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Here it Is: The Greatest, Realest and Grossest Period Joke of All Time

Happy Valentine's Day week! Do you have anyone to celebrate it with or will you, like my partner and me, spend the day angrily eating chocolates and …

Obama and women: Should we care if he doesn’t appoint them?

Bean counting is currently ascendant in popular feminism (see the recent <i>New York Times</i> piece on the number of women Obama has appointed, the recent …

The Pros And Cons Of Napping

<i>By Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D. for YouBeauty</i><p>As a sleep specialist with an emphasis on treating insomnia, I'm constantly advising my patients to avoid naps since they can worsen sleepless nights. Naps are often thought of as the bad guy, but in reality they can be quite beneficial to most people …

The 25 All-Time Greatest Movie Love Stories

<i>Laura Jacobs</i><p><b>Whether judged by hankies used, sighs heaved, or pulses quickened, a truly fine romantic movie can burn its way into generations of hearts. From the star-crossed (Casablanca, Roman Holiday, Brokeback Mountain) to the triumphant (It Happened One Night, Say Anything . . . , Working Girl),</b> …

What Trolls Are Doing to Our Politics, Our Culture... Our Brains

As one who writes cultural commentary and political news for a living, I'm often knee-deep in the churning world around me, obligated by virtue of my job description to pay attention, make note, keep fingers on various pulses of stories that often stir reaction and debate. Which means I'm privy to …

Dana Schutz Paints The Most Beautiful Awkward Moments You've Ever Seen

Imagine yourself playing guitar in your bedroom in front of only one other friend. Do you face her, look at her, turn away? These tiny yet squirm-inducing questions take shape in Dana Schutz's painted worlds, where awkward moments burgeon and multiply into a multicolored frenzy.<p>Schutz's paintings …

Obama and King

On this, black civil rights leaders agree: President Barack Obama isn’t the second coming of Martin Luther King Jr.<p>It’s tempting to compare the two men – “inevitable,” the New York Times said this week – but allies and some critics in the black community say Obama is not the leader of a movement. …

Elizabeth Warren Q&A: The transcript

<b>(AP/Cliff Owen)</b><p>We sat down with the senator for a profile on her early months in office. Read the conversation here<p>David Dayen<p>August 22, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Salon spoke with Sen. Elizabeth Warren for a profile on the senator's first seven months in office. Below is a transcript of our conversation on …

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female”

<b>(AP/Patrick Semansky)</b><p>“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” the whistle-blower said<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 22, 2013 1:13pm (UTC)<p>Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning), the whistle-blower sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking …

The story bigots hate: Antoinette Tuff’s courage

A black woman treats a young white shooter with compassion to save children’s lives — and his life, too<p>We rarely hear the tales of school-shooting heroism directly from the heroes, tragically, because the heroes rarely live to tell them. Dave Cullen’s haunting “Columbine” tells the poignant story …

No, Chris Lane is not Trayvon Martin!

<b>Chris Lane (AP)</b><p>The white conservative media thinks it’s found its “Trayvon Martin in reverse, only worse.” Are you kidding me?<p>Alex Seitz-Wald<p>August 22, 2013 5:29pm (UTC)<p>The white conservative media believes it has its own Trayvon Martin in the case of Chris Lane, an Australian baseball player who …

Why using the right pronoun matters

<b>(AP/Patrick Semansky/U.S. Army)</b><p>The confusion over Chelsea Manning shows how hard the conversation around transition can be — and how important<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>August 22, 2013 7:43pm (UTC)<p>When the recently sentenced military whistle-blower formerly known as Bradley Manning sent the …

The right’s black crime obsession

Conservative media’s total fixation on black-on-black and black-on-white crime isn’t going to end. Here’s why<p>There are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving …

My food stamps misery

Not even a degenerative disease could prepare me for the powerlessness I’d feel on line at the supermarket<p>Litsa Dremousis<p>August 23, 2013 12:50pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Weeklings.<p>“YOU SAW THE job applications, right?” the social worker asks me and nods in the direction of a …

