Despite an initial rush of pandemic horniness, I'm not surprised that people, especially women's libidos, took a hit during the pandemic. Sexuality is a social impulse, and getting out of the house boosts the libido for both partnered and single people.…
I mean, there's a reason relationship experts recommend that monogamous couples have "date nights", even though they see each other at home. Getting out of the house, dressing up a little, talking about something other than chores. It helps you not feel like roommates.
I realize it's unpopular to even dare suggest that the pandemic lockdown, however necessary, had mental health and relationship effects — so much pressure to believe it's been nothing but sunshine! But it's a crisis, and denial is not how we deal with a crisis.
I recognize Trump poisoned our ability to have a mature, intelligent discussion about tradeoffs, instead making lockdown a black-and-white issue. But he's gone, and it's time to start incorporating people's pretty serious mental health issues into our public health assumptions.

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Three months out, it's clear from polling data that the majority of Republicans are going to embrace all sorts of ridiculous conspiracy theories to justify both the insurrection and Trump's incitement of it.…
Republican conspiracy theories about the insurrection don't even make sense. If you believe it was "peaceful," then why bother claiming that it was really "antifa" that did it?
It's important to understand that right wingers aren't just mindless ciphers for Fox News lies. They actively seek out lies and prefer them to the truth, which is why they never thank you for correcting them when they spread misinformation.
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The massive effort of Republicans to silence critics of Georgia’s new anti-voting law exposes the lie behind all this “cancel culture” whining.…
It's only "cancel culture" if conservatives are facing criticism or even just raised eyebrows for their bigoted opinions. But anti-racist opinions? There's no limit to what conservatives will allow in silencing those!
The right to "free speech" unfettered by pushback or criticism, much less consequences, is only to be enjoyed by bigots. Speech against bigotry, however, can be canceled in any way deemed necessary by the right.
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Conservatives aren't even bothering to try to explain why businesses should have the right to discriminate based on race or sexual orientation, but not on the basis of people being a literal threat to the health of other customers.
As with the incoherent "cancel culture" whining, it's clear that their position is policy should be built around oppressing anyone who isn't like them, full stop. Bigotry is good, public health is bad, and that's the only principles in action here.
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This is so, so bad. It’s clear from the data they are using that people who are fully vaccinated can travel, eat out, go to gyms, etc. This hyper-caution is going to backfire. People need hope, something to look forward to.
It's particularly brutal when vaccine hesitation is being driven by political identity. Conservatives already suspect that the Biden administration is being way too harsh in their recommendations. This excessive caution encourages that paranoia and discourages getting vaccines.
The best way to get people to trust public health recommendations is to not bullshit them. "Better safe than sorry" backfires, because people start to — with good reason — suspect they're being lied to about what they can actually do and be perfectly safe.
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The guy who sexually assaulted me had a habit of hauling out nude photos of exes and showing them to people to impress them. I know, because he showed them to a friend of mine, something she only told me after he attacked me.…
To be clear, I'm not mad at her or anything. This was the 90s and we didn't have terms like "revenge porn," and grew up in a world where complaining about such behavior from men got you labeled a shrew and a buzzkill. (I suspect it still does, I'm just too old to care.)
She was a kid herself and when he did it, she was upset and put off, but didn't know if this was normal or some kind of huge red flag. What I've learned since then is that it can be both, because male predation is so tolerated and even celebrated in our culture.
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Gaetz is useless as a legislator, but he's great for what Fox News is selling to their audience, which is a fantasy of "owning the libs", which naturally rewards the most sociopathic and shameless members of GOP caucus.
Gaetz's only real skills are trolling and bullying, which has been great for Fox News, until he turned those talents on their prize heifer, Tucker Carlson. Or hell, maybe not — no doubt the segment was a ratings smash.
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