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Hey! Let's All Give Ourselves 12 Seconds To Not Think About Sexual Assault Today.

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How are you doing today? Are you drinking enough water? Have you gotten enough sleep? Are you able to step away from your computer or television screen, or at least look at something on your computer or television screen that is not Brett Kavanaugh related? Good! Do that! At least for a little bit.



This has been a really, really, really hard week for a lot of people out there. We are tired. We have been walking around with a ragey sob throughout our whole bodies. We hurt, emotionally and maybe even physically. I woke up yesterday in knots and I'm sure a lot of you did, too. Barely anyone I know got any sleep at all on Thursday night. This week was yet another brutal lesson in how few fucks a lot of people out there give about what happens to women, especially when giving a fuck about such things interferes with the "future" of some rich white dude.

Many of us also haunting fear that if we stop paying attention for one second, stop feeling outraged for one second, that we are going to feel complicit somehow. But we all need to remember that it is OK -- and even necessary, especially for survivors of sexual violence -- to just take a break from this shit. Maybe make something, bake something, go for a walk, go do some yoga, go schlep around Marshall's and stare at candles blankly for an hour, pet your animals, go see some people who make you feel good, play some music, get into some bizarre kind of internet hole, or just take a Xanex and then sit around doing your nails and binge watching Parks and Recreation, which is exactly what I am going to do when I am done here. Give yourself a goddamned break. Breathe.

Here are some goats in pajamas! That's nice, isn't it?


Just do something that makes you feel good or relaxed today. That way, when you come back to fight, you won't be running on fumes.

And on that note, this is now your open thread! Have as nice of a day as you are able to have, and then come back swinging. Oh, and tip us if you are able!

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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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Some of our favorite people to follow on Twitter are the wonderful folks who watch Fox News every night and tweet screenshots and videos, so that we never ever EVER have to watch it. (They all work for Media Matters, so presumably they are being forced to do this by David Brock.)

We had a feeling after Pete Buttigieg did that Fox News town hall, and after we watched the MENSA trust at "Fox & Friends" just lose it all morning about Buttigieg's open criticism of Fox News on Fox News, that the evening hosts would really deliver on Monday night, and boy was our feeling correct.

Let's go to the tape, provided by Media Matters deputy director of rapid response Andrew Lawrence.

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Today it was announced that Dress Barn would be closing all 650 of its stores and its business in general. This has been happening a lot lately, as people have begun to do most of their shopping online rather than in stores. Shopko, a department store chain, recently announced it would be closing all of its stores as well.

Then there's the mall store Charlotte Russe, which closed all of its stores in March. I actually worked there in high school, and at Contempo Casuals, which later became Wet Seal, and which closed all of its stores last January (though it's still online). Many other "mall stores" are also either closing entirely or closing a huge chunk of their stores.

Dress Barn was a terrible and oddly insulting-sounding name for a store. The fact that it survived for as long as it did with marketing that bad actually speaks very well for the store itself. If it were not doing an incredibly good job providing many women with what they wanted, clothing-wise, I do not think they would have survived this long. While I can't speak to that personally, since the last time I lived in an area that had one I was 14 years old (though I did get a very nice purple crushed velvet baby-doll dress there for my grandparent's anniversary when I was in 8th grade), a lot of people today are talking about how much they appreciated that they could get nice work clothes there for a reasonable price -- and also in a wide range of sizes. That's awesome. There should be more of that, not less.

But the real problem isn't just people losing a store they like. It's the fact that all of the people working at those 650 stores no longer have jobs–about 6,800 people in total. (And 18,000 employees are losing their jobs at Shopko, which often served towns of 3,000 to 5,000 people, too small for any other store where you could buy, say, socks and a toaster.) And the way things are going, it's going to be pretty hard for them to find jobs in the same line of work. The vast majority of these people, also, are women.

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