Also.Also.Also: Embracing Your Tacky and Other Stories You Can’t Miss

You’re doing great! WE’RE ALL DOING GREAT.

You Should Go or Do or Give

+ Hey we’re in this gift guide! Twice! 10 Gifts for Your Feminist Kid That Support Indie Voices.

+ Ashley Ray-Harris needs your Help with Benny’s Vet Bill! Benny is Ashley’s cat who recently went into kidney failure after lapping up some radiator fluid from a leaking radiator in her apartment. Her landlord isn’t helping so maybe you can?

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Man Accused of Killing Cape Town Lesbian, Noluvuyo Swelindawo, Appears in Court.

+ Trans Activist Andrea Jenkins is Running for Minneapolis City Council.

+ Vanderbilt Researchers Will Study Effects of LGBTQ Policies Across the US. Hey Tennessee!

+ Slate’s running a Lesbian Issue that you can read.

Welcome to the Hellmouth

+ Cotton Mather, the Salem Witch Trials, and Our Miserable Present.

+ Inside the Desperate, Year-Long Hunt to Find Donald Trump’s Rumored Apprentice Outtakes.

+ Can Trump Reverse Obama’s Arctic Drilling Ban?

Doll Parts

+ Oh damn. This is What Happens to the Bodies of the Women You Know. On miscarriage and abortion and the fact that our bodies are ours, and tissue is tissue.

The first blob was properly (and safely) disposed of as medical waste, the second blob was flushed down the toilet, and last week’s blob was sent off to the lab. They were possibility in flesh; but asking me to believe they were children is asking me to believe that three of my four children are dead.

+ Midwives at Standing Rock Aren’t Going Anywhere.


The cart filled with items of a very particular nature: shapeless, black and navy. My mom would hold up a garment, compare it to my frame, and note, “Oh, that would be flattering.” It was somewhere among the harem pants that I finally caught the eye of her friend, midway through spreading a color-blocked boat-neck number over my torso.

“I’m not actually interested in things that are flattering,” I said. “Can you take me to the tacky?”

Her face lit up, and we moved to the leopard print.

+ The Year in Black Girl Magic.

+ Female Androids Should Be More Than Vengeful Sexbots.

+ Amnesty International USA Partners With Women’s March on Washington

Keep Up

+ Mothers, Babies on Navajo Nation Exposed to High Levels of Uranium.

+ When Everything is Surreal, How Do We Process Casual Violence?

+ Romania Set for First Female, and First Muslim, Prime Minister.

+ Letter From Michigan: Over the River.

+ Do you wanna stab a snowman? Men Who Got Away With It in 2016

Saw This, Thought of You

+ The Mysterious Allure of LaCroix’s ‘Natural Flavor’. Yep.

+ Remember Pepsi Holiday Spice, the Winter Tradition That Could’ve Been. Lots of beverage talk today.

+ The Science Behind Why Holiday Jingles Get Stuck in Our Heads.

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  1. Holy shit though you might want to mention that the Slate magazine turns into a lesbophobic shitshow at one pont. (The article where the writer spends multiple graphs explaining how lesbians are “uncultured homebodies” compared to cool queer women as though it’s a hilarious thing she used to do and not asshole behaviour. I have rarely been so genuinely embarrassed to share an identity label with someone as at that moment.)

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