We Are 52 USA—a spinoff of the French feminist group Noussommes 52—created this mock front page demonstrating what it would look like to live in a world where a group of women regularly passed legislation controlling men’s bodies.
The image parodies photos of Donald Trump signing an order to block U.S. aid to foreign organizations that perform or discuss abortions, otherwise known as the "global gag rule."
The image went viral after it was shared by student and model Molly-Mae.
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Radiolab brought to my attention this great five-part podcast series on poverty in America. Busted: America's Poverty Myths breaks down accepted wisdom about poverty to reveal the reality of what it’s actually like to be poor in America. The show takes familiar concepts like the social safety net and the rags-to-riches narrative and explores the ways in which they’re not quite what they seem. You can download the podcast on the On The Media iTunes feed or listen to it on the WNYC website. You can also get a taste of Busted by listening to the latest Radiolab episode, which offers a compilation of Busted stories. Read the rest
As everyday discussions about prejudice and oppression get more nuanced, it can be hard to know how to dive into the conversation. This helpful guide by writer Saroful breaks down the basics of what intersectional feminism is and how not to make rookie mistakes when it comes to it. Here’s an excerpt:
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Lesson two, which I meant to make lesson one: If it’s not about you, don’t make it about you. If it is about you, do better.
What does that mean? Well. At some point you’re going to hear a statement like “white women are racist.” Your first instinct is going to be “not me! I’m a good person!” Stop for a minute before you jump in with that comment.
First of all, is it contributing anything to the discussion? No. It’s actually derailing the discussion by recentering it on people having to reassure you that you’re a good person. Remember #notallmen? Don’t be that guy. More about derailing in a second, I promise.
Second of all, I chose that statement for a reason, and it’s about to get real uncomfortable in here so let me reassure you FIRST that I love you and I think you’re a worthwhile person: white people are racist. They benefit from systemic racism whether or not they actively contribute to perpetuating it, and they perpetuate it in ways that are invisible to them because they’ve never had to think about it. That’s a thing you can learn about by not jumping in on that discussion and just sitting and listening for a minute.
The YouTube channel Life Noggin digs into this terrifying question and sings the praises of coral along the way. Read the rest
ProPublica puts a heartbreaking, human face on this weekend’s immigration ban with the story of Dr. Suha Abushamma. The 26-year-old is in her first year of an Internal Medicine residency program at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and she had been visiting family in Saudi Arabia this week. When she heard rumblings of Donald Trump’s Muslim immigrant ban, she rushed to return to the United States. Although Saudi Arabia is not on Trump’s list of seven banned countries, Abushamma’s passport is from Sudan, which is.
Abushamma landed in New York at 11 a.m. on Saturday, where she was directed into a holding area. ProPublica writes:
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[Abushamma] said she knew she was in trouble when a representative for Saudi Airlines approached her and told her she would have to book a flight home. Then an officer, whose name she wrote down as T. Lam, told her her choices: ”Either to withdraw my visa … so it wouldn’t leave a negative mark on my profile … or the second option was to refuse to withdraw” and be banned from the U.S. for five years. “I told them at that point I already had lawyers working on my case. I just need a few more hours … They absolutely refused. I even talked to the supervisor.”
According to FlightAware, a flight tracking website, the plane pushed back from the gate at 8:29 p.m. and took off at 8:53 p.m. The earliest reports of the judge’s stay of deportations under the executive order came at around 9 p.m.
Here’s what you hear when you call the number:
As Ellen Duffer uncovered, The Committee To Defend The President is a “project” of the Stop Hillary PAC run by former Colorado state legislator Ted Harvey. Read the rest
This dog is able to leap tall buildings (or at least medium-sized gates) in a single bound! Read the rest
BuzzFeed reporter Jesse McLaren took this already insane video—in which Donald Trump obsessively discusses the crowd size at his inauguration during an ABC special—and turned it up to 11:
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The powerful Twitter account St. Louis Manifest (@Stl_Manifest) spent Holocaust Remembrance Day documenting the names and images of passengers on the German transatlantic liner St. Louis. The ship sailed from Germany in 1939 with 937 passengers, most of whom were Jews fleeing the Third Reich. The St. Louis headed to Cuba where many of its passengers hoped to disembark before heading to the United States. Instead Cuba admitted only 28 of the passengers. Although the U.S. media covered the event with sympathy towards the refugees, the remaining passengers were not allowed entry into the country, despite sailing so close to Miami as to see the lights of the city. Instead the St. Louis returned to Europe, where its passengers tried to find refuge in other European countries. While almost all of those who settled in England survived the war, 532 of the passengers who settled in continental Europe were trapped when Germany conquered Western Europe. 254 of them died in the Holocaust.
Created by Rabbi Charlie Schwartz and educator Russel Neiss, the @Stl_Manifest account documents the names and photos (when possible) of those St. Louis passengers later killed in the Holocaust. The account draws explicit parallels to today’s refugee crisis and its bio features the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome. You can read more about the St. Louis and its passengers on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. Read the rest
The world is a scary place right now, so take a brief respite with this utterly delightful web exclusive from The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. With help from Chance The Rapper, Jon Batiste, and Colbert himself, Ziggy Marley performs his iconic upbeat theme song “Believe In Yourself” from the beloved PBS kids’ series Arthur.
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Postmodern Jukebox always creates great covers, but Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” proves to be a particularly perfect match for the concept. This vintage 1930s take on the song is incredibly soothing and perfect for unwinding after a long week. Read the rest
Based on Andrew Ihla's tweet about the unexpected heroism of The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, The National Park Service, and Teen Vogue, animator Jessica (@my2k) created a trio of modern day heroes.
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CNN shared this mesmerizing footage of soap bubbles freezing. Although it looks like time lapse, the bubbles are actually freezing in real time. Photographer Mike Shaw shot the gorgeous footage. Read the rest
Back in 1997, Oprah Winfrey thought she was just airing a salute to her idol Mary Tyler Moore. But it turns out Moore was actually backstage to surprise her. Oprah explains that as a young woman she was a huge fan of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and felt inspired watching a series about an independent, career-minded woman who worked in television. The heartwarming footage demonstrates just how much representation matters.
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Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles performed their first improv scene together on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? back in 1991. And thus an iconic comedy duo was born. Read the rest
Writer/performer Laura Hankin sums things up in this darkly funny sketch. Read the rest