Here's your feminist news roundup for today, Memorial Day.
• In honor of Memorial Day, think about the fastest growing homeless population: female veterans. [Salon]
• A problem that's not going away: The US secretary of defense told graduating West Point cadets that sexual harassment and assault must be "stamped out." [Guardian]
• Who spent all yesterday watching the travails of the Bluths? Here are two older pieces about feminism and class in Arrested Development. [BitchFlicks, Bitch]
• A giant anti-gay march took over Paris yesterday, with tens of thousands of people protesting the new law allowing same-sex marriage. [BBC]
• From one stop on New York's A train to another, the median income drops by $100,000. Here's an interesting piece about race and class on the subway. [Sociological Images]
• Students at UC Berkeley, USC, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth have filed federal complaints that their schools did not properly address sexual assaults. [LA Times]
• The Church of England may at some future point allow female bishops maybe! [Jezebel]
• How not to be a jerk to your friends with depression: A first-person guide. [xoJane]
• Just because it's great: A profile of Patti Smith. [Guardian]
• And just in case you're staying in today with nothing to do, Autostraddle collected a list of educational resources for kinksters. Have fun, kids! [Autostraddle]
What did I miss? Add what you're reading to the comments.
Here's all the feminist news I'm reading today:
• Prime-time TV is more gender-balanced than current films—according to a massive analysis, 39 percent of prime-time TV characters are women, while we make up only 28 percent of film characters. [Sociologial Images]
• Two articles about college graduation, since it's the season: Pictuing the enrollment gap between white students and students of color in college and Obama gives a graduation speech that veers into the territory of finger-wagging. [Racialicious, Colorlines]
• West Virginia has a new law banning sexting between teens, but it could wind up hurting the victims it aims to protect. [RH Reality Check]
• Are you following what's going on with #FBRape? The campaign launched earlier this week to get companies to stop running ads next to Facebook content that promotes violence against women has had a couple companies respond and no word from several others. [Women, Action, and Media]
• The Boy Scouts of America are meeting today to decide whether to life their ban on queer scouts—but keep in place their LGBT adults. [Advocate]
• Bronx environmental activist Majora Carter has fought blight in her community for decades and now says a recent New York Timesprofile of criticisms of her work is off-base and sexist. [The Slant]
• A WalMart security guard called the police on an interracial family because he thought the father must have kidnapped his daughters. [Alternet]
• If you haven't already seen Hyperbole and a Half's moving personal comic about depression, go read it now. That's an order! [Hyperbole and a Half]
What's on your radar? Add links I missed to the comments!
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Here's what I'm reading today—what's the feminist news on your radar?
• Today in shady government spying: New revelations about the extent of the New York Police Department's program that spied on Muslims and the Justice Department may be spying on reporters more often than we think. [Colorlines, Mother Jones]
• Women, Action, and the Media is launching a campaign to get Facebook to stop running ads next to content that promotes violence against women. [RH Reality Check]
• Here's a new video about the 10 Commandments of New York's Stop and Frisk program. [This Week in Black]
• The race crisis in media: People of color make up only about 20 percent of staff at TV stations and were more likely than white employees to lose their jobs in newsrooms during the recession. What can we do? [The Nation]
• Arkansas's legislature overrode the governor's veto to pass restrictive anti-abortion laws. [Shakesville]
• Why do parents read more to their daughters than their sons? [The Atlantic]
• The story of an 18-year-old Florida girl being prosecuted for dating a 15-year-old girl has gone viral and is making people rethink statutory rape laws. [Change.org]
• Go see a real ghetto! A tour company offering $45 tours of the Bronx as a real live "ghetto" has come under fire and changed its focus, slightly. [New York Times]
Oh, hi, Monday. Here's all the feminist news I'm reading today:
• A string of new movies write a greedy new American Dream: AO Scott writes a great piece on The Great Gatsby, The Bling Ring, Spring Breakers, and Pain and Gain as "fables of acquisition." [New York Times]
• A Greenwich Village hate crime: A man in New York gunned down a stranger this week, apparently because the victim was gay. [The Advocate]
• Female artists took home a pile of prizes at the Billboard Music Awards, including big wins for Taylor Swift and Rihanna. [Guardian]
• Spelling out the specific stigmas against women in power saying they have mental illness. [The Frisky]
• How do you challenge censorship in prison? [The American Reader]
• A Yale scholar offers a new, in-depth look at rape during the Civil War. [Women Under Siege]
• Is tree-sitting terrorism? Proposed laws in Oregon would make certain non-violent environmental protests a felony. [Vice]
• Feministing has a rundown of ways anyone can support domestic workers who are organizing themselves for rights. [Feministing]
• Sailor Moon turned femininity into a literal weapon: In praise of "magical girl" TV shows. [Autostraddle]
• Boobs on Facebook: They're only banned if they're real, says Facebook. [Daily Beast]
What's on your radar? Post other good reads to the comments.
