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Five Star Friday's 248th Edition Is Brought to You By Harriet Jacobs

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by coming clean and spreading good, rape and jokes about rape, how black boys die, why fighting for fetal personhood is a nasty business, and

Harriet Jacobs

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Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
— Harriet Jacobs

Happy Friday!

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The Asshole Dynamic: Judge Much?

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Shannon Fisher

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Truthfully

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When I wrote that speedo-shaming tweet, I forgot my thesis statement. I forgot that I want my words and actions to be rooted in love. I forgot that it’s harder to love when I’m busy judging.

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Rape Joke: A Poem By Patricia Lockwood

" by

Patricia Lockwood

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The Awl

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The rape joke is if you write a poem called Rape Joke, you’re asking for it to become the only thing people remember about you.

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Fetal Personhood and Criminalizing Abortion: A Prosecutor's Perspective

" by

deadauthorsclub

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The Dead Authors Club & More

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This is what happens when we start second-guessing reproductive health decisions being made by pregnant girls and women. We wade into a thicket where, suddenly, lawyers and judges and police officers are making decisions that we are so incredibly ill-equipped to make. Where people like me end up telling pregnant women, "hey, what happened to you wasn’t horrifying enough for ME to allow YOU to terminate this pregnancy. Sorry. But remember, this is all part of God’s plan for you."

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White People

" by Kate at

In My Spiral Ring Notebook

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...one night, I happened to find myself next to a man who said to me, "[B]ecause there aren't a bunch of black boys here, I don't have to worry about my bike getting stolen." And I opened my mouth and nothing came out.
This is it. This is it. This, right here, is how black boys die.

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