Did you know the American Library Association has a Feminist Task Force? Of course they do. Each year, a group of people from this task force undertake a mission called the Amelia Bloomer Project where they name the best feminist books of the year for young readers.
• A judge had to order a hospital in Fort Worth to remove a brain-dead pregnant woman from life support in accordance with her family's wishes—the hospital staff fought the family to keep her on mechnical life support so that her 14-week-old fetus could continue gestating. [RH Reality Check]
• The GOP candidate challenging Maine Senator Susan Collins in the Republican primary has a history of domestic abuse—Mother Jones has his scary-to-read court file. [Mother Jones]
The text reads, "Hey there Special-K Lady. I know you think I should diet so I can be slim just like you. Thing is, I think I look pretty fabulous just the way I am. Also, Special-K tastes like cardboard so piss off."
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It's well known that female artists are underrepresented in art museums, but what about in our more modern and malleable institutions?
Next week, groups of artists and tech-savvy folks around the country are taking aim at gender imbalance in representation of female artists on Wikipedia. The "Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thon" being held in New York on February 1st has inspired simultaneous editing marathons in 17 other cities, all focused on adding more female artists to the public encyclopedia and fleshing out the meager entries of existing women artists.
It turns out Tacocat's in good company: there are a surprising number of upbeat songs featuring women rapping and singing about menstruation! I found seven other songs about periods—plus a bonus track of Maragaret Cho rapping—and am happy to present 28 minutes of vag-tastic music.
• Seahawks player Richard Sherman points out how calling him a "thug" has a racial connotation: "The reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now," he said. "It's like everybody else said the N-word and then they say 'thug' and that's fine. It kind of takes me aback and it's kind of disappointing because they know." [CBS Sports]
Since the beginning of January, Whole Foods has been screaming it from their Facebook pages, corporate blog, news affiliates, and tastefully designed signage: “Collards are the new kale!” While at first glance this just seems like a flash-in-the-pan and downright lazy line of ad copy, its casual, trend-focused language raised red flags among some people.
Don't just hate media—make media. On this episode of Popaganda, we spend time with five women who edit great magazines for young women. First off, Bitch's Andi Zeisler talks with Tavi Gevinson of Rookie. Then we meet up with the staff of She Shreds, an upstart magazine for female guitarists. Finally, we call up the editorial director of Canadian teen feminist magazine Shameless. All in all, the interviews show the ideas and challenges behind making media for young people, and how it's possible to get your own story onto the newstand.
Hurray for the Riff Raff performing (in a van) for a live show at SXSW last year.
Alynda Lee Segarra plays for an audience of misfits. “My songs are about people who feel down and out and feel like outcasts in society,” explains the singer and guitarist best known for her band Hurray For The Riff Raff. “And that’s who I want to come to the shows, too. Maybe because they hate the music on the radio now or they feel like music doesn’t have a soul anymore or they feel like their gender isn’t represented there.”