Human atrocity doesn’t start with violence. It starts with prejudice and propaganda.

Not very many things scare me, but extremism in every form does. We hear a lot about the extremism of radicalized Islamic groups, and yes, such groups are worrisome. But labeling an entire religious group with more than a billion followers as dangerous because of the heinous actions of its most radical minority element is also extremism and needs to be called out as such. We hear about child traffickers trying to smuggle children across the border, and yes, those people are worrisome. But making sweeping generalizations about migrants from south of the border and putting asylum seekers into the same category as human traffickers is also extremism and needs to be called out as such. When we don’t recognize …

These fat old lesbians smoking weed are the only thing worth paying attention to on the Internet.

The internet is a truly wonderful place*. Aside from allowing us to order food and other perishable/non-perishable goods without speaking to anyone, it also allows us to connect with people we never thought possible. Like two old, fat lesbians who smoke weed all the time. Did you think you were going to find out about them today? Well, guess what: It’s happening. It’s happening RTFN. View this post on Instagram Sugar Babe A post shared by The Likes of Dykes (@420oldfatlesbians) on May 9, 2019 at 3:30am PDT Sue and Lee are retired and reside in a house with an inflatable hot tub in Maine. I did not know they existed before, but an interview in The Cut brought them …

Literally nothing is cuter than these two cats who became best friends against all odds.

In late April, a woman who goes by the name “Mac” on Twitter posted a picture of her cat, Simon, looking forlornly out the window. What was out there that could captivate Simon for so long? Was it a bird flying by? Was it the call to be outside?  Or was it the realization that Mac is living in my personal nightmare of having her window face directly into another window ensuring at least one embarrassing situation of rom/com proportions? No, well kinda: It was the other cat that lives in the window across the way. Simon was in love and he didn’t know the cat’s name or have any way to get across for a meow-and-greet (sorry). Here’s the …

This ‘witty’ woman taunted the law on Facebook. The law won.

There are certain people who just suck at social media. The types who get into comment fights and then announce they’re “taking a break” or close and reopen their accounts multiple times a week. Then there are the those who taunt the police on Facebook. The esteemed Chloe Jones made it to the March 27th Greene County Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Office “Top Ten Most Wanted List” and failed to take the honor in stride. #2 Chloe Jones, Wanted For Failure To Appear For Plea Court. Underlying Charges, Simple Assault. Posted by Greene County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Instead, she taunted the authorities with a joke that was actually pretty funny, but probably did her more harm than good. ‌via …

Two adult men who raped teen girls have walked this week. WTF is wrong with our system?

If you thought the ridiculous outcome of the Brock Turner case was a fluke, think again. Two stories have come through the news cycle this week that show just how messed up our justice system can be when it comes to sexual assault. Two adult men. Two teen girls. One man luring a 14-year-old to his house, giving her alcohol, then raping her. Another man finding a 15-year-old in an online anorexia forum, convincing her to leave her family to live with him at 16, and then holding her captive for a year as his sex slave. The former pled guilty and won’t spend a single day in jail. The latter served eight months in detention and has been sentenced …

Arkansas’ racist Capitol Hills statues are being replaced by two incredible icons.

via mrgarethm/Flickr After the Charleston church shooting in June 2015, municipalities throughout the U.S. began removing Confederate statues from state buildings and parks. This accelerated in 2017, after the after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The state of Arkansas has just realized that it’s not 1865 and will replace the two statues of racists representing the state in the Statuary Hall collection on Capitol Hill. One statue is of Uriah Milton Rose, an attorney who sided with the Confederacy. The other is James P. Clarke, a United States senator (1903-1916) and governor of the state (1895 – 1897), who as a strident white supremacist. Arkansas Republican governor Asa Hutchinson made no mention that racism had anything to …

Students at BYU are protesting their school’s ‘honor code’ as sexist, homophobic and dangerous.

The youth are loved — and hated — for shaking things up.   We put a unique twist on just about everything, from dating to employment. But one area in which we’re rocking the boat the most lately is politics.   As a generation, we are exceptionally vocal about things we don’t like. We live in active pursuit of fixing things older generations often tell us we can’t change.   Many of us have been activists since birth. What’s more, our spirit of change seems to be influencing the younger generations, like Generation Z who’ve been leading the wave of change on issues like gun reform.   The rise in student and campus activism we’ve seen over the last decade …

Mayor Pete showed his language skills by offering his heartfelt condolences about Notre Dame in French.

via Scott Olson / Getty Images A newly-elected president is often the polar opposite of their predecessor. Jimmy Carter’s aw-shucks “I’ll never lie to you” approach stood in stark contrast to the scandal-ridden Nixon era. Then, Ronald Reagan’s sunny optimism was ab about face from the dreary Carter era. Barack Obama’s message of hope was much needed in the aftermath of America’s economic collapse and war-weariness that occurred under George W. Bush. Then came Trump, who turned on Obama’s message of hope in favor of retrogressive populism. Should America decide to elect someone new in 2020, Democrat “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg would fit the historical trend of going with someone completely different. Buttigieg is a young, highly-intelligent, thoughtful, veteran who happens …

A topless selfie cost a middle school teacher her job. She’s fighting back citing gender discrimination.

