Photo of a Texas pro-choice protester by Mirsasha (Creative Commons)
After a three-day trial, a Texas judge ruled today that a key section of the state’s controversial slate of abortion-rights restriction laws is unconstitutional. The laws, which thousands of Texans filled the state Capitol to protest or support last summer, were set to go into effect at midnight tonight.
When Star Trek first appeared on screen in 1966, it set the model for all sorts of shows to follow—including the theme of unrequited homoerotic relationships. The devotion of Kirk and Spock, full of longing glances and a sexless intimacy, sparked a whole new genre of queer fanfiction and, to this day, keeps fans rabid for every small moment between the two.
These days, TV is full of couples like Kirk and Spock. While these close same-sex relationships can be sweet portraits of loving friendships, they can also cross a line to be queerbating—shows create queer subtext but yank it away before getting to actual feelings, actions, or any clear understanding of the relationship.
"Pray to Jesus" is a good song to kick off Brandy Clark's debut solo album, 12 Stories. Like the tracks that follow, it's from distinctly female point of view with touches of levity underlying real issues of family and livelihood. “Don’t want to be buried in debt or in sin/ So we pray to Jesus and we play the lotto/ Cause there ain’t but two ways we can change tomorrow.”
It's a Friday Bitchtape curated by Northwest indie music label Kill Rock Stars! Here are 11 of our favorite tracks from Kill Rock Stars's 21-year history. Check out new tracks from the past year like Corin Tucker Band's new hit and a classic from Sleater-Kinney.
• Simone Jhingoor thought she was going on the Today show to talk about her work with the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation, which works on family- and child-friendly development projects in the Bronx. Joke's on you, sister—no one wants to hear from you unless you're accepting a surprise marriage proposal! [Slate]
• Jaclyn Friedman runs down the disturbing list of how the Men's Rights movement is relying on an increasingly violent set of tactics to make the case that feminists are the enemy. [The American Prospect]
• Many horror fans will argue that their fave movies are just good scary fun, but Holly Derr makes a persuasive case that such films have a long history of reflecting the social and political climate in which they were made. [Ms.]