On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Now that Texas’s ultra-restrictive abortion measures have passed, and at least one Planned Parenthood facility has already closed, what happens next? [Austin Chronicle]

A Comic-Con panel titled “Women Who Kick Ass,” featuring The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, and Machete Kills’ Michelle Rodriguez, started off promisingly. But as soon as Rodriguez mentioned “destructive male culture,” sexism began stirring in the audience. [Racebending]

• A new Pakistani superheroine, the Burka Avenger, will soon be fighting bad guys on behalf of the women and girls demanding the right to education in that country. The Urdu-language cartoon begins broadcasting on Geo TV next month. [Dawn.com]

• Trans prison inmates who have not had bottom surgery are generally incarcerated according to their birth-assigned gender, not their chosen one. For trans women, who are often denied their access to hormones and forced to appear as men, this is as dangerous as it is unfair. [Autostraddle]

• Did you watch Let Them Wear Towels, ESPNW’s documentary about pioneering female sports reporters that was part of ESPN’s “Nine for IX” series? What did you think? [Viva La Feminista]

Ten female directors around the world whose names you’ll be hearing more of. [IndieWire]

• The upcoming, just-sent-it-to-the-printer issue of Bitch has a great article on rape jokes. In the meantime, please marvel at  Tricia Lockwood’s powerful poem “Rape Joke.” Seriously, even if poetry’s not your thing, read it. [The Awl]

• In case you hadn’t already noticed, lesbian visibility on TV has ramped way up this summer. Three cheers for that! Also, who’s your favorite of the small-screen lesbians? (Mine is definitely Orange is the New Black’s Big Boo. Lea DeLaria 4Eva!) [Vulture]

Big Boo works it on the prison dance floor

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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