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Michigan teacher says she was fired for saying ‘vagina’ during lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe

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A Michigan teacher said she was fired for using the noun to describe female genitals multiple times during a classroom discussion about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Allison Wint, who had been substitute teaching at Harper Creek Middle School since January, was discussing controversy in art when she held up some prints of O’Keeffe’s work, reported the Detroit Free Press.

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“Imagine walking into a gallery when [O’Keeffe] was first showing her pieces, and thinking, ‘Am I actually seeing vaginas here? Am I a pervert? I’m either a pervert or this woman was a pervert,'” Wint recalls saying.

Wint said she expected the eighth-graders to giggle, and they did, but she thought the discussion was productive.

“I thought if I used a euphemism, that would make it into a joke,” said Wint, who recalled using the correct anatomical term about 10 times. “And I don’t think that’s a word you should be afraid of.”

Wint insisted the discussion was never vulgar — but administrators fired her the next day for violating school policies.

Principal Kim Thayer told the substitute teacher to remove her belongings and leave the school within the hour.

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“She said there are a thousand other ways to teach controversy, and that it was inappropriate,” Wint said.

Administrators said teachers must get advance approval to discuss any form of reproductive health — a policy they said was outlined in the school handbook, but Wint said she’d never heard about.

“I honestly had no words, because I’ve always been an advocate of not censoring art and music and writing,” said Wint, who’s looking for a new job.

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Kellyanne Conway voted by mail — before opposing it for other voters: report

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On Wednesday, Kellyanne Conway said voting by mail should not be universal, adding that people should be willing to wait in lines to vote during a pandemic if they are willing to wait in hour-long lines at Georgetown Cupcake. People were swift to point out the flaws in her argument, including that cupcakes are not a constitutional right and that Georgetown Cupcake is actually not allowing people to stand in line right now.

But there's another problem. On Thursday, the Huffington Post reported that Conway herself voted by mail in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Research reveals the damage right-wing media has inflicted on America — and it’s just the tip of the iceberg

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Donald Trump wants to go after social media because Twitter pointed out one of his lies. And, in fact, social media has done a lot of damage to America and the American body politic, with the most visible example being it’s help in putting Donald Trump in the White House in 2016.

But even more concerning should be Fox News and right wing hate radio. A new study out of Columbia university finds that when people in any particular ZIP Code experience a 1% increase in Fox News viewership, it “reduces the propensity to stay at home by 8.9 percentage points compared to the pre-pandemic average.”

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Texas bar owner bans masks to prevent ‘virtue signaling’ – and kickstarts an online firestorm

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A bar owner in Elgin, Texas, has implemented a new rule for his business: no entry with a mask.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe," read a sign posted outside Liberty Tree Tavern.

Speaking to 9News, bar owner Kevin Smith said he's following social distancing guidelines so the masks are unnecessary.

The bar's Facebook page shared an article on the story, adding the comment: "Just trying to break this cycle of fear and virtue signaling. The CDC, Surgeon General, and even Fauci say, these mask do nothing and can even cause more harm. The county mandate has been lifted, the sun is shining, let's get back to living our lives without fear!"

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