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New Pew Study Shows That Women Are More Likely To Be Sexually Harassed Online

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  • A Pew study looks at the differences in online harassment for men and women, and what do ya know, women are more often the target. [Slate]
  • Feminist blogger Lindy West imagines a social network that is specifically feminist and anti-racist. [Daily Dot]
  • Read about racism in the newsroom. [New Republic]
  • A Joan Didion documentary is crowd-funding on Kickstarter! [Kickstarter] Keep reading »

What’s Better For You, Butter Or Margarine?

Like It's Even A Debate

ASAP Science asks one of the most important questions in nutrition: According to science, what’s better for you, butter or margarine? Not what’s better in general, obviously, because that’s a laughably easy question to answer.

They break it down thusly: Butter has one or two ingredients and is minimally processed but is high in saturated fat; margarine has a ton of ingredients and is extremely processed, is sometimes high in trans fats but sometimes not, and it’s hard to tell what its nutritional value is because there’s a lot of variation. So, bottom-line, it depends on what your nutrition goals are and how good you are at moderating what I can only assume are your unstoppable cravings for butter. Keep reading »

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Fear, Isolation, Insomnia: The Real Life Toll Of Being Stalked

Last week, we published a story by Tiffanie Drayton about encountering a strange man multiple times in her neighborhood in the span of a few days, including on her own block, who then hunted her down on social media and sent her creepy and “flirtatious messages.” The experience made her feel incredibly unsafe, understandably so, and I was distressed to see some commenters be quick to dismiss his completely bizarre actions as coincidental or a misinterpretation on her part, mimicking the way some of her friends responded. Unfortunately, I think that happens a lot. On one hand, the instinct to dismiss those concerns — “I’m sure he’s not stalking you, he probably lives on your block/has an innocent crush/won’t actually DO anything to hurt you” — could be a (misguided, but well-meaning) attempt to make the person feel better/safer. On the other hand, they are also an example of the ways in which we tell women to ignore their instincts and give complete strangers, in particular men, the benefit of the doubt and a trust that has not been earned.  There are very, very good reasons for women to not feel safe in this world of ours. The ways in which women’s personal spaces are violated on a regular basis are plentiful, from street harassment to inappropriate comments at work to online threats, and sadly, so too are stories of these behaviors taken to the extreme. As these 12 examples from Whisper illustrate, women who have been stalked are left isolated, do not always get the support they deserve from family, friends and community, and find the fear stays with them even after they’re finally “safe.” Keep reading »

Watch These Little Princesses Fight Sexism With F-Bombs

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"Pay Up Mothaf**ka!"

FCKH8 put together this amazing video of little girls summing up the women’s equality movement more succinctly than any grown-up ever could. After all, it’s their future we’re so worried about, right? The video highlights their T-shirt fundraiser, which goes toward supporting anti-sexism organizations and funding FCKH8 to keep pushing activist causes forward. I am head over heels for this one. Can I adopt one of those little girls? [BuzzFeed]

Hannibal Buress Brings Attention To Rape Allegations Against Bill Cosby

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  • Hannibal Buress called out the oft-buried rape allegations against Bill Cosby during one of his comedy sets. [The Daily Beast]
  • Trans* troops in other militaries are proof that inclusive militaries can work. [Huffington Post]
  • Read this review of Who We Be, writer Jeff Chang’s look at the war on multiculturalism. [Racialicious]
  • Comedian Leslie Jones has joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” which means the show officially has a whopping two Black women. [Deadline] Keep reading »

Adobe Sides With GamerGate Bullies As Part Of Their Involvement With The Bully Project (UPDATED)

In a move that is deeply troubling to someone who 1) has been using Photoshop since the mid-’90s and Lightroom and InDesign for the past two years, and 2) understands the difference between criticism and bullying, Adobe stated on Twitter today, in response to a question about GamerGate, that they don’t advertise on Gawker because they stand against bullying.

The Gawker Media family of blogs have been openly critical toward GamerGate pretty much since the beginning. On Gawker, Sam Biddle recently profiled the “D-List Right-Wingers Who Have Turned GamerGate Into Their Loser Army” and Gawker took the position elsewhere that it’s hard to look at GamerGate as anything but blatant misogyny; Deadspin called GamerGate “the future of the culture wars”; a social researcher analyzed GamerGate as a hate group on Jezebel; Kotaku reported positively on the hashtag #StopGamerGate2014. Keep reading »

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