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LOL: Republican Official Thinks Equal Pay for Women Is Unfair to Men

Last week, apparently forgetting that the Internet exists, the (now former) Vice-Chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party, James Green, submitted a letter to the editor about the injustice of a suggested Equal Pay bill in Utah to his hometown newspaper. In the letter, titled “Equal Pay for Women Has Consequences,” James Green detailed his concerns about passing the bill in his state… And no surprise, it’s super misogynistic and extremely flawed.

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It’s Time to Talk About Parental Leave

With all the things going on the our country right now it’s easy to forget that there were things we were fighting for before Trump took office. You know, accountability within the police force, taking big money out of politics, equal pay for women. You know, silly things like that.

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'Women in His Grill': Is Tea Party Congressman Brat the Biggest Chicken in the House?

Congressman Dave Brat has faced a lot of criticism in the past weeks in Virginia’s 7th District. He faced even more when he came into the national spotlight about a week ago—and for good reason. After refusing to host Town Hall meetings for his constituents in Virginia’s 7th District until 100 days into the Trump presidency, the second-term Congressman (who affiliates with the Tea Party) was recorded saying some not-so-flattering things about “the women” at what can only be described as a stand-up comedy routine with a bit of policy talk thrown in for good measure.

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Why Many Girls Are Less Likely to Have Confidence in Their Intelligence by the Age of 6

Girls are socialized early with negative gender attributions. Ideas of gender specific toys, games and household chores begin in the home. Media shapes how girls view beauty and body image. Girls also start to think less of their intellectual abilities at an early age too, according to a new Science study. That shift happens for girls at the young age of six years old.

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Roxane Gay Pulls Forthcoming Book From Publisher in Response to Bigot Milo Yiannopoulos' Book Deal

Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay is playing no games with white supremacists like Milo Yiannopoulos. Gay made the decision to pull her forthcoming book How to Be Heard from Ted Book, a Simon & Schuster imprint, following the news that the publisher signed Yiannopoulos to a $250,000 book deal.

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13 States Have Laws That Will Instantly Criminalize Abortion If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned in Trump's America

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have made it very clear they intend to nominate Supreme Court justices devoted to taking away women’s right to abortion should openings on the bench arise. With many states already banning the procedure as much as possible, abortion would instantly be criminalized in 13 states should Roe v. Wade be overturned, according to a new study released by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Women's Marches Across the Country to Participate in If You Can't Make It to D.C.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of protesters will take to the streets of Washington D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. It’s set to be a monumental event  — potentially one of the largest protests in the U.S. in decades. If you want to be a part of it, but aren’t able to make it to D.C. for the actual march, there are plenty of women’s marches across the country you can participate in.

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People Want Obama to Step Down a Day Early So Joe Biden Can Be President for 24 Hours

Donald Trump will be president very, very soon, and the people completely terrified of what he’ll do to the country and every marginalized group of people are making last ditch efforts for the country to get out of it. Or at least to fuck with Trump as much as possible, which provides some comic relief. Which is why a genius suggested President Obama step down a day early to make Joe Biden the 45th president of the United States for 24 hours.

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North Dakota Votes Down Marriage Equality Even Though It's Already Legal

Despite becoming legal nationwide in 2015, North Dakota is still formally opposing same-sex marriage. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the state (like many others) needed to update its local laws to reflect the new freedom by removing mention of marriage between “one man and one woman” and “husband and wife.” However, Republicans in the state Senate defeated the new bill after if passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Seriously, North Dakota? This is just a formality at this point — you guys are just being incredibly bigoted and stubborn.

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The Number of Women Getting IUDs at Planned Parenthood Has Soared Since the Election

Since Donald Trump was elected two months ago (dear god, it feels like it’s been two years), many women have become increasingly worried about their reproductive rights and access to adequate health care. Trump and his partner in crime, VP-elect Mike Pence (who’s dedicated much of his career to fighting reproductive rights), have made it very clear they intend to nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade and will stop at nothing to defund Planned Parenthood. Because of this, demand for IUDs has skyrocketed since the election.

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Finally, Someone Is Charging the Same Price for Female and Male Razors

It should come as no surprise that anything pink and marketed toward women costs more than the exact same products sold primarily to men. Because of this, it’s actually a big deal that the multinational grocery store Tesco cut the price of women’s razors to cost the same as men’s. Obviously people of both genders shave, so it’s absolute bullshit to charge one demographic more money to do so.

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The 20 Most Searched Terms on Pornhub in 2016

Apparently horny teenage boys who fantasize about their friend’s hot stepmom turn in to grown men who never let go of the fantasy. Pornhub, the hub for free adult videos, just released its annual data for 2016. This is something the site does every year to track people’s porn habits globally. Unsurprising to anyone who has ever been around a dudebro kind of guy (cis, white, frat boy, wears Sperry shoes), "step mom" is Pornhub’s number one search term in the U.S.

