In Catching Fire, the normally unflappable Effie Trinket seems increasingly dismayed at her role as media handler.
The Hunger Games series is about a lot of things—growing up, violence, a boy with the same name as a delicious bread—but the new film, Catching Fire, has the feel of a political thriller.
While the first film the now-four-part (ugh) series focused a lot of its story on the action of the Hunger Games themselves and the life-and-death choices of each character, Catching Fire frames its story from beginning to end as a bigger, meatier critique of how governments use media to keep control.
• It turns out that Plan B—the emergency contraceptive pill that reproductive rights advocates have spent a decade trying to make accessible to all American women—may not be effective for women who weigh over 176 pounds. The European manufacturer of an identical "morning after" pill says the medication begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh over 165 pounds, which is especially upsetting as the average weight of American women is 166 pounds. [Mother Jones]
• In case you missed it: Katy Perry's "geisha" performance at the American Music Awards was not okay. [The Atlantic]
• Immigrant rights activists calling for an end to deportations of undocumented immigrants' family members disrupted Obama's speech in San Francisco's Chinatown yesterday. [Colorlines]
• Feminista Jones explores an interesting question: Does sex addiction exist? Is there a double standard around how women are diagnosed as hypersexual? [Ebony]
• Obamacare enrollment is targetting moms, encouraging them to get their kids and communities to sign up for healthcare—a strategy that makes clear how women do a social and emotional work in communities that is often invisible. [Guardian]
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New York artist Donna Choi wanted to create a “weird, memorable way” to discuss fetishization of Asian women, so she put together a satirical series about how to diagnose Yellow Fever—the specific obsession many Western men have with Asian culture.
The over-the-top series is a discussion of race crafted for the attention span of the Internet.
There's no escaping the holidays. Our only hope is to make 'em our own. This episode tells four tales of subverting the holidays.
First, we talk with author Sherman Alexie about his take on Thanksgiving. Then, we get advice from the folks behind Adbusters and the Story of Stuff project on celebrating the season without getting caught up in consumerism. From there, we talk with a vegan chef who is transforming America's most meat-centric holiday, Thanksgiving, into a vegetable feast. To round it all out, Bitch editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler reads an essay about Jewish Christmas.
Photo of a Texas pro-choice protester by Mirsasha (Creative Commons)
For the past decade, individual states have waged all out war on reproductive rights. Every week it seems like there’s a new abortion restrictions bill that progressive advocates desperately scramble to fight. But last week, for the first time in ten years, Democrats went on the offensive on abortion rights: a coalition of Senators and Representatives introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), the first federal bill in a decade that would expand abortion rights.
• People who are willing to speak out in favor of prison reform often forget that violent offenders are humans, too, and they suffer from the same forms of injustice as non-violent drug offenders. [This Ain't Livin']
On Sunday, November 17th, the British author Doris Lessing died in her home in London at age 94. Lessing’s writing and life were exemplary—she held herself and society to a high standard—and if you were searching for a woman writer who might serve as a role model, you certainly could do much worse.
Lessing was a writer who refused to let others define her, and insisted (much earlier than most) that women’s inequality was part of a larger, all-encompassing problem of inequality in the world. She is one of only 13 women who have ever received the Nobel Prize for literature.
Guinevere Turner first made a name for herself with her debut film, Go Fish, cowritten with director and then-girlfriend (although they broke up mid-shooting) Rose Troche. Turner went on to direct many short films, wrote for The L Word (and played the elusive heartbreaker Gabby Deveaux), not to mention cowriting the scripts of American Psychoand The Notorious Bettie Page.
Turner is now working on her feature length directorial debut with Creeps, a film about a chosen family of somewhat aimless twenty and thirty-something friends living in L.A. in the nineties. I had the privilege of interviewing Turner about Creeps, and the ongoing Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund the project—it's over in four days!
• Young Lakota, which tells the story of three young activists on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, is premiering November 25th. Check out our review of the documentary in our new Food Issue! [Racialicious]