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On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news on our radar this morning. 

• The journalist who has reported for years on R. Kelly's predation on teen girls discusses why media and the music industry don't seem to care about his behavior: "The saddest fact I've learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody." [Village Voice] 

• Did you spend all weekend listening to Beyonce? Her new surprise album sold more than 430,000 copies in less than two days. [Colorlines] 

• Hundreds of Asian women discussed race on Twitter yesterday using the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick. BlogHer rounded up some of the tweets. [BlogHer] 

• Women have major difficulty breaking into management and leadership roles in Japanese offices, but they're dominating the world of professional extremely polite phone-answering. [New York Times] 

• Today is South Africa's Reconciliation Day—its first without Nelson Mandela. One writer reflects on how the right-wing reaction to Mandela's death shows the link between racism and misogyny. [RH Reality Check] 

• Showtime's Homeland, starring Claire Danes as a CIA agent, "peddles the worst lies about US foreign policy." [Guardian] 

When cowboys wore pink: the color hasn't always been deemed "just for girls." Check out the 1955 Sears Christmas catalog below. [Sociological Images]

a magazine spread from the 1950s shows boys and girls dressed as cowboys wearing pink

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Throughout much of history

Throughout much of history pink was a male color. Red was seen as masculine and children wore lighter (less expensive) colors so boys wore a lot of pink.