Ashley Wagner is a two-time national champion who missed qualifying for the 2010 Olympic team by a hair, a story that was emphasized by the background commentary in this year's Nationals. Her nerves were apparent at the Nationals, and her long program seemed irrevocably marred by two falls. But Wagner was a lock for the Olympic team for one crucial reason—what NBC, the network broadcasting the Olympics, needs more than champion skaters is a good story.
If you managed to abstain from social media and television last night, you missed the strange awards sideshow that was the Golden Globes. There were some great moments on stage—Emma Thompson was the coolest person in the room as she presented an award barefoot, holding her high heels in one hand and a martini in the other and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had some genuinely funny jokes—but I came away from the night thinking more about who wasn’t on stage: many people of color.
Here's all the feminist news on our radar this morning.
• In the past few years, numerous states have instituted laws banning abortion after 20 weeks. A court ruled Arizona's version of the abortion ban unconstitutional—today the Supreme Court passed on hearing that case, so the ban will have to be changed or struck down. [New York Times]
• The idea of "food gentrification" was getting a lot of discussion Friday on Twitter. Read through the insightful and funny comments on the #foodgentrification feed, but here's one from Bitch contributor Soleil Ho, "#foodgentrification is using white faces to sell products picked and grown and invented by POC." [Twitter]
Even with the stellar hosts, I'm not sure I'll be able to make it through the entire lengthy ceremony. But there are some great films and TV shows up for awards. Whether or not you watch the ceremony, I gathered together a collection of our coverage on many of the nominees.
In honor of Minneapolis band Têtes Noires' latest release, The New American Dream, here is a mixtape of ladies currently dominating the electronic, hip-hop, and garage rock music scenes straight from the Land of 10,000 lakes. While Prince doesn't make a gender-bending appearance, the Têtes feminist infused '80s hits are mixed in. So rock out to Kitten Forever, chill out to Vandaam and don't forget to get your GRRRL PRTY on and dance like a madwoman in between.
Têtes Noires performing at Minneapolis venue First Avenue in 1985.
The best album of 2013 was actually recorded in 1984. That was the year that Têtes Noires—a relatively unknown, but critically acclaimed all-female rock sextet—first released their sophomore album, American Dream. For many reasons, Têtes Noires is an important band in rock history. For one, they are touted as Minneapolis’ first all-female rock band. For two, the ladies accomplished a helluva lot in their relatively short period of being active (from ’83-’87). In that time they started a record label, self-released two albums, toured nationally and earned critical acclaim. Right about now you should be asking yourself, “Wait, how do I not know about Têtes Noires?”