On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Happy Friday! Here’s what’s on our radar this morning.

• Texas continues its antichoice roll: Three of the state’s GOP legislators filed a measure Thursday that would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected—which, in the case of most pregnancies, is as early as six weeks. So, basically all abortions then. [ThinkProgress]

• Ms. Magazine has jumped on board the Orange is the New Black love train along with much of the rest of us, praising the show for the way is uses its white main character to unpack a range of privileges. [Ms.]

• From the all-female jury to the role of Rachel Jeantel as a witness to the wreching testimony of Trayvon Martin’s mother, the trial of George Zimmerman was, in large part, about the women involved. [The Feminist Wire]

• Sad: 26-year-old Ethiopian runner Meskerem Legesse died suddenly near her home in Connecticut on Thursday. The pregnant former Olympian’s baby was delivered shortly after her death. [ESPN]

• “Because Kenan Thompson is not a black woman,” and six other spot-on reasons why Saturday Night Live needs to hire a black female cast member if it ever hopes to be culturally relevant again. [BuzzFeed]

• The new film Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, which spotlights black female professors— with a special focus on their intersecting experiences of race, class and gender—looks fantastic. [Indiewire]

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by Andi Zeisler
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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Saturday night live is

Saturday night live is culturally irrelevant because it isn't actually funny, not because it lacks a female black cast member.

SNL was and is not all irrelevant

When SNL has had its cultural irrelevancy at times (The 1980s seasons, in particular), I can think of a few incredibly feminist reasons for its relevancy in the last decade: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Rachel Dratch. While I do miss their antics on the show, I agree it could use a female cast member "of color" (for lack of better words). Here's hoping for next season.

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