On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the news on our radar today:

A hungry Brazilian child cries, with nothing in front of him to eat but a soccer ball.

• As the World Cup approaches, protests in Brazil continue to swirl around funding and social inequity. Brazilian street artist Paulo Ito’s has been putting up work that critiques the distraction of sports—the photo above is from Paulo Ito’s Flickr. [The Independent]

• While it’s too soon to determine the long-term effects of Colorado’s January weed legalization, there are notable short-term effects: the increased availability of edibles to children, a number of hash-oil related house fires, and a nearly $100 million jump in projected tax revenue. [Slate]

• Legal names are a hurdle for trans and gender non-conforming folks, but changing your name can be a costly, public process that exposes folks to outing, harassment, and potential violence. [Medium]

• More than 2,000 protesters rallied at McDonald’s headquarters yesterday to continue the fight for $15/hour wages and the right to unionize. Meanwhile, executives are still trying to change the subject. [TIME]

• More than half of Americans are infected with HPV, so how will a new FDA-approved HPV test impact cervical cancer screenings that have traditionally relied on Pap smears? [Jezebel, NPR]

•Some students at Columbia University are taking matters into their own hands and writing the names of alleged rapists on the walls of the school’s bathrooms. Nearly two dozen students at Columbia and sister school Barnard College have filed complaints about mishandling of their sexual assault-cases in recent weeks. [Gawker]

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