An Open Letter to Good Morning America Concerning the Chris Brown Situation. Maybe the best thing you’ll read today. Key line: “But so here is why I am writing this letter to you, Good Morning America: WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM? Not only are you not pressing charges against Chris Brown, but now you are asking him to return to the show? What kind of pandering, pro-violence, egomania-enabling, fucked up world without consequences (for a chosen few) do you live in, you assholes?”
Sex and the long-term relationship: People who have been together for a long time don’t do it enough. And everyone (not just men, duh) wants to bone more, suggesting “it’s not just an issue of differing sex drives, but of other tasks and obligations competing for a couple’s time.”
The New York Times is now requiring digital subscriptions (you still get access to 20 free articles per month; beyond that, you pay, but clicking on a New York Times article that was linked through a blog or social media will still be free, even if you’ve exceeded your 20-article limit). People are mad. This is basically how I feel about it.
How to do drugs and not die. Uh, hmm.
Corporal punishment in schools is still allowed in 20 states(!). Although the issue does lend itself to hilariously-named organizations, such as People Opposed to Paddling Students (because yes, there are actually people who are for paddling students!).
Remember the 11-year-old girl who was raped by more than a dozen men in Texas, and whose style of dress and “mature” behavior were reported in a shockingly victim-blamey article in the Times? (Trigger warning). Yeah, turns out that she was being raped over a three-month period by numerous members of her community, and dozens of adults helped in the cover-up. Nineteen men are being charged. Community members saw the 11-year-old spending time with adult men, some of whom were convicted sex offenders and some of whom were convicted of an astonishingly wide variety of other charges (ranging from robbery to murder), and the conclusion was, “She’s a slut.” Let’s re-emphasize that: Adults across an entire community colluded in the repeated gang rape of a sixth-grader.
Doree Shafrir writes a touching piece about her dog, and it will make you cry.
Early puberty and environmental injustice: The biological impacts of environment change.