💔 At least 10 people, mostly students, were killed in a school shooting on Friday morning at Santa Fe High School outside Houston, Texas. This marks the 22nd (!) school shooting of 2018. The gunman—17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis —is currently in police custody. And, the aftermath is devastatingly familiar. Twitter erupts; politicians offer “thoughts and prayers,” and then nothing happens. In a press conference, Donald Trump called the shooting “horrific” before moving on. Politicians might not be willing to stand up to the NRA, but you can fight for gun reform—here’s how.
👀 Another day, another attack on women’s rights. Trump just announced plans to pull federal funding from clinics that provide abortions or so much as refer patients to places that do. This plan started as a whisper pretty much the moment Trump set foot in office, and—because he’s a man true to his word, uh, sometimes?—it’s here. The proposal still needs final approval, but it seems like the guy won’t rest until he successfully defunds Planned Parenthood.
💌 Tinder—which has played matchmaker to millions of couples—is no longer thought to be the definitive end of romance. But one reputation it hasn’t been able to shake? The instigator of STDs. And new research suggests this is totally unjustified. Scientists say dating apps themselves actually don’t encourage casual sex; they do enable people who prefer short-term relationships to have it, but tbh, they’d be having it anyway. So while apps’ efforts to promote safe sex are important (and necessary!), companies like Tinder also aren’t singlehandedly causing an STD epidemic.
🎵 Sexual assault is totally rampant at music festivals—and up until recently, it was an open secret. But after reports called out the problem at Lollapalooza, Coachella, and beyond, festivals are finally forced to take action. Pitchfork announced it was partnering with RAINN (aka Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) on this year’s summer fest. The goal? Raise awareness and money—but also, provide resources when it inevitably happens. Since 90% of female attendees report being harassed in some way at festivals, this is something *all* fests should add asap.