Kate Bornstein Pens A Moving Open Letter To Chelsea Manning

  • Trans activist and self-described gender outlaw Kate Bornstein penned a powerful letter in support of Chelsea Manning, who recently came out as trans. Bornstein notes: “Remember that you have brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles all around the world who are so proud of you.” [Out]
  • Speaking of: How do people changing genders choose their new names? [BBC News]
  • So, Fast Company put together a list of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter and — I’m sure you know where this is going since this shit is so damn predictable these days — there wasn’t a single Black woman on the list (though there were a couple women of color). So Twitter user @FeministaJones responded with a hashtag, #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter — which is already trending — drawing attention to the many women Fast Company overlooked. [Fast Company; Madame Noire]
  • Fox News “medical expert” Dr. David Samadi told his buddies at “Fox & Friends” that women should have to pay more for health care because “women have the breasts” and give birth, and “Guys, we don’t like to go to doctors, right?” And there’s a whole lot more failed logic where that came from. [Raw Story]
  • Oh cool. A former high school teacher in Yellowstone County, Montana, received a mere 30-day sentence for raping one of his students, after the judge in the case said the victim was “older than her chronological age.” [Billings Gazette]
  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange thinks that being anti-choice means that you’re “non-violent.” I guess he doesn’t know about all the very violent attacks on abortion clinics and providers? [RH Reality Check]
  • Designer Miuccia Prada, feminist icon? [Refinery 29]
  • Pat Robertson, doddering old man full of hatred and misinformation, believes that gays with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco use custom rings to cut people and infect them with HIV for funsies. What? [Right Wing Watch]
  • Oh great: One of the men accused of gang raping a photojournalist in Shakti Mills, India, admitted that he’d previously committed similar crimes but had never been captured. [Times of India]