Sam Bourland

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Black Life, White Wife and the Art Caught in the Middle

Over the weekend, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, dropped a video for a new song called “This Is America.” You are reading this, which means …

Actually We Don't Owe You Sex, And We Never Will

When incels talk about the 'redistribution of sex,' what they mean is the redistribution of our vaginas.<p>Alek Minassian, 25, was angry that he wasn't getting laid. That's why he drove a van into a crowded thoroughfare in Toronto on April 23, killing ten people. So was Elliot Rodger, 22, who …

Feminism

My high school abolished its sexist dress code. Things got better.

Viral stories of teen girls getting “dress-coded” reveal our sexist ideas about women’s bodies.<p>A gray, baggy, long-sleeved, and, as her mother put it, “unflattering” Calvin Klein shirt — that’s what 17-year-old Lizzy Martinez was wearing when she was pulled from class in her Bradenton, Florida, …

Feminism

Why the Handmaid's Tale is more relevant one year after the first season | Jessica Valenti

What the show does so well – especially now, under the Trump administration – is make its shocking dystopia feel so terrifyingly possible<p>Men: if you want to know what women’s nightmares look like, just watch The Handmaid’s Tale this season. I got an advance look at six episodes and haven’t slept a …

The Handmaid's Tale

'These are the white stairs': the enduring insults of golfing while black

You don’t need to wait too long to be reminded how slow golf has been to evolve in America. The latest incident came last weekend after police were called on a group of black female golfers in Pennsylvania who had apparently been playing too slowly. (If that’s really a crime, most middle-aged white …

Women of Color

This Artist Makes Awards for Men Who Do the Absolute Minimum

The woman behind the hilarious @awardsforgoodboys Instagram is sick of letting all that fuckboy bullshit slide.<p>In a world where headlines barrage readers with news of mass attacks on humanity, the inefficacy of elected leaders, and sexual predators in power, finding levity in it all can feel …

Woman behind 'incel' says angry men hijacked her word 'as a weapon of war'

I did entertain the thought that I might be guilty for creating this monster. But I don't think I am<p>She came up with the label more than two decades ago, envisioning a community where people who are unable to find sexual partners could turn for support.<p>She called it “involuntary celibacy”.<p>This week …

Incel

After Toronto attack, online misogynists praise suspect as 'new saint'

Before allegedly killing 10 people with a van in Toronto, Alek Minassian appeared to have posted a message on Facebook that linked him to a toxic online community of misogynists that has become the source of a growing pattern of violence.<p>The Facebook post, which authorities who spoke with NBC News …

Feminism

What Brigitte Macron learned: only trophy wives count in Trumpland | Suzanne Moore

The state visit seems to be little more than alpha male leaders bonding very publicly, with wives deployed to watch<p>In every public interaction of the Trumps there is drama. We see his hand wander to hers and when his little finger tickles her clenched fist, she relents and holds his in hers. She is …

Stormy Daniels

How white Americans used lynchings to terrorize and control black people

The Guardian is in Montgomery, Alabama, to cover the opening of America’s first memorial to lynching victims. The legacy of such brutal, racist murders is still largely ignored<p>Historians broadly agree that lynchings were a method of social and racial control meant to terrorize black Americans into …

History

The internet is enabling a community of men who want to kill women. They need to be stopped

The man who killed 10 people in Toronto this week said “the Incel Rebellion has begun!”<p>In 1989, a man armed with a hunting rifle and a knife entered a Montreal university and systematically killed 14 women, before killing himself. “I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my …

Macron just slammed Trump’s worldview in a rare address to Congress

It seems the Trump-Macron bromance doesn’t run very deep.<p>In an unusual address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out a sweeping indictment of President Trump’s worldview — all without mentioning Trump by name.<p>Macron, widely considered to be Trump’s …

Iran Nuclear Deal

Americans Startled by Spectacle of President Who Can Speak English

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans who were watching television on Wednesday morning witnessed the startling spectacle of an English-speaking President, viewers have confirmed.<p>All of the major cable news networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programs to cover the phenomenon, as a …

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to propose raising rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

By Tracy Jan<p>, Reporter<p>Caitlin Dewey<p>, Reporter<p>Jeff Stein<p>, Reporter<p>Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies Wednesday, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements.<p>…

Ben Carson

Why The Handmaid’s Tale is so relevant today

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel drew on real-life politics but has never been more prescient, writes Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.<p>A white, wide-brimmed bonnet and a red cloak have come to mean one thing: women’s oppression. Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale seared this image into our …

Literature

What Is The ‘Incel’ Movement, And What Is Their Increasingly Dangerous Agenda?

