On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the news on our radar today.

• Facebook has announced that it will take steps to curb gun trafficking on its site by deleting posts that offer to buy or sell guns without a background check and will block minors from viewing gun listings.  Anyone else totally shocked that you could even buy a firearm on Facebook or Instagram in the first place? [Mother Jones]

•  Imara Jones outlines four actions President Obama can take to make the My Brother’s Keeper initiative work right now.  [Colorlines]

• Technology is a literal pain in the neck. And the only cure for repetitive stress injury (AKA too much screen time) is the answer no one wants to hear—unplug. [Huffington Post]

• Having a period just got a safer in India.  After a decade of work, inventor Arunachalam Muruganantham created a machine that makes sanitary pads at an affordable cost.  This is a big deal, given the statistic that 70 percent of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. [Slate]

• International Women’s Day is this weekend. Four gender-equality advocates debate whether the official day is actually useful. [Guardian] 

• Pope Francis is gearing up for his one year anniversary as Pope. This week, a group of Italians made Pope Francis his own fan magazine called “Il Mio Papa.” He also recently said the church should explore the idea of offering civil unions—though he still maintains that marriage is “between a man and a woman.” [NPR, Advocate] 

• Artist Nickolay Lamm has created a new doll meant to rival Barbie that’s based on the average measurements of a 19-year-old American girl. It’s a little weird that he named the new doll after himself: Lammily. [Mashable] 

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6 Comments Have Been Posted

I get what Mr Lamm is angling

I get what Mr Lamm is angling at, but all I could think was "sigh, yes. Just what's needed. Another man informing us all what we should consider beautiful. But of course". Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

Oh, nvm, it's always been

Oh, nvm, it's always been legal. That's ok then #not

Super not ok

Hey, I'm sure you didn't realize; however, it's super not ok to use retarded to mean something is not good. Retarded is a slur against people with developmental disorders and shouldn't be used in every day vernacular. Other unacceptable substitutes are lame and gay.

If you're looking for other substitutions that would be suitable, please google as there are tons and tons of articles that discuss why these word usages are inappropriate (and HARMFUL) and gives other solutions.

I apologize. English is not

I apologize. English is not my first language and I'm still getting used to all these slurs n stuff

what did you think about the massachusetts court ruling that upskirting is legal because if women are not nude or partially nude and in a public place some random dude can just take pictures of their underwaear and is not ilegal???

does that deserve a piece of anybodys mind? or i am just over-reacting or misinterpreted the whole ruling? if i am please tell me

Woman's Day a Joke

"International Women's Day is this weekend. Four gender-equality advocates debate whether the official day is actually useful. [Guardian] "

I live in a country that actively celebrates Woman's Day, China, but it really ticks me off more than anything. It's more like "throw women a bone day." It's a day where women are given flowers, chocolates, and a fancy brunch instead of actually holding events, rallies, or talks about how women are awesome, but also talking about how life for women could be better. It's like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day for women who don't have kids or an SO. I think it's hypocritical for a country to celebrate women while simultaneously actively preventing them from being treated like human beings. In fact, calling a woman a "san ba" (3-8) is a huge insult, kind of like naggy, demanding bitch, but worse.

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