On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the news on my radar today

• The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after a lawyer who worked for him reported him for sexual assault. Meanwhile, the Senate blocked a bill that would have removed sexual assault reporting from the military’s chain of command. [Slate, NPR].

• For decades, a group of men with disabilities lived in a bunkhouse in Atalissa, Iowa and were paid just $65 a month to work full-time in a turkey processing plant. The case shows how laws that allow for employing people with disabilities in “sheltered workshops” can be abused. [New York Times]   

Massachusets quickly passed a ban on “upskirt” photos after the state’s highest court ruled that an existing law criminalizing “voyeurism” did not actually ban snapping photos up a stranger’s skirt. [CNN] 

• Two members of Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men while eating breakfast at a McDonalds. Video was captured of the men shooting paint into thier faces while they shouted “Go to America!” [Guardian] 

• One writer lists five things they heard when they started presenting as butch. [Autostraddle] 

• I love this interview with Carrie Brownstein. The Portlandia and Sleater-Kinney star talks about how she wants to “poke and prod and prick” with comedy. [Salon] 

Did I miss something? Tell us about it in the comments.

by Erica Thomas
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Erica Thomas is an artist, writer, manger of creative projects, and idea machine. Her topics of interests include relationship structures, non-binary gender dynamics, kinetic learning styles, and leading the revolution(s).

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