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North Dakota Is Effectively Banning Abortion

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  • North Dakota banned the abortion pill, leaving few options left for abortion in the state. [Think Progress]
  • Conservative pundit Dennis Prager said that rape is just “unwanted kisses” and rape culture is a “gargantuan lie.” [Salon]
  • The uptick in violence in inner cities has to do with mass incarceration, not poverty and segregation. [The Atlantic]
  • Google’s .SOY campaign defines Latinos from behind the very white walls of tech. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Read The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Who Was Hanged For Killing Her Rapist

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  • Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran on Saturday for killing her rapist. She left her final will in the form of a voice message for her mother, which said, amongst other things, “In the court of God I will charge the inspectors…and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.” [Independent]
  • Jordan Peele (of “Key & Peele”) is making a horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives” that will address racial fear. (AV Club)
  • Dominatrix Margaret Corvid wants CBC host Jian Ghomeshi to stop using BDSM as an excuse for abuse. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

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  • Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Ghomeshi was fired over allegations of abuse. Three women say that Ghomeshi was violent towards them before and during sexual encounters they say were not consensual. [Death and Taxes]
  • Brazilian employers are often racist and insulting toward their maids, according to a Twitter account which retweets such insults in order to draw attention to the issue. [Mail & Guardian]
  • Senegalese boys at a New York City school have been bullied and called “Ebola.” [The Root] Keep reading »

5 Reasons Everyone Needs To See “Dear White People”

"Dear White People" Movie Trailer
And Now For Some Stupid Responses...

Sundance Film Festival breakout “Dear White People” is making waves in more ways than one. The feature-length debut of director Justin Simien bowed with a strong opening in limited release last week and hopes to pick up steam as it begins its rollout in wider release this weekend, boosted by a strong, eye-catching social media campaign that hopes to raise awareness about the film and get people talking about the issues it addresses. One Funny or Die-esque clip to promote the movie posits “racism insurance” for white people after a seemingly pleasant conversation about “Game of Thrones” goes very wrong.

n the wake of Ferguson and Trayvon Martin, the Indiegogo-funded movie is an incredibly important cinematic moment for Americans, a college-set “Do the Right Thing” for the social media era. Whereas Spike Lee’s tour de force helped generate a dialogue about race at a time when police violence was becoming the norm, Simien’s film recognizes that we’re still dealing with the same cultural baggage over two decades later. It’s a movie that everyone should not only see, but encourage everyone else to see. Here’s some good reasons why. Keep reading »

Black Women Are More Confident About Entering STEM Fields

A new American Psychology Association study shows that while STEM is associated with masculinity cross-culturally, black women associate STEM with men less than white women do. The study mentions that African American women also study STEM majors more frequently than white women.

The stereotypes women — as well as men, as well as teachers, professors, and employers — hold about science and masculinity has a chilling effect on women’s participation in STEM majors and careers. However, black women appear to be more confident about approaching science and mathematics, possibly because the character traits associated with the fields – like independence and assertiveness — “may not be considered unfeminine” in African American cultures. Keep reading »

New Pew Study Shows That Women Are More Likely To Be Sexually Harassed Online

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  • A Pew study looks at the differences in online harassment for men and women, and what do ya know, women are more often the target. [Slate]
  • Feminist blogger Lindy West imagines a social network that is specifically feminist and anti-racist. [Daily Dot]
  • Read about racism in the newsroom. [New Republic]
  • A Joan Didion documentary is crowd-funding on Kickstarter! [Kickstarter] Keep reading »
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