• Renowned poet and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. Here are two moving ways to remember her work this morning: a video of her reading "On the Pulse of Morning" at the swearing-in of President Bill Clinton and a powerful nterview in 2008 where she said, "I think every year has been challenging. Every day challenges. Some of the challenges were more public than others." [New York Times, Colorlines]
• Misogyny kills: I'm sure we are all shaken by the death of six people in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday after a 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree. He spent time on men's rights activist websites and posted a YouTube video the day before the shooting saying that he would "slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see." As Jessica Valenti writes in the Guardian: "The truth is that there is no such thing as a lone misogynist—they are created by our culture, and by communities that tells them that their hatred is both commonplace and justified." [Belle Jar, Guardian]
• A survivor of a Boko Haram attack in 2011 told her story to the US Congress and media this week. Deborah Peter (above), a 15 year-old girl from Nigeria held a paper sign reading “#BringBackMySisters” for the press to see as she recounted the horrific story of violence and her escape. [Time]
• While it’s too soon to determine the long-term effects of Colorado’s January weed legalization, there are notable short-term effects: the increased availability of edibles to children, a number of hash-oil related house fires, and a nearly $100 million jump in projected tax revenue. [Slate]
• A Sandy Springs, Georgia woman is suing for the right to buy sex toys in her town, calling the city’s ordinance on “obscene material” an “overt and intrusive attempt to police her bedroom habits.” [PolicyMic]
• "I am fighting against sexism, are you?" Last week, male students from 27 schools in Nantes, France, wore skirts to school to show support for the country's new gender equality curriculum. [Mashable]
• An Indiana man convicted of repeatedly drugging and then sexually assaulting his wife over the course of three years will not be sent to prison. His sentence? Eight years of home confinement. Beyond appalling. [LA Times]
• The great playwright and writer Lorraine Hansberry would have been 84 years old this week. Not only was she an incredible, boundary-defying talent, Hansberry was also the inspiration for the Nina Simone scorcher, "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black." For Harriet pays tribute, as should we all. [For Harriet]
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• The New Yorkerinterviewed Peggy McIntosh, the Wellesley professor and writer of the groundbreaking 1988 paper “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.” [The New Yorker]
• “As long as physical standards of feminine beauty are causing smart, funny, talented women—famous or not—even an instant of self doubt or self reproach, we need to keep discussing them.” [xoJane]
• The Center for Disease Control has recommended a daily dose of HIV prophlaxis—an antiretroviral drug called Truvada—to prevent the spread of the disease in the United States. What does this mean for condom use and the queer community? [New York Times]
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