On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the news on our radar today: 

• 12 Years a Slave won big at the Oscars last night, taking home Best Picture and a Best Supporting Actress award for Lupita Nyong’o. Accepting the award, Nyong’o said, “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.”  [Colorlines] 

• The Oscars were hosted, of course, by the great Ellen DeGeneres. As After Ellen notes, “An out lesbian wearing designer tuxes, hosted the freaking Oscars. Are you thoroughly basked?” [After Ellen] 

• Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for playing a transgender character in Dallas Buyers Club, but didn’t mention trans people in his acceptance speech. [Slate] 

• The Feministing crew sounds off on why Her is a great feminist film. [Feministing] 

• We hear a lot about the negative side effects of birth control, prompting an OB-GYN to detail the positive side effects of hormonal and non-hormonal birth controls. [Pacific Standard]  

• One Catholic nun is speaking up about the damage the church has done to its transgender members: here’s an interesting profile of the anonymous “Sister Monica.” [Al Jazeera]  

• Black femme writer Erika Turner considers a question from her step-father, “Why don’t you date white girls?” [Black Girl Dangerous] 

• Southern plantation museums have a nasty tendency to soften history and present white plantation owners as people who treated slaves decently. [Collectors Weekly] 

• Artists with anti-rape group FORCE installed a giant quilt in front of the US Capitol over the weekend—the red “Monument Quilt” is a memorial for people who survived rape and abuse. [Upsetting Rape Culture] 

a large red quilt spreads out before the capitol

What did I miss? Add what you’re reading to the comments. 

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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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1 Comment Has Been Posted

Love Ellen!

Always loved her, she is amazing! Now it would be even more cool if a gay male celebrity hosted the Oscars wearing designer dresses. That would be badass! :-D

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