Who speaks for Muslim women? In this video, hear from several writers and activists (including Bitch Media contributor Fatemeh Fakhraie) about Femen, Western images of Muslim femininity, and what it means to be a feminist in Islam. [Al Jazeera]
Happy Monday—let's hope this week is better than the last. The news on everyone's mind right now is, of course, the Boston bombing. Here are the best articles I read this weekend on the suspect's arrest:
• Finally, words of wisdom from Patton Oswalt: "When you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'"
Today is Equal Pay Day, the day in 2013 that the average woman in America has made as much as the average man did in 2012. With women earning anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of what white men do, our fiscal year needs an extra three months to make up the difference.
This article from The Feminist Wire re-examines the subject of black women's hair. [The Feminist Wire]
JCPenney CEO and gay advocate Ron Johnson was fired and is to be replaced by his predecessor. Johnson supported Ellen DeGeneres as the spokesperson for the company and used gay couples in advertisements. [Advocate]
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder refused to get involved when a member of the state's Republican National Committee made offensive comments about gay people on Facebook. Instead, he made vague statements condemning discrimination and bullying. [Think Progress]
We all know Rosa Parks, but she wasn't the first to refuse to give up her seat on the bus. Democracy Now interviews Claudette Colvin, who was just 15 when she was arrested for doing the same. [Democracy Now, NewBlackMan (in Exile)]