On April 5, when you walk down your street, you may see women’s faces looking back at you from the walls you pass. Women whose gazes tell you they are: Defiant. Assertive. Proud. Strong. Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh drew these women for her Stop Telling Women to Smile art project.
• The CIA justified torturing numerous detainees because the information the agency obtained during those interrogations supposedly helped catch Osama bin Laden—but a new in-depth Senate report says torturing people did not help find bin Laden at all. [Guardian]
• Does porn hurt kids? We have no idea. A look at all the research on teens' exposure to porn yields completely inconclusive results. [New York Times]
This mix is inspired by openly queer artists who are making electronic/dance/house/groovy/SHAKE-IT tunes. When times are tough, you've gotta keep movin'. Queers know that sentiment all too well. There's nothing like a great mix to lift the spirits and move the body!
This mixtape is curated by Dani, who is a member of the queer punk-house band Du Og Meg and loud gay bands Love & Caring and Forever. She also DJs groovy vinyl records and does some writing for She Shreds (the Magazine for Female Guitarists and Bassists). You can check out the work recorded at her studio, Sister Secrets, and email her here.
• The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a portion of Texas's controversial abortion laws on Thursday, mandating that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic and introducing more restrictions on drug-induced abortions. The law has resulted in the closure of a number of rural clinics in the state. [The Wire]
• State politicians have begun to respond to the disturbing trend of revenge porn by introducing legislation to make it a federal crime to post nude photos online without the subject's permission. [Gawker]
• Award-winning filmmakers Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum have a passion for telling the stories of trail-blazing women who are often overlooked by historians. Their latest project is Letters from Baghdad, the story of Gertrude Bell who drew the borders of Iraq after World War I and founded the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities which was ransacked in the 2003 American invasion. You can support Letters from Baghdad on the project’s Kickstarter page. [lettersfrombaghdad.com]
• Snickers produced an ad showing us how hilarious it is for men to be respectful to women public. Hahaha! Also it’s totally fine for men to shout at a women on the street as long they’re shouting “compliments.” [Feministing]
• In light of Gwenyth Paltrow/Chris Martin's “conscious uncoupling” this week, Slate created this handy relationship status generator. Want to find out if you’re “organically psudo-coupled,” “macrobiotically throupled,” or “unreservedly solitary”? Of course you do! [Slate]
American prisons have a dark history of forced sterilization: Louisville residents protested forced sterilizations in 1971. Photo from the Southern Conference Educational Fund via the History News Network.
When I first caught sight of a Madeline Burrows, the writer and performer at the center of new play Mom Baby God, I wanted to head straight for the bathroom and hide. She was sporting a side ponytail and pink hoodie, chatting up theatergoers with a chirpy valley girl lilt about some sort of “Students for Life Conference.” Just as I was about to make a beeline for the can, she caught me in her weird immersive-theater snare.
• Schools in Arlington, Virginia will no longer send kids home if they have head lice. To clarify, lice cannot fly or jump from head to head, and the author of this article thinks it’s awesome that kids with itchy critters can keep learning with their classmates. [Slate]
• San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge may be getting a safety net. With a record number of suicides in the last year, toll money, as well as federal and state funds, would go towards building a net to catch people before it’s too late. [The New York Times]
I remember a simpler time when shopping at a craft store was not a political act. In those hazy golden days of about three years ago, I could simply waltz into a Hobby Lobby, purchase some fabric glue and sequins and not feel like I’d just turned my dollars over to a right-wing cause.
This week, the executives of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are at the Supreme Court backing a lawsuit that could gut the new federal requirement that companies’ provide insurance coverage for birth control.