The week has come to a close, which only means one thing: it's time for another installment of On Our Radar! We're rounding up some of the most interesting things we read this week.
- Canadian teen melodrama Degrassi: The Next Generation is adding a trans character to the cast. Jos Truitt of Feministing is optimistic for the potential of a "good learning opportunity".
- At Colorlines, Julianne Hing writes on the stunningly ignorant makeup collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and high-fashion line Rodarte. The collection, inspired by the "etheral nature" of Juarez, Mexico, a free-trade zone city that is notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police. Hing also includes the apology issued by both MAC and Rodarte, which promises to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
- On the Ms. blog, Kim Voss stresses that the women's pages of 1950's and 1960's weren't just about fashion and homemaking- they often included progressive political and social issues that other newspaper sections never touched.
- On Womanist Musings, Renee Martin takes a look at how TLC'S child beauty pageant documentary series Toddlers & Tiaras exemplifies the "Euro-Centric standard of beauty" and its effect on girls of color.
- In response to Lorraine Ali's recent New York Times piece "Behind the Veil", Janan Delgado readdresses the myths surrounding why Muslim women choose to wear the veil on Gender Across Borders (crossposted on Racialicious).
- On Jezebel, Noorain Khan offers a "Complete Gudies to Bad Burqa Puns".
- NPR collected over 700 responses from women musicians about their experiences for their project, "Hey Ladies: Being a Woman in Music Today". You can read the "unedited and uncensored" comments here.
- On Wendesday, a federal judge decided that cheerleading isn't a sport. On Broadsheet, Mary Elizabeth Williams ponders why.
- Lisa Wade looks at the reasons behind the relative diversity of commercial fashion models versus the lack of diversity among high fashion models on Sociological Images.
- In the Fall, Fox will release the banned Family Guy "abortion episode" on DVD.
- Teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson pens an open letter to Seventeen Magazine on its latest issue's headline, "The Party Drug that Can Make You Fat & Ugly."
- Finally, we'd like to express our (belated) gratitude to Jamie Keiles for including Bitch on her list of "teen-friendly media" on the Seventeen Magazine Project!
Find something that piqued your interest this week? Leave it in the comments section!