I recently attended an annual fundraiser for a high-profile LGBT nonprofit organization. Since they run multiple programs, some of which I support, I had no idea until I arrived that the entire event was dedicated to raising funds for what was billed as “marriage equality” (a term I loathe for many reasons).
For the first episode of Backtalk, Amy and I dig into President Obama’s State of the Union, smart responses to the increasing pile of allegations against Bill Cosby, and the surprisingly good TV show Jane the Virgin.
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In the new Hunger Games film, Katniss is the kind of rebel who still makes a great Barbie branding opportunity.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Katniss Everdeen. I mean who doesn’t? She’s the cornerstone of her family, she is a total slayer with her bow and arrow, she’s got a sweet braid in her hair, and she’s committed to overthrowing the despotic ruling class.
A mysterious email. An invite for encrypted conversation. The pieces of director Laura Poitras’ new film fell into her lap, but she didn’t realize how significant these small messages would wind up being.
In the midst of American media’s Ebola panic, from the dark recesses of the far right, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson emerged this week to reveal the villainesses behind the lack of Ebola research funding: fat lesbians.
• This week Mississippi joined Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas in passing 20 week abortion bans. Governor Phil Bryant said about the ban, which takes effect in July, “Today is an important day for protecting the unborn and the health and safety of women in Mississippi." Ugh. [Reuters]
• In more collegiate news, a group of graduate student workers in the University of California system have made a huge advance in their fight for gender neutral restrooms and lactation stations on campus. The group has reached a tentative contract agreement that calls access to such facilities a “right.” If the contract is completed it would mean that students, faculty members, and employees on all UC campuses would be required access to these facilities. [Slate]