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Remember the Leesburg Stockade Girls

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Fifty five years ago this month, a group of teenage girls were locked in a 19th-century stockade in the Georgia heat, imprisoned for their activism on behalf of the Civil Rights movement.

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Welcome to Rent-A-Daughter, the App That Helps Your Husband Learn How to Respect Women

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To begin using our app, enter your location, your time frame, and your husband’s level of wokeness. We promise not to share any of this information, though it’s probably all online anyway. Based on the data collected, we will recommend the ideal Daughter to match your husband’s needs.

There are currently three Daughter models available. Please read the descriptions carefully so you can select the Daughter most capable of fixing your husband’s deep personal flaws.

Daughter 1 – Sharon

Sharon is in second grade, where she deals with boys who not only tease her for being bossy, but also prevent her from playing kickball because she’s a girl. This has already made Sharon unsure whether she likes sports and doubt herself in the classroom, where she hesitates to raise her hand even when she knows the answer to a question.

Expected Effect: Seeing Daddy’s little girl experience sexism at such a young age will devastate your husband. Up until now, he has never once contemplated what life is like from a woman’s perspective, and thanks to Sharon’s school troubles, he will extrapolate that girls are taught to fundamentally take up less space as a result of societal pressures despite being intelligent and capable.

Daughter 2 – Mallory

13-year-old Mallory is already feeling pressure to wear makeup and dress promiscuously so as to please boys. She also recently set up her first social media account, but soon had to make it private because strangers and bots harassed her.

Expected Effect: Mallory will shock your husband, who did not know the extent to which women are objectified and told to look nice if they want to be seen. He will be disgusted by how these gender-specific societal burdens are placed on the impressionable shoulders of a young preteen. Your husband will also believe that his sweet Daughter is beautiful just as she is, and begin to question the ulterior motives of the make-up industry.

Daughter 3 – Darla

Darla is 18 and looking for a part-time job, but unable to land one because the interviewers can’t stand her shrill voice. They think her experience is lacking, her appearance is distracting, and her emotions are too emotional. Fun twist: Darla is about to be a college student who’s worried that boys will drug or assault her at parties.

Expected Effect: Your husband will learn how women are underpaid and underestimated. He will experience growing fear about his girl going to college (they grow up so fast!) where she may be attacked by a man who sees her as only a body. Eventually, your husband will finally stop rolling his eyes at the #MeToo movement and start to actively support it.

Note: You may rent more than one Daughter as a time, as men can be incredibly oblivious and require more than one woman to recognize them as humans. The renting costs are 78% cheaper than our services on the sibling Rent-A-Son app, which is for men who want their home to be a safe space for masculinity.

If for some reason the Daughter proves unsuccessful in turning your husband from a misogynistic pig to a normal, functioning human, we will refund you immediately. We are aware that the responsibility of this mental transition belongs entirely to the Daughter and not your husband.

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screenshotsofdespair: Some of the best screenshots of despair...

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Some of the best screenshots of despair are irl (part 2).

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Culinary Appropriation

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How sushi culture is different between Japan and the USA


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...so I can afford more bizarro ice cream flavors!


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All American Rejects

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A while ago the All-American Rejects asked if they could use actual PostSecret postcards in their music video. I suggested they make a donation to HopeLine (the Suicide Prevention Hotline) and they did.

After they shot the video, they generously sent me all the billboard secrets they used as props. Many were sold with proceeds going to HopeLine.

One surprise I had when I watched the video was that each member of the band created one of their own PostSecrets and included it in the video anonymously. 



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Fake News in Spain, 1937

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From Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, by Thomas E. Ricks (Penguin, 2017), Kindle Loc. 1153-70, 1262-68:

On the afternoon of May 7, some six thousand additional government troops arrived, and the fighting ended. Again, Orwell was impressed by how well these rear-area units were equipped, compared with his front-line unit. To his disgust, the government blamed all the fighting on POUM, because it was the weakest of the leftist factions.

Watching all this, Orwell arrived at some conclusions that clashed with leftist conventions of the era. At a time when leftist solidarity was considered mandatory, the right thing to do, Orwell began to harbor suspicions. Observing the fighting in Barcelona between different antifascist factions, he noted, “You had all the while a hateful feeling that someone hitherto your friend might be denouncing you to the secret police.”

In effect, the events in Barcelona forced him to examine the left as he once earlier had scrutinized imperialism and capitalism. He concluded, “The Communist Party, with Soviet Russia, had thrown its weight against the revolution.” It was determined to systematically wipe out the anticommunist parts of the left—first POUM, then the anarchists, and then socialists.

But to say this in public was a form of modern heresy. Orwell realized, with shock, that the left-wing newspapers did not report the situation accurately, and did not want to. Rather, they willingly accepted lies. “One of the dreariest effects of this war has been to teach me that the Left-wing press is every bit as spurious and dishonest as that of the Right,” he wrote. This set him on his life’s work, to push continually to establish the facts, no matter how difficult or unpopular that might be.

On May 10, 1937, he left Barcelona to return to the front, where the POUM was still deployed, despite being suppressed back in Barcelona by the government whose territory it was defending. On May 11, the POUM was denounced in the Daily Worker as “Franco’s Fifth Column.” Posters appeared on Barcelona walls with the headline TEAR THE MASK, showing a face marked POUM, and a fascist face underneath it. It was classic “big lie” propaganda.

The POUM soldiers at the front there had not been told that they were being denounced in Barcelona, and the newspapers from the city remained quiet about the purge.

From Spain on, his mission was to write the facts as he saw them, no matter where that took him, and to be skeptical of everything he read, especially when it came from or comforted those wielding power. This became his faith. “In Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts,” he wrote a few years later. He continued:

I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing those lies and eager intellectuals building superstructures over events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various “party lines.”



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