On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

It’s Friday! Finally! Here’s all the feminist news on our radar from the end of the week. 

• The announcement yesterday that Private Bradley Manning would now be known as Chelsea Manning and should be referred to as female instantly highlighted the varying media outlet policies on trans issues. While GLAAD encourages all media to use a person’s preferred pronoun, places like NPR refuse to switch pronouns until a person’s “desire to have his gender changed actually physically happens.” [New York Times] 

• What’s next for Chelsea Manning? Trans writer Sophia Banks wrote this piece about the cruelty of the military policy to deny hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery to incarcerated trans* service members. Janet Mock also weighs in on the need for trans-inclusive healthcare. [Canada.com, Janet Mock]   

• Back in the closet: in their classrooms, many LGBT school teachers have to hide their orientation. [Advocate]

Dear Mayor of San Diego: Glad you’re resigning. P.S. The world never wants to hear from you again, unless it’s to say you’re sorry. [LA Times] 

Ireland has its first legal abortion—a concrete result from years of activism to secure safe, legal abortion rights in the heavily Catholic country. [Feministing] 

• Bitch Flicks takes on Breaking Bad’s trio of leading female characters and the power they wield in the show. [Bitch Flicks]  

• As anti-immigration efforts to block the reform bill fizzle, outside Phoenix, immigrant-rights protesters blocked a bus of people heading for deportation. After five hours, the bus returned back to the immigration detention facility—a photo of the action is below. [The Atlantic, Buzzfeed] 

A candlelit vigil with the sign "families stand together"

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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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