Weekend reading


The five most memorable moments of the historic House sit-in on gun control

Aziz Ansari: Why Trump makes me scared for my family

Justice beyond incarceration: perspectives on race, rape and Brock Turner

Trump exposes the NRA fantasy of a good guy with a gun

Don’t tie gun control to the terrorist watch list

Why Black Lives Matter just pulled out of San Francisco Pride

Lawsuit: federal outsourcing to faith-based immigrant shelter homes violates reproductive rights

Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee on the Orlando massacre

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There have been many heartfelt and moving words written and said about the horrifying, hateful massacre in Orlando last weekend. On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee gave voice to the righteous anger many Americans feel as politicians refuse to take action on gun control.

Wednesday watch: it’s harder for Samantha Bee to get a costume than a gun


Last week, I had the immense pleasure of attending a live taping of Samantha Bee’s fantastic new show Full Frontal. Not only is Bee hilarious, but she’s a pro; she managed to deliver every bit smoothly in one take. During the taping, I also realized that there were so many women doing jobs that probably are held by men on most other shows–the stage manager, the warm-up comic, the camera operator. I’m so thrilled that her show has been picked up for more episodes and her much-needed voice will continue to be on late night.

One of the segments from that episode is a prime example of just how smart and cutting her comedy can be. It chronicles how she came up against onerous regulations the NRA has for buying or renting their mascots costume, far more onerous than anything they would ever allow for gun purchases. Her approach perfectly captures the absurdity and is a must-watch.

Ted Cruz perpetuates rape culture & gun myths in one fell swoop


If I were going to write a piece every time a Republican presidential candidate said something reprehensible, I’d have to quit my day job. I’m tempted to close my eyes and wait until it’s all over, but sometimes they just hit the intersection of so many harmful ideas at once that it makes your blood boil. Ted Cruz laid out this gem on a right-wing talk radio show this week:

“And as you know, Hugh, after Australia did that [gun buyback program], the rate of sexual assaults, the rate of rapes, went up significantly, because women were unable to defend themselves.”

Continue reading “Ted Cruz perpetuates rape culture & gun myths in one fell swoop”

Weekend reading

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9 women are wearing exactly what they’ve been told not to.

Residents of Flint are being billed for poison water and threatened with shutoffs if they don’t pay.

How female comedians use Facebook groups to fight sexual assault and harassment in the LA comedy community.

W. Kamau Bell: I want Obama to take away your guns.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Cosby and his enablers.

Kevin Drum talks about his personal experience with assisted suicide.

Women in tech report high levels of harassment. Men say they had no idea.

Leaked emails reveal more alarming aspects of the Laquan McDonald video coverup.

Comedian Cameron Esposito talks about why there’s no good reason anyone should have a gun in a clip from her forthcoming special.

Why gun control is good for women


It should be obvious why gun control is good for everybody–this country has a horrific problem with gun violence and that poses risks we shouldn’t have to face in our daily lives. But there are reasons why keeping firearms out of circulation is particularly important for women. Continue reading “Why gun control is good for women”

Weekend reading


Political activists unite to remind Americans as racism flourishes: #WeAreBetterThanThis

The 13 women who accused a cop of sexual assault, in their own words.

Black students respond to affirmative action hearing with #StayMadAbby.

Adam Gopnik dismantles 6 myths from the gun debate.

IBM apologizes for demeaning women engineers with new commercial.

First these cops shot 140 bullets at a black couple. Then they complained about reverse racism.

There are 44 NFL players who have been accused of physical or sexual assault.

Black Lives Matter takes on police union contracts.

Dutch pranksters trick people with “Quran” passages from the Bible.