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In defense of symbols: Why taking the Confederate flag down matters

“Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind wraps its secrets in symbols; when we discover the symbols that shape our enemy’s thought, we can penetrate the vault of his mind.”

— Lady Deirdre Skye, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

“Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind wraps its secrets in symbols; when we discover the symbols that shape our enemy’s thought, we can penetrate the vault of his mind.”

— Lady Deirdre Skye, Sid Meier’s Alpha ...

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Photo of the Day: Born out of fields

It’s graduation season, a moment when we often celebrate individuals who have made it through high school or college through hard work and perseverance. But for some folks, graduation isn’t just about them.

It’s graduation season, a moment when we often celebrate individuals who have made it through high school or college through hard work and perseverance. But for some folks, graduation isn’t just about them.

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Study shows how men overcompensate when their masculinity is questioned

A new study confirms that when men feel their masculinity is being questioned, they’ll often try to compensate by both rejecting anything considered “feminine” and exaggerating their “manliness” in other ways. 

A new study confirms that when men feel their masculinity is being questioned, they’ll often try to compensate by both rejecting anything considered “feminine” and exaggerating their “manliness” in other ways. 

Welcome to our newest columnist, Reina Gattuso!

I’m excited to announce that the brilliant Reina Gattuso is officially joining us as a regular Feministing columnist. Like us, you’ve likely been impressed by her writing on the site so far — from her series on intimate partner violence in queer communities to her thoughtful reflections on ethical sex

I’m excited to announce that the brilliant Reina Gattuso is officially joining us as a regular Feministing columnist. Like us, you’ve likely been impressed by her writing on the site so far — from her

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Chart of the Day: The best and worst states for women’s employment

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) recently released an updated national report for its Status of Women research, including fact sheets on the status of women in each of the 50 states and District of Columbia.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) recently released an updated national report for its Status of Women research, including fact sheets on the status of women in each of the 50 states and District of Columbia.

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Kiese Laymon on how his grandma and her black church taught him “that loving white folks in spite of their investment in our terror was our only chance of not becoming them morally.”

What grade did your state get on reproductive rights? 

Kiese Laymon on how his grandma and her black church taught him “that loving white folks in spite of their investment in our terror was our only chance of not becoming them morally.”

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