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Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.

Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.
Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican (via gregferrell)



I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.

Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc)

And people wonder WHY I complain about History/Art History periodization. Note how much overlap there is to the above “eras”, and how many exceptions and extensions there are to these categories.

Oh, and by the way…















Because you wouldn’t want to be historically inaccurate.

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"The president missed an opportunity to lead the nation toward greater tolerance and social harmony by respecting diverse viewpoints on divisive issues,” Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, a Christian group, said in a statement. “Religious groups that have longstanding and principled positions should be allowed to compete for federal contracts on an equal basis.”

Actually? No, fuck you.

You already have every right to compete for federal contracts on an equal basis. If you don’t win because you blatantly discriminate against people for religious reasons — which the federal government is legally obligated by the Constitution NOT to do — then that’s your own fucking fault.

realtalk with the adopted child: “message me when you land so i know the russians didn’t shoot down your plane. i don’t even care what time it is.”


Sandra Cisneros, “Eleven”


Sandra Cisneros, “Eleven”


The biggest study of LGBT parents yet has shown the same conclusion — kids of same-sex parents fare just as well as, and often better than, kids of different-sex parents. 

Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia surveyed 315 same-sex parents of 500 children about their kids’ physical and mental health, self esteem, behavior, and a number of other factors. These children did about 6% better on measures of health and family cohesion than the general population, something that surprises no one.

"That’s really a measure that looks at how well families get along, and it seems that same-sex-parent families and the children in them are getting along well, and this has positive impacts on child health," lead researcher Dr. Simon Crouch told ABC. He elaborated that the study found same-sex parents “take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes,” and the result is a “more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and well being.”

The team noted that stigmatization of LGBT parents still plays a role, and is associated with worse mental health scores. Crouch says that these effects range from bullying in the playground to “negative rhetoric spoken about same-sex parent families and this has a negative impact on child health in this context.” In other words, the main challenge same-sex parents and their children face is actually bigotry.

I smile every time I read one of these stories. Anti-LGBT groups can scream “think of the children!” all they want, but in reality, the best thing you can do for kids is give them the loving, supportive parents who want to take care of them.