The Baffler,  October 6

Weekly Bafflements

Being a woman sucks ass.

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Wow who besides literally everyone saw this coming.

After decades of gossip and backchannel talk, somebody finally reported out and published the story that Harvey Weinstein is an enormous fucking creep. He looks like overripe fruit, and makes young women watch him shower. Cool cool.

 

He’s been getting away with this shit for years.

Rebecca Traister recounts the time Weinstein called her a cunt and pushed her then-colleague down the stairs. In public. In front of other reporters. If you still don’t understand how power operates this is a good primer.

 

Speaking of reporters . . .

Buzzfeed dropped this barnburner of a piece that outlines how Breitbart launders white supremacist messages. There are tonnes of incredible moments here but of particular interest is the email chain in which purportedly liberal, male journalists are seen passing tips and stories to Milo Yiannopoulos. Love to have allies!

 

“You just shove it in and expand it as wide as you want.”

Wired has a great piece on a company trying to redesign the speculum for the twenty-first century. The depressing part is literally every reason why you would have to do that. 

 

Honestly though fuck everything.

The Trump administration announced it will be relaxing the current requirement that large companies cover employees’ birth control under the ACA.

 

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Further Reading

 October 11

The clowns are not only fundamental to our social institutions; they're literally in charge of them.

 October 10

A masterful narrative of the Greek debt crisis, Varoufakis's Adults in the Room makes a case for the revival of a humane internationalism.