Here's all the feminist news on our radar this morning.
• First, the NSA spied on American citizens. Then it spied on French citizens. Then it spied on the Mexican government. How much more ridiculous can this get? [Al Jazeera]
• When "Think Pink" is really more like "Think Profit": The NFL makes a ton of money off selling breast cancer awareness promotional pink merchandise this month, giving only a small slice of profits to the American Cancer Society. [Philly.com]
Happy Friday! It's time for another special edition of our daily roundup, this time of news that is both unsurprising and deeply, thoroughly depressing. Get ready to be simultaneously weary and outaged!
• In related news, Slate's Emily Yoffe really thought she was dropping a truth bomb when she penned this article telling college women not to drink. Women are more likely to experience rape when alcohol is involved? Wow, Emily, you don't say. Hey, here's what else is involved when women are raped: rapists. [Slate, Feministing]
• Overt sexism at a comic con? You don't say! (Added reminder: If you're a nerd who's throughly over this bullshit, you probably already know that this weekend is Geek Girl Con, but I'm going to mention it anyway because it's one of the few cons where entitlement to female bodies isn't billed as a selling point.)
• In not so shocking news: new research from Minnesota shows that colleges with more health services have students with lower rates of pregnancy and higher rates of birth control and condom use. [Bedsider]
A victim of sexual assault should be able to get a fair investigation without having to plead her case on national media.
But after prosecutors in the Missouri town of Marysville dropped rape and sexual exploitation charges against two locals, a teen girl and her mom are speaking out with the hope that media pressure will lead the state to reopen the case
Here's the feminist news we've got on our radar today.
• Friday was National Coming Out Day. Jayson Flores asks what it means when we celebrate "straight-acting gays" for coming out while mocking those who are more gender non-conforming for telling us what we already presume to know. [PolicyMic]
• After receiving criticism for its "buy one, give one" business model that fails to address systemic causes of poverty and displaces local shoe producers, TOMS announces plans to begin manufacturing some shoes in Haiti starting in 2014. [Public Radio International]
• When urban scientist Dr. Danielle N. Lee turned down an offer to write for Biology Online, its editor called her an "urban whore." Then she wrote a blog post about it for Scientific American and they deleted her post without informing her. [Slate]
• Christina Aguilera traveled to Rwanda with the World Food Program to feed children, continuing a long legacy of white American celebrities "saving the children" in Africa. [Africa Is A Country]
• Viceinterviewed Petra Collins about her controversial American Apparel vagina t-shirt, feminism, menstruation, and pubic hair. Collins says, "Women are supposed to be submissive, we’re not supposed to be in control of our sexuality, so I guess it’s scary when a woman goes through puberty and gets hair and is able to take control of herself and her body." [Vice]
Let us know what's on your radar in the comments section.
• We're heard that women can't be soldiers, scientists, political leaders. Now, some bigwigs in the world of classical music are arguing that women also can't be conductors. You know, those people with the batons on a podium. Come ON, world. [NPR]
• The National Center for Transgender Equality released a new report highlighting the challenges of transgender immigrants. [Colorlines]
• According to the head of animation on the new Disney princess movie Frozen, animating female characters is super hard because they need to have emotions and look pretty. Here's the quote: “Animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression.” [The Mary Sue]
• Ohio’s abortion restrictions are an example of the pro-life incremental strategy: pushing the boundaries of Supreme Court guidelines without technically violating them. And it’s working: only 11 clinics remain in Ohio, and some more may be forced to close. [NYT]