Television, historically, has not been a welcoming place for transgender people. "Trans representation" has previously consisted mainly of male sitcom characters relating stories about dating women who turned out to be transgender, and then saying "Eww!"
Things are changing now, though, with the breakthrough success of Laverne Cox on Orange is the New Black and now director Jill Solloway's new half-hour dramedy Transparent. All eleven episodes of Transparent arrive for binge-watching on Amazon today.
The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference. Early last Thursday morning, the murdered bodies of two young black teen girls who were sex workers had been dumped on the side of the road in Jacksonville, FL.
This week's mixtape comes to us from the folks behind the feminist playing cards deck. Fourteen artists created portraits of 56 feminist musicians for the deck—for example, check out Martha Rich's portrait of Josephine Baker as the ace of hearts. The creative team is looking to create a second deck of cards featuring a whole new round of artists and musicians. They're accepting applications from artist who want to participate until October 15th. Go apply!
To get people pysched up for the project, this mixtape features songs from all the musicians emblazoned on the spades of the first feminist playing card deck. This "SHOOTING THE MOON" mix features songs by Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Missy Elliott, Ari Up, Tori Amos, Genya Ravan, Edith Piaf, Janet Weiss, Emma Gaze, and Bebe.
What are young feminists excited about today? On this episode, we head back to school, talking with students around the country about what feminism looks like on their college campuses. The first half of this show explores feminism inside and outside of the classroom, then we have three stories revolving around how colleges respond to sexual assault.
This show features interviews with Harvard Lampoon editor Alexis Wilkinson, Colorado College feminism and gender studies professor Heidi Lewis, filmmaker Kelly Kend, and a University of Oregon student who has deep thoughts on athletics and sexual assault. The team at education website Noodle brings us a story profiling the work of Columbia University artist and activist Emma Sulkowicz, who is carrying her mattress around campus to make a statement about sexual assault. Also on the show: smart ideas for changing campus culture from students at Wesleyan, University of Wisconsin Madison, Lewis and Clark, University of Washington, and UCLA.
Individual show segments and ways to subscribe to the podcast are below the cut.
From using our pencils all the way down to their erasers to taking out the literal trash, we’ve got nonprofit cred. Here’s our top 5 list. Make sure you read all the way through—#2 is pretty important.
5. We all sit in the same 900 square foot office.
Not like, the cool kind of open-space Google Campus high-ceilinged office. A tiny, used-to-be-an-upstairs-apartment kind of room. Need to make a private phone call? The closet is your only hope. We love it. But it’s definitely nonprofit material.
Viola Davis stars as a brilliant criminal law professor Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder.
Last week’s New York Times article about Shonda Rhimes raised a lot eyebrows for its suggestion that the showrunner's autobiography should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. In my work as a psychologist, I’ve seen firsthand how her characters can be good role models for women—not for being angry, but for the way they define themselves positively.