The Casual Cruelty of Laughter; Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

This is her strongest memory, Christine Blasey Ford testified: “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense.” “They were laughing with each other,” she added, voice shaking. “I was underneath one of them while the two laughed—two friends having a really good time […]

MIA: The Liberal Men We Love | Literary Hub

To a certain extent, we expected it from the men who wear lobster-printed pants, the men from Connecticut, the Young Republicans of America with their gelled and parted hair, their summers in Nantucket, their LL Bean slippers worn on the porches of fraternities, 2pm on a Monday. But when my friend pulls me aside in […]

Murdoch-owned paper publishes nude photos of new female Doctor Who – Salon.com

Yesterday, the BBC revealed that actor Jodie Whittaker would be taking over for Peter Capaldi as the lead in the network’s long-running scifi program “Doctor Who.” Whittaker, already a veteran of TV-drama at 35, will become the first woman to play the role of “The Doctor” in the character’s 54 history of onscreen and offscreen appearances. […]

What our violent obsession with sex robots reveals about us

If you want to sleep with a robot, you don’t have to wait decades for a Westworld-style theme park of carnal delights. The future of virtual sex is already here. Strap on enough hardware, and the avatar of your dreams will grind to the beat of your teledildonics. Today’s smart dolls are becoming increasingly lifelike — nowhere […]

Judge rules doctors can refuse trans patients and women who have had abortions

On Saturday, a United States district judge ruled that doctors may turn away women who have had abortions and transgender patients on the basis of religious freedom. In his order, Judge Reed O’Connor argued laws that would otherwise forbid gender-based discrimination require doctors emove the categorical exclusion of transitions and abortions (a condition they assert is a […]

Combating racism is crucial to revitalizing American politics: It’s not easy, but it can be done – Salon.com

Days after the 2016 election, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote that “we simply don’t yet know how much racism or misogyny motivated Trump voters.” That’s not entirely true. Trump’s election provides an important case study in exploring how racism and misogyny galvanized support for an authoritarian populist — and how progressives can fight back against these […]

Teen Vogue Writer Calls Thankless Tucker Carlson a ‘Partisan Hack’ to His Face 

I’m guessing Tucker Carlson has heard worse, but it’s alway nail-bitingly good to watch a brilliant woman demolish the turgid arguments of a smug Republican male. Even if his sense of moral and intellectual superiority inevitably remains unshaken. This is what happened when Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, whose essay about Donald Trump “gaslighting” America […]

Trump aide: Wall Street Journal editor’s tweet ‘sexist’ | TheHill

A top aide to Donald Trump says a Wall Street Journal editor was “sexist” for mocking the president-elect’s meeting with Carly Fiorina Monday. Bret Stephens, the Journal’s deputy editorial page editor, weighed in online after Trump huddled with the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP White House hopeful. He called me ugly. He won. I kissed up. […]

Black Women Freethinkers Take On Religion – The Establishment

black atheists matter     FEATURE December 4, 2016     by Christopher Cameron Christianity has played a central role in African-American life from the late 18th century to the present. Black churches raised funds for fugitive slaves, served as schoolhouses, and provided space for political meetings and activities, among other functions. Leaders of black […]