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.
• In a recently published poll of 53,000 people across the globe, the Anti-Defamation League found that only 54 percent of those surveyed have ever heard of the Holocaust. What. The. What. [The Wire]
• "While the NYPD has ended its practice of mapping and spying on Muslims using plain clothes police officers, it's producing the same results with a different tactic.” Mychal Denzel Smith argues that change cannot come until we begin to question the fundamental goals of policing. [The Nation]
• A 17-year-old girl says she was kicked out of prom because some of the adult chaperones feared she was inspiring “impure thoughts” among male classmates. “I'm not responsible for some perverted 45-year-old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager,” she wrote in response. [Wine & Marble]
• This Thursday, the FCC will vote on a proposal that would give corporations like Verizon and Comcast the power to pay for special treatment, in effect creating a fast lane and a slow lane on the Internet. Although the proposal was revised in response to public pressure, “the new language… doesn’t fundamentally alter the rule’s intent.” [Colorlines]
Give these women all of your ticket sales. From the top left: Caroline Bassett, Karinda Dobbins, Rebecca O'Neal, Rhiannon Archer, a cute cat, Kiran Deol, and Eliza Skinner. (Photos via Twitter and Facebook.)
This past weekend, Portland was overrun with an influx of comedians from around the country for the seventh annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Each week, artist Erika Moen explores some aspect of sex and reports back on the result for her illustrated column, Oh Joy Sex Toy. This week, Erika finally meets her match in a terrifyingly named vibrator.