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Gay men seeking abortions

Jul 14th, 2022 8:50 am | By

No, I won’t say it with you.

No they’re not. Abortion rights are women’s rights. Men don’t need them. Men’s lack of need for them is what frees them up to play football and boss women around.

Abortion rights are of course lesbian rights and bi women’s rights, and they’re rights for women who call themselves men, but they’re not gay men’s rights, because, again, men don’t need them.

Men don’t need them in more than one way – that is, there’s more than one way men don’t need them. Men don’t need abortion rights because men can’t get pregnant, and also because … Read the rest

“A white supremacist, cis-normative hetero-patriarchy”

Jul 14th, 2022 6:40 am | By

Kate Manne:

Abortion bans target and primarily victimize women, who are seen as no longer fulfilling their rightful reproductive and social role as mothers in particular and caregivers in general, to everyone around them.


We are perceived as owing our bodies, our minds, our labor, to men and “their” children within a white supremacist, cis-normative hetero-patriarchy.

What does it have to do with white supremacy? What is “cis-normative” about it?

Hence the deliberate cruelty and, in my view, paradigmatic misogyny involved in enforcing pregnancy

I agree with that bit at any rate. It can’t help being misogynist, given who the victims are. That’s complicated by the fact that there are many many many women who want … Read the rest


Jul 14th, 2022 6:19 am | By

The Beeb reports:

DJ Tim Westwood accused of sex with a 14-year-old

Julie Bindel points out that the word is “rape.”

DJ Tim Westwood is facing allegations from a woman who says they had sex several times starting when she was 14. She says Mr Westwood was in his 30s at the time and describes him as a “predator”.

The woman is one of several to come forward after an investigation by BBC News and the Guardian, with claims of misconduct and abuse dating from 1990 to 2020. Mr Westwood did not respond to a request for comment.

It is illegal in the UK to have sex with a 14-year-old.

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To pronoun or not to pronoun

Jul 13th, 2022 5:31 pm | By

The making of a non-binary person:

There’s a meme that pops up every now and then about a bird that is called a penguin its whole life. One day the bird meets a doctor who says, “You are not a penguin, you are what is called a swan.” The swan is filled with relief. Suddenly, its whole life makes sense.

I had my swan moment in 2011 when I was in my mid-20s.

…I fell into an online rabbit hole and stumbled to the Wikipedia page for gender identities. It was here that I first read the definition of “non-binary”. In those paragraphs, I learned about people who do not follow binary gender norms, people who feel they exist

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Though they are only 3

Jul 13th, 2022 4:41 pm | By

The deepities of India Willoughby are deep indeed.

“Children as young as 3 know they’re the opposite sex.” Hmmm, what could be a little off about that argument? Could it be the fact that children as young as 3 know a lot of things that aren’t true? Could it be that children as young as 3 know they are dinosaurs and tigers and flying warriors in capes? Could it be that children as young as 3 believe what adults tell them?

Children as young as 3 know lots of things that aren’t true because skepticism is a fairly sophisticated skill which toddlers are too young to develop.

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Hours of screaming and insults

Jul 13th, 2022 12:24 pm | By

There was this one wild night in Trump’s lame duck tenure:

Late on a Friday night about six weeks after Donald Trump lost his reelection, a fistfight nearly broke out in the White House between the president’s fired national security adviser and a top White House aide.

A bunch of “unofficial Trump advisers” had managed to get into the Oval Office, where a bunch of official people tried to get them out, and everyone shouted at everyone else for hours.

There was shouting, insults and profanity, former White House lawyer Eric Herschmann testified to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Herschmann said he nearly came to blows with Michael Flynn, a former

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Guns everywhere

Jul 13th, 2022 11:23 am | By

What it’s like in Trumpy Murka:

I think about guns because guns are what I talked about most for the last several months as I ran in our local Republican primary for county magistrate. Not gas prices. Not the “stolen” election. Not caravans at the southern border. Not abortion. Not the mundane, budget-related duties of the seat I was running for. I talked about guns. I am a Democrat who ran for local office as a Republican because in Anderson County, Kentucky, right down the road from the state capitol, Democrats no longer have a prayer of winning a partisan election, even if it is to serve in a nonpartisan job. This is die-hard Trump country now. Donald Trump

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Think of all the unborn fleas

Jul 13th, 2022 7:20 am | By

How stupid is this?

Why not also tear your hair over all the couples who split up before having children? All the couplings that didn’t result in pregnancies? All the billions of potential pregnancies that were just sexual assaults that didn’t quite get the job done? We don’t need more people. Better people, more generous people, more decent people, more unlike Ted Cruz people, yes, but more numbers, no. We’re racing toward the cliff of climate disaster, so maximizing the possible … Read the rest

“Bridges explained to Hawley”

Jul 13th, 2022 6:42 am | By

The Washington Post duly takes the party line.

Sen. Hawley accused of transphobic questioning at abortion hearing

Not “Hawley called transphobic” but “accused of transphobic questioning” – which subtly implies that there is such a thing as transphobic questioning.

The subhead isn’t even a little bit subtle:

The Missouri Republican refused to acknowledge that some transgender men can get pregnant

No he didn’t. He refused to swallow the lie that some men can get pregnant.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the legal impact of the end of Roe v. Wade, was accused by a congressional witness of employing a transphobic line of questioning.

Or to put it another way, a congressional witness marched … Read the rest

One ringy-dingy

Jul 13th, 2022 4:36 am | By

Trump tried to squeeze a witness.

Donald Trump attempted to contact one of the witnesses who has been speaking to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, the panel said Tuesday.

