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07 Jul 17:30

A Six-Month Reading List

by Emma Carmichael
by Emma Carmichael

Courtesy The Millions, here is every new book you will want to read in the next six months. I just finished The Flamethrowers, so I'll catch up with you all 'round 2016. [The Millions]

07 Jul 19:40

This Little Girl’s To-Do List Is A Reminder Why Little Girls Are Not To Be F*cked With

by Stacey Ritzen


Reddit user lala989 posted this photo yesterday with the caption: “My daughter’s list in case anything happens to her older brother.” Yes, you have to take everything you see posted on the internet with a grain of salt (especially when children are involved), and yes, there is a possibility that this could be fake — but do I personally think it’s real? Without a question. Little girls are f*cking diaboloical, and I should know since I used to be one. Sure, little boys might pull your pigtails and push you into a mud puddle, but little girls will plot to hammer everything that you love. This kid is going to make one HELL of a divorce attorney someday, I can tell you that much.

(Reddit via Jezebel)

Filed under: Upcoming, Web Culture Tagged: little girls, REDDIT, Terrifying
05 Jul 19:00

Study: Office Sexism Starts In The Guy’s Marriage

by Claire Hannum
Study: Office Sexism Starts In The Guy's Marriage

According to new research by the University of North Carolina, men with stay-at-home wives are more likely to have a negative outlook on women in the workforce. Five studies were carried out on almost 1,000 married heterosexual men, and even with the use of varying types of research methods and samples, results were grimly consistent.

Guys with stay-at-home wives were also found to have less positive views about companies led by women and to believe they aren’t operating as efficiently. These men are also more likely to deny promotion opportunities to women and otherwise make choices that prevent their qualified female coworkers from moving up in their career ranks.

What’s especially depressing about this is that often the guys’ marriage almost seemed to almost cause these sexist behaviors rather than just reflect beliefs they’ve always held. Most of the time, the men who were found to be sexist didn’t have that kind of outlook when they first got married. Over time, men married to unemployed women become less supportive of ladies with jobs, while on the other hand, men whose wives are employed become more supportive toward working women over time.

This data isn’t only a bummer for working women, but for wives who choose to stay home as well. I don’t believe a guy just automatically goes into jerk mode the second his wife decides to stop working — it’s obviously far more complicated than that. Either way, women should be able to have whatever kind of employment path they want without having to worry that it will somehow alter their husband’s views on equality. I hope these researchers conduct this same study on whether women with stay-at-home husbands go through the same shift in beliefs! [NBC]

05 Jul 19:19

​Epic Garden Obstacle Course is Basically Ninja Warrior for Squirrels

by Isha Aran

Apparently Youtube user Steve Barley had made an obstacle course for squirrels before, but this is some next level shit. He's rigged up the "Triple Squirrel Assault Course" out of everyday items like an ironing board and a sink plunger. Honestly, I wish that thing was human size because it looks way too fun. Anyway, watch these two squirrels achieve Total Victory and feast on some prized nuts!


18 Jun 00:00

The Search For The Most Insanely Dedicated World Cup Fan Has Ended With This Guy

by Ashley Burns
Crazy Mexico Fan

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There won’t be any crazy World Cup fan reaction videos being uploaded to YouTube after today’s 0-0 tie between Mexico and Brazil, unless you’re the kind of person who loves watching people get really excited and then let down within a matter of seconds. Then again, the tie was just as good as a win for Mexico, so maybe their fans were getting crazy in the streets after shutting out the home team. At the very least, the guy in the banner image was probably the life of the party wherever he went with his ridiculous giant winged costume.

Crazy Mexico Fan 2

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Okay, I kind of lied, though, because there is at least one awesome reaction video from today’s Mexico-Brazil tie. Whether she knows it or not, this lady has become one of the Internet’s stars of the day for her late game shock and disbelief.

Meanwhile, if I’m awarding a prize for the saddest fan from today’s early World Cup action, it might be this faithful Brazilian.

Sad Brazil Fan

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I’ve seen Cirque Du Soleil clowns with more zest for life than this fan. Hey, speaking of clowns that might haunt my dreams, this Brazilian fan!

