On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what we’re reading today:

• Hillary Clinton says the pattern of violence against Black men is “unmistakable and undeniable” and calls for all police in the United States to wear body cameras. [Guardian] 

• Stay informed on the Baltimore protests by reading tweets by people on the ground. [Blavity]

• The PEN American Center announced it will award its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo at an upcoming gala, and in turn, six novelists—Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, and Taiye Selasi—have withdrawn from the event. [The New York Times]

• A new study reports that 47 percent of Americans who consider themselves religiously affiliated favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Forty-five percent are opposed. With a survey sample-size of 40,000, that’s a significant margin. [The Atlantic]

• “As little as we may hear about it in conventional conversations about sexual and intimate partner violence, violence in queer communities and relationships is a reality a lot of us live with.” [Feministing]

• A Chicago bar owner said he would “burn this f__king place to the ground” before he would remove a two-way mirror in the women’s restroom in his establishment. A comedian recently discovered the mirror and posted a video about it online. [Jezebel]

• Monthly podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, hosted by comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh and writer Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is a “fun, sassy exchange, part Wayne’s World, part Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.” [Mother Jones]

• Minecraft is finally introducing a playable female character, Alex, for free across all Minecraft platforms. “By finally making Alex a free, across the board option, Minecraft is acknowledging the pervasiveness of the masculine as default.” [Salon]

• In general, media companies use the word “penis” way more than they use the word “vagina.” [Medium]

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

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