Two weeks ago, Facebook made a small change to its Community Standards, redefining what is considered “obscene.” Specifically, the company now allows its customers to publish photographs of women breastfeeding in which an exposed nipple might be seen. This may seem like a small change, but since Facebook has one billion users—making it the third largest “country” in the world—this new approach to breastfeeding is significant.
Three stories from women writers about life on the road, including Allyson McCabe's interview with Led Zeppelin cover band Lez Zeppelin, Erin Gilbert's profile of a mysterious desert traveler in the early 1900s, and storyteller Kimberly Dark's tale of big people in small airplane seats.
Yesterday was Juneteenth, the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In the spirit of freedom and liberation, Colored Girls Hustle Hard made a mixtape that aims to amplify the voices of women of color through music.
Read more about the mix and get information about the songs below the cut.
• In the ongoing fight against Internet trolls claiming the web for their hegemonic gains, beware of faux feminist trolls spawned by 4chan. The notorious Internet swamp is targeting feminists of color via Twitter, and would like to think we haven’t caught on to their devious ways. [Death and Taxes]
Kelly Cogswell's new book details the origins of the Lesbian Avengers—seen at left eating fire at an Dyke March in the early 1990s (photo by Carolina Kroon).
Before reading Kelly Cogswell’s book Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, I confess I didn’t know about Dyke TV. I didn’t know about the first and largest Dyke March in DC that 20,000 people attended in April of 1993. I certainly didn’t know my undergraduate English professor from Hunter College, Sarah Chinn, was a part of the Lesbian Avengers.
“Don’t turn your back, give them your breast!” This phrase is the linchpin of Mexico City’s controversial new marketing scheme to promote breastfeeding. We all know that breastfeeding is something healthy that helps both moms and kids, so what can be so bad about a campaign promoting it? Take a look at the ads.