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Check out Dean Spade’s trans* politics manifesto.

Since when does VICE produce good reporting on sexual violence?

Minors with disabilities held in solidarity confinement in San Francisco juvenile hall.

Little Libertarians on the prairie.

More research on encouraging girls to pursue STEM.

The Pentagon’s new plan to combat military sexual assault doesn’t do enough.

Your computer is sexist.

Decades too late, Henrietta Lacks’ family is asked for consent.

“Why teach kids not to rape when you could teach them not to get caught?”

Newsflash, Hollywood: suicide isn’t quirky-cute-fun.

Unpaid interns are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Texts from the yellow wallpaper.

Drag in the military sparks

Check out Dean Spade’s trans* politics manifesto.

Since when does VICE produce good reporting on sexual violence?

Minors with disabilities held in solidarity confinement in San Francisco juvenile hall.

Little Libertarians on ...

Barbie and GI Joe

Blast from the Past: Liberate Barbie and GI Joe

Happy April Fools’ Day! This past year has brought us some great feminist pranks, including Pink Loves Consent and a neighborly protest of the always terrible Westboro Baptist Church. However, feminist humor certainly isn’t anything new. One of our Twitter followers (I see you, @SujathaBaliga) alerted us to a great feminist prank covered in the New York Times in 1993:

For the last several months, a group of performance artists based in the East Village of Manhattan has been buying Talking Dukes and “Teen Talk” Barbies, which cost $40 to $50 each, painstakingly swapping their voice boxes and then, with the aid of cohorts, replacing dolls on the shelves of toy stores in at ...

Happy April Fools’ Day! This past year has brought us some great feminist pranks, including Pink Loves Consent and a neighborly protest of the always terrible Westboro Baptist Church. However, feminist humor certainly ...

Rethinking ‘Reborn': Reactions to the shocking subculture of adult doll collecting

I’d never heard of the Reborn subculture before, which was detailed in a recent photoessay in the New York Times. Women who are part of this culture (movement? hobby?) — aficcionados are mostly white, conservative, Christian, and antiabortion women — make and collect eerily lifelike dolls. They purchase their dolls from “nurseries” and host baby showers, compete in beauty contests, and attend Reborn conventions. They can spend thousands on these dolls, which they often treat as members of their own family, giving them rooms in their house, taking them out to eat, and generally caring for them as one would a living baby.

This is gut twistingly strange and heartbreaking to me.

My first reaction: “These women are weirdos. This ...

I’d never heard of the Reborn subculture before, which was detailed in a recent photoessay in the New York Times. Women who are part of this culture (movement? hobby?) — aficcionados are mostly white, conservative, ...