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Here’s A Live Feed of Llamas On the Lam

By: Megan Reynolds / February 26, 2015
BE FREE, LLAMAS. BE FREE. More »

18 Things White America Needs To Reconcile To Truly Become Colorblind

By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 26, 2015
Black History Month presents the opportunity to explore African-American history: A history marked by the struggle for a fair and equitable America that treats its citizens and residents with respect and dignity, regardless of skin color. However, that struggle is often painted as "the issues of the past" that have been overcome and surpassed thank… More »

Alleged Rapist Bill Cosby: “Hey, Hey, Hey — I’m Far From Finished”

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 26, 2015
Please tell us he did mean that to be read in the "Fat Albert" voice. More »

In Honor Of Leslie Knope’s Last Hurrah, These Are Our Galentines

By: Beejoli Shah / February 26, 2015
Tuesday night's series finale of "Parks and Recreation" was the perfect swan song to a wonderful show that always delighted in the simple joys of life, instead of sneering at the world from a perch on high. But the best part of the show was its unabashed commitment to celebrating strong women. Amy Poehler's Leslie… More »

The Daily Squee: Sophie The Cat Tries To Catch Snow

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2015
I will never tire of watching cats explore snow for the first time. I mean, look at the wonder in their eyes! Look at their utter fascination/potential love for a substance I've come to hate so deeply! That i… More »

Hillary Clinton Has Some Choice Words About Silicon Valley’s Glass Ceiling

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 25, 2015
Today in Lady News, Hillary Clinton talks about tech's glass celiing, HBO is offering a fellowship for diverse writers, and there are two lesbians in the upcoming "Jem and the Holograms" movie. More »

Cancer Is a Fungus That Can Be Cured With Baking Soda, Says Nevada Lawmaker

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 25, 2015
HEY! Good news cancer patients! All that chemo and medical treatment is for naught -- turns out, cancer is just like, a fungus, and can be flushed right out of you with some good old fashioned baking soda. Just like your oven or your drain! Or a volcano in a school science project! This i… More »

The Telluride Association’s Silence And The Transphobic Harassment Of Meredith Talusan

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 25, 2015
It’s been almost three months since I started looking into the case of Meredith Talusan, a trans* scholar at Cornell University who had a housing scholarship through the Telluride Association, “a nonprofit organization that creates and fosters educational communities that teach leadership and service through democratic participation.” The reaction to the original piece wa… More »

Judge Roy Moore Is Real Confused About How Bisexuality Works

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 25, 2015
Alabama Judge Roy Moore wonders: "W<span>hen two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family?"</span>… More »

Viral Bullshit: “Man Banned From Campus For Resembling A Rapist” Story Is Likely Fake

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 25, 2015
Last week, a viral story spread about a man being banned from his college campus for merely resembling someone's rapist. It's probably not true. More »

57 Percent Of GOP Voters Would Make Christianity The National Religion

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 25, 2015
A survey of Republican Primary voters released this week and conducted by Public Policy Polling provides some interesting results and insight into the minds of GOP voters. The poll determined that Scott "Scabby" Walker is currently the lead potential 2016 candidate, followed, oddly, by Dr. Ben Carson. Scott Walker is at 25% to 18% for Be… More »

Take A Look Inside The Women’s Mosque Of America

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 24, 2015
Here’s a look into America’s first women-only mosque. [NBC] Finland’s national radio service is going to read the Koran on air cover-to-cover in order to “increase people’s knowledge of the Koran and Muslim culture in Finland.” [BBC] Check out this explainer about sex, intersex, and why “male” and “female” aren’t adequate categories for… More »

Idaho Lawmaker Totally Cool With Faith-Healing Parents Letting Their Kids Die

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 24, 2015
Over the past three years, twelve children in Idaho have died from completely preventable causes like pneumonia and food poisoning. Why? Because their parents, primarily members of a faith-healing sect called the Followers of Christ have refused to get them medical attention. Idaho is one of six states in the country that allow religious exemptio… More »

I Tried The “Bored And Brilliant” Project And Learned Just How Badly I “Need” My Phone

By: Claire Hannum / February 24, 2015
A few weeks ago, I tried out WNYC's "Bored and Brilliant" project, a challenge that encouraged participants to step away from their phones and see what kinds of creative thoughts come up when we allow our minds to wander. The challenge asked that users track the minutes they… More »

Rep. Aaron Schock Spent Donor, Taxpayer Funds On Katy Perry Concerts and Private Planes

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 24, 2015
Illinois Representative Aaron "Haters Gonna Hate" Schock, who you may remember from such hits as "Downton Abbey Themed Office" and "Super Racist Aide Who Thinks Black People Are Like Zoo Animals," is currently the subject of an Associated Press investigation into hi… More »

“Fifty Shades” Has Turned Into A Real-Life Sexual Assault

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 24, 2015
The kink community’s warnings about “Fifty Shades of Grey”’s poor demonstration of what consent looks like in BDSM has turned out not to just be paranoid speculation: A student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mohammad Hossain, has been charged with sexual assault following an incident in which he claimed to be “re-enacting scene… More »

The Soapbox: Here’s Why Closing The Gender Wage Gap Is A White Feminist Issue

By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 24, 2015
Patricia Arquette's words, problematic though they may be, were merely an entry point to a much-need conversation about wage inequality. It is up to us to expand on and continue the conversation she attempted to begin. So let's go ahead and do that. More »

Roundup: Fox News Reacts To The Oscars

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 24, 2015
Several times yesterday, I quite nearly posted about a thing someone on Fox News said about the Oscars. Then, before I could even get something together, another person on Fox had said an even more ridiculous thing about the Oscars. So you know what? I decided to just do a roundup. The main thing you… More »

With So Many Trans Women Murdered In 2015, How Are We Not Outraged?

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015
At least six trans* women have been murdered this year. Why are we not outraged? [The Daily Beast] Turkish men are protesting in skirts for women’s rights, in memory of rape and murder victim Ozgecan Aslan. [CNN] British Labour Party MP Rachel Reeves is dismissing claims that her pregnancy will keep her from… More »

Pat Robertson: Women’s “Fifty Shades” Boiling-Oil Fantasies Are Promoting Sex Trafficking

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015
Over the weekend, "The 700 Club" played a clip of an interview with Christian anti-sex trafficking activist Benjamin Nolot, speaking at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, who claimed that "Fifty Shades of Grey" is promoting sex trafficking. I’m not sure he’s seen the movie or read the book, because all it really promotes is neurotoxicity, but… More »

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