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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 »

Turkish Men Marched In Miniskirts For Women’s Rights Over The Weekend

By: Claire Hannum / February 23, 2015
Last week, a Turkish university student named Ozgecan Aslan was viciously murdered at the hands of a bus driver she'd trusted to get her safely home. The 20-year-old reportedly fought against a sexual assault before the driver killed her. He doused Aslan in gasoline, burned her body, and dumped her into a riverbed. Three suspects have been arrested i… More »

Canadian Man Teaches Internet Commenters A Lesson … In Being Neighborly

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 23, 2015
As a person who works on the internet for a living, I am given to the occasional internet-commenter revenge fantasy. The furthest I've ever gone was Googling this Ron Paul Libertarian dude who harassed me constantly and finding out he had scammed a bunch of people and then posting the Rip-Off report about it every… More »

John Oliver On How Not To Appeal To Lady Voters

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 23, 2015
On last night's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver addressed the UK Labour Party's awkward attempt to "reach out" to female voters by driving around in a pink Barbie van. You know, because bitches love them some pink shit. Unsurprisingly, female voters in Britain were not exactly enthralled with the van, and it's become so… More »

Dog And Owl BFFs Give You Reason To Live

By: Katrin Higher / February 23, 2015
There has been a recent influx of coverage on interspecies friendships as of late -- in part because of the National Geographic series "Unlikely Friends" on Netflix and also with the interspecies friendship Android Advertisement. This influx also happens to be the best thing that's ever happened to everyone. Think of it like seeing… More »

Surprise: Tech Industry Getting Worse For Women

By: Katrin Higher / February 23, 2015
According to a piece in the Los Angeles Times, women are leaving the tech industry in droves. This is something I have called for a while now -- this very myopic insistence of "filling the pipeline" simply won't work if the industry remains sexist from a structural standpoint, i.e. still being shitty to wome… More »

Hundreds Gather For 50th Anniversary Of Assassination Of Malcolm X

By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015
Yesterday marked 50 years since the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X, and 300 people gathered in the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in New York City to hear remarks from family, elected officials and political activists. More »

America Has A New “Happiest” State

By: Newser / February 22, 2015
Dark horse Alaska has come from behind to claim the title of the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports. Snagging the designation from 2013 winner North Dakota, Alaska—which didn't even make the top 10 in 2013—topped Gallup's Well-Being Index in 2014 for the first time since tracking began in 2008. North Dakota crashed to the… More »

Evil Texas Attorney General Attempts To Void Marriage License For Same-Sex Couple

By: Katrin Higher / February 21, 2015
In the latest news from evil Texan men in power, on Friday, Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the state's Supreme Court to revoke a marriage license issued to same-sex couple Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant (above). Bryant and Goodfriend have been together for over 30 years and a county judge granted them a marriage license… More »

New York City Is A Beautiful Frozen Wasteland

By: Katrin Higher / February 21, 2015
My commute to work yesterday nearly transported my body into a new set of molecular properties, when, sure enough, I looked at my weather app and saw just a solitary number 1 as the degree in Fahrenheit. My knees cracked and ached as I walked the five avenues to my office from the subway i… More »

Mommie Dearest: Doulas Should Be A Birth Option For Everyone, Not A Status Symbol

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 21, 2015
The New York Times, once again, is on it. Much like their report on midwives as a status symbol that appeared in their style section a couple of years ago, they've again turned their focus on the birth world. And this time, in a piece from last week, they're zeroing in on doulas. More »

This Hurricane Katrina Documentary Is About More Than Just A Storm

By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2015
When Hurricane Katrina hit, director/producer and former New Orleans resident Rennik Soholt watched the footage of the flooding in horror with the rest of America. Close friends were still trapped there, and he worried if he'd ever see them again. He arrived in the city with his camera, struggling to grasp the enormity of the… More »

Joni Edelman: “Happiness Does Not Require Thinness; Fatness Does Not Presume Sadness”

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015
If you haven’t read Joni Edelman’s essay on why being thin doesn’t cure sadness or manufacture happiness yet, GO DO IT. NOW. NOW NOW NOW. More »

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