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asifthisisme:

Gay marriage finally legal in England. Rainbow flag over British government offices to celebrate today. A good day.

asifthisisme:

Gay marriage finally legal in England.
Rainbow flag over British government offices to celebrate today. A good day.

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Blaming the woman goes back to Eve, so it shouldn’t be particularly surprising. But I still find this story bizarre: Why is Christie so determined not only to blame his former allies, but to shame them? He himself called Kelly “stupid” in his two-hour pity-party last January, while he depicted Wildstein as a high-school loser to his student-athlete-president demigod. Now his lawyers have used Stepien to smear Kelly – and that’s pissed off not only Stepien but Kelly’s friends, who took to the New York Times to denounce the report’s heaping dose of sexism in its depiction of Christie’s once fiercely loyal aide.

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"When we undervalue a profession, we also tell the next generation of bright educators they shouldn’t bother teaching—or that if they do, they must take a vow of poverty. And students pay a price: Teachers who spend nights and weekends working other jobs cannot possibly devote the necessary attention to their students or lesson plans. Even worse, talented college students who are passionate about teaching, but seeking a stable future, opt out before they even begin. No teacher should have a second job and teachers should struggle less financially so they can focus on their critical work in the classroom." 

"Why Teachers Salaries Should Be Doubled - Now" by Valarie Strauss at The Washington Post

"When we undervalue a profession, we also tell the next generation of bright educators they shouldn’t bother teaching—or that if they do, they must take a vow of poverty. And students pay a price: Teachers who spend nights and weekends working other jobs cannot possibly devote the necessary attention to their students or lesson plans. Even worse, talented college students who are passionate about teaching, but seeking a stable future, opt out before they even begin. No teacher should have a second job and teachers should struggle less financially so they can focus on their critical work in the classroom." 

"Why Teachers Salaries Should Be Doubled - Now" by Valarie Strauss at The Washington Post

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Cursed With Nation’s Second-Highest Turnout Rate, Wisconsin Restricts Early Voting

Thinking seriously about quitting my job, moving back to Madison, and spending my days standing outside the capital shouting SHAME SHAME SHAME at the top of my lungs. 

Seriously with this shit, Scott Walker, you are the absolute worst.

Apologies for not being more articulate about it, but these are my feelings.

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abbyjean:

For the artist Annette Thas, Barbie is a disturbingly bittersweet symbol of childhood nostalgia and longing; for installation piece “Wave I,” she uses between 3,000 and 5,000 barbie dolls to build a sculptural wave. (beautiful decay)

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Hobby Lobby’s secret agenda: How it’s quietly funding a vast right-wing movement

Salon.com exclusive: How entities related to the company are quietly pumping tens of millions into a mélange of fringe causes

But a document published here for the first time reveals Hobby Lobby appears to be going much further than protecting freedom, providing funding for a group that backs a political network of activist groups deeply engaged in pushing a Christian agenda into American law. The document shows entities related to the company to be two of the largest donors to the organization funding a right-wing Christian agenda, investing tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars into a vast network of organizations working in concert to advance an agenda that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians and deny their employees contraceptives under a maximalist interpretation of the Free Exercise Clause of the United States Constitution.

That network of activist groups has succeeded in passing legislation in Arizona requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion, banning taxpayer-funded insurance paying for government employees’ abortions, defining marriage as a union between a man and woman, and funding abstinence education. And there’s evidence that its efforts go well beyond the borders of the Copper State.

Not good, you guys. Not good at all. 

Someone clever-er than me please make a Hobby Lobby-ists joke.

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Earlier this week, Self Magazine published a little piece in their “BS” column, mocking women who run in tutus.  They published a photo alongside their belittling commentary of two women running in tutus dressed as Supergirl and Wonderwoman.  The photo was published with permission.  The women in question run Glam Runner, a company that makes and sells running tutus and donates a portion of their proceeds to the awesome organization, Girls on the Run.  When Self asked for permission to print the photo, they didn’t tell the women that it was going to be used to mock them.
I have a three important things in common with Monika Allen, one of the women pictured:
1. I’m a runner.
2. I’m a brain tumor survivor.
3. I sometimes run in tutus.
In solidarity, I thought I’d post a photograph of myself in a tutu, hands up to celebrate, after kicking butt in a 5K last summer.  
Shame on SELF magazine. If we needed any more evidence of the fact that this is a publication that exists to sell products by shaming women and policing their bodies, here it is.
P.S. Self Magazine has “apologized" — the editor is quoted by USAToday saying "I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn’t have run the item." Which to me just implies that it would have been okay to belittle, mock, and shame her if she’d just been running in a tutu and hadn’t been running a marathon while undergoing chemo. While that’s obviously the icing on the Self-Magazine-Sucks cake, I think they may still be missing the point.

Earlier this week, Self Magazine published a little piece in their “BS” column, mocking women who run in tutus.  They published a photo alongside their belittling commentary of two women running in tutus dressed as Supergirl and Wonderwoman.  The photo was published with permission.  The women in question run Glam Runner, a company that makes and sells running tutus and donates a portion of their proceeds to the awesome organization, Girls on the Run.  When Self asked for permission to print the photo, they didn’t tell the women that it was going to be used to mock them.

I have a three important things in common with Monika Allen, one of the women pictured:

1. I’m a runner.

2. I’m a brain tumor survivor.

3. I sometimes run in tutus.

In solidarity, I thought I’d post a photograph of myself in a tutu, hands up to celebrate, after kicking butt in a 5K last summer.  

Shame on SELF magazine. If we needed any more evidence of the fact that this is a publication that exists to sell products by shaming women and policing their bodies, here it is.

P.S. Self Magazine has “apologized" — the editor is quoted by USAToday saying "I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn’t have run the item." Which to me just implies that it would have been okay to belittle, mock, and shame her if she’d just been running in a tutu and hadn’t been running a marathon while undergoing chemo. While that’s obviously the icing on the Self-Magazine-Sucks cake, I think they may still be missing the point.

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Watching Sleepless in Seattle and missing Nora Ephron SO MUCH.

Watching Sleepless in Seattle and missing Nora Ephron SO MUCH.

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it’s just sad when a political party has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. We should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.

-Dale Schultz, Republican State Senator from Wisconsin, denouncing fellow Republicans as they try to limit the hours that citizens in the state will be allowed to vote. (quoted in The Cap Times)

oh, snap.

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Rather, let’s try once again to pause and think for a moment about how it makes sense for us to eat, and in whose interest it is for us to eat hyperprocessed junk.

-“Butter is Back” by Mark Bittman in today’s NYTimes

If anyone can save us from ourselves in the realm of what we ingest, I think it’s probably Mark Bittman.