My partner of over 8 years has been a consistent feminist since day one. He will speak up when people say sexist things, he's pro-choice, not conservative, and treats me like his equal. He has said how he thinks it is out of line when men tell their girlfriends they can't wear revealing clothing. However, last weekend we were out with another couple and someone mentioned a nudist colony.
• In her rad reconsideration of those lately ubiquitous "Women You Should Be Reading" lists, Roxane Gay writes, “I cannot believe we need to count and point out worthy women writers like we’re begging for scraps at the table of due respect.” Hear, hear. [Slate]
• After a homophobic mayor fired his town’s openly lesbian police chief last week, the town council turned against him – on Tuesday filing an emergency ordinance to prevent him from hiring her replacement. [Buzzfeed]
• Director and screenwriter Mary Harron sits down with Anisse Gross to discuss the brilliance of SCUM Manifesto, consciously subverting the male gaze in American Psycho, and how “it’s bullshit that women can’t have it all.” Believe it. [The Believer]
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Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which Spider-Man defends America's youth from misleading sex education.
At SXSW this year, Kelis dished up tasty meals from her own food truck. This week, fans can savor her new album. (photo via)
Kelis knows the way to your heart is through your stomach, and she should. The singer and certified chef’s packs her new album, Food, with some serious soul, as well as themes of empowerment, love, and plenty of snark.
• The New York Police Department tried to launch a feel-good hashtag called #MyNYPD where people could tweet cute photos of themselves with officers. Very quickly, hundreds of people began adding photos of police brutality and stop-and-frisk searches. [AlJazeera]
Today is Earth Day, so there's a couple links in here about climate change. Here we go!
• The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on an affirmative action program at the state's universities. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a scathing dissent: “The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat. But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.”