There are women in this world who, when they hear the name "Kim France," literally gasp because they are so. Damn. Excited. And rightly so: As a writer, editor, and blogger, France has had a dreamworthy career in zeitgeisty print journalism.
Two weeks ago, Facebook made a small change to its Community Standards, redefining what is considered “obscene.” Specifically, the company now allows its customers to publish photographs of women breastfeeding in which an exposed nipple might be seen. This may seem like a small change, but since Facebook has one billion users—making it the third largest “country” in the world—this new approach to breastfeeding is significant.
“Don’t turn your back, give them your breast!” This phrase is the linchpin of Mexico City’s controversial new marketing scheme to promote breastfeeding. We all know that breastfeeding is something healthy that helps both moms and kids, so what can be so bad about a campaign promoting it? Take a look at the ads.
Since yesterday afternoon, the Internet has been buzzing with the news that Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of theNew York Times, was fired—in part, implied a New Yorker article, because she confronted her higher-ups about her compensation relative to that of her predecessor, Bill Keller.
Three weeks ago, roughly 276 girls were kidnapped from a school in Northeastern Nigeria. The girls’ parents are devastated, the Nigerian government seems unable to track down the girls, and the leader of the group that has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping is threatening to sell the girls as slaves.
So why isn’t this front-page news in the United States?