- Trans Women Face Extreme Levels of Abuse in Men’s Prisons.
“For trans women in prison, it’s often the abuse by the guards that is the most abhorrent, and that abuse doesn’t stop at misgendering or inappropriate strip searches. According to a 2012 Department of Justice survey, 16.7% of trans inmates have experienced sexual misconduct at the hands of a prison staff member.”
- Let’s Stop Comparing Campus Sexual Assault Proceedings to Criminal Trials — Konidaris Law
- #Me Too is about more than stopping rape. We demand more | Jessica Valenti | Opinion | The Guardian
- (89) Dinner Discussion – SNL – YouTube
Sketch about some friends at dinner being scared to discuss Aziz Ansari. I think there’s something to this – people are too scared of messing up.
- Gallery removes naked nymphs painting to ‘prompt conversation’ | Art and design | The Guardian
The article explains that this artificially created controversy is intended to be a conceptual art piece, and that the gallery intends to resume displaying the painting at some point. I’m skeptical of the value of this exercise at all; critically examining the painting is fine, but doing it this way seems designed to generate more heat than light.
- Give all immigrants the right to vote
“Between 1776 and 1926, Hayduk’s research shows, up to 40 states permitted immigrants to vote in local, state and federal elections.”
- Turning a Unicorn into a Bat: the Post in Which We Announce the End of our Marriage | The Weed
A Mormon couple, one of whom came out as gay five years ago, reaches a turning point.
- Achtung Baby by Sara Zaske, reviewed.
“…contemporary German parents give their children a great deal of freedom—to do dangerous stuff; to go places alone; to make their own mistakes, most of which involve nudity, fire, or both.”
- But see also Jane Yager’s comments on that German parenting article.
- This four minute video by a Palestinian Israeli, of his encounter with a Jewish family, is very striking.
- The Weaponization of Nostalgia: How Afghan Miniskirts Became the Latest Salvo in the War on Terror – Ajam Media Collective
- The Dark Art of Stealing from Self-Checkouts – The Atlantic
In my twenties, I definitely would have shoplifted something via the self-checkout, because I was poor, and just because I could. But now, it honestly didn’t occur to me… until I read this article. (Still won’t do it, though.)
- Kansas Scrambles To Change Rules After 6 Teens Enter Governor’s Race : The Two-Way : NPR
- Single Mothers Are Not the Problem – The New York Times
“Ultimately, there simply aren’t enough single mothers to explain our high poverty. Even if they all married or never had children, poverty would not be substantially lower.”
- All of Groundhog Day shown as a single Groundhog day.
“I wanted to see what it would be like if the events of the movie Groundhog Day all took place simultaneously. The film shows 37 separate days from Phil’s thousands of Groundhog Days in Punxsutawney.” The video is a half-hour long, and is oddly compelling… or at least, it is to met I’ve seen that movie a kazillion times.
- Nigel, the world’s loneliest bird, dies next to the concrete decoy he loved – The Washington Post
He built it a nest.
- A new Vox poll reveals surprising nuance in public opinion on abortion
“…18 percent of Americans, like King, pick “both” when you ask them to choose between pro-life and pro-choice. Another 21 percent choose neither. Taken together, about four in 10 Americans are eschewing the labels that we typically see as defining the abortion policy debate.”
- I’m sort of obsessed with this The Invisible Man poster by Jonathan Burton. I tried to buy one, but it sold out in two minutes. I can still get it on Ebay for four times the price….
- What no politician wants to admit about gun control – Vox
The very mild measures that Democrats have proposed, would probably have only mild effects on the gun death rate.
- She killed 115 people before the last Korean Olympics. Now she wonders: ‘Can my sins be pardoned?’ – The Washington Post
- GOP lawmakers take aim at WHO agency over Roundup ingredient
- First modern Britons had ‘dark to black’ skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals | Science | The Guardian
- North Korea: what war with the US would look like – Vox
“A full-blown war with North Korea wouldn’t be as bad as you think. It would be much, much worse.”
- N.Y. landlord obliterated dozens of graffiti murals. Now he owes the artists $6.75 million. – The Washington Post
- I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories – The Atlantic
- This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe – The New York Times
“Before about 25 years ago, the species simply did not exist. A single drastic mutation in a single crayfish produced the marbled crayfish in an instant.”
- The Minimum Wage And The Price of Comics.
The real cost of buying a comic book has been going up much faster than the minimum wage – or the cost of going to a movie. No wonder sales have plummeted.
- Speaking of which, I wrote a thread on Twitter arguing that it’s ridiculous to think that the sales problems of comics are due to more diverse characters and a few pros being rude on Twitter. This is in response to #ComicsGate, which is an attempt to take the failures of GamerGate and the Rabid/Sad Puppies and make them happen for comics, too.
- Why this economist thinks public education is mostly pointless – Vox
- Former Slaves’ Folklore of Abraham Lincoln in the South – The Atlantic
“They said he came in disguise as a beggar or a peddler, bummed free meals off his unsuspecting white hosts, snooped around to find out what slavery was like, and told the slaves they would soon be free.”
- Trump slump? Remington files for bankruptcy amid declining gun sales. – The Washington Post
- What’s the difference between sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape?
- And another twitter rant from me: A thread about the misuse of trans suicide statistics by Ryan Anderson. Anderson just wrote a book about (well, against) trans issues, called “When Harry Became Sally,” so it would have been nice if he’d at least read the studies he cites.
- Woman Adopts Senior Dog, Who Turns Out To Be Her Childhood Pet – The Dodo
- Trump concocted a story about a border agent’s death. The truth won’t catch up. – The Washington Post
- We had a great day at the park with our autistic son, until someone called the police – The Washington Post
His hair wasn’t brushed and someone was worried that his parents weren’t taking good care of him.
- You Can Call Yourself Fat – Kiva Bay – Medium
“I worry that fat activism has begun to build a new version of the Good Fatty, that within fat activism there is a certain excessive pushback against fat people who don’t perform their fatness with as much purity as we would prefer.”
- Artist creates bizarre characters by getting models to bend over and drawing faces on them
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