On Tuesday, Alek Minassian was charged with ten counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder after driving a van into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto. During the search for his motive, it was revealed that Minassian was active in the internet’s involuntary celibacy, or “incel,” subculture, …

Why It Matters That A White Woman Called The Police To Starbucks

“Hi, I have two gentlemen at my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave. I’m at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce.”<p>That’s what the manager of the Philadelphia Starbucks told the dispatcher when she called 911. It was 4:37 p.m., two minutes after Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson had …

Black Culture

Amy Schumer Responds to Her Backlash: I’m Not Going to Shut Up

The ‘I Feel Pretty’ star sets the record straight on the film’s body-shaming controversy, talks political activism, and explains why she’ll never …

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam

<b>Ula Taylor</b> will discuss how, despite being relegated to a lifestyle that did not encourage working outside of the home, Nation of Islam women found …

University of California

Young Women Are Convinced Motherhood Is Going To Suck — And They're Right

<b>When I was 7 months pregnant, my mother told me her biggest regret in life:</b> that she had been a working mom. “If I had to do it all over again, I …

What is hypersexual disorder and how does it affect you?

<b>For some people, having a high sex drive is not a problem.</b><p>They can enjoy a busy sex life with either one partner or many and it is enjoyable, safe …

Guccifer 2.0 is a Russian Intelligence Officer. Does That Mean Trump Team Colluded?

Whoever assisted a Kremlin intelligence officer regarding the DNC hack is open to a charge of criminal conspiracy. None other than Roger Stone …

Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search

Officials raid firm’s London offices amid allegations it may have illegally acquired data<p>Investigators from Britain’s data watchdog have spent nearly seven hours searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica.<p>Eighteen enforcement officers entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in …

Cambridge Analytica

So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good | Peter Ormerod

Young people rejecting religion is not bad news for Christianity: the faith needs to embrace its weirdness and mystery<p>It’s quite a statement. “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good,” said Prof Stephen Bullivant this week, in response to figures showing widespread …

Male birth control pill trials show it causes a side effect that women have faced for decades

It’s been more than a century since Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and nearly 60 years since the first …

“Trump Is Stirring the Pot”: The Hot-Button Supreme Court Case That Could Explode the Culture Wars

As Trump stokes the fears of his evangelical supporters, and Pence placates the most hardened elements of the far right, a new case is likely to presage the next front in the battle over religious liberty and free speech.<p>Kelsey knew something was wrong when the woman who had just administered her …

Robin Williams groped and flashed me on set, says Mork & Mindy co-star

‘I had the grossest things done to me,’ says Pam Dawber, but says she took no offence at the star’s lewd antics on the set of their hit sitcom<p>Robin Williams’s Mork & Mindy co-star has said he repeatedly grabbed her breasts and bottom and exposed himself to her on the set, a new book reveals, but …

Robin Williams

Invisibilia: We All Think We Know The People We Love. We're All Deluded

<i>Welcome to a new season of</i> Invisibilia<i>! The NPR program and</i> podcast <i>explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Episode 3 involves two brothers who are happy about the polite, helpful tenant who moves into their mother's house, until they start to suspect he has sinister motives. Here</i> …

Psychology

All the URLs you need to block to *actually* stop using Facebook

In the midst of a truly awful week for Facebook, during which it was revealed that users’ personal data was harvested by a company working for the Trump campaign, users are threatening to delete their accounts <i>en masse</i>.<p>The #DeleteFacebook movement is fueled by users’ anger that their data was used …

Personal Data