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04 Aug 20:08

salon: Watch Elizabeth Warren utterly destroy the Senate GOP

04 Aug 16:02

autism problem #254

being afraid to talk about the bad parts of being autistic in case people will yell at you for having internalized ableism

03 Aug 22:16

wolvensnothere: pungent-petrichor: notyourexrotic: mslorelei: ...





Clippy, the animated assistant in Word, is well known as one of the most hated software features ever released. Now we know why Microsoft released it – because the male engineers didn’t listen to female user feedback. “Even Early Focus Groups Hated Clippy. Women told Microsoft the animated paper clip was leering at them. The software company didn’t listen.”





04 Aug 21:47

salon: Watch Elizabeth Warren utterly destroy the Senate GOP

04 Aug 20:18

mausspace: fuck summer i want it to be dark and misty and frigid and october


Too much sunlight out there. There's no WAY that can be healthy for a person.


fuck summer i want it to be dark and misty and frigid and october

04 Aug 19:03

Cops Say Video of Them Mocking a Disabled Woman Violates Their Privacy

by Ashley Feinberg

You put a uniform on, you are open to public criticism.

This past June, three Santa Ana police officers were suspended after a video surfaced of them joking about kicking a woman in a wheelchair “in the fucking nub” and eating (what appears to be) weed-infused edibles during a raid of a medical marijuana dispensary. And now, those same cops want to ban that video from ever becoming evidence—because they didn’t realize they were on camera.


04 Aug 13:58

Another health care fail, in ovarian cancer treatment. Best in the world, my ass.

by Aaron Carroll

There are some days I just want to quit. From today’s NYT:

In 2006, the National Cancer Institute took the rare step of issuing a “clinical announcement,” a special alert it holds in reserve for advances so important that they should change medical practice.

In this case, the subject was ovarian cancer. A major study had just proved that pumping chemotherapy directly into the abdomen, along with the usual intravenous method, could add 16 months or more to women’s lives. Cancer experts agreed that medical practice should change — immediately.

Nearly a decade later, doctors report that fewer than half of ovarian cancer patients at American hospitals are receiving the abdominal treatment.

So we have a treatment that is proven to work (unlike say, Vitamin D for so many things), but we’re underusing it. Why? The article highlights a number of reasons. It’s harder to give drugs into the abdomen than it is to give them intravenously. Some doctors still don’t believe the results. And, yes, it takes longer and uses generic drugs, so oncologists would make less money doing it. Also, there’s this:

Dr. Markman said that when a treatment involves a new drug or a new device, manufacturers eagerly offer doctors advice and instructions on its use. But this treatment involves no new drugs or devices, so no one is clamoring to educate doctors about it. They are on their own to learn, and to train their nurses, a commitment that will take time and money

We live in a world where financial incentives work and are employed liberally. But for so many things that matter, there are simply no ways to incentivize the right behavior. The system just isn’t build that way. No commercials will ever be run for this therapy. No company reps will ever push it. There will be no fancy meetings about it. No paid monographs. No lobbying by industry groups. And it costs docs financially to do it.

At some point, we will have to start addressing things like this. We can talk about “pay for performance” all we like, but we know the administrative data we measure aren’t looking for things like this. I can scream from this blog all day, but until we can stop fighting the old battles over health insurance and start to discuss how to reform the actual delivery of health care, I fear things aren’t going to get much better.




04 Aug 18:49

emchughes: saintcaffeinated: I keep my spirits up with a...



I keep my spirits up with a different motivational background every day.

Will I get in trouble at work if I start using these as my desktop background, y/n

20 Jul 11:40

Police truncheon texts the officer’s mother when it is...

Police truncheon texts the officer’s mother when it is used

Russian artist Dmitry Morozov has designed a prototype truncheon that sends a text message to the police officer’s mother every time it is used, in an attempt to prevent police brutality.

The Antenna baton is equipped with a network-connected module that sends the words “Mom, I hit a man” as an SMS message to the police officer’s mother whenever it is used.

04 Aug 17:07

Joker | eee.jpg

04 Aug 17:10

pungent-petrichor: notyourexrotic: mslorelei: Clippy, the...


Dear GOD I can't stop wanting to SLAP that thing off my monitor.




Clippy, the animated assistant in Word, is well known as one of the most hated software features ever released. Now we know why Microsoft released it – because the male engineers didn’t listen to female user feedback. “Even Early Focus Groups Hated Clippy. Women told Microsoft the animated paper clip was leering at them. The software company didn’t listen.”




03 Aug 23:30

Social Justice Blogging | c37.png

04 Aug 03:19

theroguefeminist: gooberascendant: gorgoon: Today I was talking to my dad and I referred to...

