On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Welcome to the week! Here’s all the feminist news on our radar this morning. 

• So long, boys versus girls! Germany will allow parents to leave gender blank on birth certificates. [Feministing] 

• Our border with Mexico has become more and more militarized, with the number of border patrol agents quintupling over the past 20 years and the agency’s budget swelling to $18 billion. In 2012, the Border Patrol used that money to arrest 364,000 people—mostly harmless migrants, not a single one of them a terrorist threat. [New York Times] 

• The biggest movie at the box office this weekend was Lee Daniels’ The Butler, about a black butler who served seven presidents. [Ebony]

• The internet is abuzz with photos of two female Russian athletes kissing at the World Championships—is it a form of protest to the Russian government’s virulently anti-gay stance in sports? [Advocate] 

• CVS wants to pay you $50 in store credit to hand over all your medical information. Such a deal! [LA Times] 

• In good news, New Jersey will ban gay conversion therapy on minors. [Queerty] 

• Have you seen the “Daily Show” coverage of Stop and Frisk? Watch Jessica Williams apply Stop and Frisk philosophy to Wall Street white collar criminals. [Sand and Glass Tumblr] 

• Intersectionality is for Twitter: Briana Dixon on how to be a good ally. [RH Reality Check] 

• How will those abortion rights restrictions passing all over the country affect abortion clinics? The projections are not looking good. [Feminist Majority]  

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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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got any info on women & trans people in solitary confinement?

<p>Advocacy group <a title="California Coalition for Women Prisoners" href="http://womenprisoners.org/">California Coalition for Women Prisoners</a> is seeking testimony and information about women &amp; trans prisoners and solitary confinement.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners is planning the next issue of our <a title="Fire Inside" href="http://womenprisoners.org/?page_id=1061">Fire Inside</a> newsletter on solitary confinement and its specific impact on women and trans prisoners. </p><p>There is increased national attention about the widespread, cruel and unusual use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons and Guantanamo, mainly due to the hunger strikes that prisoners have been undertaking to make this visible.

We are receiving many questions about the specific conditions that women and trans prisoners face is SHU, Ad Seg and Control Management units and other types of solitary.

</p><p>We would appreciate information about this important subject from people in California and around the country.

You can send the information to info@womenprisoners.org or mail to CCWP, 1540 Market St., #490, SF, CA 94102.</p>

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