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Susan Dominus’s New York Times profile on the original YA icon, in advance of her new novel for grown-ups, will make you love the woman who initiated us into adolescence with her secret-spilling books even more.
Letterman’s final signoff this week marked the end of an era. Dangerous Minds offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on the show, by sitting down with the woman who helped him create it, comedy writer Merrill Markoe.
Fusion’s account of the Blackout Collective’s traffic-stopping protest is a moving reminder that Black women are victims of police brutality too. #SayHerName
DAME contrib Sarah Jaffe uses The Slits’ Viv Albertine’s memoir as a portal to the history of women in punk, and why today’s feminism is in desperate need of that zero-fucks attitude.
Lizzie Valverde and Katy Olson were two students enrolled in the same Columbia writing class. That, they soon discovered, were also sisters, born to the same Florida mother who had placed them for adoption. This New York Times account of their reunion will blow your mind.
The Girl Scouts’ policy isn’t new, but this CNN piece about the ire it’s raised shows just how tired conservative groups’ bigotry is.
Female students were required to undergo transvaginal ultrasound procedures…in front of an entire classroom. Yes, you read that right.
“Flatgate”—it’s as ridiculous as you think it is.
This hilarious piece by “A Hysterical Man” on Jezebel nails the absurdity of Men’s Rights Activists complaints about this “crotch-kicking misandrist fantasy,” and destroys them, one zinger at a time.
Emma Sulkowicz didn’t put her mattress down, even as she crossed the stage during her commencement at Columbia. This New York Times piece details what went down (a snub from the Dean!) and what comes next (a museum spot for the mattress?).
Over at FiveThirtyEight, Emily Oster pulls back the nursing bra on breastfeeding’s “advantages,” methodically breaking down the unreliability of the studies they’ve been culled from.
One read through this Huffington Post piece by Cameron Keady and you’ll fall in love with nonagenarian Betty Reid Soskin too.
Kristina Wright’s honest and heartening account of her path from miscarriages to motherhood, and all the sex that got her there, is an excellent read whether you want children or not.
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