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“Nonbinary trans menstruator” Cass Bliss took to the Huffington Post to write about the struggles with simultaneous acceptance of both one’s identity and having a period.

“I am a nonbinary trans menstruator ― someone with a uterus that bleeds monthly, but who identifies outside of the fixed categories of male and female,” Bliss wrote. “Because of that, I have to navigate the challenges of getting my period every month in a world that refuses to acknowledge that not everyone who gets their period is a woman, and not every woman gets their period.”

And with that, have a good weekend everybody!!!

To sum up this week's flurry of "resistance" news:

The former newspaper known as the New York Times now openly employs a reporter of easy virtue and a virulent feminist racist on its editorial board. So why not also have a "gender editor" who has to handle "manterruptions," and whose dog has an Instagram account? Seriously, you can't make this stuff up:

What kind of tech tools can journalists use to create better gender representation in their reporting?

We have a tool internally that tracks the gender breakdown of front-page bylines on any given day, and another that will show the gender ratio of subjects cited in an article as we are writing. But there are also a ton of external sources that anyone can use, too.

For sourcesRequest a Scientist (for female scientists); Women Also Know Stuff (for political scientists); Diverse Sources (for science and environment experts); Foreign Policy Interrupted (for foreign policy); SheSource (generalized); Columbia Journalism Review’s database of women, nonbinary and people of color sources; and SourceList, a Brookings Institution database of female experts on tech policy.

For your Twitter feedDiversify Your Feed is a tool that will tell you the gender breakdown of the people you follow on Twitter, with plans to eventually expand the tool to track race, sexuality, religion and politics. For being a woman in a meetingWoman Interrupted App claims to track how often you’re being interrupted in meetings. Research has long found that women are twice as likely as men to be interrupted. And it’s worse for women of color.

In case you're interested:

Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The Times and the author of “Feminist Fight Club.” You can follow her dog on Instagram: @CharlestheDog. Or follow her on Twitter: @jessicabennett.



As if the American Catholic Church didn't have enough problems:

Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has turned in recent years to some of Albany's most well-connected and influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice.

The Catholic Conference, headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, has used Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications to lobby against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other measures. All told, the conference spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from 2007 through the end of 2015, state records show. That does not include the conference's own internal lobbying team.

Filings show the lobbyists were retained, in part, to work on issues associated with "statute of limitations" and "timelines for commencing certain civil actions related to sex offenses." Other issues included parochial school funding and investment tax credits.

"They are willing to spend limitless money in order to basically keep bad guys from being accountable for their actions," said Melanie Blow, chief operations officer of the Stop Abuse Campaign. "I think they're doing it because they don't want to have to pay out settlements."

As I've said on Twitter: hang them all, and then start over.

Spoilsports and Nurse Ratcheds everywhere:

If you're one of the third of all humankind who drinks alcohol, take note: There's no amount of liquor, wine or beer that is safe for your overall health, according to a new analysis of 2016 global alcohol consumption and disease risk. Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths, according to the studypublished Thursdayin the journal The Lancet.

For all ages, alcohol was associated with 2.8 million deaths that year. Those deaths include alcohol-related cancer and cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, intentional injury such as violence and self-harm, and traffic accidents and other unintentional injuries such as drowning and fires.

Translation: sometimes bad things happen to you when you're drunk. But that has nothing to do with the specific health effects of alcohol per se.

"The most surprising finding was that even small amounts of alcohol use contribute to health loss globally," said senior study author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. "We're used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine. But the evidence is the evidence."

Not surprisingly due to their large populations, China, India and Russia led the world in the total number of alcohol-related deaths in men and women. The US ranked fifth among men and seventh among women on that list; the UK ranked 21st for men and ninth for women.

"This study is a stark reminder of the real, and potentially lethal, dangers that too much alcohol can have on our health and that even the lowest levels of alcohol intake increase our risks," Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK, said in a statement. She was not involved in the study.

Left unexamined are the societal trade-offs we make in order to enjoy booze. It's a social lubricant, an instrument of seduction and inspiration, a way to kill pain or heighten pleasure. A responsible society allows responsible adults to make up their own minds.