Violet Blue is a journalist who sniffs out interesting stories about technology, controversy, and identity.
A Ferguson protest at Stanford University last fall. Photo by Paul George.
According to a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, most Americans believe that protesting government mistreatment is good for the country. However, when the protesters were described as Black, the responses from white participants changed dramatically.
Hey, it's Monday! Here's what we're reading today:
• Congrats to the United States women's national soccer team, who took home a World Cup victory over the weekend! [Grantland]
Cultural critic Kate Bolick’s first book, Spinster, is part memoir, part cultural commentary on the changing nature of marriage and relationships.
Here’s the news on our radar today.
• As BP is set to pay $18.7 billion for damages from the 2010 oil spill, new maps reveal the disparate impact of environmental injustice on communities of color in the United States. [NY Times & Al Jazeera America]
Blue is the color of summer. It's also the theme of Bitch's summer print issue. This episode highlights three stories from the magazine. First, writer Nyasha Junior discusses a dark side of blue: the lack of pop culture portrayals of African American women with mental illness. Then, sex toy researcher Hallie Lieberman explores a "blue" conversation topic: the history of dildos. The show wraps up with a conversation between artist MariNaomi and Bitch Media Art Director Kristin Rogers Brown about making nonfiction comics.
Plus: vintage blues tunes from Gladys Bentley. Tune in!
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In a small milestone of transgender progress, the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary have added the word "cisgender" to its pages.
As the founding zine librarian at Barnard College, I have probably read about 7,000 zines in the past twelve years.
Girlschool's current lineup: Kim McAuliffe, Denise Dufort, Enid Williams, and Jackie Chambers. Photo by Ludy Wetzl.
Girlschool formed in 1978, part of the burgeoning New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
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