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Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:15 pm
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Posted by Juliana Britto Schwartz

Chile just rolled back one of the world’s harshest anti-abortion laws, allowing abortion in the case of rape, threat to the parent’s life, or when the fetus is unviable. 

The White House has prepared the paperwork for President Trump to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sexual harassment and the sharing economy: the dark side of working for strangers.

India’s highest court has struck down a law that allowed Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives – but did not allow their wives to do the same.

Takiyah Thompson explains why she helped topple the confederate statue in Durham.

A boy and his mother, held in immigrant detention for 707 days, were released on their own recognizance along with two other families.

The developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline called environmentalists ‘terrorists’, and is suing them for at least $300 million.

Pretty pastels in a home in Paris

Aug. 23rd, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by KiM

Jo has featured the work of Paris design firm GCG Architectes a few times here on the blog (like here, here and here) and I am totally smitten with this talented crew. Style out the wazoo, an unwavering need to add random colours, patterns and architectural details throughout their projects...their unique approach is unlike anything I have ever seen. Yep, safe to say I am their biggest fan. And this home in the Boulogne Billancourt suburb of Paris decked out in mostly pastels is fabulously random, as I would expect from GCG. 

Stealth House

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by midcenturyjo

"A heritage listed grand terrace-house is re-configured in the form of a three-storey home to create a sense of place for a young growing family. In a dense urban setting where heritage takes respectful precedence, natural light, privacy and accommodation form the battlefront and are achieved in large by stealth."

Inner city Sydney living taken to the next level. Stealth House by MCK Architects.

Photography by Douglas Frost


Aug. 23rd, 2017 04:30 am
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Posted by midcenturyjo

Simplicity, beautiful, almost quiet simplicity. No ostentation, no look at me, look at me loudness. Just a stylish sense of what is needed for living well ... and simply. Lakeville by Grey Dove Design

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:32 pm
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 57 x Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
42 x Painted Skin: The Resurrection
63 x Memories of the Sword

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Trump Threatens Trans Health Care

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:30 pm
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Posted by Sejal Singh

The Trump Administration plans to quietly undo a regulation banning healthcare providers and insurers from discriminating against trans patients, according a report in The Hill.

To this day, no federal law explicitly prohibits health care discrimination against LGBTQ people (and while we’re at it, no federal law explicitly prohibits employment or housing discrimination either). And we need one, badly. A 2010 survey found that more than half of LGBTQ people reported experiencing discrimination from their healthcare providers, such as being demeaned or harassed, blamed for their health status, or being straight up denied medically necessary care. Transgender people are especially at risk: in 2015, one in four trans people reported that they faced discrimination from their insurers over the course of a single year, including being denied insurance coverage just because of their gender identity.

Trans people should have clear, statutory protections from discrimination. But even without them, transgender patients have rights stemming from the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision, Section 1557.

Section 1557 prohibits any federally-funded health care provider (including insurers, hospitals, and individual doctors) from discriminating against patients on the basis of race, national origin, disability, or sex. As more and more federal courts are recognizing, discriminating against someone on the basis of their gender identity can be sex-stereotyping and thus sex discrimination. In other words, laws banning sex discrimination, courts say, also protect trans people.

The Obama Administration affirmed that principle by issuing regulations clarifying these protections: the regulations explicitly banned anti-trans discrimination in healthcare, as well as many other kinds of anti-queer discrimination and discrimination against people who have had an abortion in the past. Contrary to conservative fear-mongering, these rules don’t require any individual doctor to perform gender-reassignment surgery (duh – no one wants doctors to perform surgeries they’re not trained for). What the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) nondiscrimination rules do require is that doctors don’t deny their patient medically necessary care because they’re trans and that insurers cover trans people’s healthcare equally.

Now, the Trump Administration intends to undo that progress. HHS – run by the notoriously anti-LGBTQ Tom Price – scrubbed info on trans patients’ rights from its website in March. The Administration said in court filings that its “re-considering” the nondiscrimination regulations, and the Hill reports the Administration wants to roll back them back in the near future.

Let’s be clear: health care discrimination is quite literally life-threatening. Just ask Jay Kallio, a trans man whose doctor withheld information about his  “very aggressive” breast cancer, apparently because the doctor had “a real problem with [Jay’s] transgender status.” By rolling back these regulations, the Administration would actively enable such discrimination that could cost transgender people their lives.

Conservatives contend it’s an unfair government overreach to ask healthcare providers to treat trans patients, who are putting their lives in their doctors’ hands, equally. But if you ask me, if you’re a doctor or hospital administrator who has a problem giving a trans man their cancer diagnosis, you should get another job, and you definitely shouldn’t get taxpayer money.

