• Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot were interviewed on the Today show Thursday morning and discussed their time in prison and how the repressive government they live under emboldens their activism. [Salon]
• Brad Pitt’s production company has purchased the film rights to the Steubenville rape case story. The film will reportedly focus on Anonymous, the man facing more jail time than the rapists for hacking police files and breaking the story. No word yet on what role the rape survivor will have in the film. [Think Progress]
Want to support better sex education? Join Bitch on Monday, April 21st at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland for Babies and Bananas, a fun night of vintage sex ed clips, personal tales from Portlanders about their sex education experiences and a discussion on the state of sex ed today. The event is hosted by She Bop educator Amory Jane and proceeds benefit both Bitch and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
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• A scripted reality show called GAME_JAM was suppose to pit a team of game developers against each other. But instead, the cast joined ranks after the show took a sexist turn and walked out! How cool is that? [TheMarySue]
• I’ve been trying to figure out how to delete an un-deleteable Facebook account for a while, and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby cracked the code: in all her potty humor genius, she got kicked off FB for talking about farts! [XOJane]
• This week, Bitch is putting together an amazing podcast about the queer music scene in the Northwest and beyond. I'm excited about it! So here’s a brand new video from one of my favorite Seattle bands, Childbirth, from their album It’s a Girl. The video is called “How Do Girls Even Do It?” [Seattle Weekly, Vimeo]
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• The CIA justified torturing numerous detainees because the information the agency obtained during those interrogations supposedly helped catch Osama bin Laden—but a new in-depth Senate report says torturing people did not help find bin Laden at all. [Guardian]
• Does porn hurt kids? We have no idea. A look at all the research on teens' exposure to porn yields completely inconclusive results. [New York Times]
• The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a portion of Texas's controversial abortion laws on Thursday, mandating that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic and introducing more restrictions on drug-induced abortions. The law has resulted in the closure of a number of rural clinics in the state. [The Wire]
• State politicians have begun to respond to the disturbing trend of revenge porn by introducing legislation to make it a federal crime to post nude photos online without the subject's permission. [Gawker]
• Award-winning filmmakers Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum have a passion for telling the stories of trail-blazing women who are often overlooked by historians. Their latest project is Letters from Baghdad, the story of Gertrude Bell who drew the borders of Iraq after World War I and founded the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities which was ransacked in the 2003 American invasion. You can support Letters from Baghdad on the project’s Kickstarter page. [lettersfrombaghdad.com]
• Snickers produced an ad showing us how hilarious it is for men to be respectful to women public. Hahaha! Also it’s totally fine for men to shout at a women on the street as long they’re shouting “compliments.” [Feministing]
• In light of Gwenyth Paltrow/Chris Martin's “conscious uncoupling” this week, Slate created this handy relationship status generator. Want to find out if you’re “organically psudo-coupled,” “macrobiotically throupled,” or “unreservedly solitary”? Of course you do! [Slate]
• Schools in Arlington, Virginia will no longer send kids home if they have head lice. To clarify, lice cannot fly or jump from head to head, and the author of this article thinks it’s awesome that kids with itchy critters can keep learning with their classmates. [Slate]
• San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge may be getting a safety net. With a record number of suicides in the last year, toll money, as well as federal and state funds, would go towards building a net to catch people before it’s too late. [The New York Times]
• Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and steadfast supporter of the racist name, published a letter detailing how he has set up a foundation to assist American Indian tribes, a move that Native activist Suzan Shown Harjo is calling "somewhere between a PR assault and bribery." [Huffington Post]
• The UTNE reader has the first chapter of Grandma Gatewood's Walk, the story of 67-yr-old woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail wearing Keds sneakers and carrying only an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain. [UTNE Reader]