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    Quickies: On the soothing power of horror

    Horror is a soothing genre for women – Because it’s upfront about what it’s like to be a woman. Great interview on LitHub with Sady Doyle, author of Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power. No shit video games are political, they’re conservative – “Declaring the products of an enormous capitalist machine somehow free of politics…

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    Quickies: Exposing Pick-up Artists, White Nationalists, and Government-Fabricated Charges against Immigrants

    Dating Sim Meets Survival Horror: The Game that Exposes Pick-up Artists, by Laura Hudson at The Guardian: “Created by artist and academic Angela Washko, The Game: The Game drops you smack dab in the middle of numerous highly regimented “seduction” routines, designed to leave you off-balance and less likely to push back against your would-be seducer, as he plays on…

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    Quickies: “Arresting” Aquaman, “free” rocket, TV Santa, and more…

    Somehow it got to be Friday again?! The news cycle is disheartening and overwhelming these days. So here are a few things you might have missed this week… Jason Momoa takes “arrest” photo at Mauna Kea protest… it was staged, but a) his facial expression amused me and b) it helps keep a spotlight on these important protests. NASA is…

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    Quickies: “Presenteeism” at work and its effects on menstruating women

    “Presenteeism” takes toll on menstruating women – (Note: Not all menstruating people are women. This study only questioned women on their experiences.) “Women who push themselves to work or study despite menstrual symptoms like painful cramps may be less productive on those days and might benefit from being able to work from home or take a day off and make…

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    Quickies: White supremacy, misogyny, and gun violence in America

    Everything is shit and I am tired. A Former FBI Whistleblower Explains Why the Federal Government Is Failing on Domestic Terrorism—And How to Fix It – “It’s a matter of Justice Department policy that deprioritizes this white supremacist violence. As a matter of policy, the Justice Department defers the investigation of hate crimes to state local law enforcement agencies… but…

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    Quickies: Young white male rage

    Young white male rage is the biggest problem facing our country – By Jessica Valenti. “Continuing to ignore what is happening in this country — and what is happening to young men — is only going to get more people killed. Recognizing the nature of the crisis doesn’t mean demonizing young white men; it means helping the ones who are…

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    Quickies: Gendered Grant Scores, Martian Tsunami, Ring Emergencies…

    Hey, all! It’s been a busy few weeks, so here’s a few quick stories that you might have missed… Even when reviews are blinded, women get less grant money because of communication style differences. “Women’s use of topic-specific words lowers their chance of getting a high score from reviewers compared to men.” So, be more vague? Blech. Via our own…

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    Quickies: The end of the meat industry

    This is the beginning of the end of the meat industry – On the recent evolution and success of faux-meat products like the Beyond and Impossible burgers. Have you tried either, and what do you think of them? Thank you, Donna, for sending this in! Jen Gunter will tell you the truth about your vagina – An excellent profile of…

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