Poland abandons total abortion ban: "a lesson in humility" -UPDATED

Mass protests in Poland and across the world have led Poland's far-right government to drop its Vatican-pleasing total ban on abortion, which was so sloppily overbroad that it potentially criminalized miscarriage and surgeries to save foetuses' lives. Read the rest

"Power Poses" are bullshit

In 2010, three psychologists published a paper on "power poses", with their finding that people who adopted "power poses" -- think of superheroes on skyscrapers -- felt more powerful and took more risks. Read the rest

Polish women go on strike over insane abortion law

Poland's ultra-right government has passed an insane, incoherent ban on abortion that is so badly drafted that it potentially criminalizes miscarriage and surgeries to save the lives of fetuses. Read the rest

Cheeky eight-year-old moves "boy" clothes into Tesco's girl section

Daisy Edmonds had enough of gendered clothes at her local Tesco, so she took matters into her own hands in the best way after a mini-rant. She moved some shirts that said "Hero" among clothes intended for girls. I hope she moved some "Beautiful" tops among the boy clothes, too! This has, of course, not sat well with internet trolls. Read the rest

Women as sinister seductresses in video games

The latest Tropes vs Women in Video Games (previously) is as on-point, smart, and deep as ever. Read the rest

The AI Now Report: social/economic implications of near-future AI

The National Economic Council convened a symposium at NYU's Information Law Institute in July, and they've released their report: 25 crisp (if slightly wonky) pages on how AI could increase inequality, erode accountability, and lead us into temptation -- along with recommendations for how to prevent this, from involving marginalized and displaced people in AI oversight; to increasing the diversity of AI researchers; to modifying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Digital Millennium Copyright Act to clarify that neither stands in the way of independent auditing of AI systems. Read the rest

The time it takes to be a woman

A team working with our video director genius friend Joe Sabia created this video for Glamour, that calculates the difference in total time that men and women spend, on average, on a variety of everyday activities.

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Understanding vulvas: what do they really look like?

The Guardian's released the first of "The Vagina Dispatches," four short documentaries about women's genitals. This episode is about vulvas, labiaplasty, anatomy, and sex, and is a fascinating 15 minutes. NSFW, if you work somewhere where images of vulvas are frowned upon. (Thanks, Mae!) Read the rest

1 day until Chelsea Manning's disciplinary board (for her suicide attempt) (Tomorrow)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:

1. Fight for the Future has released the Formal Charge Sheet and accompanying documents today, that will be used in Chelsea Manning's disciplinary board hearing tomorrow. Read the rest

French schools use 3D printed anatomical clitoris models in sex-ed classes

The amazing internal anatomy of the clitoris is a mystery that has surfaced and vanished in history, coming into focus in 2005 (!), when Royal Melbourne Hospital urologist Helen O'Connell published her groundbreaking MRI studies. Read the rest

2 days until Chelsea Manning's Disciplinary Board (for her suicide attempt)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:

1. Chelsea has written an op-ed for the Guardian explaining the painful experience of spending this whole last week preparing for her disciplinary board hearing.

2. The disciplinary board hearing happens at 9:30 am, Thursday September 22, 2016.

3. Please sign the petition at FreeChelsea.com

4. Please spread the word by sharing these videos by Dan Ellsberg and Michael Stipe. Read the rest

Beatles Remix Tee: Elizabeth & Hillary & Ruth & Michelle!

Kyle from Bumperactive writes, "The Texas Democratic Party has released an amazing new t-shirt celebrating four of the strong women at the forefront of the national party: Elizabeth & Hillary & Ruth & Michelle!" The iconic portrait series is, of course, a remix of photographer Richard Avedon's classic psychedelic portraits of The Beatles. Whether or not you find it mind-bending that one of America's two major parties embraces powerful female voices in leadership roles across all branches of government, this tee is a trip to the future! Read the rest

How Obama's female staff amplified each other to ensure women got heard

Obama's inaugural White House staff was drawn from his campaign staff, who were mostly dudes, and the women among the newcomers felt that they were getting ignored or talked over in meetings. Read the rest

When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians

Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures recovers the lost history of the young African American women who did the heavy computational work of the Apollo missions, given the job title of "computer" -- her compelling book has been made into a new motion picture. Read the rest

The women held a vote, and you're not allowed to talk to anyone ever again

Ursula Vernon's amazing, wry poem, "This Vote Is Legally Binding," is a double-barreled, remorselessly funny blast at the mansplainers, man-babies, and political correctness whiners of the world, written "In response to all those articles about talking to women with headphones." Read the rest

Revolution 60 is live! Brianna Wu's all-female action game

Frank Wu writes, "The long-awaited Special Edition of our videogame 'Revolution 60' has just been released for iOS and PC!" Read the rest

5 years after Texas GOP's attack on women's reproductive health, TX leads developed world in maternal mortality

Remember when Texas governor Rick Perry and the GOP state government led an unprecedented assault on women's reproductive health in the name of preventing abortions, using dirty tricks to pass an unconstitutional law that led to a boom in unsafe home abortions and a black market for day-after pills, while ending Planned Parenthood's vital cancer-screening program, before defunding Planned Parenthood altogether? Read the rest

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