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Mike Pence's Neighbors Show Their Disgust with Hostile Lawn Signs

Gearing up to become VP, Mike Pence rented a house in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. Little did he know, he would be moving into enemy territory, as less than 10 percent of the precinct voted for him and the one we don’t speak of to run the country, according to the DCist. To make it extremely clear how unwanted he is, Pence’s new neighbors put up “this neighborhood trusts women” signs everywhere. Welcome to the hood, Mikey!

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New Study Says Female Doctors Save More Lives Than Male Doctors

There’s more reason than just plain old feminist empowerment to tell young women they can be doctors. According to a new study, female doctors save more lives than male doctors. Yup, researchers at Harvard University (so you know it’s legit) studied Medicare data tracking nearly 1.6 million hospitalizations and found that patients of female doctors had “significantly lower mortality rates,” readmission rates, and fewer emergency room visits than their male counterparts. The results are based in even more science, since studies have already concluded that female doctors have different “practice patterns” than men and are more likely to stick to clinical guidelines and have an “evidence-based practice.”

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Amazon Shoppers Are Zinging Ivanka Trump in the Best Possible Way

When you give a human being a computer, they start to do things they normally wouldn’t do. Like buy things they can’t afford, talk to their relatives on Facebook, or sometimes, just troll other human beings. Sometimes trolling is scary, like the countless angry white men on Twitter. And sometimes it’s sort of amusing, like the people trolling Ivanka Trump boots on Amazon in the Q&A sections. One pair of Issa boots — a high heel boot with a zipper closure that retails anywhere from $65 to $100 — has attracted non-Trump supporters who need to let off some steam.

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Walmart to Stop Selling 'Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter' Shirts After Police Union Complains

As if you needed another reason not to shop at the obscenely greedy, non-healthcare providing, child labor using, discriminatory monster that is Walmart, here’s another one: Walmart has cowed to requests from the Fraternal Order of Police who asked the company to stop selling t-shirts and sweatshirts that say “Bulletproof” and “Black Lives Matter.” On Tuesday night, the $250 billion dollar company refused to stop selling “Black Lives Matter” shirts, but Walmart agreed to remove the “Bulletproof” shirts from its website.

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How You Can Automatically Fact-Check Donald Trump's Lies

Since his tiny hands first signed up for the site, President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been spewing misleading, flat-out inaccurate rants with no end in sight. Before the election, he was slinging racist and plain false statistics about African-American crime rates and his imaginary opposition to the Iraq War; after the election, his so-called “landslide” electoral victory. The bottomline, in case you’re brand-fucking-new to the internet: Trump tells a lot of lies on Twitter. Seeing through the lies is pretty easy, but with dishonest tweet after dishonest tweet, the laborious task of fact-checking the madman sure adds up, so treat yourself to this delightful new Chrome extension that fact-checks Trump’s tweets for you.

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Threats to Abortion Clinics Are on the Rise Following the Election

Since the election of Donald Trump, state legislators in Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, and others have been busy rolling out all kinds of anti-abortion bills, from bans on abortion at six weeks to fetal burial requirements. And conservative lawmakers aren’t the only ones who have been emboldened by the election of a fiercely anti-choice administration: abortion clinics are reporting more threats since Trump’s election, while congressional Republicans continue to demand an expensive, taxpayer-funded witch hunt into the “criminal behavior” of Planned Parenthood. Because, sure, women’s clinics offering breast exams, pap smears, STD testing, and other crucial health services are the real criminals, as opposed to the protesters attacking them.

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The DEA's New Marijuana Regulations Will Most Hurt Children and the Disabled

After some deliberation, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officially labeled cannabidiol hemp oil and marijuana extract oils as federally illegal Schedule I drugs. Despite the cannabis-based oils’ proven healing effects on various severe diseases with minimal health detriments, the DEA’s decision places the drug in the same category as dangerous, sometimes fatal drugs, like heroin and ecstasy, and renders safe, legal access to the medical cannabis products even more difficult. Worse yet, the DEA’s new marijuana regulations will hurt children and the disabled the most.

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Here Are the 9 Best Moments From Michelle Obama's Final Interview With Oprah

If you’re feeling despondent about the future of America, I urge you to watch the full, final (for now) Michelle Obama interview with Oprah. The only problem is that the video will lift your spirits, but then after 60 quick minutes, you’ll probably realize that you might not hear two women speak so authentically and gracefully about things that really matter in the White House ever again. (I say never because I assume in 2020 we’ll be voting for some Rex Tillerson-lizard hybrid, or we’ll all be dead.) Leave it to Oprah to know we all needed just one more hour with Michelle Obama before all hell breaks loose.

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Mike Pence Has a Gay Look-Alike Raising Money for Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ Youth

Glenn Pannell was casually strolling through Time Square when local photographer Howard Sherman, stunned by his visual likeness with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, snapped a few photos of Pannell and posted them to social media. Sherman’s followers soon identified the Pence doppelgänger, and what followed was a revealing interview in which Pence’s look-alike described his support for LGBTQ and other progressive causes posted to Sherman’s website. Pannell has since begun documenting his advocacy work on the Twitter account @MikeHotPence, and is quickly starting to rise to viral status.

