On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what we’re reading this morning:

• The off-duty Chicago police detective who shot and killed Rekia Boyd with an unregistered firearm was cleared of all charges on Monday. [Jezebel]

• April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, this writer wrote a beautiful examination of the ways poetry and queerness intersect: “Creating poems gives writers a safe place to put their feelings and ideas and to obfuscate or amplify truth at their leisure.” [Autostraddle]

• The city of Dehli just hired its first female bus driver, Vankadarath Saritha. With her new salary, she plans to help her family and also buy gold earrings for herself. [BBC]

• Douching and vaginal shampoos are enormously popular around the world despite the lack of any reputable studies proving their effectiveness—instead, they can cause lasting damage. [The Atlantic]

• Trans actress Michelle Hendley stars in Boy Meets Girl, a film from writer/director Eric Schaeffer. Boy Meets Girl explores love and fluid sexuality through main character Ricky, a trans girl in Kentucky who wants to become a fashion designer—it’s out on VOD this month. [Vimeo]

• Hey, writers! Brevity—an online magazine that publishes creative nonfiction pieces under 750 words—is taking submissions for a special issue on gender until April 30th. [Brevity]

What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

by Jess Kibler
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Jess Kibler is a Portland-based writer, editor, and sad-song collector.

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The Boy meets Girl film

The Boy meets Girl film sounds awesome! We seriously need more positive portrayals of trans people in media. Although it would be nice to also see a film or show in the future of sexual fluidity among trans men. Possibly a similar situation where a trans man decides to date men after not finding enough suitable female partners.

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