On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Here’s all the news we have for you today. 

 To draw attention to the Kickstarter campaign funding his new movie, director Spike Lee published a list of “Essential Films for Filmmakers” that is surprisingly white and male—the list features very few directors of color and is 100 percent devoid of women. [Racialicious]

• Mother Jones takes a look at some examples of voter discrimination that are no longer prevented by the recently struck-down section of the Voting Rights Act. [Mother Jones]

• A Whovian reflects on BBC behemoth Steven Moffat’s disappointing-but-expected move to cast yet another white male actor as the face of Doctor Who. [Feminspire]

• During his appearance on The Tonight Show this week, President Obama commented on Russia’s recent outlaw of “gay propaganda” at the Winter Olympics, stating that he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in a way that intimidates them or is harmful to them.” [Jezebel]

• In notably less-awesome Obama news, the president’s unresolved pledge to close Guantanamo Bay has left the naval base with more than 60 inmates still on hunger strike in what is now the sixth month of protests. [Colorlines]

• And finally, the woman who has done everything is now going to space (again)! To celebrate the anniversary of NASA’s Curiosity rover landing, Mattel has released a Mars Explorer Barbie. [Huffington Post]

Barbie lands on the moon!

What did we miss? Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below! 

by Marinda Valenti
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if you're in Virginia, comment on proposed anti-shackling policy

Did you know that Virginia jails still allow pregnant women to be handcuffed, shackled and chained during childbirth?

The Virginia Board of Corrections, under pressure from prisoners' advocates, has OK'd new rules limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. However, the final approval process requires a 60-day public comment period that began on July 29th.

For more about the proposed rules (and shackling of pregnant women in jails and prisons across the country), see: http://nationinside.org/campaign/birthing-behind-bars/posts/va-anti-shac...

And to submit your comment, go to: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/comments.cfm?stageid=6388

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