On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news on our radar today:

• Uganda held its first gay pride parade in 2012. Now the government has passed a draconian anti-gay law. Ugh. [Guardian] 

• Meanwhile, South African queer folks face an uncertain future after the death of Nelson Mandela, who was a solid advocate for LGBT communities. [Autostraddle] 

• Black women who get breast cancer in America are more likely than their white counterparts to die of the disease—how can we tackle the racial gap in breast cancer? [New York Times] 

• Is there a way of calling people out on bad behavior that is not so traumatic for everyone involved? One writer suggests a practice of "calling in." [Black Girl Dangerous] 

• After Ellen rounds up the worst fictional lesbian and bi character deaths of the year. The number one slot goes to the "cruelest, most callous bit of storytelling" ever seen on TV.  [After Ellen] 

• What you may have missed in Beyonce's new album: references to Afro-Brazilian traditions. [Feministing] 

• The recent dust-up on Fox News over Santa's race (definitely white, says host Megyn Kelly) brings to mind this article last year about Santa and white privilege. [Tumblr, Sociological Images] 

A photoset shows Jon Stewart saying Megyn Kelly is being oppressive by not accepting the idea that santa could be not white

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Supreme Court strikes down Canada's prostitution laws

Supreme Court strikes down Canada's prostitution laws

"The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws in a unanimous decision, and given Parliament one year to come up with new legislation — should it choose to do so.

In striking down laws prohibiting brothels, living on the avails of prostitution and communicating in public with clients, the top court ruled Friday that the laws were over-broad and "grossly disproportionate."

"Parliament has the power to regulate against nuisances, but not at the cost of the health, safety and lives of prostitutes," wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in the 9-0 decision that noted "it is not a crime in Canada to sell sex for money.""