A still from the NBC coverage of Adelina Sotnikova's surprising winning skate at the 2014 Olympics.
There are two ways to succeed at sports: by being memorable, or by winning.
Note that one achievement does not necessarily imply the other, and that in some sports the two can even be mutually exclusive. In a year’s time, ask the average American which athletes medaled at the bobsled events in Sochi, and then if they can remember which country’s lovably low-ranking bobsled team was the focus of the movie Cool Runnings. (Jamaica’s two-man bobsled team also qualified at this year’s games, ultimately finishing dead last. Now, quick: tell me who won the gold.)
• Children's book author Walter Dean Meyers and his son wrote a pair of moving articles about the lack of people of color in books for kids: "As I discovered who I was, a black teenager in a white-dominated world, I saw that these characters, these lives, were not mine." [New York Times]
• A look at Atlanta's food deserts: In the ninth-biggest city in the world's richest country, many residents have trouble getting access to fresh, affordable food. [Guardian]
When The CW canceled beloved TV show Veronica Mars in 2007, I was in my last year of college, huddled around the TV with friends. We all berated The CW for canceling our favorite show about a teenage private eye only to replace it with a reality show about The Pussycat Dolls.
I grew up on punk and alternative music and given that my introduction to feminism came from Riot Grrrl, I was strongly attracted to woman-fronted bands and so many great bands came out of Los Angeles, including X. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I would seek out music that sounded more like the Los Angeles that reflected my upbringing and my community, which was predominantly Latino. Los Angeles' Los Abandoned was my gateway drug.
For the Maps & Legends issue of Bitch, I wrote about of my favorite LA bands in an article called "Riffs of Passage—Three L.A. bands with more than music on their mind." Here's a mixtape to accompany that article.
• Debate ensued this week around gendered application of the “bossy” label for girls and women. Sheryl Sandberg weighed in along with a twitterverse full of parents speaking about their own daughters. [The Guardian]
I've been running all over Austin this week, trying to cram in as many SXSW shows into my days and nights as humanly possible. I've done a pretty decent job, hitting up 17 shows in two days. Here we go!
Monica Jones is a sex workers' right advocate in Phoenix, Arizona, a trans woman of color, and a social work student. On Friday, March 14th, she’ll go on trial for “manifestation of prostitution.”
Jones's arrest and prosecution is a collision of two dicey issues: the history of "rescuing" sex workers by locking them up and the pervasive police profiling of trans women—particularly trans women of color—as assumed prostitutes.
I don't like sex at all, and in fact it brings up some traumatic memories. It's painful for me to be around sexual situations. Even seeing certain phrases or behaviors makes me panic, and this makes my sex-positive friends very angry with me. How can I live my life in peace without having to deal with sexual material all the time?
• Thousands of foreign-born kids who were raised in the United States have received a hard-won right to deferred deportation—but the program that grants them paperwork to stay in the country legally runs out in November and it looks like renewing your papers will be expensive and confusing. [Colorlines]
• Oh no, not a new Gallup Poll! And at the bottom of the list: Only 24 percent of Americans care about climate change “a great deal” and only 17 percent care about race relations. Where’s my passport? [Salon]
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