In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: War on agency] The war on agency continues unabated as state legislatures across the US "are moving to restrict access to abortion to the point of elimination." Over at RH Reality Check, Jessica Mason Pieklo observes that accessing abortion is already an "undue burden" for many people. I know I am the brokenest of all the broken records that have ever been broken, but it would be really swell if our ostensibly pro-choice president would use his unparalleled bully pulpit to start a national conversation about how women's and others' basic bodily autonomy is being eroded, in service to denying us access to a legal medical procedure.

[CN: Homophobia] On April 9, a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in Sevcik v. Sandoval, the case challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban. That sound you hear is the wobbling of another domino fixing to topple over.

[CN: Fat jokes; ironic racism and birtherism jokes; video starts playing automatically at link] President Obama joined Zach Galifianakis for his popular web series "Between Two Ferns," and it's being widely hailed as the most brilliant shit ever, but somehow I'm feeling less than enthusiastic about seeing my president opening with a fat joke. Because I'm the Most Humorless Feminist in All of Nofunnington, etc.

Honey Maid has a cute new advert for their graham crackers which features gay dads, a racially blended family, and a tattooed rocker dad redefining "wholesome." Naturally, some will argue this is just a cynical ploy to get progressives to buy graham crackers, but if you want to use visibility of marginalized folks to sell your products, that's fine by me! Whatever the intent is, the visibility is still real. (Also: I hate graham crackers, even though I like this commercial!)

[CN: Guns; violence] The Pistorius trial continues, with testimony about Oscar Pistorius' fascination with guns. And his irresponsibility with them: He once fired a shot through an open sunroof after being pulled over because a cop had handled his weapon, and he once accidentally discharged a gun under a table at a restaurant while passing it to a friend. This guy. Jesus Jones.

[CN: Misogyny] Lean in! "Even with the Same Pitch, Investors Prefer to Give Money to Men over Women."

This guy and his dog are biking around the country to raise awareness about adopting pets from shelters. OMG.

[Video] And this cat is hilarious. Oh, cats. You are irrepressible!

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