The other common conservative complaint is that nondiscrimination regulations also require insurers to cover transition-related care, like hormones. Republicans (and insurance companies) say that transition-related care is “unnecessary,” when nothing could be further from the truth; despite the problematic pathologization inherent in the “gender dysphoria” diagnosis, both courts and medical experts recognize that treatment is a “serious medical need.” By making it easier for insurers to drop transgender people’s coverage, the Right is sending the explicit message that trans people’s health care is unnecessary, burdensome, and disposable – and their implicit message is that their dignity and survival is too. It’s the same message Trump sent when he banned trans people from the military.

The good news is that, as important as these regulations are for helping healthcare providers understand their obligations, trans people’s rights don’t stem from the regulations, they stem from the statute itself. As long as Section 1557 stays on the books, trans patients have rights. So listen up, insurers – no matter what the Trump Administration does, if you discriminate, trans patients can and will see you in court.


Photo credit: National Center for Transgender Equality

Traditional with hints of modern

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:07 pm
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Posted by KiM

The design approach of Louisiana based firm Ty Larkins Interiors is "liveable elegant modern". Mixing antique/vintage pieces with modern is the way they roll and coincidentally, how I roll too. This home is on the traditional side but has some modern lines that makes it less stuffy and more cool. Inspired by city houses, this detached Greek Revival Townhouse was designed and built in an established leafy neighborhood by Ty Larkins Interiors. Every effort was taken to make it convincingly "period" suggesting it had been built a century earlier. The traditional and formal interior architecture is juxtaposed against a young and modern decor, creating a beautiful and unexpected tension.

Latest from YLAB Arquitectos

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by midcenturyjo

Minimalist, modern living within a historic shell. Beautiful traditional tiles flow throughout the apartment defining and grounding each zone while contemporary furniture pieces sit on, almost apart, from the busy patterns. A holiday home for an English family by Barcelona-based Spanish-German architectural and interior design firm YLAB Arquitectos. Elegant and comfortable.

Photography by Tobias Laarmann

Eco bungalow

Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:30 am
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"Sensitive Living Open Welcome", core principles for Dutch-based design firm Studio Slow. This 60s bungalow is all about humble luxury, hassle free, laid back and lovely. No doors but still cosy and warm.

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Eight episodes was probably a good length for The Defenders, both because it made for a quick watch and because it was, like, an inch deep.

The Defenders )

Given the way this season has been going I should probably talk about the last couple of episodes of Game of Thrones before the finale either leaks or some intern at HBO accidentally posts it.

GoT, eps 5 & 6 )


Aug. 21st, 2017 05:44 pm
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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:00 pm
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Posted by Dana Bolger

Happy solar eclipse from all of us at Feministing! 

After two decades, Phoenix’s infamous outdoor jail (which its supporters dubbed a “concentration camp”) is finally closing.

Calling white supremacists “Nazis” erases U.S.’s particular history of violence.

Also, a guide for journalists on how to write about white supremacists.

You probably didn’t learn it in school, but many women’s suffrage leaders left out Black women.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, the scoop on the back-alley abortion scene that almost didn’t make it into the movie.

The LA Times Editorial Board tells Betsy DeVos to keep her hands off Title IX.

A 100 year old renovated farmhouse

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by KiM

I wanted to share another delicious project by the super talented folks of Vancouver design firm PlaidFox Studio. Bet you'll want to move to a farmhouse by the time you get to the end of this post! This 100-year-old farmhouse underwent a complete head-to-toe renovation. Teaming up with Home Star BC we painstakingly modernized the crumbling farmhouse while maintaining its original west coast charm. The only new addition to the home was the kitchen eating area, with its swinging dutch door, patterned cement tile and antique brass lighting fixture. The wood-clad walls throughout the home were made using the walls of the dilapidated barn on the property. Incorporating a classic equestrian aesthetic within each room while still keeping the spaces bright and livable was one of the projects many challenges. The Master bath - formerly a storage room - is the most modern of the home's spaces. Herringbone white-washed floors are partnered with elements such as brick, marble, limestone and reclaimed timber to create a truly eclectic, sun-filled oasis. Overall, the project proves that bolder, more colourful strokes allow a home to possess what so many others lack: a personality!!

(check out my previous feature on PlaidFox Design here)

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Posted by Barbara Sostaita

College turned me into an activist.

It’s not that I was unaware of or unaffected by social issues before then — quite the opposite, actually. As a poor, undocumented brown girl, for me the personal was always political (and vice versa). But in college, I met a community of women who taught me to translate my anger and frustrations into tangible action. My comrades showed me that college isn’t just about sitting in lectures or cramming for exams — it’s about learning to advocate for yourself, about recognizing oppression in its many forms. It’s about taking the theories we learn in the classroom and, as bell hooks argues, using it to advance feminist movements and liberatory struggles.

