Good morning, folks! Here's all the feminist and feminist-adjacent news on our radar this fine morning.
• Who says online activism doesn't get results? Reebok has dropped Rick Ross as a spokesperson in the wake of his rapey lyrical outing on the track "U.O.E.N.O." The company's statement reads, in part, "While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse." [TMZ]
• With the capital murder trial of former abortion provider Kermit Gosnell now underway in Philadelphia, Women's Law Project looks at how Pennsylvania's longstanding attitudes toward legal abortion made it possible for Gosnell's crimes to go unreported for so long. [Women's Law Project]
• In a rare move for the fashion industry, the summer lookbook for U.K. high-street clothier Debenhams features models who are plus-size, older than 40, of different races, and, in one case, a Paralympian. Hopefully, this won't be a one-off move. [Refinery29]
• Now that the likes of Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj have embraced it, has the word "ratchet" become a compliment? Insert side-eye here. [The Cut]
• If all you know about children's singer Raffi is that he's responsible for that infernal "Baby Beluga" song, time to get reacquainted: In the wake of Canadian teen Rehtaeh Parsons's suicide, he's using Twitter to speak out against rape culture and bullying. [ThinkProgress]
• Pro-choice fans of Edensoy milk, better start looking for an alternative: Eden Foods founder and CEO Michael Potter is trying to impose his sex-is-for-babies beliefs on the company's employees, suing the Obama administration to protest its mandate to cover contraception for workers. [Salon]
• Connie Britton will play the love interest of Girls' Adam Driver in the ensemble film This Is Where I Leave You, a flip of the typical May-December romance setup that definitely counts as exciting and mold-busting Hollywood news. Also in the film: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda. Stoke your anticipation with the book, which is awesome.
As ever, share your own fave reads from this week in the comments!
Good Friday! Make it even better with this roundup of news from around the web.
• The Writer's Guild of America West has released its 2011-2012 staffing brief, which reveals, among other things, how many women and people of color were hired that year to write the TV shows we all love so much. ThinkProgress breaks down the report and lists the shows that hired neither—and, hey, Californication, I'm so not surprised to see you on that list. [ThinkProgress]
• In related news, Ann Friedman asks cable-news fave Chris Hayes how his show got to be so refreshingly diverse. His answer? "We just would look at the board and say, 'We already have too many white men. We can't have more.' Really, that was it." [Columbia Journalism Review]
• Everything you need to know about the recently passed Arizona Senate bill that would allow business to determine which bathrooms transgendered people may use. [BuzzFeed]
• Should elementary and middle schools be training students to attack and subdue school shooters? According to Mother Jones, some already are. But as one skeptic notes, "You can't get a group of middle-school kids to simultaneously agree on chicken nuggets or pizza in the cafeteria for lunch, much less make a split-second decision to start throwing items at an armed intruder." [Mother Jones]
• In further North-Dakota-is-the-Worst news, a state congressman freaked out at a state coalition membership meeting about VAWA provisions for victims of violence committed by non-native people against natives, saying that he'd like to "Wring the Tribal council's neck and slam them against the wall." The director for Spirit Lake Victim's Assistance was on the receiving end of the tirade. [Last Real Indians]
• Rick Ross rhymes about drugging and raping a woman on a new single by rapper Rocko, a fact that fellow rappers and music critics are likely to ignore, charges Jamilah Lemieux at Ebony.com. She's half right, but there's been encouraging pushback beyond the industry, with a Change.org petition asking Ross to apologize for glorifying rape, and another urging Reebok to drop Ross as a spokesman. [Ebony, Change.org, UltraViolet]
• At Tiger Beatdown, Flavia Dzodan explains why she's had just about enough of Jon Hamm's penis. [Tiger Beatdown]
• Finally, if you live in the Bay Area, mark your calendars for what looks like an awesome evening celebrating the work of Valerie Solanas, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her death. The event is hosted by Michelle Tea, with readers and performances by Kirk Read, Cheryl Dunye, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and many more. [Facebook]
What'd we miss? Let us know in the comments, and happy weekend.
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