Background Check Lapse Let Dylann Roof Buy His Gun

By: Newser / July 10, 2015

Dylann Roof should not have been able to buy the gun he’s accused of using to kill nine people inside a South Carolina church. Because Roof had admitted possessing drugs following an arrest in February, his purchase of the .45-caliber handgun should have been denied, says the FBI. But it turns out the information wasn’t… More »

Creepy Weirdos Are Kissing Chickens, Causing Salmonella Outbreak

By: Robyn Pennacchia / July 10, 2015

This is just foul/fowl. More »

Japan’s Biggest Girl Group Has An Average Age Of 84

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 10, 2015

KBG84 is taking over Japan from their tiny island homeland; Ta-Nehisi Coates addresses the physical realities of being Black in his new book; American Samoa is holding out on same-sex marriage; and two lawyers are helping to reshape the way colleges treat rape cases. More »

The NY Times Asked A Bunch Of White Female Tennis Players About Serena Williams’ Body

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2015

I’m by no means an actual tennis aficionado, but I love any and all displays of women proving how strong and powerful and bad ass they are, and Serena Williams exemplifies all those attributes and then some. Tomorrow, Williams is vying for the title at Wimbleton Wimbledon, and if she pulls it off, she’ll have… More »

South Carolina Took Down The Confederate Flag — Now What?

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 10, 2015

The Confederate Flag has been removed from the South Carolina Capital: YIPPPPPPEEEE! Time to celebrate? Let’s give ourselves a moment to high-five America for getting rid of an old relic of racism that really should have disappeared over a century ago when the Civil War finally united the country after being divided by the South’… More »

Anti-Gay Oregon Bakers Were Not Actually Fined $135,000 For Refusing To Make A Gay Wedding Cake

By: Robyn Pennacchia / July 10, 2015

The large fine wasn’t for being bigots, it was for releasing the address of the couple suing them. … More »

Alexander Hamilton’s Descendant Is Pouting About A Woman Sharing The $10 Bill

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 10, 2015

Doug Hamilton, descendant of Alexander Hamilton and IBM salesman, is pouting – yes, I’m going to say pouting – over the idea that his great-great-great-great-great grandfather is going to have to share his spot on the $10 bill with a historical woman.

Hamilton is calling this the “diminishing” of Alexander Hamilton (oh horror,… More »

Read The First Chapter Of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 10, 2015

The first chapter of Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s anticipated second novel, has been released online via the Wall Street Journal. It follows the woman who had been To Kill a Mockingbird’s Scout, but has dropped the nickname and is now, in the 1950s American South, going by Jean Louise Finch, as she make… More »

Queer Up Your Comic Con Experience!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 9, 2015

San Diego Comic Con has some fabulous queer events; girls in juvenile prisons have tremendous rates of past sexual abuse; a man drugged his girlfriend so he could keep playing video games; and the Museum of Sex has a centuries-old porn stash. More »

Texas County Clerk Issues Sad Ass Declaration Against Marriage Equality

By: Robyn Pennacchia / July 9, 2015

God these people are pathetic. More »

Jackie Fox Of The Runaways Comes Forward About Being Raped By Band Manager Kim Fowley

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 9, 2015

Huffington Post’s online magazine Highline has got a brutal must-read by Jason Cherkis about Jackie Fuchs aka Jackie Fox, former bass player for ’70s girl band The Runaways, who describes, for the first time, being brutally raped by band manager Kim Fowley. Now in her mid-50s, Fuchs tells her story of being discovered by Fowley, joining the girl band, which made… More »

Sorry, But No: The Civil War Was Not About “States’ Rights”

By: Robyn Pennacchia / July 9, 2015

The only state right they wanted was the right to own human beings as slaves. … More »

We Aren’t Seriously Talking About Legalizing Group Marriage, Are We?

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 9, 2015

Aren’t race and trans* rights sort of bigger issues right now? More »

We Should Be Fighting For Liberation, Not Equality

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 9, 2015

Cheers all around for this one: In the video above, journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge makes the argument that fighting for equality between women and men as umbrella categories of people is sort of dishonest, when men aren’t equal among themselves (i.e. race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and poverty all affect men’s access to or exclusion from… More »

South Carolina Votes 94-20 To Remove Confederate Flag

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 9, 2015

Early this morning, the South Carolina state House of Representatives voted in a landslide – 94 to 20 – to remove the Confederate battle flag from their public buildings. The bill will now go for approval to Governor Nikki Haley, who has previously expressed support for removing the flag and says she’ll sign the bill… More »

Most Irish Citizens Believe Abortion Should Be Decriminalized

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 8, 2015

And: Afghanistan’s first female Supreme Court nominee wasn’t approved by its Parliament, Facebook made a feminist tweak to the “Friends” icon, and Martha Washington used to be featured on American currency. More »

Google Shows Women Fewer Ads For High-Paying Jobs Than Men

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 8, 2015

A study from Carnegie Mellon found that women are less likely to be shown ads for high-paying jobs while conducting a Google search than men, which is not precisely surprising, but it still makes me want to pinch the bridge of my nose and sigh loudly.

The study used an “automated testing rig”… More »

“Real Vampires” Say They Avoid Doctors For Fear Of Being “Judged”

By: Robyn Pennacchia / July 8, 2015

Everyone gets judged at the doctor, ok? More »

True Story: Adventures In Internet Racism & Body-Shaming

By: Elizabeth Blumberg / July 8, 2015

I know that there is a strong correlation between people who defend racism on the internet and people who, when challenged, will resort to misogynist attacks. Here is one such example. More »

The EACH Woman Act Will Make Reproductive Choice A Reality For All Women

By: Robyn Pennacchia / July 8, 2015

Abortion rights for all, regardless of income, on demand and without apology. … More »

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