Martin Was Like Us (Kinda)

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With the publicity over the new MLK memorial on the Washington Mall, several bloggers have weighed in with fresh reflections on King’s legacy.  Over at The Negro Intellectual, there’s this thoughtful commentary (originally from January 2011) on some lesser- known images of Dr. King shooting pool:

So stuck….

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I don’t know if it’s like this for everyone. But I’m so stuck. I feel like a frickin’ broken record. I want to move to Portland, but I can’t. I don’t have a permanent job, my boyfriend works at a retail store up the street. There is no way we’re going to get our own place. We need another car. I don’t have enough money. I can’t go to school because I, had no choice, I had to wait until I college (long story).

Finding a healthy work culture

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This is an Ask a Geek Feminist question for our readers. When interviewing for a job (as the applicant), how do you select for a healthy culture? What unpleasant traits (e.g. narcissism, sexism) do you avoid, and how do you identify them?

Abortions are not the same as pensions

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The Government is set to announce changes to abortion law next week, which will involve pregnant women being offered 'independent' counselling, rather than receiving counselling from the organisation which is due to perform the procedure. The change is being put in place by Nadine Dorries and Frank Field, both MPs, and the anti-abortion sentiments behind it are undeniable in the face of Dorries having:

CHRONICLES OF MANSPLAINING: Professor Feminism and the Deleted Comments of Doom

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It all started because I deleted some link spam. Let me explain. On this site, we sometimes get comments that are designed for no other purpose but to promote a certain blog, website, or blog post. “Spam,” these comments are called. Sometimes, these comments are nobly motivated, yet clearly robotic; a blog post about, say, domestic violence gets found by Google and we get a comment along the lines of “Domestic violence harms many women and children! Visit www.CauseWebsite.com to learn more!” Since this is spam, albeit of a well-motivated nature, it gets deleted so that our non-robot commenters don’t have to wade through it. Sometimes, it’s actual people looking to promote their own blog posts by hitching a ride on ours: “Nice post about Doctor Who! I also wrote about Doctor Who one time! My post is here at www.myblog.com/doctorwhopost!” Also spam, also gets deleted. My, what interesting facts about basic comment moderation these must be for you!

 

On C. Breezy and Feeling Old

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Last night, I watched the VMA’s. They were chock full of typical MTV silliness, Lady Gaga in drag, and shocking announcements via dance numbers. You know, the usual.

Quick Hit: six years later, New Orleans still doesn’t have functional levees

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According to Nola.com:

Going Off Birth Control Pills: My Story

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We all know the benefits of birth control pills: they’re safe, effective, regulate your period (hello, cramps and flow!), help fight acne, and when taken properly, prevent pregnancy. Your hormones are under control, the sun is shining and birds are chirping your favorite song. But what happens when you go OFF hormonal birth control pills

D.C. activists fight back against violence targeting trans women

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Another hate crime against trans women in the D.C. area, this one by an off-duty police officer no less, sheds a glaring flood light on the work ahead in challenging gender-based violence. Last week, the off-duty District police officer allegedly fired a pistol at three transgender women and two male friends while the group was sitting in a car on a city street, after propositioning them for sex and being turned down. The police issued a statement saying three people “sustained non-life threatening injuries” and that the officer involved was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and driving while intoxicated.

MAC Cosmetics and Lady Gaga: Promoting Women’s Sexual Empowerment through HIV/AIDS Awareness

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Notice: To sexually active women of all ages who have ever hesitated to ask their partners to suit up and wear protection.  Fear no more!  You now have an outspoken advocate on your side.  Lady Gaga is on the case with the message, “Live with passion, love with protection.”

The First Day of School and Imposter Syndrome

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The fall semester begins today at Pasadena City College. If you look back through my archives, you’ll see that I usually have a “first day of school” post up on the last Monday in August. This year shall be no exception.

Chandra Brown: Fighting Pollution in Southern Georgia

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As politicians ratchet up the rhetoric on how the Environmental Protection Agency is creating problems for the economy, one woman from Georgia has a different point of view about the importance of clean air regulations. Chandra Brown resides in Metter, Georgia, with her husband and two daughters.  “Where we live,” she told me, “we are sitting next to some of the most toxic facilities in the country.”  She is referencing the coal-fired plants dotting the banks of multiple rivers situated near her home.

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