• The American Academy of Pediatrics announced last week that they believe free condoms should be available in high schools. Condoms are particularly important because while rates of teen pregnancy have gone down, rates of STIs among teens have gone up. [RH Reality Check]
• Our culture's view of domestic violence does not include violence in same-sex relationships, which impacts issues like who is allowed into shelters. [The Atlantic]
• This is absolutely horrible. A group of young men in Auckland, NZ that call themselves "Roast Busters" have been gang raping young women and putting footage of it up on social media to slut shame them for years. Because none of the women have come forward, the police have not started an investigation. [Jezebel]
Now in its third year, Short Run is a women-owned arts organization in Seattle that celebrates small press in all its forms, from zines, comics, art books, and more. We have events planned all throughout November, leading to a spectacular book fair at historic Washington Hall on Saturday, November 30th with over 120 writers and artists in attendance.
Bitch asked us to put together a list of our favorite small press artists from the festival. Grab a copy of these wherever you can find them!
Each week on Oh Joy Sex Toy, intrepid artists explore some aspect of sex through comics. This week is a guest strip from R. Stevens and Actual Sex Educator Emily Nagoski who is a super cool lady writing a bunch about the science of sex and all this other stuff about sex.
Director Kim Peirce and the blood-soaked poster for her new film, the Carrie remake.
Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce is a crusader. Like the protagonist of her latest film, Carrie, Hollywood has failed to bully her around. She’s kept at the business and art she loves, despite being passed her over for major projects and has carved out her own success, taking the helm of unconventional films like Boys Don’t Cry and Stop Loss. During her long career, she’s also been an outspoken voice against censorship—as best seen in This Film is not yet Rated—and, in her free time, directed an episode of The L Word.
Peirce spoke with Bitch about her history with Carrie White, the appeal of revenge stories, mother-daughter relationships, and filmmaking while female.
Autumn is a glut of new music and bands on tour, so it's precisely zero surprising that our new music roundup for October is our longest yet. This month, we've got the world premiere of a new video by Julia Weldon, a song by a band called Hand Job Academy, and much, much more.
Here's all the feminist news on our radar this morning.
• The Senate votes on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act today, which would ban discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. President Obama urged support for the bill last night, writing, "Americans ought to be judged by one thing only in their workplaces: their ability to get their jobs done. Does it make a difference if the firefighter who rescues you is gay?" [Feministing]