People are awful: #JusticeForJada leads to more cyberbullying and Hobart and William Mary Colleges’ football priorities

Content Note: drug incapacitation, sexual assault, victim-blaming, cyberbullying, ostracisation On Friday the news got worse on the appalling assault and social media shaming of Texan teenager Jada (via Jezebel): Over the last few days, the stomach-churning story of Jada — a 16-year-old girl whose rape was recorded and then shared and mocked on social media — has shown up everywhere. Now, Jada’s mother and a family spokesperson are claiming that Jada’s far from the only girl victimized by the people who allegedly drugged and raped her. And one other girl may soon be coming forward ....more

Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread ....more

Joan Rivers lobs transphobic slurs at Michelle Obama, but, like, totally as a compliment

[Trigger warning for transphobia] Unfunny comedian and walking Halloween decoration Joan Rivers took a completely random opportunity this week to throw transphobic slurs at Michelle Obama. In an on-the-street interview, a reporter asked her about her recent book signing, at which she officiated an impromptu gay wedding. When he then asked, for some reason, whether we’ll ever see a gay president, she replied, “We already have it with Obama, so let’s calm down.” This was, she elaborated without prompting, because “You know Michelle is a [transphobic slur redacted] ....more

Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread ....more

Weekly Open Thread with Beach Roo

A man and a kangaroo and a sunrise in Queensland feature on this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. You can see more Cape Hilsborough beach roo photos on Dan Battley’s flickr account So, what have you been up to? ...more

It’s a TRAP: Targeting clinic code requirements

They’re frequently identified as “Women’s Health and Safety” laws, but a growing number of laws regulating abortion providers are more accurately called TRAP laws — Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. They’re aimed at stopping abortion by making them logistically impossible — shutting down clinics — rather than flat-out illegal. You can generally recognize a TRAP law when the regulations treat a procedure that’s generally less hazardous than a tooth extraction as if it were more dangerous than a limb reattachment ....more

Hobby Lobby = The Worst

I’ve been writing about it over at Cosmopolitan.com. Here’s the basic summary of the case. Here are 13 of the biggest misconceptions about the case (this one is especially helpful for Twitter / Facebook / family dinner table fights) ....more

Selfless Signal-Boosting (July)

These signal-boosting posts are a complement to our long-standing Shameless Self-Promotion Sundays, this thread is for recommending someone else‘s writings/events/fundraisers etc. Use this thread for ICYMI links and anything else you think other readers might find interesting. Especially welcome are links to those who are blogging on issues Feministe has not recently addressed (the links can be to older posts, just something you’ve found recently relevant)....more

Spillover #18

The commenting period on the last one is just expiring, so it’s time for a new #spillover thread. Some reminders: #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic. It is intended as a constructive space for tangential discussions which are veering off-topic on other threads ....more

Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread ....more