On Our Radar

Having trouble getting through your Friday? Take a break and check out what we've been reading web-side this week.

  • Meryl Streep was one of millions of disappointed women to hear that two Republican senators are holding up approval of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. because they think there will be a pro-choice slant to exhibits there.  Jezebel is covering the story, and NYT columnist Gail Collins logged her support early this week as well.
  • Colorlines has launched a powerful campaign to Drop the I-Word. Join the fight against oppressive, hate-feeding language here.
  • The Nation posted several feminist articles on their site this week: An extensive piece on women in the Republican party; one on women in the Democratic party; and a piece by Feministing's Jessica Valenti on the commandeering of the word "feminist" in right-wing politcs lately.
  • The United Nations this week sent an official to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate the huge numbers of civilians raped over a period of three days this summer by various armed rebel groups.  
  • U.S. Census data was released this week, showing, among other things, that the marriage rate is at its lowest point in 150 years of data-gathering. Brangelina-esque protest, perhaps?
  • RIP Sally Menke, Oscar-nominated film editor who edited Quentin Tarantino's best-known films. 
  • And finally, it's Banned Books Week, as Ashley pointed out on Sunday. Check here for events in your area!

What caught your eye this week? Tell us in the comments!

by Katie Presley
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Bitch Media's Music Editor. As heard on BBC, CBC, and NPR's All Songs Considered and, very occasionally, Pop Culture Happy Hour. I've always wanted to be a talking head in a feminist documentary or commercial, so if someone out there can make that dream a reality, I'm here for it.

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