This week's BitchTapes mix collects some favorite songs from artists we didn't know about this time last year. Music writer Katie Presley recently rounded up some of her feminist music discoveries of 2013 and I thought they'd make a pretty sweet mix. I was right!
• Syria is the most deadly place in the world for journalists. A new book recounts the work and death of legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died while on assignment in Syria last winter. [Mother Jones]
Since the release of Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, there’s been almost daily internet back-and-forth about its merits, its morality, its shortcomings, and—above all—the question of whether it glorifies greed, amoral excess, and misogyny.
This weekend, news broke that longtime feminist musician Ani DiFranco was planning to hold a songwriting retreat at Nottoway Plantation, a ritzy plantation-turned-hotel in Louisiana. It’s clearly a bad idea to hold a “Righteous Retreat” on a former plantation and many writers online have taken the opportunity to discuss how the incident brings up big issues of race, privilege, and activism.
The drawback of a dynamic online conversation is that it can be difficult to follow a discussion as it takes place across Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. So here in one place are five takes on the plantation retreat.
Let's start by saying this: Calling a year "good for women in music" is fairly ridiculous. What that phrase translates to is usually more like "I can name three lady songs from this year!" or "Beyoncé made an album this year!"
It's the last day of the year! Here's all the feminist news on our radar.
• If you missed the news yesterday that Ani DiFranco was planning to hold a songrwriting retreat on a former plantation (before cancelling the event after outcry this weekend), check out writer Mallory Ortberg's very funny satirical "Note from Ani DiFranco."[The Toast]
• The United States is slowly releasing innocent people from Guantanamo. Nine people have been freed this month, but we'reheading into 2014 with 155 prisoners remaining in Guantanamo, half of whom the military has cleared for release. [New York Times]
• Right now, the Israeli state health service only covers the cost of abortions in the case of medical emergencies, rape, or incest if the woman is between 20 and 40. Next year, it looks like the state might cover all abortions, regardless of reason. [The Frisky]
• Nearly all British internet service providers have been outfitted with "safety filters" meant to block porn—but they also block sex-ed advice. [Telegraph]
Brooklyn-based literary magazine n+1 has a small new book out this month that chronicles 13 smart women talking about literature.
The slim No Regretsis a set of three transcribed roundtable discussions with 12 participants (all writers, editors, activists, artists, and academics) and moderator Dayna Tortorici about what the women recall from their lives and reading lists in their early twenties.
Read an excerpt from No Regrets about trying to read On the Road and other dude-centric books.
The best way to talk about comics is through comics. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we’re partnering with comics collective Ladydrawers to publish online a series of six comics about easy steps the comics industry could take to embrace a more diverse fan base.