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Bernie Sanders Sucks — Now Love Him
A guest post by John Wolfe, the theoretician behind a post that has been trending Reddit in various places since it was first published and  reigns as the   second-most read BAMF post   ( behind my response to Federici ) of all time. From the philosopher yo...
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"Hands up. Don't shoot!"
Missouri police captain Ron Johnson speaks at a press conference on Wednesday following arrests made during Tuesday night's demonstrations
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Police do little work to be inclusive, and much to militarize and intimidate. Racism is alive and well in the USA, and only education can combat it.
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"It may seem odd that I'd prefer a curse to a cutesy nickname. Like most things men call women when they want to diminish them, "Jessie" is meant to remind me that no matter what I accomplish – the number of books written, articles published, speeches given – I'm still "just a girl". But it's the overly-familiar infantilization that really makes my skin crawl. Very creepy Uncle Chester."
Jessica Valenti: Misogynists like to be overly familiar, but it says more about them than their opponents
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Online, however, intersectionality is overwhelmingly about chastisement and rooting out individual sin. Partly, says Cooper, this comes from academic feminism, steeped as it is in a postmodern culture of critique that emphasizes the power relations embedded in language. “We actually have come to believe that how we talk about things is the best indicator of our politics,” she notes. An elaborate series of norms and rules has evolved out of that belief, generally unknown to the uninitiated, who are nevertheless hammered if they unwittingly violate them. Often, these rules began as useful insights into the way rhetorical power works but, says Cross, “have metamorphosed into something much more rigid and inflexible.” One such rule is a prohibition on what’s called “tone policing.” An insight into the way marginalized people are punished for their anger has turned into an imperative “that you can never question the efficacy of anger, especially when voiced by a person from a marginalized background.”
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"Part of OITNB's rejection of ads is inherent in its streaming-only format, which I predict we will see much more of in the near future, and part is in its subversion of the traditional role of TV as modeling consumerism, not only in commercials between programming segments, but also within itself in the form of product placement, the strategic appearance of products to influence viewers to desire and purchase them. The characters in OITNB wear only the barest makeup, a bit of eyeliner here, a dab of smuggled lipstick there; there is no designer clothing, not much clothing at all beyond jumpsuits; no trendsetting purses; no Spanx; and feminine pads serve as shoes. There is no place for selling in the narrative of OITNB. This is a drastic deviation from traditional TV.  "
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Gains of Excess, Expanded
There has been a long pause in my posts; life has interfered with my writing, as it tends to with the less disciplined of scribes. I will spare you the details and leave it to your collective imagination. Shall I jump right in and address the topic that has...
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Happy May Day, everyone!
Turkish police fire water cannon and tear gas at protesters challenging government ban on demonstrations in Taksim Square
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"But the real reason Americans need these qualifiers - why saying "rape" sometimes and for some people feels like a step too far – is that we're simply more willing to believe perpetrators than victims. If that is to change, we need to call rape what it is, and not water it down with descriptors or replace it with inaccurate terms that make sexual violence and the people who perpetrate it seem more palatable."
Jessica Valenti: How can we hope stop sexual assaults if we’re not even willing to call them and their perpetrators by their names?
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Recent events have reignited controversies surrounding captive orcas.
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Scattered Observations on Orange Is the New Black
Surveillance of Women The most important revelation in my blog so far has been the observation that the rise of the surveillance state, as embodied by the Prism program, has resulted in the first comprehensive, constant monitoring of women in the history of...
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May Day: Rallies around the world - live updates
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Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars | The Nation
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Empowered by social media, feminists are calling one another out for ideological offenses. Is it good for the movement? And whose movement i

The top 10 oral sex scenes
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What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates

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The first trailer for Wes Anderson's latest film is released today, and the signs are that all those stylistic flourishes we know and love a

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The cult of hard work has a sideline in partying till you drop. Who needs fulfilment or control over our destiny?

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Officials say Aaron Alexis, 34, did not target specific individuals and that investigators are still exploring his background

American gun use is out of control. Shouldn't the world intervene?
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Henry Porter: The death toll from firearms in the US suggests that the country is gripped by civil war

Chicken is killing the planet
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Processed chicken is already bad for the environment, workers, and consumers -- and it's about to get a lot worse

Elephant smashes into car at Kruger National Park, South Africa - video
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Wildlife guide Johann Lombard filmed the incident and says neither the elephant or anyone in the vehicle was harmed.

Whales almost eat divers - video
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Two divers had a lucky escape as they almost became dinner for a couple of humpback whales while diving off the coast of California

'Austerity cooking' has been hijacked by the moralisers
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Richard Seymour: Jack Monroe's cheap cooking tips were never intended to perpetuate the idea that austerity is somehow good for the poor

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David Renshaw: With two exciting Tina Fey projects in the pipeline, we take a look at some of her sharpest jokes, from 30 Rock to Saturday N

High hopes: the UFO cult 'restoring' the victims of female genital mutil...
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Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself
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