Also.Also.Also: It’s International Women’s Day!

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Queer as in F*ck You

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Madam Secretary Actress Sara Ramirez: Why I Came Out (After My Grey’s Anatomy Character Did!)

Alison Van Uytvanck in Relationship with Fellow Pro Tennis Player, Greet Minnen.

This Queer Sculptor Fled Uganda, and Her Art May Save Her Life.

Model Munroe Bergdorf Quits as Labour LGBT Adviser.

When I Left Him for Her — this is by Kristen McCallum, founder of SafeWordSociety.

More Mal! Mal Ortberg Talks The Toast, The Merry Spinster, and the Joys of Peanut Butter.

Trans Refugees Fled to Greece for a Better Life. They Found Intolerance..

Federal Court Grants Big Win For Transgender People To Change Birth Certificates.

Raising A Rainbow Family: Slowly Becoming Visible.

Tips for Surviving Academia as a Queer Person of Color.

Here’s What It’s Like To Be The Face Of A National Movement When You’re A Senior In High School. < — Emma González

A Federal Court Just Rejected A Funeral Home’s Religious Objections To Employing A Transgender Woman.

The Oscars Were Gay and Latino, Just Like I Am.


Welcome to the Hellmouth

I mean, I wouldn’t even know where to start this week.


Doll Parts

International Women’s Day 2018: Protests Across the World as Women Push for Progress — Live Updates.

Overlooked: “Since 1851, obituaries in the New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, we’re adding the stories of 15 remarkable women.” Includes Sylvia Plath, Ida B. Wells, Marsha P. Johnson, and Ada Lovelace, plus other amazing women.

Rethinking Work-Life Balance for Women of Color.

The Movie Star Who Doubled as a Groundbreaking Inventor.

Elizabeth Acevedo and Sarah Kay on Their New Books, Latinx Representation, and Why Poetry Is Political.

Male Doctors Are Disappearing from Gynecology. Not Everybody Is Thrilled About It.

Which brings us rather neatly to ‘Medical Symptoms That Medicine Can’t Hear’: A Conversation with Maya Dusenbery. “In her new book, Dusenbery provides a comprehensive and much-needed look at how sexism in the medical field is hurting women.” 🙃 🙃 🙃

International Women’s Day 2018: Beyond #MeToo, With Pride, Protests and Pressure.

This American Life: Five Women.”A different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment?”

Would you like a documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg? Ok!

What These Women Couldn’t Say Publicly About Sherman Alexie Until Now.

What If #MeToo Had Been Fully Funded Since Day One?

‘Decolonizing’ Roller Derby? Team Indigenous Takes Up the Challenge.

Meet The Litas: Manila’s All-women Motorbike Community.

When Nice Nails Could Change Lives.


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David Hogg Is Mad as Hell.


Saw This, Thought of You

Appalachia Isn’t Trump Country.

Unschooling: Why More Black Families Are Joining This Radical Education Movement.

Amazon Confirms That Some Alexa Units Have Begun Creepily Laughing for No Goddamn Reason. I have since unplugged my Alexa.


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23 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting “Raising a Rainbow Family” – it was exactly what I needed to read today. When she said, “but no one who is LGBT ever comes out once—and there’s nowhere to hide when you’re raising a family.” I yelled, YES, YES, YES at my computer.

    I know my family isn’t unique. There are so many of us – yet, our otherness is constantly pointed out when we have to “out” ourselves in each new conversation. I truly believe that someday it really won’t matter – and things are improving. Still, it was so nice to read an article where a I could see us as same rather than other.

  2. Are Women the Superior Gender? has convincingly dealt with the topic of gender identity in a way that no other work has done before. Defining the role of scientists in our lives and taking them to task on their fallible theories that have led to negative effects on gender relations and subsequently, the lives of women. Scientific data was used to debunk old postulations and put to rest any prevailing notion, moral attributes aside, of inferiority when comparing females to their male counterparts.#thegreaterbook

  3. That unschooling article made me so happy! I was unschooled for the vast majority of my upbringing, and so far that background has served me well through college, a year of life in the workplace, and almost a year of grad school. (I was actually explaining the concept to a friend just yesterday, when she asked why I loved public libraries so much. The library in my hometown was basically the source for my whole early education, and I believe strongly that EVERYONE should have access to the resources to teach themselves things that delight them and expand their worlds.)

    The idea of unschooling as a tool for liberation from an educational system in which whiteness treats itself as the default and degrades and oppresses people of color is so very, very good and very, very real. This woman is amazing, and I hope she and her family can keep doing exactly what they’re doing.

  4. This was my city, BUenos Aires. I had fucking tears running down like an ocean

    And for the first time we’re debating a law for abortion (we only have some cases decriminalized, like in the case of rape or risks to the life of the mother). The bill was introduced March, 6 so the fight begins

  5. It really hurt my heart to read the OB-GYN article. I’m not in the medical field, but can relate. Just last week, I had the most awkward phone call of my life. A nurse asked, “Saga, I’m calling because we don’t have records of a regular female exam for you”. My heart sank and I went silent. How was I going to explain that despite the F on my ID, I wasn’t like other women?

    Regardless, they scheduled me for a standard breast exam. My first. Nightmares are already playing out in my mind. Although necessary, I don’t want anyone looking at my body – no matter what their gender. But despite wanting to pretend I have no preference – that I’m somehow gender neutral — but I think I would prefer a woman.

    My having a preference disgusts me. In all my efforts to shatter gender boundaries, I still have bias. So I suppose I can understand a tiny bit of the privacy violation cis-women might feel when seeing a male doctor. And that same bias is destroying me in my profession.

    Maybe you all know, but I teach preschool. It’s a blast, but I deal with so much of the same gender bias mentioned in the OB-GYN article simply because of what’s between my legs. It wasn’t my choice to be born like this. I just want to help kids grow up healthy and happy. But the discrimination I’ve received has been so hurtful.

    I’ve shown up to conferences only to be refused entry. “Men aren’t welcome here” they said. When I sit at workshop tables, the other women get up and walk away. They send the message, “You’re not wanted”. I’ve been fired from too many jobs to count. At one point, my director had a private meeting with me where she told me I was a “danger to children” and “people like you shouldn’t work with children”. Another director spit on me and told me to die.

    Parents are no better. I’m given lists of who I can diaper change and who I can’t. Who I’m allowed to sit next to or hug. Or in the worst cases I’m not allowed to be near the children at all. Instead, they give me cleaning or maintenance duties despite my much higher level of education and experience. In my college classes I’m the butt of countless sexist jokes insinuating that I am incapable of nurturing because of my genitals. As the article so eloquently put it, “… because I don’t have a uterus. It’s not my fault, it’s not anyone’s fault”

    Despite my personal experience in the field, we need to acknowledge that by excluding men, we are losing 50% of our potential workforce and huge slice of diversity. Numbers of men in childcare has not changed in over 40 years. We are also one of the lowest paid professions in the country. I know women hate to admit it, but when we include men, we also get increased wages — something we have been fighting tooth and nail to achieve.

    I’m by no means equating working in childcare to the sensitive issue of women’s health. However, that same discriminative attitude is pervasive on both sides. And it hurts like hell.

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