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On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the news on our radar this morning: 

• Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility! Take the time to check out some blogs written by trans folks or donate to a trans-friendly organization. [Autostraddle] 

• At the end of last week, the White House released its proposal to end the NSA's ongoing, massive collection of phone records. Here are five things to know about the new policy. [Mother Jones] 

• The CIA justified torturing numerous detainees because the information the agency obtained during those interrogations supposedly helped catch Osama bin Laden—but a new in-depth Senate report says torturing people did not help find bin Laden at all. [Guardian] 

Does porn hurt kids? We have no idea. A look at all the research on teens' exposure to porn yields completely inconclusive results. [New York Times] 

• Biopic Cesar Chavez: An American Hero premiered nationwide over the weekend. Reviewer Lori Flores says the film overlooks the stories of women in the farm workers' movement. [Colorlines] 

• Canada's Q Radio hosted a debate last week on whether "rape culture" is an accurate or alarmist term. Clearly, the debate provoked a lot of backlash from Canadians who were appalled with one commentator's suggestion that sexual assault on campuses is actually overreported and sexual assault would not happen if women didn't get drunk. [CBC,, Vancouver Weekly]

• Right-wing singer Ted Nugent likes to invoke a surprising hero when talking about his gun-rights activism: Rosa Parks. [The Grio] 

• Writer Lynx Sainte-Marie penned this moving essay on being black and having chronic disabilities. [Black Girl Dangerous] 

Cult classic Heathers came out 25 years ago—watching it now, the film is a surprisingly dark and cynical critique of a culture that's indifferent to suffering. [The Atlantic] 

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A polite correction:

It's just Heathers, not the Heathers.

I can't believe that movie is 25 yrs old.

I love my dead gay son!

you're right!

I've been saying "The Heathers" for years. Thanks for righting my ways. I made this change.

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The new Ford commercial!

So I know consumerism is crushing us as a nation, but it's pretty cool when people do it better (I almost said right, but continuing this cycle of debt and endless workweeks to obtain what we are told we "need" is not right). Here, Ford slams Cadillac's super annoying commercial. Cadillac portrays a very wealthy American in his luxurious home talking about Americans almost as if he is an average American. This belittles the fact so many of us struggle and leaves you with the feeling that if you don't have it all, you're doing something wrong. Ford strikes back mirroring Cadi's male actor with a strong female American that owns a composting company and touches on making the world a better place alongside other Americans. Awesome.