Weekend reading

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Read Sonia Sotomayor’s atomic bomb of a dissent slamming racial profiling and mass imprisonment.

The Supreme Court’s abortion decision is an unmitigated disaster for abortion opponents.

In 2016, toddlers have shot more people in the US than Muslim terrorists have.

Comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu have a new political podcast to help you through the election season.

Bitch Media pays tribute to The Toast

Mother Jones is publishing “The Trump Files,” a “daily dose of telling stories” about Donald Trump.

Weekend reading

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Machine bias: there’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.

Even female Supreme Court justices get interrupted a lot by men.

Woman treated like a criminal for refusing to testify against her abusive boyfriend.

The severe effects of clinic closures on undocumented women.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren takes down an anti-trans witness at a congressional hearing.

Weekend reading

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The delightful, very pink world of lady-centric swag at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

ICE took his fiance days before their wedding. Now they’re getting married inside a detention center.

This new study punches holes in the red-state push for abortion counseling.

In oral arguments for the Texas abortion case, the three female justices upend the Supreme Court’s balance of power.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz helpfully demonstrates everything Bernie Sanders hates about the Democratic establishment.

Clarence Thomas broke his 10-year silence to complain that domestic abusers can’t have guns.

There are still politicians who think you can’t get pregnant from rape.

A huge international study of gun control finds strong evidence that it actually works.

Mya Taylor became the first transgender actress to win a major film award.

The Notorious RBG, the mysterious Anthony Kennedy and the future of abortion rights: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt roundup

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard a case that could determine abortion access in the US for decades. We won’t get a ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt until June, but here’s a roundup of where things stand after yesterday.  Continue reading “The Notorious RBG, the mysterious Anthony Kennedy and the future of abortion rights: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt roundup”

Thanks but no thanks: women don’t need your “protection”

Supports of an abortion bill pray during an anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The fight over access to abortion in Texas resumed Monday with thousands expected to attend a marathon Senate hearing and a nighttime anti-abortion rally at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher had a policy that girls were not allowed to play in the football games at recess. I derailed class one day to argue that her policy was unfair. I don’t remember what happened. I didn’t want to play football. I still don’t know how to play football, and I don’t care. But I was beyond outraged that a teacher made a blanket rule that girls couldn’t handle playing football and needed to be blocked from participating, apparently for their own safety.

The idea that women are a special class of human that need protecting is embedded in our culture, and as Emily Bazelon explores in New York Times Magazinethe gains that women have made in our society have not wiped out this concept from our laws. She outlines what Justice William Brennan called “‘romantic paternalism’ which, in practical effect, put women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.” There used to be laws restricting women’s work hours that didn’t restrict men’s, or keeping them from jobs like bartending or working at night. Unsurprisingly, this condescension manifests today in restrictions on abortion rights:  Continue reading “Thanks but no thanks: women don’t need your “protection””

Weekend reading

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Meet the first same-sex couple to get married in Dallas, Texas, who’ve been together more than 50 years.

White Americans think protesting improves our nation–unless black folks are involved.

25 famous women on the best advice they’ve ever given or received.

Medical examiner rules Freddie Gray’s death a homicide.

The number of people who use a gun in self-defense is pretty much negligible.

A border agent allegedly claimed that a three-year-old crossed the border to “look for work.”

Lisa Wade: “I am a white woman. No more murder in my name.

Study shows how men overcompensate when their masculinity is questioned.

Students successfully got Columbia University to divest $10 million from private prisons.

Kalief Browder, Timothy Tyrone Foster and the failures of the criminal justice system

Kalief Browder, 1993-2015
Kalief Browder, 1993-2015

This week, Kalief Browder’s all too brief life came to an end when he committed suicide. If I had greater faith in this country’s position as a moral bastion, I wouldn’t be able to believe his tragic story. Kalief, just 22 when he died, was held in jail for three years without trial starting at the age of 16 for stealing a backpack, a charge he vigorously denied. He suffered in jail all that time partly because his family could not afford bail, and after all that his case was dismissed. He spent about two of those years in solitary confinement, a practice that most reasonable people recognize as torture. The conditions he faced were reprehensible:  Continue reading “Kalief Browder, Timothy Tyrone Foster and the failures of the criminal justice system”