Terrifying Brazil Fan

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But even when they’re trying to support their team, the Brazilian fans are still sticking it to the corrupt jerks at FIFA with these joyous balloons.

Brazil Protesters

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Nothing says, “You’re not welcome here,” like a bunch of colorful balloons.

Filed under: Media, Sports Tagged: 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2014 WORLD CUP, BRAZIL, Mexico, SOCCER FANS ARE INSANE, WORLD CUP
16 Jun 19:35


17 Jun 18:40

Alabama Finally Legalizes Oral and Anal Sex

by Callie Beusman

Alabama Finally Legalizes Oral and Anal Sex

On Friday, an Alabama appeals court struck down a law banning consensual oral and anal sex between unmarried persons. All over the state, people celebrated by continuing to mind their own goddamn sex-business in the privacy of their own homes.


17 Jun 19:20

OK Go Did It Again With The New Video For ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’

by Ashley Burns


If you’re prone to bouts of dizziness, then you may want to sit this brand new OK Go music video out and just download the single with the new “Upside Out” EP. The band worked its magic yet again by creating one of the most visually-fascinating concepts that it could come up with, which has always seemed quite impossible when you consider everything from the iconic treadmill video for “Here We Go Again” to both the Rube Goldberg Machine and marching band concepts for “This Too Shall Pass.” But Damian Kulash and Co. somehow managed to take the mindf*cking creativity to yet another level with “The Writing’s On the Wall.”

According to Rolling Stone, this video took the band three weeks and 50 takes to get right, as Kulash wanted to exhibit his mates’ appreciation of artists like Salvador Dali, Felice Varini and Dan Tobin-Smith, while also keeping the theme of the song prevalent (it’s about a breakup, naturally). Go ahead and give it a few views, because it’s almost impossible to keep track of one trick to the next without stopping to wonder, “How the hell did they do that?”

Filed under: Music, Upcoming Tagged: ART, holy crap, music videos, ok go
14 Jun 20:00

Tim Gunn Wants A Plus-Size Season Of “Project Runway” (And So Do We!)

by Winona Dimeo-Ediger

Good idea!

Tim Gunn Wants A Size 12 Project Runway

“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12.”

Tim Gunn had a great answer to the question, “What reality show have you not done but wish you could?” in a recent roundtable interview with The Hollwood Reporter. A special season of PR dedicated to designing clothing for women size 12 and above, of course! God, I would watch the hell out of this, wouldn’t you? You hear that, Bravo? We want a plus-size “Project Runway.” As soon as possible. Make it work. [Hollywood Reporter]

12 Jun 13:00

Add an Aluminum Pan Opposite the Coals for Perfect Grilling

by Mihir Patkar

Add an Aluminum Pan Opposite the Coals for Perfect Grilling

The editors of Cook's Illustrated take their grilling seriously, and they're sharing their secret to uniform cooking: an aluminum baking pan with water, placed opposite the coals.


10 Jun 20:20

Meet The Florida Man Arrested For Repeatedly Sexting Naked Photos To Police

by ryanuproxx


A Florida man was arrested on Sunday after repeatedly sending lewd and provocative photos to a police officer’s department-issued cell phone.

Paul Arnold Kirleis, 30, initially contacted the police to report a suspicious vehicle in his neighborhood. Then things got flirty:

After their conversation, according to reports, the officer began to receive texts from Kirleis’s phone number. The first text asked, “Who is this?” and the second text said, “I am boo,” according to reports.

Then things got sexy:

Following those texts, the officer received a photo of a man in a black thong and nothing else, according to reports. Two more photos followed, with a man who resembled Kirleis sending a photo of himself naked, bent over and looking back at the camera, and a photo of a man in lingerie, bent over, looking back at the camera, according to reports.

Then things got downright solicitous:

A sixth text said, “Sooo,” according to reports.

Sooo he was put in handcuffs, and not the fun kind. Kirleis, who said he was intoxicated and did not remember much from the night, was charged with “stalking and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscene, lewd materials.”