Good morning; whatcha reading? Here's our list:
• Prosecutors in the Cleveland kidnapping case are weighing whether to charge Ariel Castro with feticide for intentionally causing Michelle Knight, one of his captives, to miscarry several pregnancies. From a reproductive-justice standpoint, this could set a dangerous precedent. [The Daily Beast]
• Kiera Wilmot, the Florida teen who made national news a few weeks back when she was arrested for causing a small explosion at her school while conducting a science experiment, will not be charged with a crime. And Homer Hickom, the former NASA engineer whose memoir became the movie October Sky, has awarded Kiera a scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy. [The Root, Black Youth Project]
• Eesha Pandit knows she may be expecting too much from The Mindy Project, but her heartfelt piece about how she gave up on the show is still worth a read. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
• How college campuses are taking steps to acknowledge and combat rape culture. [ThinkProgress]
• At the Nation, Farai Chideya considers "the resegregation of American media" and makes a case for why race and class in journalism matter. [The Nation]
• In GQ, The Office's Ellie Kemper asks "Can Men Be Funny?" For extra laughs, check the comments for some angry, satire-deficient responses from actual men. [GQ]
• A great piece from Kma Sullivan on being bored with the quotidian, mindless, and largely unintentonial sexism of ostensibly "good" guys. [The Rumpus]
Here's to your weekend! As always, share your fave current reads in the comments!
Here's all the feminist news I'm reading today. What's on your radar?
• The National Conference of Black Lawyers criticizes the FBI's continued hunt for "most wanted woman" Assata Shakur. [Feminist Wire]
• How Star Trek failed on LGBT issues. [Wired]
• When will the military reach "the tipping point" on rape and actually try to change? [Salon]
• Speaking of the military, here's one female veteran's gripping video about dealing with PTSD. [New York Times]
• The Mindy Project has solid, complex characters of color, while so many shows tend toward stereotypes. [Racialicious]
• In the opposite of the Abercrombie and Fitch firestorm, H&M uses a plus-size model and thinks it's no big deal. [xoJane]
• Is "When did you decide to be straight?" a question that makes sense? One writer says no. [Cori Wong]
• In all the hubbub around Angelina Jolie's mastectomy, one woman explains why she didn't want to get tested for the BRCA gene.
Happy hump-day! Here's some of the feminist news we've been reading at Bitch HQ.
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Welcome to Monday! Here's all the feminist news I'm reading this morning.
• What makes a mother? Here's a sweet little story about being a transgender parent. [The New York Times]
* And to make you feel depressed about Mother's Day: An infographic of maternity leave around the world compared to the US. [Upworthy]
• The final death toll at the Bagladeshi garment factory that collapsed: 1,127. Here's why the tragedy is a feminist issue. [BBC, Red Light Politics]
• Under Siege: A dispatch from North Dakota's last abortion clinic. [Guardian]
• You know what should be easier to fight? Posting naked photos and video of someone online without their consent. [The Atlantic]
• The rise of Beyonce and the fall of Lauryn Hill: A comparison of the two icons. [The Feminist Wire]
• Brave's Merida gets a bit of a thinning makeover by Disney. [Sociological Images]
• And, hey! Did you know there's a new IUD designed specifically for women who haven't had kids? [Go Ask Alice]
What are you reading? Add good links to the comments!
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