On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news on our radar today.

chart showing that abortion rates are as low now as in 1973

• First off, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest since 1973. Though some of that decline might be due to new laws preventing women from obtaining abortions, the biggest driver of the declining abortion rate is likely the spread of affordable birth control access. [Feministing]   

• The Super Bowl is over, but the campaign to get offensive Native American mascots out of the NFL is not. The National Council of American Indians released a powerful new video for the Change The Mascot effort last week. [Racialicious] 

• Dylan Farrow published an open letter in the New York Times spelling out how she was sexually abused by her adoptive father Woody Allen. [New York Times] 

• Americans now have more student loan debt than credit card debt. Students who attend for-profit universities seem to be getting the biggest rip-off. [Mother Jones] 

• A new Tumblr called Questioning Masculinity asks cisgender guys the same questions trans people are often asked. [h/t @GusAndrews]  

• I was part of a panel about online feminism last week at Yale University, along with Lori Adelman of Feministing and Akiba Solomon of Colorlines. The Yale feminist magazine has a write-up of the discussion, check it out! [Broad Recognition] 

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A couple pieces by Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier guest-blogged at The Washington Monthly over the weekend and wrote a couple pieces I found interesting. The first was about the Lean In organization honoring Ileana Ros-Lentinen even though she's voted against reproductive rights and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_02/sheryl_sandb...) Another piece touched on the fact that the MAKERS conference was going to "reset the agenda for women in the workplace" using executives and Hollywood personalities without including labor unions. (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_02/conference_t...)

Both pieces tie into a theme she touches on in the Lean In piece, which is the selling of individual achievements using feminist language. Her point being that it undermines the use of collective action and ignores structural impediments to equality.