(Via Naples Daily News; H/T Mandatory)

Filed under: Upcoming, Web Culture Tagged: FLORIDA, Sexting, SEXTS
10 Jun 17:20

A Teacher Who Slept With Her Student Put Inappropriate Photos On Facebook

by Josh Kurp

I'm all SHITT!!!... No, wait. Not mine. :D

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Stephanie Amato, 30, is an eighth grade special education teacher in Philadelphia who turned herself into the authorities last week for allegedly having sex with one of her students. According to 6ABC, “the sex was consensual but illegal because the student is a minor.”

A police source told Action News there were “at least 10″ sexual encounters between Amato and the victim.

“He’s not doing too well, he doesn’t want to go to school. He feels humiliated, since that happened he changed,” said the child’s father.

Sources say even though Amato knew she had to turn herself in to police Wednesday, she posted pictures on Facebook of herself hanging out with her students on Tuesday night. (Via)

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I’m sure it was worth the 19 Likes, though.

Via 6ABC

Filed under: Upcoming, Web Culture Tagged: Facebook, STUDENTS, teachers
09 Jun 19:00

12 WTF “Facts” About The Vagina According To Stock Photography (NSFW)

by Amelia McDonell-Parry
12 WTF "Facts" About The Vagina According To Stock Photography

I never would have guessed that combing through stock photography would be such an exciting and enlightening part of my job, but everyday I encounter at least one photograph that teaches me something new about life, love and even my own body. Oh yeah, stock photography is full of wisdom about the vagina — crazy shit your gynecologist probably never told you. For example… [Photos: Shutterstock]

29 May 17:00

Daughters of Dads Who Do Household Chores Grow Up with More Ambition

by Madeleine Davies

Daughters of Dads Who Do Household Chores Grow Up with More Ambition

If you're a parent who wants to inspire your daughter to break down gender barriers with her eventual career choice, here's one way to go about it: New research shows that little girls who see their dads participating in household chores are more likely to want jobs in higher paying, traditionally male dominated fields.


24 May 22:00 Combines Tons of Internet Troubleshooting Tools Into One Web Page

by Dave Greenbaum Combines Tons of Internet Troubleshooting Tools Into One Web Page

When you are trying to troubleshoot internet connection issues, knowledge is power. consolidates 21 different tests on one handy page.


25 May 17:30

I’m Sorry For What These Gloomy Video Game Characters Are About To Do To Your Feelings

by Becky Chambers

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Toad, Toad, come here. You’re my go-to guy in Mario Kart. You’re Princess Peach’s right-hand shroom. We’ve all had days like that, buddy. It’s going to be okay.

Artist Christopher Hemsworth is the fiendish mind behind these. Click through for more 16-bit angst. Prints are available at Society6.

(via Geeks Are Sexy)

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23 Apr 19:50

China Has Designed The Perfect Desk To Keep Your Cat Off Your Laptop Once And For All

by staceyuproxx

LYCS Architecture

One of the great things about working from home is that I don’t have to put up with crap from coworkers who try to assert authority in the saddest and smallest way possible by policing refrigerator real estate, eat loud and/or smelly food at their desks, or come in spreading the plague everywhere after one of their goddamn kids comes home and infects their entire household.

However, as a pet owner who works from home, one of the truths of my daily existence is that at some point during the day, a cat’s butthole will come in direct contact with my laptop — most likely the keyboard part of the laptop.

Well, to solve this problem, an innovative Hong Kong design company called LYCS Architecture has created the CATable, an interactive piece of furniture which can be enjoyed by both humans and their feline companions — designed by Ruan Hao, and exhibited in the University of Milan at Milan Design Week. From the LYCS Architecture website:

[People] who lives with cat always has those kind of experiences:

1. Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell.

2. A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown  path behind the hole.

The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs. It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.


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The only downside? While daily occurrences of laptop butt-planting might decreased, I have a feeling that “lunch burglaring” might skyrocket. ESPECIALLY on tuna sandwich days.

