On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup
Here's all the feminist news on our radar today.
• It turns out that Plan B—the emergency contraceptive pill that reproductive rights advocates have spent a decade trying to make accessible to all American women—may not be effective for women who weigh over 176 pounds. The European manufacturer of an identical "morning after" pill says the medication begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh over 165 pounds, which is especially upsetting as the average weight of American women is 166 pounds. [Mother Jones]
• In case you missed it: Katy Perry's "geisha" performance at the American Music Awards was not okay. [The Atlantic]
• Immigrant rights activists calling for an end to deportations of undocumented immigrants' family members disrupted Obama's speech in San Francisco's Chinatown yesterday. [Colorlines]
• Zerlina Maxwell discusses how "Stand Your Ground" laws don't seem to apply to women—at least not in one major case. [BET]
• A look at aggression against LGBT folks in Russia shows an alarming political and social reality. [Dissent]
• Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says his state's ban on same-sex marriage is a "healthy balance" to its laws protecting LGBT folks from workplace discrimination. [Advocate]
• Feminista Jones explores an interesting question: Does sex addiction exist? Is there a double standard around how women are diagnosed as hypersexual? [Ebony]
• Obamacare enrollment is targetting moms, encouraging them to get their kids and communities to sign up for healthcare—a strategy that makes clear how women do a social and emotional work in communities that is often invisible. [Guardian]
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