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.




Today I was talking to my dad and I referred to myself as his son(I’m genderfluid btw) and he said
“Today’s a Son day huh?”
And I was like “yeah”
And he was like “huh, I thought today was a Saturday, not a Sunday”
And I just laughed for like 5 minutes

Diversity only makes dads stronger. More powerful.

the dad jokes are evolving

04 Aug 15:17

There is no plan M.


Not in Parker’s system. They use other ways of keeping track of what plan they’re on. There is no plan M. In plan M Hardison dies. That is unacceptable.

There are plans where Eliot dies. They tend to be backups to backups to backups, but they exist. There are some goals (Hardison’s survival, most pressingly) that Parker would willingly sacrifice Eliot for. He knows. (He wishes her own survival made the list.)

There are plans where Parker dies. They are also backups to backups, but they exist. There are many things Parker would be willing to die for. (Hardison. Eliot. Possibly even Nate or Sophie, but they don’t figure into the plans these days.)

Even after the kids are born, there is no plan where Hardison dies. Not even to save the children.

There’s an absolutely pragmatic reason for that.

Both Parker and Eliot think that Hardison’s kids would be better off dead than raised by monsters.

If Hardison dies by violence, if Hardison is killed, if there is someone to blame, and Eliot or Parker is still alive -

The world will burn.

There are some things you can never be clean of.

And the vengeance they would exact would be such a thing.

01 Aug 17:49

#AliveWhileBlack is the heartbreaking response to...

#AliveWhileBlack is the heartbreaking response to #CrimingWhileWhite

The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite became a platform to illustrate what often happens when white people engage in criminal activity. It was a powerful moment, as white people openly acknowledged that they don’t face nearly the same punishment or brutality experienced by their black counterparts. But despite the good intentions of those who participated, many others felt like the hashtag detracted from conversations about the value of black lives.

In response to that first trending hashtag, Jamilah Lemieux, senior digital editor for Ebony magazine, started #AliveWhileBlack.

02 Aug 02:29

ciatri: 3fluffies: mufasamonsta: tahthetrickster: i really like looking at google image searches...





i really like looking at google image searches for “firemen rescuing cats” or something because you get super cute pictures like




“THAT’S RIGHT TWAS I that set the house ablaze!!!”


Every fucking time I know what’s at the bottom and every time I still lose my shit.

03 Aug 23:10

thepoliticalfreakshow: “Reasons.” Police Violence. America.


“Reasons.” Police Violence. America.

04 Aug 06:55


04 Aug 09:00

Every Senator Who Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood:


(Bolded names are those up for reelection in 2016, FYI.) 

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby -R

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions -R

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski -R

Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan -R

Arizona Senator John McCain -R

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake -R

Arkansas Senator John Boozman -R

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton -R

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner -R

Florida Senator Marco Rubio -R

Georgie Senator Johnny Isakson -R

Georgia Senator David Perdue -R

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo -R

Indiana Senator Dan Coats -R

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly -D

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley -R

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst -R

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts -R

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran -R

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul -R

Louisiana Senator David Vitter -R

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy -R

Maine Senator Susan Collins -R

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran -R

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker -R

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt -R

Montana Senator Steve Daines -R

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer -R

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse -R

Nevada Senator Dean Heller -R

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte -R

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr -R

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis -R

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven -R

Ohio Senator Rob Portman -R

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe -R

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford -R

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey -R

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham -R

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott -R

South Dakota Senator John Thune -R

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds -R

Tennessee Senator Lama Alexander -R

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker -R

Texas Senator John Cornyn -R

Texas Senator Ted Cruz -R

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch -R

Utah Senator Mike Lee -R

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin -D

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito -R

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson -R

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi -R

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso -R


04 Aug 03:02

mtv: icymi, chescaleigh talks about police brutality, and why...

04 Aug 00:14

Marriage ruling may boost school climate for LGBT families and students

Marriage ruling may boost school climate for LGBT families and students:


By Jane Meredith Adams

“Across California and the nation, educators say the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage stands to improve, over time, the way gay and lesbian people are talked about at schools, both in the hallways and in the curriculum.

“I think we’ve crossed a threshold toward acceptance and welcome,” said Todd Savage, president of the National Association of School Psychologists.

“The ruling is going to make it that much easier for adults in schools to feel OK in talking about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) topics and families,” said Johanna Eager, director of the Welcoming Schools project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which provides diversity training to school staff, including those in Oakland and Berkeley. “It gives a legitimacy to having these conversations.”

