What we missed.

In Turkey, a pregnant rape victim kills and decapitates her tormentor. She tells local authorities, “That is the head of one who toyed with my honour.”

No one on the corner has swagga like Valerie Jarrett. However, to Ann’s point, this woman’s work is never done and remains undefined.

Melissa Harris Perry goes H.A.M. on a guest during a panel discussion on the policy and racialized language around welfare and the public safety net. She’s not wrong. Most importantly, she passionately points out the problem of the idea that ‘risk’ solely rests on the powerful and wealthy. Thank you for that MHP.

Still processing Mychal Denzel Smith’s close study of Lupe’s weak sauce attempt at addressing misogyny in hip hop. This essay goes well with consider Kanye’s deep thoughts on usage of language in hip hop. Snark if you will, but there’s something happening here.

A #longread from The Rumpus on choice and biology.

And our fearless founder, Jessica Valenti has released her much anticipated book, Why Have Kids? today. Yay! Here’s a tasty preview. But more importantly, buy the book!

SYREETA MCFADDEN is a Brooklyn based writer, photographer and adjunct professor of English. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and Storyscape Journal. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine, Union Station, and a co-curator of Poets in Unexpected Places. You can follow her on Twitter @reetamac.

Syreeta McFadden is a contributing opinion writer for The Guardian US and an editor of Union Station Magazine.

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