Whose Sanctions?

Among the many tools in the foreign relations arsenal is the sanction, a supposedly nonviolent and effective way of pressuring nations into giving in on key concessions. Sanctions are supposed to be used as a punishment, as a way of encouraging foreign governments to ‘get in line,’ as a way to protest human rights violations and other legal abuses. The United States in particular seems to be an…

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Further Episodes In Foetus Fetishism

Further Episodes In Foetus Fetishism

We all know that the United States is a nation that holds so firmly to the fetishism of the foetusthat it will go to incredible lengths in its ‘protection’ of foetuses, nonviable and not. The frenzy as conservatives try to convince themselves that foetuses across the land are in a critical state of danger makes it seem like now, more than ever, people with uteruses are not just obligated to…

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DC Comics’ Zatanna Zatara by cosplayer CinVonQuinzel
More cosplay at AllThatsEpic& Follow us on Twitter!

[Image: A photo of a Black woman in bustier, fishnets, and heels, topped by a black and gold jacket and a top hat. She’s holding a magic wand and a sheaf of cards, and her hair ripples out around her heat.]

DC Comics’ Zatanna Zatara by cosplayer CinVonQuinzel

More cosplay at AllThatsEpic
& Follow us on Twitter!

[Image: A photo of a Black woman in bustier, fishnets, and heels, topped by a black and gold jacket and a top hat. She’s holding a magic wand and a sheaf of cards, and her hair ripples out around her heat.]

(Source: allthatscosplay)

Today In Science: Lab-Grown Vaginas Are Real

West Virginia and the Flaws of Self-Reporting

West Virginia and the Flaws of Self-Reporting

In mid-January, strange and troubling news began to leak out of West Virginia. After residents complained of a licorice-like scent and strange odor in their water, officials did some sleuthing and uncovered an active chemical spill pouring into a local river. They issued a stop drinking order, forcing West Virginians to use bottled water for drinking, bathing, cleaning, laundry, and effectively…

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Pallas’s cat is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as ‘Near Threatened’ by IUCN since 2002.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas’s_cat

[Image: A series of photographs of Pallas’ cats, including both kittens and adults, all of which have the classic sort of stubby, chunky build characteristic of the species. The best features a cat asleep in a tree, but the one of three kittens in someone’s arms is pretty great too.]

(Source: acknowledgetheabsurd)

Wedding Rings and Red Herrings

Wedding Rings and Red Herrings

The idea that marriage is a solution to social inequality is one that’s long been advanced by conservatives in the United States, and I posted a rebuttal to this argument on xoJane recently. In a nutshell, for those of you who weren’t planning on reading two different things about the same subject today, the math conservatives advance to support their idea that marriage will solve economic and…

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Why are People Perennially Surprised By Internet Misogyny?

Why are People Perennially Surprised By Internet Misogyny?

Readers, I have a confession: I was tempted to cut and paste this piece, since I’m pretty sure I’ve written it before. I realized that my desire to cut and paste was kind of an indicator of how endlessly circular this topic is, though. Here’s how the formula goes:

1. Woman, or person read as woman, writes a piece about how hostile the internet is to women. The piece often includes interviews and…

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