Lauren Miranda, a middle school math teacher, was fired after a shirtless photo she sent to her boyfriend back in 2016 ended up in her student’s hands. Miranda didn’t choose to send the photos to her students — or anyone other than her boyfriend at the time. It’s quite baffling that the school that employed her felt justified in ending her employment for their distribution. But the case goes deeper than that. Miranda feels the consequence she endured has more to do with gender discrimination. She believes if she were a man, her job wouldn’t have been in jeopardy. That’s why she’s refusing to walk away without a fight. In addition to a $3 million gender discrimination suit — think …

This baby was all alone in the hospital. Her nurse adopted her and changed their lives.

“Who’s this beautiful angel?” Those were the first words that Liz Smith, the director of Nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts spoke to a blue-eyed baby she’d never met before. She was on her way to the elevator and expected to say nothing but a quick hello to a tiny hospital resident she didn’t recognize. The “beautiful angel,” it turned out, was an eight-month-old named Gisele. She was a ward of the state, and she’d already spent more than five months at the hospital being treated for conditions stemming from a premature birth and her mother’s drug use during pregnancy. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Franciscan Children’s (@franciscanchildrens) on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:55am …

Being arrested is terrifying. This nonprofit can help you make your one call count.

When Jelani Anglin was a teenager, he was arrested for a minor infraction. Photo courtesy of Robin Hood. When he was taken to central booking, Anglin recalls how terrifying it was and how helpless he felt. He realized the experience was something that thousands of other people go through on an annual basis. “In the precinct, you’re nervous, you’re seeing folks coming in and out in handcuffs, you’re being fingerprinted, all your items are being taken away and there’s not much conversation with the police officers,” says Anglin. Even though it was only a minor infraction, and he was let go at the arraignment, being arrested was something Anglin never forgot. But rather than turn against “the system,” the helplessness …

Jameela Jamil just called out Khloe Kardashian for promoting dangerous beauty standards.

What you see isn’t always what you get, especially on Instagram. Celebrities who post fit photos of themselves while shilling diet products did not get that way because of the diet product. When celebrities ignore the fact they got into shape with the help of personal trainers, healthy eating, and good old fashion Photoshop, they inadvertently promote unhealthy eating habits. When Khloe Kardashian posted a photo of her bare midriff with an ad for Flat Tummy Tea meal replacement shakes, she got called out for doing just that. Instagram The Good Place actress and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil put Kardashian on blast, calling Kardashian irresponsible for promoting both the shake and an unhealthy standard of beauty to her 89-plus …

A 9-year-old asked Steph Curry why his shoes aren’t available in girls’ sizes. He made her a promise and kept it.

Photo by Streeter Lecka / Getty Images Last November, we shared the story of how a young girl’s letter to Steph Curry convinced the two-time NBA MVP to create shoes for girls. Now, Curry has made good on his promise. It started when nine-year-old basketball fanatic Riley Morrison from Napa, California went online to pick up a pair of Under Armour Curry 5 shoes, but there weren’t any available in the girls’ section of the site. So she wrote a letter to Curry asking him to create a pair of Curry 5’s for girls. Her father posted the letter to Instagram. View this post on Instagram My daughter’s letter to Steph Curry. Her way of attempting to make a difference. …

We’ll start seeing more lasting peace when women get more seats at the negotiating table.

Peace agreements last 35% longer when women are involved in the negotiating process. But too often, they’re not. For most of human history, war and peace have been decided at tables full of men. But as the world moves slowly but surely towards more gender equality, the contributions of women to the peace process are becoming more prevalent and more visible. Women have always played a big grassroots role in building peace; they’ve just largely been excluded from formal decision-making processes that have the power to create lasting change. Such exclusion has a cost for humanity. According to research shared by UN Women and the Council on Foreign Relations, peace agreements in which women meaningfully participate are 35% more likely …

Queen Elizabeth just made her first Instagram post and it has a secret nod to a feminist hero.

Women in STEM apparently have the support of Queen Elizabeth. The Queen posted her first post on the Royal Family Instagram. The 92-year-old monarch paid a visit to the Science Museum in Kensington to announce an exhibit called “Top Secret: from Ciphers to Cyber Security.” The Queen posted two photos of a letter to Prince Albert from Charles Babbage with a caption.  “Today, as I visit the ScienceMuseum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,”theQueen wrote in her post. “Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the ‘Difference Engine,’ of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. The Queen …