Read the full story here


This is very encouraging news - 2015 has turned out to be such a great year for the LGBTQ community!


“I think we’ve crossed a threshold toward acceptance and welcome” 

03 Aug 23:54

cometsweepandleonidsfly: Elizabeth Warren to Republicans: Did...


I do not have enough words to describe my love for this woman. Please, let's keep her in the Senate for as long as possible.


Elizabeth Warren to Republicans: Did You Fall Down Hit Your Head and Wake Up In 1950’s?


Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

—By Inae Oh

| Mon Aug. 3, 2015 5:34 PM EDT

As the Senate convened on Monday to vote on a bill seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the floor to issue a fierce defense of the health organization.

“Do you have any idea what year it is?” Warren asked. “Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950’s or the 1890’s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s health care centers. You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be that surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies. Just look at the recent facts.”

The Massachusetts senator continued her impassioned speech and listed examples of Republican-lead efforts to gut health care services to women over the years, including the recent budget proposal that includes a measure to remove federal funding for family planning providers.

The most recent call to gut federal spending on Planned Parenthood was sparked by several videos secretly recorded by a sting mission that appeared to capture top officials from the organization discussing the sale of fetal tissues. Following the public release of the videos, Planned Parenthood was hit by two cyber-attacks—one aimed at its website and another claiming to have hacked into the organization’s databases and employee information.

The group, which now receives $528 million in federal funding (or 41 percent of its annual budget), also provides contraception to almost 40 percent of women who rely on public programs for family planning.

The videos have already moved Congress to launch two probes into the organization’s activities. Eight Republican governors—including several who are running for president—have opened parallel investigations. Many Republican senators—including several who are running for president—have vowed to strip Planned Parenthood of its hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

While its opponents tried to brand Planned Parenthood as an abortion mill, the group has stressed that abortions make up only 3 percent of its services, and STI screenings, Pap tests, and pregnancy prevention comprise the vast majority of its activities.

04 Aug 00:32

profeminist: BREAKING: The effort to defund Planned Parenthood...

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.


BREAKING: The effort to defund Planned Parenthood has FAILED in the Senate. This is great news!!

Soure: Planned Parenthood Action


More Info: GOP plan to defund Planned Parenthood stalls in the Senate


03 Aug 20:08


04 Aug 04:19

theinturnetexplorer: good for him.


Support our wage slave pigeon sisters and brothers.


good for him.

04 Aug 05:07

So, would you mind explaining Gamergate?

1. Man dates woman who makes a game about depression

2. Man and woman break up after a few months. She cheats on him maybe

3. Manbaby gets on irc and orchestrates super fucking elaborate ass ridiculous fucking scheme to get back at her in which he alleges that she slept with men in order to receive positive reviews for games in spite of the fact that the guy she allegedly slept with never even reviewed her game

4. Pathetic ass manbaby goes further and further with it, orchestrating a “#notyourshield” scheme for people posing as female gamers (and eventually some real female gamers that fall for the hoax) to use. Like the fucking planning that went into this shit is ridiculous. Read the fucking irc logs. Dude is fucking pathetic

5. At some point Adam Baldwin disappoints countless Browncoats by reminding the world that he believes everything Fox News says and he starts tweeting about the shit until it blows up and others start to tweet about it

6. Assholes and anti-feminists run with it, acting like it’s about ethics in game journalism EVEN THOUGH they have no problem with sites that sell positive reviews for money and seem to agree across the board that game journalism sites shouldn’t do anything to piss off their advertisers (so basically these dudes don’t give a fuck about ethics in game journalism they just give a fuck about the fact that a woman may choose to fuck someone that isn’t them)

7. Backlash against #gamergate comes up, and yet SOMEHOW women are the only ones getting threats of violence for speaking up. A former Minnesota Vikings player curses out gamer gaters viscously and is left completely alone, but Felicia Day says she’s wary since gamer gate happened and they doxx the shit out of her and send her threats of violence hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

8. The pathetic manbaby that started all of this says he doesn’t regret doing it in spite of the violent threats women have received and the ones who have had to leave their homes and cancel a speech at a college because some shit threatened a mass shooting just because she was talking.

9. After all of this, after the hoax is exposed and women are the exclusive targets of the worst threats of violence, we’re supposed to believe it’s about ethics in journalism and not blatant fucking misogyny yeah okay

03 Aug 13:28

“Trainwreck” and taboo

by Jay Livingston, PhD

For those interested on the use of disgust in promoting social cultural goals, I recommend reading SuperSense, by Bruce M. Hood

I saw “Trainwreck” last night. The 7:00 p.m. showing at the 68th Street AMC was full. Maybe people had come just to get out of the apartment and yet avoid the beastly heat, but they enjoyed the movie.  Sometimes the laughter lasted long enough to cover up the next joke.

