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Today, with only a couple of weeks to go before a massive United States election and a veritable deluge of other stories that even overlap with this thread I thought this might be a good time to get political.
To that end I want to offer up some articles that I have gone back to recently or just plain found recently that really highlight the frustrations of the time:
The Myth of the Male Bumbler: https://theweek.com/articles/737056/myth-male-bumbler (I linked and discussed this in the PT on Tuesday after Didact helpfully sent it to me Monday)
Black Women Aren’t Here to Save You: https://thenib.com/our-hero-black-women/ (a wonderful comic I think about a lot)
The Gender Gap is About More Than Just Trump: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/10/2020-polls-gender-gap-women-voters-trump.html
And remember, you can talk about other topics here as well!