The future of “women’s issues” under Secretary of State John Kerry

Ambassador at large for global women’s issues Catherine Russell may face an uphill battle at the State Department<p>A Friday piece in the New York Times asks whether Catherine Russell, the State Department's ambassador at large for global women's issues, will succeed in making women's rights a …

The happy story of my transgender coming-out

Like Chelsea Manning, I transitioned to being a woman. I feared judgment, but I found acceptance and joy instead<p>I was born into a loving, suburban, upper-middle class family. My dad worked in the insurance industry and coached Little League while my mom stayed home with my brother, sister and me. …

The right distorts Martin Luther King Jr.

<b>Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>The author of a new book on Dr. King’s historic “dream” speech explains, in part, how it’s misread by …

The cost of egg freezing: After years of prohibitive pricing, clinics are finally offering a cheaper way.

Despite the buzz about egg freezing, cost has always been a barrier for most women. Since the procedure allowing women to store their eggs until …

David Miranda, the Terrorism Act, and the abuse of law to hide state surveillance.

Over the past decade, the United States has stretched the definition of “terrorism” to justify or disguise expansions of surveillance and war. In …

We Got It Wrong

Bradley Manning, soon to begin a 35-year sentence in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, said on Thursday that he intended to …

Feminism can’t be just for white women

<b>Mikki Kendall</b><p>On social media, the voices of women of color are loud and clear. Will mainstream feminism listen?<p>Jamie Nesbitt Golden<p>August 15, 2013 3:34pm (UTC)<p>When blogger Mikki Kendall created #solidarityisforwhitewomen, she didn’t realize the trending topic would go global. Nor did she realize …

A Freudian analysis of sexting

Sexting isn’t a poor imitation of sex — it’s a whole different form of it<p>What is a fantasy, exactly?<p>As we might expect, the question shows up frequently in the work of Sigmund Freud. In their 1968 essay “Fantasy and the Origin of Sexuality,” Jean Laplanche and J.B. Pontalis note that “From its …

The Zimmerman verdict forced me, a white mother, to talk to my black son about race.

After George Zimmerman walked free, we finally showed our 10-year-old the Jackie Robinson biopic, <i>42</i>. He had trouble sleeping. So did we.<p>We’re white. …

How American Jewish Leaders Are Undermining U.S. Foreign Policy On Jerusalem

Is Abraham Foxman really surprised that the status of Jerusalem is so political that Americans born there can't list Israel as their birthplace on …

From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals

How the system fails them—and the new prison dorms that could help them get back on track.<p>During the last year of his service contract with the …

Supreme Court and affirmative action: Will only elite wealthy colleges end up with racial diversity?

For supporters of affirmative action, the Supreme Court’s opinion in <i>Fisher v. University of Texas</i>, Monday’s ruling on affirmative action, is like</i> …

Female 'Purity' Is Bullshit

Everyone else on earth is as annoyed with "purity" as I am, right? The idea that there are two kinds of women—"good girls" and everyone else, and one …

Why is Obama withholding secret torture report from Americans?

<b>(AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b><p>A massive report on torture reveals it’s far less effective than reported. But the CIA refuses to declassify it<p>Marcy Wheeler<p>May 6, 2013 6:08pm (UTC)<p>Much of what you’ve been told (or seen in movies) about George W. Bush’s supposedly effective torture program is false and …

End of the dollar menu?

Value meals aren’t just bad for your cholesterol, they’re taking a toll on their franchises’ bottom lines<p>Michael Todd<p>April 25, 2013 8:18pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>“Value menus” increasingly seem a bad physical deal for consumers—and now perhaps a bum fiscal deal for …

“Parks and Recreation”: TV’s most progressive show

The NBC sitcom is just as ardent in its defense of government as it is fearless in its skewering of conservatives<p>NBC’s <i>PARKS AND RECREATION</i>, never shying from political controversy, examines current beltway tensions in ways one might expect from a more overtly political program. This season more …