I’m making sourdough with my vaginal yeast


This is fascinating – can’t wait to see how the bread turns out

Originally posted on Another angry woman:

Content warning: This post discusses food and contains embedded tweets containing misogynistic and disablist language.

I am making sourdough. I started the starter on Saturday afternoon, and it’s reached the point where it smells kind of yeasty, and now it’s looking like this:


It’s caused quite a lot of visceral horror, because I bunged something a little bit unconventional in the starter: yeast from my vagina. Here’s my recipe, so you know:


1 small Greek coffee-sized cup of plain flour
1/2 small Greek coffee-sized cup of water
As much vaginal yeast as I could scrape off a dildo I put in my vagina–my estimate is that there was about as much of it as would lightly coat a single tine of a fork, and no more.


  • Mix the ingredients together.
  • Cover in foil, leave
  • The next day, “feed” it 1 small Greek coffee-sized cup of flour, 1/2 small Greek…

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The Smell of Bullshit, part 68: Why You Should Join A Union

Stronger Unions have done a post listing 8 surprising facts about trade union membership. The post quotes a report from the National Office of Statistics, which is worth a read if you’ve got a bit more time. Meanwhile, the 8 facts are

1. There are 6.4 million trade union members in the UK

That’s 25% of all employees. It’s down from previous decades, but it’s still a huge number and makes trade unions Britain’s biggest social movement.

2. There are more and more private sector union members

For the fourth year in a row, the levels of union members in the private sector has increased. There are 200,000 more since 2010. The numbers are still far too low (14% of the private sector is unionised, compared to 54% for the public sector), but it’s great to see progress being made. It’s definitive proof of the value of organising.

3. Private sector union members earn 8% more than non-members

The average hourly wage for non-unionised workers in the private sector is £12.64. For union members, it’s £13.67. The “union premium” is even bigger for young workers from ages 16 -24, who earn 39% more than their non-unionised colleagues (that’s £7.84 to £10.18).

4. Public sector union members earn more too

21% more. Not all of that can be put down to being a union member, but it’s clear that a union does deliver on fairer, better pay for its members – in the private or public sector. Being a union member also gives you a say on what happens in your workplace.

5. Women who are in a union earn 30% more

The wages of women union members are on average 30% higher than those of non-unionised women.

6. And women make up the majority of union members

For the 13th year in a row, women are more likely to be trade union members than men.  55% of union members are women. This somewhat dispels the myth that unions have male-dominated memberships, especially considering that women form a minority of the workforce.

7. The highest rates of union membership are among black workers

The proportion of employees who are union members was highest among “Black or Black British” workers . Union are often described as “male and pale” – but the latest figures dispel that.

8. 40% of UK employees work in a workplace with a union, but only 25% are union members

The figures show that there are significant number of workers who we can reach easily because the already work where a union is present. This is a massive opportunity. The benefits for union members are clear, and the government’s attacks on trade unions only show that they still fear the impact of organised workers demanding fair pay, proper rights, and a decent society.

Why not join your appropriate union today?

To some cunt on twitter

Originally posted on Idelology - against a single narrative.:

TW: rape, ablism, mass murder of povvos and cripples

some protestors paintbombed a cereal cafe
and I don’t know why
they don’t just shop at costco instead
gentrification, evictions, state violence
£5 for a bowl of cereal while the homeless starve
and I don’t know why they don’t
vote with their money (they have none) and their feet
those that have them, haha, bants
and I don’t know why they don’t
violence is wrong, you see
paint is more grotesque than blood
cripples are dying alone in empty bedsits, but
I don’t know why they don’t
theyre smashing windows like fascists
because it was the anarchos that led to hitler, you see
not a decade of starving, humiliated poor
violence leads to fascism
I learned that at eton, you see
(just bants)
I don’t know why they don’t
when I saw those old people, there
in wandsworth, eating from bins

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New group for writers aged 16 – 25

Originally posted on Tales of One City:

Craigmillar Library are starting an ‪#‎artcore‬ Creative Writing group for young people aged 16-25 in collaboration with The Out of the Blue Drill Hall.

You’ll get advice on how to write, edit, design and publish your own material and even look ways to perform or have your work performed.