(All images used with permission of LYCS Architecture)

Filed under: Web Culture Tagged: ARCHITECTURE, Cats, CHINA
23 Apr 21:28

You’ve never seen Dallas like this: From 1939, in radiant color, a look at downtown captured on Kodachrome

by Robert Wilonsky

A long, long time ago I stumbled across quite the find on eBay: some 1939 Kodachrome footage showing off downtown Dallas in glorious color. It caught the attention of a few … [visit site to read more]

23 Apr 22:15

Chase Bank Is Shutting Down Porn Actors' Bank Accounts

by Callie Beusman

Chase Bank Is Shutting Down Porn Actors' Bank Accounts

Reportedly, Chase Bank recently sent letters to hundreds of porn performers informing them that their accounts will be shut down by mid-May. This isn't the first time Chase has targeted those who work in the adult industry — and, sadly, I doubt it will be the last.


23 Apr 11:00

David Foster Wallace's Best Productivity Tricks

by Thorin Klosowski

David Foster Wallace's Best Productivity Tricks

David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008 at the age of 46, but even with a short amount of time he was still one of the most productive and interesting writers of the 21st century. Let's take a look at how he did it.


15 Apr 00:25

Finland's New Stamps Are Really Gay

by Kat Callahan on ROYGBIV, shared by Rebecca Rose to Jezebel

uh... Finland?

Finland's New Stamps Are Really Gay

The new stamps from the Finland postal service are gay. Like really gay. Like overtly gay. And that's the point. The new stamps feature artwork from Tom of Finland, an artist known for the in-your-face homoeroticism of his illustrations.


15 Apr 11:30

This Workbench is Perfect for Small-Space DIY Projects

by Alan Henry

This Workbench is Perfect for Small-Space DIY Projects

You don't have to live large or have a huge garage to get your DIY on , but apartment dwellers and people in small spaces can often find it challenging to find room for tools or just flat space to work. This space-saving workbench handles both, and bonus, it's easy to build yourself.


12 Apr 13:00

These Popsicle Stick Jokes Are Really Depressing

by Winona Dimeo-Ediger

Depressing Popsicle Stick Jokes

Portland advertising mavens Jason Kreher and Matt Moore wanted to explore the dark subjects that make people laugh, and more specifically, “take something innocent and make it profane.” What better way to do that than replacing the usual corny one-liners printed on popsicle sticks with some seriously dark jokes? Their finished product is called SchadenFreezers, melting popsicle joke GIFs described as “strawberry, blueberry and lemon-flavored joy derived from the suffering of others.” After the jump, check out a few more SchadenFreezers. The ones that I could post without crying, anyway…

Depressing Popsicle Stick Jokes

Depressing Popsicle Stick Jokes

Depressing Popsicle Stick Jokes

These are far from the worst ones — see whole batch of frozen black comedy on the SchadenFreezers Tumblr (if you dare).

[Design Taxi]

10 Apr 00:37


09 Apr 20:28

America, Why Are You Naming All Your Boys Like This?

by Robert T. Gonzalez on io9, shared by Jessica Coen to Jezebel

America, Why Are You Naming All Your Boys Like This?

Are you a boy whose name ends in "n"? Congratulations, you are contributing to one of the weirdest naming trends in American history.


07 Apr 18:30

Hot Trend Alert: Prison Chic, Courtesy of British Vogue

by Callie Beusman

Hot Trend Alert: Prison Chic, Courtesy of British Vogue

Today in "Vogue, noooooo," British Vogue is urging Orange Is The New Black fans to purchase conceptual prison-inspired designer garments. The three recommended items add up to about $1500. So chic!


07 Apr 18:30

Game Of Lulz: The Internet’s Funniest Reactions To The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere

by Kris Maske

There’s no show that inspires the internet quite like Game of Thrones. I’ve been almost as excited about the return of next day reactions to each individual episode as I have been about the new season itself.

As you probably guessed, there are plenty of Arya, The Hound, and chicken chuckles to be had today. So let’s get right to it, starting with “sucks to be you, HBO Go user,” followed by my favorite GIF from last night being replaced by my new favorite.

01 Apr 19:30

Sir Patrick Stewart Tweeted A Bunch Of New NYC Tourist Pics He Took With BFF Sir Ian McKellen

by Rebecca Pahle

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Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have been in New York for a few months performing Waiting for Godot on Broadway, and to celebrate the play’s closing night Sir Patrick tweeted “outtakes” of the pics he and Sir Ian took while palling around the Big Apple. None of your fair Mary Sue writers ran into either one of them on the street while they were in town (though this did happen—be jealous), but looking at these pictures has far less potential for embarrassment than an in-person meeting, so I’m good with it.