The “Trainwreck” story is standard rom-com: Amy Schumer plays a young woman who rejects the idea of commitment and love. Circumstances put her together with a man she seems to have nothing in common with. You can guess the rest.

But this is Amy Schumer’s movie, so there’s an important twist – the conventional sex roles are reversed. It’s the man who is sweet and naive and who wants a real relationship; the woman has a lot of sex with a lot of different guys, drinks a lot, smokes weed, and resists love until at the end, she decides to become the woman he wants her to be.

Here is the R-rated version of the trailer:

What interested me was not the movie itself, but the reaction in some conservative quarters. For Armond White at the National Review, the movie triggered something like what Jonathan Haidt calls “disgust” – a reaction to the violation of strong taboos that surround things like food, sex, blood and other bodily matters, and death. These taboos are often arbitrary, not rational. Pork is an “abomination,” for example, because… well, because it is, and because pigs are “unclean.”

“Trainwreck” has no pork, but it does have what some find unclean.

Schumer’s tampon jokes and gay jokes, female versions of locker-room humor, literally drag pop culture to the toilet. A girl-talk scene set in adjoining restroom stalls — one revealing dropped panties, the other panty-less (obviously Amy) — is just Apatow using women to show off his indecency.

As a comedian and now as a filmmaker, Schumer talks about women-things: body functions and body parts. These jokes seem to elicit two different kinds of laughter. Back when researchers studying small group interaction were trying to code and categorize behavior, laughter posed a problem (see this earlier post). It could be coded as “Shows Tension,” but it might also be “Shows Tension Release.”

With Amy Schumer jokes, the male laughter is mostly a nervous, full of tension about a taboo subject. But the female laughter seems much less inhibited – tension release, maybe even a relief, as if to say, “Someone is finally talking publicly and frankly about things we could only whisper about,” since most of the time they have had to pretend to share the male taboo.

Indecency indeed. But something is indecent only to members of groups that deem it indecent. Some groups are not at all disgusted by pork.  And for some audiences, tampon jokes and toilet-stall conversations about Johnny Depp movies are not indecent; they’re just funny. What audiences might those be? Women.

Take the tampon joke that the National Reviewer finds indecent. It would seem obvious that used tampons look different depending on where you are in your period – less bloody on the final day, more so a few days earlier. But at the mere mention of this fact in “Trainwreck,” hilarity ensues, especially among women in the audience.

The thing about taboos – ideas about what is indecent or disgusting – is that entire social structures get built around them. To violate the taboo is to threaten the entire edifice. Powerful taboos on women-things often go with male domination. So for the National Review, the “Trainwreck”reversal of rom-com gender roles makes the movie dangerous and subversive.

Here are some excerpts from the review just to give the flavor of this Purity-and-Danger-like conflating of taboo, female sexuality, and social/political threat to the established order (emphasis mine):

Schumer turns female sexual prerogative into shamelessness

the degradation of sex — and women

uses sex to promote feminist permissiveness.

She enjoys a sexual license

Amy brazenly practices the same sexual habits as men

. . . old-fashioned sense of shame,

It’s merely brazen, like Lena Dunham’s HBO series, Girls (also about a promiscuous female writer

Schumer’s film can be seen to distort human relations into smut.

This is not just disrespectful, it confirms Schumer’s project of cultural takeover,

she aims to acquire cultural power

Schumer disguises a noxious cultural agenda as personal fiat. She’s a comedy demagogue who okays modern misbehavior yet blatantly revels in PC notions about feminism, abortion, and other hot-button topics


I should add that not all conservative publications felt so threatened. Joe Morganstern at the Wall Street Journal gave the movie a warm review. Breitbart saw the movie’s essential conservatism (“The anti-slut message is a healthy one”) and praised Schumer as a comic actor.  Still, the National Review piece seems emblematic of something broader in the cultural conservative camp: a taboo-like reaction to female sexuality.

Originally posted at Montclair SocioBlog.

Jay Livingston is the chair of the Sociology Department at Montclair State University. You can follow him at Montclair SocioBlog or on Twitter.

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04 Aug 07:38

the6thsiren: what a breakthrough Literally the only reason...

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.


what a breakthrough

Literally the only reason we could save up to buy a house was because neither of us had student loans.

04 Aug 00:59

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste (HBO)

Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat. Connect with Last Week Tonight online.....
03 Aug 23:11

Harry Potter and the Fate Worse Than Death by Julia Lepetit