Rape”? Weather Report Subtitle Goes Very Wrong

There’s awkward errors and then there’s really awkward errors: subtitles on a BBC News weather report this week accidentally warned Glastonbury Gestival-goers to prepare for “rape” instead of rain. This Instagram pic shows the “unfortunate typo,” as a BBC spokesperson put it. I’m sure most newswatchers put it together themselves when the subtitles showed the newscaster advised packing one’s “wellies” — not a good deterrent of sexual assault. [Independent UK]

Like This? Read This! 10 Young Adult Novels For Adults

YA novels — that’s “young adult” novels, for the uninitiated — have had a rough go of things lately. Slate.com came out swinging against the popular genre, claiming grownups should only read grownup books or else we’re all repressed babies. Or some such nonsense. Books are just books — they’re for people. Typically YA novels have more characters who are teens/children, but that’s about the only difference. There is still sex, drugs, violence, and everything! Ultimately, the YA genre or the “New Adult” genre are phrases used by publishers’ marketing departments.

I’m a passionate and voracious reader and genuinely saddens me that anyone would discourage people from reading anything. So, I thought I would ease some of the YA-averse into checking out some novels that are similar to popular “grownup” books — recommendations I’m making based on similar themes and tone. If you read and enjoyed the “grownup” novel, you’ll probably really enjoy the YA novel. And vice versa.

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