Good morning; whatcha reading? Here's our list:
• Prosecutors in the Cleveland kidnapping case are weighing whether to charge Ariel Castro with feticide for intentionally causing Michelle Knight, one of his captives, to miscarry several pregnancies. From a reproductive-justice standpoint, this could set a dangerous precedent. [The Daily Beast]
• Kiera Wilmot, the Florida teen who made national news a few weeks back when she was arrested for causing a small explosion at her school while conducting a science experiment, will not be charged with a crime. And Homer Hickom, the former NASA engineer whose memoir became the movie October Sky, has awarded Kiera a scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy. [The Root, Black Youth Project]
• Eesha Pandit knows she may be expecting too much from The Mindy Project, but her heartfelt piece about how she gave up on the show is still worth a read. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
• How college campuses are taking steps to acknowledge and combat rape culture. [ThinkProgress]
• At the Nation, Farai Chideya considers "the resegregation of American media" and makes a case for why race and class in journalism matter. [The Nation]
• In GQ, The Office's Ellie Kemper asks "Can Men Be Funny?" For extra laughs, check the comments for some angry, satire-deficient responses from actual men. [GQ]
• A great piece from Kma Sullivan on being bored with the quotidian, mindless, and largely unintentonial sexism of ostensibly "good" guys. [The Rumpus]
Here's to your weekend! As always, share your fave current reads in the comments!
Good morning, all! Here's the latest feminist news on our radar...
• The arrest of 16-year-old Florida high-school student Kiera Wilmot for conducting what she described as a science experiment on school grounds is a troubling example of what sociologists see as a school-to-prison pipeline too often imposed on black teens. [The Feminist Wire]
• Environmentalist, author, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber took a stand against the toxic effects of fracking and corporate pollution—and served 15 days in jail for her protest. [Ms.]
• Oversharing is rampant on the Internet, to say nothing of offline. Why are women who do it judged so harshly? [Flavorwire]
• How the garment-factory tragedy in Bangladesh connects to Americans' dependence on fast fashion—and what it will take to change working conditions. [NPR]
• Jason Collins isn't the first gay man to be part of a major professional sports team, so why not read the fascinating story of Glen Burke, the former Los Angeles Dodger who made no secret of his orientation? Bonus: Burke's story proves that the high-five—that universal gesture of bro-hood—is so much gayer than anyone knew.
• Pregnancy discrimination is never okay—but when your women's-studies professor is behind it? Talk about insult to injury. [XXfactor]
• The Awl has a great celebration of the life and work of queer theorist and literary critic Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who would have been 63 yesterday. [The Awl]
• Got a feminist mother in your life? Celebrate her on Mother's Day with one of these thoughtful gifts, rather than the chintzy crap being pushed on TV commercials. (Chocolate is always welcome, tho.) [Viva La Feminista]
• Finally, if you love Retta—and if you're a Parks and Recreation fan, you almost definitely do—you'll want to stop whatever it is you're doing and listen to her talk about race and stereotyping in Hollywood. [NPR]
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