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McSweeneys: I DON’T HATE WOMEN CANDIDATES — I JUST HATED HILLARY AND COINCIDENTALLY I’M STARTING TO HATE ELIZABETH WARREN

Reading Time: 3 minutesBring it on, ladies! I’d love to see a female President. Just not Hillary Clinton. Or Elizabeth Warren. I am totally open to all other women leaders, but I have to admit that Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar are beginning to make me angry and I’m not sure why yet, but I know the reason will become clear soon, and I’m also wondering what they might look like if someone photoshopped their heads onto the bodies of prisoners and put them behind bars.

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WaPo: How Donald Trump appeals to men secretly insecure about their manhood

Reading Time: 4 minutesResearch shows that many men feel pressure to look and behave in stereotypically masculine ways — or risk losing their status as “real men.” Masculine expectations are socialized from early childhood and can motivate men to embrace traditional male behaviors while avoiding even the hint of femininity. This unforgiving standard of maleness makes some men worry that they’re falling short. These men are said to experience “fragile masculinity.”

The political process provides a way that fragile men can reaffirm their masculinity. By supporting tough politicians and policies, men can reassure others (and themselves) of their own manliness. For example, sociologist Robb Willer has shown that men whose sense of masculinity was threatened increased their support for aggressive foreign policy.

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Make a Difference this Holiday Season

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

Working in 190 countries and territories, UNICEF is focused on putting children first with programs in health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

From UNICEF Market products to items available from partners, UNICEF USA makes it possible to give gifts that make a difference in children’s lives around the world.

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Bitch Media: GATHER YOUR PEOPLE WHITE WOMEN MUST HOLD EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE FOR RACISM

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe lessons I learned about whiteness, class, and the lengths that white folks will go to protect their ideas have been a foundational part of my political development, and are why I felt it was important to engage with this book and the uncomfortable history it reveals. The task of dismantling white supremacy rests on the shoulders of those who benefit most from it. It’s on us to confront racist, white supremacist white people who assume they can count on us to smile along or stay silent when they step out of line; it’s on us to ditch that poisonous “color-blind” worldview and understand the ways in which race, identity, and political/social power intersect; it’s on us to publicly, materially, enthusiastically, and genuinely support people of color, to confront and interrogate our own internalized racism and learned prejudices without expecting people of color to educate us.

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KVELLER: How to Pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Health

Reading Time: 3 minutesLike most Jewish women across the country, my stomach lurched when I read the news this morning that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized. Hopefully, the 85-year-old powerhouse’s fractured ribs will heal swiftly, and her injury doesn’t indicate or initiate any other health concerns.

But if you’re feeling like this is a moment when you need to turn to a Higher Power for help and comfort — well, you’re not alone. Even if prayer isn’t normally your thing, Jewish tradition makes it easy. Try these Jewish prayer tactics to send some good, healing vibes RBG’s way.

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Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Rock on Voter Suppression – Know Your Rights.

Reading Time: 1 minuteIt’s incredibly important to know that voter suppression efforts are underway all over the country. White folks need to be aware that just because you’re not a minority that doesn’t mean you’re immune. You’re not.

Wide-scale voter purges target districts more than specific people. If you live in a high minority district or potentially a highly liberal district a white persons vote is just as likely to be suppressed in some way as anyone else’s.

Voter suppression is usually targeted at minority voters. However, it affects everyone, often in very literal ways.

Watch Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Rock explain what to do if someone tries to stop you from voting.

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