Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This Week in Lady Reads

We’ll have a lot more about the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore in next week’s PoC News update, but we’d be remiss not to include a few posts you might need over the weekend to refute the idiots in your life. In happier news, we’ve also got stories about the Notorious RBG, trolling GamerGaters, and Game of Thrones.


Ta-Nehisi Coates on the hypocrisy of calling for non-violence from protesters after decades of violence against PoC at the hands of police.

More hypocrisy from people applauding the “hero mom” without understanding her real motives for dragging her son from the protests or the sociohistorical context of her actions.

When confronted with pictures of “looting,” reverse image search is your friend.

And besides, it’s fucked up when people are more upset by broken windows than broken spines.

Other News

Ruth Bader Ginsburg kicked ass when the same-sex marriage case was brought before the court… but federal marriage equality isn’t a guarantee, and shit could get weird.

Some of the best jokes from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Shit got real.

How time is a feminist issue.

When advertisers started convincing women to buy products lest they lose their husbands for being smelly slobs.

When GamerGaters started coming after Anne Wheaton, she told them she was donating $1 to Feminist Frequency for every nasty tweet they sent her (and others matched her pledge). And yet it still didn’t stop them.

Some asshat peer reviewer told two female researchers that their study would be better if they got a man’s perspective.

Jon Krakauer talks about Missoula, rape culture, and feminism.

I mean, how can you not be a feminist if you have a brain in your head? If you’re not a feminist, then you’re a problem.

Pop Culture

Twelve British actors reciting Shakespeare. Hellooooooo, pants feelings!

Life advice via sci-fi quotes.

Ten things you might not know about romance novels.

The Marvel by Her Universe fashion collection at Hot Topic — love it or hate it?

In an interview with CosmoMark Ruffalo got to answer all the sexist questions that reporters usually ask Scarlett Johansson.

Hayley Atwell has the best driver’s license picture ever.

New Minecraft players can finally start with a female default character.

The headline says it all: Hot Fuzz is a God Damned Masterpiece.” Yarp!

The spellcheck in Microsoft Word recognizes the weird-ass names of Game of Thrones characters. Bless nerds.

Margaery Tyrell’s emoji game is on point! (Spoilers for episode 5×03.)


By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

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