On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the feminist news on our radar today:

• Five media outlets around the country have been working on a reproductive rights reporting project about emergency contraception (including Bitch!). Check out all the published stories on Where Is Your Plan B?, including the top five roadblocks to getting Plan B, a report on Plan B’s availability in Louisville, and our story on Native American activists working to make Plan B accessible. [Where Is My Plan B] 

Unemployment is impacting youth worldwide, changing family dynamics around the globe. [Clutch] 

• A big immigration rights rally is being held on the National Mall today, depsite the government shutdown. [USA Today] 

• A feminist bookstore in Atlanta was vandalized with homophobic graffiti last week, after an event for the city’s LGBT pride week. [Colorlines] 

• The CW is developing a drama called Ze that’s supposedly the first mainstream TV show centered on a trans character. [Feminspire] 

• The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt among people whose reproductive healthcare was hurt by the storm. [RH Reality Check] 

• Cartoonist Bill Roundy did this little comic about being a gay guy who dates trans men. [Medium] 

• All-star young adult author Malinda Lo has put together an annual report on LGBT characters in young adult books. This year, she found more YA books had LGBT characters—but fewer of them were published by the big mainstream publishers. Plus, there are significantly more male characters than female ones. [Malinda Lo] A pie chart showing there are more male characters than female ones in YA

What did I miss? Add what you’re reading to the comments. 

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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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Here's a good one... Dead women pin-ups

From the artist on his kickstarter page (linked below):

"So I decided to create something new, A series of Pin-up illustrations celebrating some of the most memorable, influential and important women in history. Women who broke the sex constrictions of the time they lived in, and etched their names into world history. My idea was to take the template of the Pin-up calendar - a collection of women objectified and glorified for their looks and sexuality, and flip it - inserting featuring women who were remembered for their acts, achievements, and courage (in addition to their beauty). But all these woman I admired were dead - the solution? conjure them up from the grave to pose for the calendar!"


Malinda Lo

<p>I loved the YA book, <em>Ash</em> written by Malinda Lo. I'm so proud that more YA books are being published with LGBT characters! We still need more pro-womyn, pro-girl, pro-dyke literature but it's nice to know we're making progress. It's very important for young people to have characters they can relate to in literature and pop culture. I have yet to read Malinda Lo's latest book but I'm really excited about it. Thanks for sharing the info. &lt;3 bitch</p>

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