Here is a documentary that will write history. The Case Against 8 artfully weaves the tale of the legal fight over same-sex marriage into the personal stories of the people whom our unfair marriage laws most acutely affect. This is the film that will be shown in high school history classes studying the marriage equality movement twenty years from now. And I expect there will not be a dry eye in the class.
I am dealing with a difficult situation involving my partner of three years and many friends and acquaintances. A few years ago I was in an abusive relationship with a man I met through the music scene. He sexually and emotionally abused me and used me financially.
• The New Yorkerinterviewed Peggy McIntosh, the Wellesley professor and writer of the groundbreaking 1988 paper “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.” [The New Yorker]
Since yesterday afternoon, the Internet has been buzzing with the news that Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of theNew York Times, was fired—in part, implied a New Yorker article, because she confronted her higher-ups about her compensation relative to that of her predecessor, Bill Keller.
Lilly Ledbetter is an icon of the fight for equal pay. In person, she’s a very polite and friendly woman whose Alabama drawl draws audiences through complicated subjects like the politics behind the Paycheck Fairness Act and the realities of gender discrimination on the job.
We weren’t sure we were going to be able to say this, but here it is: The May Match is back. Only this time, we have just 17 days to reach our goal and trigger the $30,000 match.
Here’s the story. Last May, one generous donor pledged to match every single dollar to Bitch Media during the month of May, up to $25,000—including subscriptions, B-Hive memberships, and straight-up donations.
This year, we’re in the exact same spot, but with $30,000 hanging in the balance, and less time to reach our goal.
• “As long as physical standards of feminine beauty are causing smart, funny, talented women—famous or not—even an instant of self doubt or self reproach, we need to keep discussing them.” [xoJane]
• The Center for Disease Control has recommended a daily dose of HIV prophlaxis—an antiretroviral drug called Truvada—to prevent the spread of the disease in the United States. What does this mean for condom use and the queer community? [New York Times]
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I set out to watch Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger with enthusiasm. After all, how could I not be excited to watch the story of “a self-described trans-dyke, reluctant-polyamorist, sadomasochist, and recovering Scientologist” who has been instrumental in raising the visibility of transgender folks?
E.J. Assi and Nada Shouhayib star in Detroit Unleaded, where their characters fall in love in a Detroit gas station.
As an Arab American with a background in media criticism, I often feel like a broken record, calling out the endless stereotypes of Arabs in U.S. popular culture. I long for transgressive representations, those that break the mold and offer audiences thought-provoking stories about humanity. When I find them, I exclaim, “Alhamdulillah!”—an Arabic expression that literally means, “Praise be to God,” but culturally translates as: “Hell, yeah!” The independent film Detroit Unleaded deserves such a shout-out.