Here are four key struggles that are alive and well in schools right now.

Anti-racism. It’s no coincidence that last week’s “Unite the Right” rally took place on UVA’s campus. U.S. college campuses are wrapped up in histories of enslavement, legacies of violence, and struggles for racial justice. Many of our country’s oldest and most elite universities were built on the labor of enslaved persons and relied on a slave economy to function. Many colleges were named after slaveholders and although some universities have renamed buildings in recent years (see Yale University and Calhoun College), they continue to perpetuate racism and embolden white supremacy through their policies, actions, and underlying structures. Racism on college campuses doesn’t just look like Nazis marching with tiki torches; it’s also professors of color performing “invisible labor” and failing to get tenure and students of color experiencing racial microagressions that affect our emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.

Sexual violence. Every female college student I know has either experienced sexual violence on campus herself or knows someone who has. In fact, a 2015 study reported that 23% of women report experiencing sexual assault in college. And, as Reina has written about before, when we look at who is most vulnerable, the numbers get even more depressing: queer college women, for instance, are almost twice as likely as their straight counterparts to experience intimate partner violence. International and undocumented students face additional immigration considerations when seeking justice. The civil rights law Title IX sets the floor for what universities must do under the law, but there’s no doubt that they can and should do more to prevent violence and support survivors. Check out Feministing fave, Know Your IX, to learn your rights. And don’t miss Know Your IX’s rad campus organizing toolkit!

Sanctuary campuses. Following 45’s election, students, faculty, and staff across the country called for the establishment of sanctuary campuses to protect immigrant students from an administration that vowed to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and escalate immigration enforcement. While there is no universal definition of “sanctuary,” college activists have called for variations of the following: prohibiting ICE officers from entering campus without a warrant, guaranteeing student privacy by refusing to release the immigration status of students and community members, providing tuition support (including in-state tuition rates) to students with DACA status, investing in resources to train undocuallies, and providing confidential and free legal support to noncitizen students. Some activists are calling for a more intersectional approach to sanctuary, arguing that all vulnerable students — including Black, Muslim, queer, and female students — must be protected. Considering that DACA could be taken away any day now, the need for sanctuary schools is more urgent than ever.

Worker’s rights. This spring, members of Yale’s newly-formed graduate workers union participated in a hunger strike to protest Yale’s refusal to engage in collective bargaining with them. Later that semester, 23 graduate teachers at Yale were arrested after they took to the streets to demand the administration address the sexual harassment they face as workers on campus. Across the country, graduate students are organizing for fair working conditions and labor protections — even in a Right-to-Work state like North Carolina, graduate student workers are unionizing to denounce unfair treatment and demand better treatment. As The Nation explains, there are 33 officially recognized graduate student unions in the U.S. and 23 are fighting for university recognition. And as Meghna argued earlier this year, “graduate students unions are linked to more support for students, better pay, less exploitative policies, and more power in the hands of students as opposed to administrators.”

Finally, this work isn’t just happening on college campuses! Middle and high school students are doing some of the raddest organizing around. Check out high school students staging walkouts against Trump and fighting sexual harassment at school.

So, what should you do?

First, it’s important that you know you already possess skills and talents that you need to join the fight. Over the years, I’ve met people who tell me they want to get involved but feel they have nothing to contribute. They were wrong. Successful movements require communities of people with different skill sets, interests, and passions. We need artists, teachers, writers, note-takers, social media and digital strategists, and so on. Plug into existing efforts on your campus; I promise you have something to offer.

Get creative. Activism doesn’t always look like taking to the streets, participating in a walk-out or a march, or hosting a protest. Sometimes, activism looks like practicing self-care or squad-care; it takes form through digital technologies that save lives or t-shirts that make bold statements. Activism takes shape in the ways we care and look out for each other, in our everyday practices and relational politics. Check out Know Your IX’s student organizing toolkit, which — while substantively focused on sexual violence — covers the nuts and bolts a campaigner on any issue needs to know about building a team, planning a campaign, and talking to the media.

Know that you don’t have to work alone. To borrow from Audre Lorde, remember that “there is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Keep in mind that there are probably other organizations and networks of people who want to work with you. Partner with those groups on campus and build coalitions based on common concerns and shared interests.

Always center directly-affected folks in your activism. These people should be the ones doing the talking and setting the agenda. Allies, learn to listen and pass the mic.

Lastly, treating people right is a politics, too. I’ve met one too many “woke” organizers who get the ideas and issues but wound people through their actions. That’s not to say anger has no place in social movements — it does — but let’s be guided by love and care for one another, too. As we start a new school year, let’s root our activism in our commitment to building a better world.

Header image via Jade Jackman.

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