Previously in Sirs Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen BROTP

(via: The Frisky)

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28 Mar 23:19

Why Whites Support Capital Punishment

by Jamelle Bouie

We hear a lot about the racial disparity in death penalty sentencing, namely, that black Americans are dramatically overrepresented on death row.

29 Mar 00:44

Perry: Texas won't comply with federal Prison Rape Elimination Act

by Gritsforbreakfast
The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, but the rules governing its implementation were not completed until June 2012 and standards governing audits of state facilities weren't finalized until August 2013. Governor Rick Perry today sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, forwarded by a confidant to your correspondent, declaring Texas would not comply. Here's a notable excerpt:
Because PREA standards prohibit most cross-gender viewing, TDCJ would be compelled to deny female officers job assignments and promotion opportunities, simply based on their gender. A consultant referred to TDCJ by the PREA Resource Center absurdly suggested that TDCJ solve this proglem by removing security camersas and obstructing lines of sight. That is ridiculous. Doing so would not only be a security risk for both prisoners and staff but also increase the likelihood of assaults taking place, defeating the intent of the law.

PREA also infringes on Texas' right to establish the state's own age of criminal responsibility. That age in Texas is 17. PREA, unlike the JJDP Act, which recognizes each state's age of full criminal responsibility, makes no allowances for differences among the states. PREA sight and sound separation standards would require Texas to separate 17-year old adult inmates from 18-year old adult inmates at substantial cost with no discernible benefit to the state or its inmates.

PREA standards also set specific staffing ratios for juvenile detention facilities different from the state's current rate. While this ratio may be ideal in some facilities, the decision of what constitutes appropriate staffing ratios should be left to each state and to those professionals with operational knowledge. One of Texas' 254 counties has said that compliance with this standard would require them to hire 30 more detention officers. That is an unacceptable cost for a small county with a limited budget. ...

PREA standards also mandate that by May 15, 2014, the governor of each state must certify, under threat of criminal penalties, that all facilities under the governor's control are compliant with PREA standards. Texas has approximately 297 facilities subject to PREA, including 164 lock-up facilities. PREA requires one-third of these facilities to be audited each year, yet no audit tool for lock-ups has even been developed. There is no way that I will certify compliance for facilities that have not even been audited. The compliance and certification deadline is further complicated by the fact that PREA requires states to conduct audits by PREA-certified auditors. There are only about 100 PREA-certified auditors nationwide, and the first of those were not certified until late 2013.

Even if the manifest problems with PREA standards I laid out above did not exist, I cannot and will not certify as true those things for which I do not have the facts.

Washington has taken an opportunity to help address a problem in our prisons and jails, but instead created a counterproductive and unnecessarily cumbersome and costly regulatory mess for the states.

I encourage the administration to change these standards and do so soon. Absent standards that acknowledge the operational realities in our prisons and jails, I will not sign your form and I will encourage my fellow governors to follow suit. In the meantime, Texas will continue the programs it has already implemented to reduce prison rapes.
Fascinating. Perry's letter portrayed this as an Obama Administration initiative but really it's his Texas gubernatorial predecessor-turned-president whose policy he's snubbing.

A quick Google search finds little media coverage or other significant detail on how PREA is being implemented in other states, but here's an FAQ from the feds on PREA implementation. It's not clear to me how Perry gets to 297 facilities under his "operational control" given that TDCJ only operates 111 facilities and there are five secure, state-run juvenile lockups. Here's the definition from the FAQ of what facilities are under the Governor's "operational control":
The National PREA Standards state that “The Governor’s certification [of full compliance with the PREA standards] shall apply to all facilities in the State under the operational control of the State’s executive branch, including facilities operated by private entities on behalf of the State’s executive branch.”  28 C.F.R. § 115.501(b).   A “facility” is defined as “a place, institution, building (or part thereof), set of buildings, structure, or an area (whether or not enclosing a building or set of buildings) that is used by an agency for the confinement of individuals.”  Id. at § 115.5.  Some standards apply specifically at the facility level, while others apply at the agency level.

