Happy Friday! Here’s what’s on our radar this morning…
• Colorlines weighs in on Chris Brown’s revelation earlier this week that he lost his virginity at age 8, noting that Brown’s inability to identify this as a case of sexual assault is a product of rape culture. [Colorlines]
• The Feminist Press and New York’s New School are cosponsoring a conference of bullying, sexuality, and rape called StopSlut. If you live in NYC or will be there next weekend, register now! [StopSlut]
• We’re heard that women can’t be soldiers, scientists, political leaders. Now, some bigwigs in the world of classical music are arguing that women also can’t be conductors. You know, those people with the batons on a podium. Come ON, world. [NPR]
• Vogue mainstay André Leon Talley—aka He Who Wears a Caftan Like No Other—has a characteristically simple statment on addressing the fashion industry’s insidious racism. [The Cut]
• If you’re looking for a sign that the world isn’t terrible, well, sorry, this definitely isn’t it. Joe Bell, who was walking across the United States to honor his son—who killed himself as a result of antigay bullying at the age of 15—was struck and killed by a truck driver in Colorado. [LaGrande Observer]
• Welp, there’s a very uncomfortable dinner in ESPN contributor Rick Reilly’s future: Reilly willfully misquoted his own father-in-law, Blackfeet elder Bob Burns, twisting his words so it sounded like Burns believes that the ongoing battle over the Washington Redskins’ name is “so silly.” [Indian Country Today.]
What are you reading? As ever, let us know in the comments.