It makes sense for public health departments to invest in distributing free condoms. But why would a city spend a million dollars a giving out free condoms—then allow police to use those very same condoms as evidence of prostitution? This may sound ridiculous, but this has been the reality in New York City.
• 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]
It’s easy to roll your eyes at trolling—to say “don’t read the comments” and dismiss trolls as just a bunch of haters. But let’s talk about trolling for what it really is: disruptive behavior that seeks reinforce power over marginalized communities. The power issues that motivate trolling become especially obvious when you talk to fat-acceptance activists about their work online.
Excitement was running high at the marriage license office in Portland, Oregon on Monday, May 19. A crowd counted down the minutes until a federal judge planned to announce his ruling in a case challenging Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.
• 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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Last week’s response to our $30,000 match challenge was nothing short of incredible.
We’re thrilled to report that thanks to 197 new B-Hive members, subscribers, and donors—on top of those readers who were inspired by Kathleen Hanna’s letter and chipped in earlier this month—we’re nearly halfway to our goal: $14,603.27.
We’re so thankful to all those who have contributed, but with just 12 days to go to reach the $30,000 match, we need all hands on deck.
I’m just going to cut to the chase: To stay on track to reach our goal by May 31, we need to raise another $3,760 by the end of the day today.
If you missed last week’s news, here’s the short of it. One generous donor pledged to match every single dollar to Bitch Media during the month of May, up to $30,000. That means that when you subscribe, donate, or join the B-Hive, your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar—and we can’t afford to leave a single cent on the table.
Where will you not see much of Rogue this summer? In the new X-Men movie.
Every time I type “superheroine” into Microsoft Word, it’s underlined with a red squiggle to tell me that there’s no such term. “Superheroine” is as made-up a concept as “asdfjlad,” and the computer’s all-knowing dictionary adds insult to injury by asking whether I really mean to type “superhero.”
I was a feminist before I was a geek. Unfortunately, this summer's comic book blockbusters make it tricky to be both.
Welcome back to Don and Peggy Are The Absolute BestMad Men. It was an episode where plenty of stuff happened—Pete joined the Mile-High Club, Don headed closer to a divorce, a closeted GM exec was outed in a horrifying if historically accurate manner, and a perfectly good cake was destroyed by Pete's petulance. But "The Strategy" will likely go down in Mad Men history as one of the show's best episodes for its quieter revelations, which cut to the heart of the characters' humanity in ways that exemplify why we keep watching. Read on for our take on the episode.