The definition of facility includes local detention and correctional facilities as well as State correctional facilities; however, not all facilities within a State are subject to the Governor’s certification. The Governor’s certification does not encompass those facilities outside the operational control of the governor; namely, those facilities that are under the operational control of counties, cities, or other municipalities, or privately-operated facilities not operated on behalf of the State’s executive branch.

The term “operational control” is not defined in the National PREA Standards.  The determination of whether a facility is under the operational control of the executive branch is left to a governor’s discretion, subject to the following guidance.

Generally, there are several factors that may be taken into consideration in determining whether a facility is under the “operational control” of the executive branch:
  • Does the executive branch have the ability to mandate PREA compliance without judicial intervention? 
  • Is the State a unified correctional system?
  • Does the State agency contract with a facility to confine inmates/residents on behalf of the State agency, other than inmates being temporarily held for transfer to, or release from, a State facility?
The above list is not exhaustive but it covers the majority of the situations that Governors may face in determining whether a facility or contractual arrangement is subject to the Governor’s certification. 
By that definition, it doesn't sound to me like Perry must certify that county-run juvenile detention facilities or local jails comply with PREA standards. Texas doesn't have a "unified correctional system" under gubernatorial control that extends to those local facilities. Further, PREA standards specifically do not "apply to adult psychiatric forensic mental health care facilities or hospitals operated by non-correctional agencies," though they "do apply to residential community confinement facilities such as halfway houses operated by community corrections agencies." Even so, I'm still not sure how that gets you to 297.

According to the FAQ, the certification Perry is talking about would affirm that "not less than five percent of its DOJ funding for prison purposes shall be used only for the purpose of enabling the state to adopt and achieve full compliance with the PREA Standards." Perry, though, appears to be saying he will not make such a commitment even though, as the program ramps up, the rule specifically provides that the Governor can make the required assurances "even if the agency has not pursued or completed audits."

For the life of me, I can't tell to what the letter is referring when Perry says governors must submit certification under "threat of criminal penalties." Judging from the FAQ, the penalty for noncompliance appears to be a 5% cut in three federal grant funds administered by the Governor's office, specifically "(1) the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Formula Program, and (2) the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Formula Grant Program." The third block grant to be cut is "administered by the Office on Violence Against Women: the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program."

Finally, the new PREA standards provide another argument for the state to increase the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18, as the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee was discussing earlier this week. Again, from the FAQ:
The Youthful Inmate standard requiring separation of those under age 18 from those over 18 is “setting specific,” applicable only in prisons, jails, and lockups. Even where state law provides for automatic prosecution in adult court of individuals at age 16 (e.g., NC, NY) and age 17 (e.g., GA, NH, IL, LA, MD, MA, MI, SC, TX, WI) when those persons are detained or confined in an adult prison, jail, or lockup, such individuals must be sight and sound separated from those over the age of 18.
This is another example of how Texas' outlier status regarding the age of criminal culpability creates ongoing conflicts with federal law.

Notably, however, the "sight and sound" standards about which the governor complained do not apply to juvenile facilities: "The PREA standards do not provide for any sight and sound separation of residents in juvenile facilities either because of age or court of conviction. Neither the standard on youthful inmates (115.14) nor the standard for youthful detainees (115.114) is applicable in juvenile facilities."

It'll be interesting to see how all this plays out in the coming months. Since Perry is leaving office after the end of the year, he really has no dog in the fight when it comes to foregoing federal grant money since he won't be around anymore to preside over its distribution.

Grits has filed an open records request for any report and/or correspondence from the consultant referenced in the Governor's letter, so perhaps that will reveal more about the supposed barriers to Texas' compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

CLARIFICATION: The DOJ has issued standards for county jails and local juvenile lockups but governors are only required to issue certifications for facilities under "operational control" of the state's executive branch, which in Texas does not include either category. Language in the post was adjusted to make that clear. MORE: See a detailed analysis of PREA implementation, including the lack of meaningful enforcement mechanisms, from Prison Legal News.