Interested? The big launch is at 6pm on Wednesday 7th October at Craigmillar Library.

For more information email craigmillar.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or ask for Ioannis on 0131 529 5597.

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How to be a super-borrower

Originally posted on Tales of One City:

Five tips to help you save time choosing, ordering and collecting your books from the library. Leaving you more time to READ!

Choosing made easy

Out of the many book recommendation sites out there, two of our favourites are WhichBook, which has a really unique way of finding the right book for you, and if you have a favourite author or genre Who Else Writes Like? makes finding new authors you’ll love a piece of cake.

Reserve and collect

So you’ve found the books you want to read. Next step is to reserve them on the library catalogue to be delivered to your nearest library.


We’ll email you when your books are ready for collection. So simple!

Make a reading wishlist. Or two. Or three.

But what if your to-read list is so long that it’s just not practical to reserve everything at once? Log in to your account…

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Access To Work Cuts Show The True Nature Of This Pig-Fucking Government

Originally posted on the void:

access-to-work-marchCuts to the Access To Work scheme – which pays for adaptations, equipment and support for disabled people in the workplace – shows the true nature of this pig-fucking Government.

Whilst Iain Duncan Smith rants at disabled people to get a job, the changes being made to Access To Work will make this impossible for many.  That won’t stop people’s benefits being slashed however.  Some sick and disabled people are now being plunged into desperate poverty, with no way out.  It is little wonder that benefit claimants and disabled people are now openly calling Iain Duncan Smith a murderer.

A march is taking place in London on Saturday (26th Sept) to protest against the cuts to the Access To Work scheme.  According to the organisers:

“Changes to Access to Work mean that Deaf, Deaf blind and hard of hearing and disabled people are being restricted to unrealistic budgets for support…

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‘Book Binge’ at Wester Hailes Library


Excellent idea!

Originally posted on Tales of One City:

Do you love to watch your favourite TV shows back to back? Do you find yourself staying up past bedtime for one more episode?

Would you do the same with books?

Bookbinge  at Wester Hailes Library offers you the chance to grab specially selected “Books-Sets” for you to gorge on.

DSC_1316We have 5 sections for you to pick from:

Romantic Drama – Collections with different romantic themes.

Crime and Thriller – Collections of crime authors and action packed stories.

Sci fi & Fantasy – Collections of epic space operas and strange worlds.

Something a Bit Different – Collections to make you think laugh or cry.

Kids – Collections for of great stories for children and teens.

Drop by to see what selections are waiting for you to binge yourself silly. Selections are updated daily with new collections.

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Eyes down for Book Bingo!

Originally posted on Tales of One City:

The nights are drawing in… the perfect reason for settling down with a good book we reckon.

And we’ve come up with a reading challenge for those long dark nights ahead which we think you’re going to enjoy – Book Bingo!

Play along and you could win yourself a £50 book token just in time for Christmas:

  • BookbingoPrint off the Bingo Card (PDF, 123 kb) or pick one up at your nearest library.
  • Complete each square with the title of a book you have read (or in one case, haven’t!)
  • (You must have borrowed at least five of the titles in your card from Edinburgh City Libraries during 2015. Check your loan history by logging in to your account on the library catalogue)
  • Hand in your completed card to your local library by 1st December 2015, and we’ll announce the winner at the Big Book Group Quiz on 10th December.


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Knee Socks and Libraries: The Sexualisation of Educated Women

Originally posted on quiteirregular:

The academic year is about to start in earnest, and along with all the lecture schedules, seminar timetables and module specs that descend on us with the autumn leaves, come the arrangements for welcoming the new students. Predictably enough, one of the clubs in the city where I work is holding a “Back To School” fancy dress party. It’s a bit depressing. Not because the students will just have spent a week being told that they’ve just taken a giant leap away from their school careers. Nor because there’s anything wrong with dressing up in foolish outfits for frivolous purposes (The basis, after all, of much of Restoration theatre.)

But clubs asking female students to dress up as caricature “schoolgirls” is a depressing prospect, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it plays into a really creepy tendency of our media and society to equate sexiness with being young and powerless…

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