Liz Cheney, the Republican vice-chair of the panel, delivered the revelation at the conclusion of the committee’s seventh public hearing on the Capitol attack.

According to Cheney, Trump tried to call the unnamed witness after the committee’s sixth hearing last month. The witness, who has not yet been publicly revealed as a participant in the committee’s investigation, declined the call.

Not surprisingly, this could be a crime.

If the justice department gathers evidence indicating that Trump was attempting to influence witness testimony in the January 6

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People seeking abortion

Jul 12th, 2022 4:38 pm | By
People seeking abortion

Yet another one.

The organization has “women” in its name, but still, it obeys the orders Not To Say The Word.

Paid sick days give people seeking abortion care the time they need to travel to a clinic, receive care, and recover.

Learn how you can use paid sick days for medication abortion.

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Leaving the chicken coop open

Jul 12th, 2022 4:20 pm | By

Newsweek reports on Professor People Capable of Pregnancy and her smug exchanges with Josh Hawley:

A University of California, Berkeley, law professor slammed GOP Senator Josh Hawley as “transphobic” during a Senate hearing Tuesday on abortion policy.

During the hearing, professor Khiara Bridges used the phrase “people with a capacity for pregnancy,” which is considered a gender-neutral term that encompasses everyone who is able to get pregnant, including transgender men and nonbinary individuals.

No it isn’t. People like Khiara Bridges may consider it that, or may pretend to, but it isn’t just generally or widely or universally “considered” that, not least because it’s bullshit. Women are the only people who are able to get pregnant; that includes women who call … Read the rest

Endlessly feed them this sort of ammo

Jul 12th, 2022 12:09 pm | By

When Josh Hawley is talking sense and the academic he’s questioning is talking unmitigated bullshit:

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17,866 miles of trail

Jul 12th, 2022 11:56 am | By

Holy moly. I wouldn’t have guessed this was even possible.

In about a week, a Massachusetts woman is expected to reach the eastern end of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, becoming the first female hiker to finish all 11 national scenic trails in the United States. 

Arlette Laan, whose trail name is “Apple Pie,” had about 200 miles left of the 1,200-mile-long trail as of last week. Once she reaches the trail’s eastern terminus in Sturgeon Bay, she’ll make history. 

Laan’s said “a lot of stubbornness” has helped her complete this journey, which began in 2003 when she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail

She’s now done it.

Appalachian Trail: 2,190 miles

State(s): ME, NH, VT, MA, CT,

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What we really want

Jul 12th, 2022 9:50 am | By

JKR going all-in again.

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The conservative freakout

Jul 12th, 2022 7:30 am | By

Media Matters did a roundup of right-wing media fussing about Mentioning Slavery At Monticello.

The right-wing media ecosystem is expressing outrage following a New York Post story that Monticello, the estate of Thomas Jefferson, is teaching visitors that the principal author of the Declaration of Independence enslaved hundreds of people.

Note that the outrage isn’t because it’s not true. The outrage is because we’re just supposed to shut up about it. But why should we do that?

The conservative freakout seemingly started with a July 4 tweet from Jeffrey A. Tucker, who complained of “aggressive political messaging” at Monticello. Tucker, who is the president of the Brownstone Institute — formed in May 2021 to oppose COVID-19 precautions — also wrote

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Next week is non-non-binary week

Jul 12th, 2022 7:01 am | By

It’s a week! Another week! I didn’t know! I can’t keep up. There are so many of them, along with days and months: it’s impossible to keep up.

Are those the non-binary colors? Yellow white purple black? I didn’t know there were non-binary colors. What do they mean? Why those colors in particular?

Is it true that we don’t know “loads” about what non-binary lives are like? Is there anything to know? Are non-binary lives as such any different from other lives? If so, why? What is it about calling yourself “non-binary” that causes your life to be different from the lives of “binary” people?

Why does anyone need to take any steps to “include” them? What reason is … Read the rest

Just admire the dome

Jul 12th, 2022 5:59 am | By

Here’s a bit of Bow-tie Guy telling Fox News how sad it is that Monticello guides talk about slavery instead of Jefferson’s interest in architecture.

Jefferson was an interesting guy, no question, but one of the most profoundly interesting things about him (in my view) was the yawning canyon between his revolutionary rhetoric and his utterly commonplace Southern gentleman exploitation of enslaved human beings.… Read the rest

Recent Monticello visitor

Jul 12th, 2022 5:43 am | By

Fox News is outraged that the people at Monticello inform the visitors about slavery. It’s supposed to be a secret!!!

Today’s little Fox News gem was a segment on what a huge bummer it is to visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello these days, what with all the focus on slavery and what not at what was built as a slave plantation.

A bow-tied, bespectacled guest for the segment was billed hilariously in one chyron as a “recent Monticello visitor.” Turns out there’s a little more to the story.

The guest was one Jeffrey Tucker. Who?

Tucker is a former Ron Paul acolyte who has worked with Lew Rockwell in various capacities, including at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

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When talking about abortion, say the word “abortion”

Jul 11th, 2022 5:54 pm | By

The ACLU has an article (which it shared on Facebook) by a clinic escort on why abortion rights matter.

Last week, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, upending 50 years of legal precedent and sparking protests across the country. It’s easy to think Roe fell with the stroke of Justice Samuel Alito’s pen, a legal battle lost in a courtroom. But as a clinic escort for the last decade, I’ve watched the fight for abortion access play out in real time on the sidewalks in front of abortion clinics in Missouri and Illinois.

As a volunteer clinic escort, it’s my job to help patients get from their car door to the clinic door safely; to provide a

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