On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup
Here's all the news on our radar today:
• The GOP celebrated May Day by filibustering a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, protecting corporate freedom to underpay workers. [Autostraddle]
• Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the congresswoman who survived a point-blank gunshot wound to her head in 2011, appeared at a gun control hearing Thursday to discuss new legislative avenues to protect women from gun violence. [Huffington Post]
• Military sexual assaults are up 50 percent in the last year as a result of increased reporting. The government is specifically targeting male victims who report at an even lower rate than female victims. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a recent news conference, "We have to fight the cultural stigmas that discourage reporting and be clear that sexual assault does not occur because a victim is weak, but rather because an offender disregards our values and the law." [AP]
• Fox News’ Shepard Smith allegedly got demoted for asking the network permission to come out publicly as gay. While that’s a big problem, this piece in Salon lays out why Fox’s anti-gay agenda is much worse than it’s internal employee relations, calling it a “festering cesspool of reflexive bigotry.” Yikes. [Slate]
• Whitney Lee, a transgender inmate in an Ohio prison whose hormone treatments have been stopped, is fighting for her treatments to continue through the remainder of her three year sentence. [Guardian]
• Professional boxer Floyd Merriwether has a long history of committing violence against women. Yesterday Merriwether attempted to retaliate against his ex-fiance Shantel Jackson by posting an image of a sonogram that he claimed was proof she had gotten an abortion, saying the two split because he “doesn’t believe in killing babies.” [Jezebel]
• New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music is highlighting the cinematic women of punk with a film series, "Punk Rock Girls." The series will feature 12 punk-inspired movies, including Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains (below). Lazy Sunday is gonna be so hardcore this weekend. [Huffington Post]
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