• Using new drugs in an experimental way for capital punishment is cruel and unusual—and very likely a violation of federal laws regarding human experimentation. Clayton Lockett’s botched execution is shedding light on yet another dreadful truth about the death penalty. [Think Progress]
• The sort-of good news seems to be that people in power are paying attention at last. The bad news is that the kidnappings in Nigeria continue, and hundreds of girls are still missing. [Reuters]
• “How do we represent female pain without producing a culture in which this pain has been fetishized to the point of fantasy or imperative?” Do yourself a kindness and read an outstanding exploration of this and related questions from Leslie Jamison’s new collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. [Update: a reader requested we add an eating disorder trigger warning to this] [VQR]
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Three weeks ago, roughly 276 girls were kidnapped from a school in Northeastern Nigeria. The girls’ parents are devastated, the Nigerian government seems unable to track down the girls, and the leader of the group that has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping is threatening to sell the girls as slaves.
So why isn’t this front-page news in the United States?
A Texas protester rallies against the state's recent abortion rights restrictions. Photo by Mirsasha.
Is it possible to advocate for fetuses and babies without advocating for pregnant women?
Such a question might not even have been possible a generation ago. But over the past few decades a trend to treat fetuses as if they exist separately from pregnant women has reverberated throughout our culture and legal system, resulting in all sorts of illogical, surprising, and decidedly unfeminist positions.
My friends were shouting this week about how Fleetwood Mac is back on tour (!!!) and all the excitement prompted me to buy thesecond Fleetwood Mac covers album that I have ever purchased. Some people might think two Fleetwood Mac covers albums might be excessive for one music library that also includes numerous actual Fleetwood Mac albums. Those people are wrong.
Here's a playlist of two Fleetwood Mac songs sandwiching 11 savory Fleetwood Mac covers. Enjoy!