A protester at Slutwalk in New York — photo by Dave Bledsoe via Creative Commons.
On September 28, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that makes California the first state in the nation to require universities receiving state funds to use an “affirmative consent standard” for determining whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity.
Is there such a thing as break-up season? If so, I think we’re in the middle of it. A few of my good friends are in the middle of break-ups right now and as I was looking around for a song to comfort them, I heard Mika Ben Yami’s “Nothing is Wrong.” Geez, what a perfect song. It inspired this whole mixtape of somewhat upbeat and sincere songs that are good for sad times.
Alynda Lee Segarra has never been vague about her intended audience. When we reviewed her newest album earlier this year, the force behind the band Hurray for the Riff Raff said her songs were intended for “people who feel down and out and feel like outcasts in society.” Last week, Segarra and her band put their (but actually our) money where their mouth is.
• The streets of Hong Kong are still filled with pro-democracy protesters and the calls for more representative government show no signs of slowing down. The government, meanwhile, is hoping to just wait out the protests. [New York Times]
Yesterday Gawker reported that Girls creator Lena Dunham would not be paying the opening acts on the tour for her book Not That Kind of Girl. This was a galling financial revelation given that this is not a typical book tour—an author with a miniscule travel budget hoping to fill seats at a few bookstores—but a 12-city extravaganza where tickets to see the author and opening local performers were going for $38 a pop. By the end of the day, Dunham had responded to the criticism with a pledge to pay the opening acts.