Also.Also.Also: Lesbian Couple and Their Six Adopted Kids Are Dead After SUV Goes Over a Cliff

Friday is so close you can almost feel her shirtsleeve graze your forearm and I’ve been reading fanfic this week.

Direct Action

You have TWO DAYS left to support Muscle Memory, Carly Usdin’s latest film project! Follow and donate RIGHT NOW! Following the project on Seed and Spark is also SUPER HELPFUL so get in there and do that at the very freaking least. You want this film, ok? I know you do!

“MUSCLE MEMORY is an experimental romantic comedy about a college freshman who falls in love with close-up magic as an escape from her unrequited crush on her roommate and her undiagnosed OCD, made as part of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.”

Queer as in F*ck You

This is truly terrible and seems to just get worse: Family Famed for Protest Photo Die When SUV Goes Off Cliff.

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Doll Parts

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#MeToo in a Culture of Good Old Boys.

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Bessie Springfield, the Black Woman Who Biked Across the US Alone During the 1930s Jim Crow Era.

The Future of Child Care: How to Create a Fairer, More Equitable System for Working Women and Women of Color.

I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends.

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Saw This, Thought of You

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  1. this is my first time hearing about muscle memory and OH MY GOD I MUST WATCH IT. i’m currently a college freshman whose two biggest difficulties so far have been 1) my unrequited crush on my roommate, and 2) dealing with mental illness and getting diagnosed with anxiety. donate to this film so that this babygay can watch MY ACTUAL LIFE on screen. !!!!!!

  2. Oh my, the family going over the cliff. The article is terrifying. I do have a fear of CPS getting called. But I don’t want to not be a foster parent just because of worries. I’ve heard quite a few stories of foster parents getting complaints filed against them (and we were told in our training that it’s not uncommon). The kids have often gone through trauma. I tell the kids my job is to keep them safe and their job is to help me. But when they are in the middle of a meltdown it can be hard to keep them from hurting themselves/minimize the hurt they do to themselves and others. I had a black eye for a while when one of the kids got mad that it was bedtime and threw a board book. So sometimes kids’ histories of trauma come surfacing up later, and sometimes I know that there can be later abuse and neglect. But my goodness.

  3. Regarding the family that went over the cliff:

    There were so many things about this situation that liberals and progressives (rightfully) interpret as red flags for abuse when they show up in conservative families – the general sense of controlling wholesomeness, the matching outfits, the isolation from society (especially coupled with the domestic violence charge), the forced political involvement, the white parents adopting children of color in bulk without making sure those kids have access to communities of color, the children literally begging the neighbors for help… none of this is okay, no matter what the parents’ politics or orientations are, no matter if there were serious behavioral problems in the home or not – and I don’t know why anyone would assume that there were serious behavioral problems in the home, because that hasn’t been part of any coverage of the story that I can find? Are we just assuming that foster/adopted kids are a bunch of liars because anyone who’d adopt or foster a child has to be a saint, despite all the adoption/fostering horror stories about conservative parents that we’ve all heard a million times?

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