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On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

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Here's all the news on our radar today:

• Misogyny kills: I'm sure we are all shaken by the death of six people in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday after a 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree. He spent time on men's rights activist websites and posted a YouTube video the day before the shooting saying that he would "slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see." As Jessica Valenti writes in the Guardian: "The truth is that there is no such thing as a lone misogynist—they are created by our culture, and by communities that tells them that their hatred is both commonplace and justified." [Belle Jar, Guardian] 

• Today is Memorial Day and I was moved by these photos of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans—it's also a good time to reflect on how many veterans spend far too long waiting for healthcare at VA hospitals. [Mother Jones, The Takeaway] 

• As we recognize Memorial Day, Indian Country Today reminds us about this day in Native history: it's the anniversary of the Pequot Massacre. [Indian Country Today] 

• The New York Times had a front-page, above-the-fold article in Sunday's edition that highlights a terrible reality the country often ignores: immigration detention centers have thousands of people perform jobs for $1 a day or pay them just in commissary credit.  [New York Times] 

• Comics writer Gail Simone had some smart things to say about women in the comics industry and the perception of female comic book characters as being just "window dressing" for a boy's club. [Shakesville] 

• One of the writers for Orange is the New Black penned an essay about how working on the show helped her realize she's gay. [PolicyMic] 

• There's a cool new line of swimwear specifically for breast cancer survivors: the Monokini. [Photo by Monokini, via The Gloss

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"Misogynist extremism" and the UCSB shootings

I rounded up a few insightful pieces, including Jessica Valenti's, that discuss the misogyny in our culture and how we need to reckon with it in light of events like the tragic shoots in Isla Vista. http://ofmeansandends.com/2014/05/26/isla-vista-misogynist/