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Open Thread: Dec 1, 2009

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Transgender Sportswriter Dies at 52

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Rick Warren Loves Gays Except the Ones He Wants Dead in Uganda

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The Kel Word: Copenhagen vs. ClimateGate

As the world ramps up to the United Nations' summit in Copenhagen, climate science experts such as the summit's scheduled keynote speaker Dr. ...

Open Thread: Zen Monday

A month alone behind closed doors forgotten books, remembered, clear again. Poems come, like water to the pool Welling, up and out, from perfect silence — Yuan Me ...

Lesbian Home Ec with Diana Cage: Ep 1

Are there any lesbians out there who have not filled in their Mate profile? Well if you're feeling bashful, don't! ...

Ellen Loves Gaga

This weekend I watched a little TV with my mother. We flipped on the switch and there was Lady Gaga sitting with Ellen. In case you missed it: ...

Team Edward Gets Slashy on Team Jacob's Keister!

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Glee Watching Party: Ep 11

For your viewing (and coifing) pleasure, here is Glee's episode 11, "Hairography," featuring a guest appearance by uber-hot rapper Eve. ...

Open Thread: Weekend Edition

In lieu of a weekend open thread topic, I just want to say a biiiiiig HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom, Moon. ...

Dyke Porn Review: Holiday Pornocopia

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Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders
Salon.com
July 29, 2015

Trump's a carnival barker, but funnier than Stewart. Richard Dawkins is a joke. Sanders and Drudge earn approval

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Cecil the lion's killer lands in the middle of an online hate storm
smh.com
July 29, 2015

Until two days ago, Walter Palmer was a "very private" man living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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How to Smuggle a Saint Out of India
nytimes.com
July 29, 2015

According to the police account, two hired men steal the saint statue and two others from a temple in Sripuranthan, 200 miles southwest of Chennai.

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Woman unknowingly kills possible serial killer
CNN.com
July 28, 2015

A West Virginia escort killed a man who was trying to rape her, police said. The man, Neal Falls, may have been a serial killer, police said.

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Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection
New York Times
July 28, 2015

Despite her cheery countenance and assiduous completion of assignments, Ms. DeWitt had already bought razor blades and written a stack of goodbye letters to loved ones.

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35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby
The Cut
July 27, 2015

“He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby

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Kim, Caitlyn, and the People We Want to See
The New Yorker
July 27, 2015

Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn Jenner, civil rights for trans people, and the meaning of womanhood, beauty, and self-display.

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Man Who Co-Owns Nails Salons Thinks They're Just Great, So
jezebel
July 27, 2015

The New York Review of Books ran a rebuttal this weekend to the much-talked about New York Times series “Unvarnished,” Sarah Maslin Nir’s yearlong investigation into the horrendous labor practices at many New York nail salons. The rebuttal, written by former reporter and current nail salon owner ...

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Satanic Statue Unveiled in Detroit
gawker
July 27, 2015

The Satanic Temple has unveiled its controversial bronze Baphomet statue in Detroit, Reuters reports. The statue was originally going to be installed in Oklahoma, next to a monument to the 10 Commandments. It didn’t work out.

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35 Bill Cosby accusers posed for one defiant, powerful magazine cover
Vox
July 27, 2015

Incredible.

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Cops Release New Details in Bizarre Jailhouse Death of Sandra Bland 
gawker
July 21, 2015

Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago woman, was found dead in a Texas jail cell last week. Cops say her death was a suicide; her family says it was murder. Now, authorities are releasing new details about her mysterious death...

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Conservative Politician Demands Removal of Sexual Mandala, Gallery Refuses
hyperallergic.com
July 21, 2015

At first glance, French Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux's artwork displayed in the lobby of a government office building in Toronto resembles a kaleidoscopic mandala composed of harmless, symmetric shapes. A closer look at the nearly three foot by three foot picture, however, reveals that

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Do Cheaters Deserve to Have Their Lives Ruined?
The Cut
July 21, 2015

Think hard about your own mistakes before you answer.

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When Collectors Buy Two Artworks Just To Get One
artnet News
July 17, 2015

Learn about the tough back-room negotiations where high-powered dealers and well-connected buyers each bring their leverage to bear to get the best deal.

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Resilience Is Futile: How Well-Meaning Nonprofits Perpetuate Poverty
jezebel.com
July 17, 2015

My cubicle was in the heart of The Children’s Bureau. What they said I was doing—what the foundations were paying us to do, what I thought I was doing—was working to prevent of child abuse and neglect. But the work was not what it seemed.

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A Sign the Smithsonian Is Getting Nervous About Cosby Exhibition
hyperallergic.com
July 16, 2015

Over the past few months, critics have been debating over what the National Museum of African Art should do with its 50th anniversary exhibit Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue, which includes dozens of artworks from Bill and Camille Cosby's personal collection

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Michelle Obama to Native American Youth: The Country Needs You
newsweek
July 10, 2015

More than 1,000 Native American children gathered Thursday for the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama called them precious and sacred members of society.

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OITNB Is the Only TV Show That Understands Rape
Vulture
July 10, 2015

Grab a notebook, Game of Thrones.

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A Radical Vatican?
The New Yorker
July 10, 2015

Naomi Klein on Pope Francis’s recently published climate-change encyclical.

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