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Cheeto Cactus by Alex Wallbaum

This week
Thanks for all your nice notes—the writing is going much better this week. I hope you're all finding a way to do what you need to do lately, too, and being great to your friends and fam. On the podcast, we persisted!

I'm reading
How a women's movement came to lead the left against the current white-nationalist government. "We have always vacillated between lofty precepts on paper and the refusal of white men to apply them in practice." The leakiest administration, and why leaks-based reporting is such a risk. Why Melissa McCarthy was so brilliant as Sean Spicer. Refugees walked to the Canadian border, and a US Olympian was detained at customs. A horrifying Amnesty investigation into a Syrian prison. It shouldn't take a massacre to humanize Muslims. The meaning of allahu akbar. "You can’t turn the story of ignorant white men into a story about your actual husband." When the system failed her, a woman investigated her own rape and brought her attackers to trial. How poverty became a crime. A third of Americans don't know that Obamacare = the ACA. "I am not the person you’d think of when you think of who would have an abortion." Anna Nicole Smith and the excesses of the American dream. The lives of cruise-ship workers. The drivers who use ridesharing to market themselves. Legalization is changing the aesthetic of smoking weed. An ejaculating toy is taking the market by storm. What you can learn about your partner in a heart-shaped tub in the PoconosCoach Osama. High fashion's forgotten designers. The history slaveowners wanted us to forget, and the wealth that was never builtJames Baldwin should make you feel uncomfortable. Succeeding against the odds can be hazardous to your health. Bring back civics classes!

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DVR
You can now browse the Met's collection online. Let Janelle Monáe teach you how to tie a double windsor knot, then watch her new video with Grimes. Very cute kids bring you non-alternative facts about Black history, and parents talk to their kids about dealing with police. The writers Sara Benincasa, MariNaomi, Shanthi Sekaran, and Michelle Tea on fear and loathing. The evolution of Keanu Reeves.

GIFspiration
Maria Bamford with a message for these troubled times. [via]

I endorse
Repurposing this well-circulated quote from evil turtle Mitch McConnell as a synopsis of the biography of every woman in history and her triumphs, great and small.
 
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The Dr. Mae Jemison Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted
AND WENT TO SPACE.

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The Ada Lovelace Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted
AND INVENTED COMPUTER PROGRAMMING.

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The Edith Windsor Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND MARRIED THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.

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The Ida B. Wells Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted
AND EXPOSED LYNCHING AS STATE-SANCTIONED TERRORISM.
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The Cecile Richards Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted
AND KEPT ABORTION ACCESSIBLE.

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The Kate Bornstein Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted
AND EXPLORED THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF GENDER.

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The Shonda Rhimes Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND TOLD THE STORIES SHE WANTED TO TELL, ON HER OWN TERMS.

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The Hildegard von Bingen / Stevie Nicks Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND WROTE EPIC SONGS ABOUT HER MYSTIC VISIONS.

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The Beyoncé Knowles-Carter Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND GOT IN FORMATION.

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The Stephanie Kwolek Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND BECAME BULLETPROOF [aka invented kevlar]

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The Ladies of SCOTUS Story
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND BECAME THE LAW.

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The Story of Every Woman I Know
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted 
AND WORE LEGGINGS AS PANTS.
 
I would watch ANY of these as a Lifetime Original Movie.

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