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Here’s the Problem with Black Men Like Trevor Noah and Charlamagne Tha God

Americans are fatigued by race. More accurately, some Americans are fatigued by feeling continually, beyond their point of comfort and tolerance, “forced” to think and talk about race, while other Americans are fatigued by the maddening lack of progress coming from having thought and talked about race their entire lives. Regardless of whether your life up until this point has been largely defined by having to think about race all the time, or having the privilege of never considering race much at all, it’s undeniably true that the issue is arguably more palpable and unavoidable at this moment. This is true for many reasons, but can probably be most easily summed up by considering the escalation of the Black Lives Matter movement toward the latter end of the tenure of our first black president, all being capped off by the election of a white supremacist as his successor. Race is on the table in an especially real way right now.

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Realtors Are Promoting the Secret Service at Trump Tower as a 'New Amenity' for Buyers

After the election, Donald Trump turned his home in Manhattan into his transition team HQ. That means getting around the area near Trump Tower has become a total nightmare. As has getting into the actual building itself, which is important to the very wealthy people who live there. The building managers worried that all the mishegas would force residents out or stop new people from buying, so Trump Tower decided to call Secret Service an “amenity," like having a pool, or a gym, or laundry in the building (I’m sure most Trump Tower residents have in-unit washers and dryers, but you know what I mean).

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Keith Ellison Reminds Democrats the Working Class Isn't All White, so Ditching Identity Politics Won't Work

The outcome of the 2016 election was horrendous for the Democratic Party (and women, people of color, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, and all marginalized people, really). And relatively soon after mourning the devastation of all their hopes and dreams, liberal thinkers set out to play the blame game. Racism, sexism, ignorance, the media — all of that was brought up. But, unsettlingly enough, many liberal icons blamed their own party for its apparent focus on identity politics, or speaking to the experiences and struggles of marginalized Americans, which purportedly offended the white working class. There are many reasons why this is bullshit, and seriously, thank god for the eloquence of Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison for reminding us of the working class’ diversity.

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Science Just Found Out That Manly Bro Dudes Are More Likely to Be Depressed

For every "masculinity so fragile" comment you’ve ever left on someone’s Facebook wall, there have been a ton of people (usually guys) who will jump in and say that there’s no problem with our current adherence to stereotypical masculinity. And now you can tell those people that science has proven that guys obsessed with traditional masculinity are more likely to have mental health issues. Go figure, right?

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Won't Concede Lost Election, Sticking With Voter Fraud Myth

The presidential election has been over for a couple of weeks, but there is still a bundle of confusion in North Carolina. The state is STILL trying to tally up the votes to see who won the race for governor. The current governor is behind by a small margin of votes, yet Pat McCrory won’t concede the election because he thinks there has been voter fraud. Riiiggghht.

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Amal Clooney Is Worried about Trump and Could Be the Legal Force to Take Him On

Donald Trump is so scary and weird that he even has Amal Clooney (arguably the most poised and calm looking woman I have ever seen) nervous. On Tuesday, while speaking at the Texas Conference for Women, Amal Clooney said she’s worried about Trump’s America and civil rights. And not just American rights, but international human rights. And she’s totally right — his proposals are a threat to everything democratic societies have been working toward for centuries.

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Kellyanne Conway Is Truly Terrifying and She Always Has Been

After Donald Trump won the nomination this summer and was making a final push for the White House, he hired Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon as a consultant and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager. They’re both scary, but Kellyanne Conway is honestly terrifying on her own. She was the mastermind behind Trump’s election, after all. She will likely have Trump’s ear in the White House, though she probably won’t get a cabinet position (but really, who the hell knows what will happen anymore). She is already part of the transition team, counseling Trump on his appointees.

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Millennial Women Drink as Much as Men, Closing Gender Gaps One Beer at a Time

Millennial women will likely see, and be complicit in electing, our first female president come November, and while the wage gap and gender gaps in varying fields still remains, millennial women are already mobilizing against it. But in our ongoing war against modern glass ceilings, one thing came first: for the first time ever, millennial women drink just as much as men, according to a study published Wednesday by BMJ Open. The study looked at 4 million people born between 1891 and 2001 and drew its results from the analysis of 68 international studies published between 1980 and 2014.

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9 Political Halloween Costumes That Capitalize on This Ridiculous Election

From the past debates to all those moments that somehow made you both laugh and cry, there’s no shortage of material to draw inspiration from. We’ve cringed at the idea of a Donald Trump presidency, collectively face-palmed at Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s notorious Aleppo gaffe, retweeted dozens of memes of Ted Cruz phone-banking for his former nemesis, prayed to the universe to allow us to become Elizabeth Warren, and sat on the edges of our seats watching Hillary Clinton brave being stalked around the second presidential debate stage. And now, we can take our pick of relevant costumes every politico for miles will be able to recognize.

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New Study: Having Daughters Helps Parents See How Horrible Donald Trump Is

Earlier this week, The Washington Post conducted a poll looking at the presidential preferences of parents based on whether they exclusively have daughters, sons, or both. The results probably won’t surprise you a whole lot — parents with only daughters overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton for president over Donald Trump.

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