On Our Radar

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The week has come to a close, which only means one thing: it's time for another installment of On Our Radar! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week.

  • Canadian teen melodrama Degrassi: The Next Generation is adding a trans character to the cast. Jos Truitt of Feministing is optimistic for the potential of a "good learning opportunity".
  • At Colorlines, Julianne Hing writes on the stunningly ignorant makeup collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and high-fashion line Rodarte. The collection, inspired by the "etheral nature" of Juarez, Mexico, a free-trade zone city that is notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police. Hing also includes the apology issued by both MAC and Rodarte, which promises to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
  • On the Ms. blog, Kim Voss stresses that the women's pages of 1950's and 1960's weren't just about fashion and homemaking- they often included progressive political and social issues that other newspaper sections never touched.
  • On Womanist Musings, Renee Martin takes a look at how TLC'S child beauty pageant documentary series Toddlers & Tiaras exemplifies the "Euro-Centric standard of beauty" and its effect on girls of color.
  • Lisa Wade looks at the reasons behind the relative diversity of commercial fashion models versus the lack of diversity among high fashion models on Sociological Images.
  • In the Fall, Fox will release the banned Family Guy "abortion episode" on DVD.
  • Teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson pens an open letter to Seventeen Magazine on its latest issue's headline, "The Party Drug that Can Make You Fat & Ugly."
  • Finally, we'd like to express our (belated) gratitude to Jamie Keiles for including Bitch on her list of "teen-friendly media" on the Seventeen Magazine Project!

Find something that piqued your interest this week? Leave it in the comments section!

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Some shameless self promotion

Please excuse me while I shamelessly self promote something I wrote over at Women's Eye on Media that I think could use a little more attention than what it is currently getting around the blogosphere just because there's really a lot more to say about not only the story, but how we treat teenage girls and their sexuality. -- <a href="http://www.womenseyeonmedia.com/2010/07/taylor-momsen-divulges-her-vibra... Momsen Divulges Her Vibrator is Her Best Friend, the World Gasps in Horror</a>

Renee also wrote a pretty phenomenal article on Disney princesses that has been causing quite the stir in our comments section. -- <a href="http://www.womenseyeonmedia.com/2010/07/hunourless-womanist-bashes-disne... Womanist Bashes Disney Princesses</a>

Piqued Interest

<a href="http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/be_a_biographer_for_sexually_ex... a Biographer for Sexually Exploited Women</a>
The contest invites designers to creatively convey the stories of the survivors in order to raise awareness about the social, political, and economic conditions that contribute to the exploitation of millions of women and girls each year.

<a href="http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/funds_for_sexual_assault_preven... for Sexual Assault Prevention and Victim's Services Cut in NYC</a>
When the New York City Council decided which programs would stay, and which programs were expendable, in the new city budget, sexual assault prevention and victim's services was left out entirely.

<a href="http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2010/07/fatal-beauty-of-tajooj-cafe-o... Fatal Beauty of Tajooj</a>
Suzanne Hilal, a Sudanese-English artist whose work spans a range of mediums including printmaking, pastels, and ink, is known for the way her works are inspired by Sudanese folktales and reflects the country's culture and history.

<a href="http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2010/07/despicable-me.html">Despicable Me</a>
While the film neglects one of my cardinal rules of feminist filmmaking—having positive female role models—it did call into question traditional roles of masculinity, especially in response to parenthood.

this case of transphobia

this case of transphobia really fascinated/outraged me. A deceased firefighter's mom sues the transgender widow to block her from getting benefits, saying she commited fraud because she was born a woman and same-sex marriage isn't legal in Texas.


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