Curated Clicks: That Time Vox Made Some Good Points (Really)
We cut the crust off the Internet sandwich so you don’t have to.
LIKE IT OR NOT, THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS SHOW WHERE YOU STAND ON ABORTION
Vox reported back after watching all 12 hours of the unedited Planned Parenthood videos (impressive, especially considering that no one at the White House seems to have time to watch even the short versions). Sarah Kliff made a lucid point about the true debate that’s happening here:
Planned Parenthood workers are comfortable with fetal tissue research because they are comfortable with abortion — they don’t believe a first-trimester fetus to be a living, feeling human being, and so they see the donation of fetal tissue for medical research to be an obvious, unalloyed good. Their critics oppose abortion — they believe abortion to be murder and fetal tissue research to be a form of desecration. Where you fall on the Planned Parenthood videos really reflects where you fall on the fundamental questions of abortion.
The first GOP presidential debates may have been dominated by men, but everybody was talking about two women afterward: Carly Fiorina and Megyn Kelly. The former never swerved while being asked tough questions, while the latter didn’t flinch from being the one to ask them.
Do I agree with everything women like Megyn Kelly or Carly Fiorina say about every issue? No, not at all. But as a woman who, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, is treated with kid gloves in the conservative political world, strong women who don’t take crap resonate with me. Megyn Kelly and Carly Fiorina are incredible people. These are fearless women who take men on, acknowledge the existence of sexism as a pervasive obstacle we need to overcome as a gender, but say screw it, I’m going in anyway. That’s inspiring. That’s empowering. That’s feminism.
BRAVE NEW UNIVERSITY
Campus Reform has the scoop on a university that is reportedly encouraging students to anonymously turn in anyone with doubleplusungood speech.
The university’s Bias Report Form lists twenty-two different types of “bias incidents” that students can report (including an “other” option). Among the list of reportable incidents are: “microaggression,” “verbal assault,” “email, social media, or other Internet contact,” “bullying,” “retaliation,” “inappropriate/discriminatory comment,” and “perceived unequal treatment.”
A few more bites:
“No, that debate is insane to me. It doesn’t even make me mad. It’s like asking, Do Jewish people smell like orange juice? It’s just such a weird question.” – Amy Schumer tells Vanity Fair why we should stop asking if women are funny
“But maybe there is a more important question here than mere tactics. Perhaps shutting down a political speech is, normatively, wrong.” – Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine discussing when Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie Sanders’ speech
“If you want to know what’s wrong with how superhero movies treat women, you need look no further than the posters.” – Kevin O’Keefe for the Mic asking why women on superhero movie posters all have the same pose