On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the feminist news we’ve got on our radar right now:

• In a recent interview with Katie Couric, Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera used invasive questions about their bodies as an opportunity to explain to Couric and the audience how focusing on the bodies of transwomen distracts from discussion about their lived experiences of oppression and discrimination. [Autostraddle]

Amiri Baraka, the writer and poet who did critical work related to the civil rights movement, died yesterday at the age of 79. [Colorlines]

• Three January film releases feature female protagonists who commit a great deal of violence, raising questions about evolving portrayals of women. [Salon]

• A new study of attitudes about women’s dress among people in Muslim-majority countries serves to reinforce the idea that women’s empowerment, and people’s opinions about their empowerment, can be reduced to a head covering or lack thereof. [PolicyMic]

Jessica Williams, who is The Daily Show’s first black female correspondent, discusses race, comedy, and roles for women in television in an interview with Mother Jones. [Mother Jones]

• Dean Spade and Reina Gossett have made a series of videos in which they discuss prison abolition activism and its intersection with trans activism and support. [Feministing]


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by Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino
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Amelia is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York and working in book publishing. She is a Bitch Media Contributing Writer and a former Editorial Intern for Bitch Magazine.

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