Must-Read Links: Lindy West on Nicole Arbour, the Pope on Abortion, + More

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The ‘Dear Fat People’ Video Is Tired, Cruel, and Lazy—But I Still Fight for the Woman Who Made it

“I fight for you in your capacity as a woman whose body is scrutinised and policed every moment of your life.” Lindy West drops the mic on Nicole Arbour and her pedestrian and downright hateful “entertaining” viral vid.


Connie Britton’s Secret to Amazing Hair Is So Easy, Everyone (Even Guys) Should Use It

Just when we thought our love for Tami T. couldn’t get any deeper.


What Happened to Harper Lee’s Other Book?

Did Harper Lee write another novel about the murder of a serial killer pastor in Alabama? It certainly seems so.


Teen Girl Band Gives Epic Response to Judge Who Told Them to “Use the Sultry”

If these children are our future, we’re gonna be just fine.


Why Is it so Hard for Unmarried Women in China to Go See a Gynecologist

“For unmarried women in China…a visit to the gynecologist is a scarlet letter of sorts.” Roseann Lake’s piece on Jezebel reveals the international loadedness of a routine procedure most of us take for granted.


Inside the Duggars’ Deep Ties with a Once-Powerful, Now-Scorned Ministry

At Talking Points Memo, Sarah Posner in-depth story digs in to the ministry that, in the wake of Josh’s sexual abuse scandal, the Duggars have been suspiciously secretive about.


Not All Comments Are Created Equal: The Case for Ending Online Comments

Jessica Valenti’s convincing argument at The Guardian for the eradication of comments.


The Pope’s Unforgiving Message of Forgiveness on Abortion

“Inviting women to feel shame and guilt for their abortions isn’t a mercy; it’s cruelty.” At the New York Times, Jill Filipovic exposes the Catholic Church’s new policy for what it really is.


Dude Reporter Learns What Happens When You Give Serena Williams a Hard Time for Not Smiling

And will hopefully think twice about asking an asinine question the next time he holds court with one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. 


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