Here's some food for thought for the weekend! Share what you've been reading this week in the comments!
- Bitch Media sponsor GladRags is a finalist in the Green America People & Planet Awards. Check out the contest here! Voting closes September 4.
- Sixteen-year-old gold medalist Gabby Douglas has spoken out against racism she faced during training—and for her bravery is now being called a liar. At the Nation, Dave Zirin talks about why this is unfortunately not surprising, and the precedent of black athletes speaking out against racism in sports and media.
- Via Shameless Mag, check out It Gets Fatter, new project founded by and for fat people of color. They've got two videos up so far and a Tumblr!
- At Black Voices, Nicole Moore discusses whitewashing in Hollywood and why the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic is a huge disappointment.
- With the Paralympics in full swing (YouTube is hosting a ton of Paralympics coverage), s.e. smith has to unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, remind the nondisabled that "Disabled People Are Not Your Inspiration" at xojane.
- Jordan Wright at Indian Country reports on the discovery of a silent film made with an all–American Indian cast, notably Kiowa and Comanche tribes in Oklahoma. Filmed in 1919 but never relased, The Daughter of Dawn will finally be seen on several film festival circuits, with hopefully more exposure to come.
- At Racialicious, Margaret Redlich discusses what Western movie critics don't get Bollywood and the Indian film industry and why it's so apparent.
- More from the "Awful things Missouri lawmakers have said about rape" file: Former Missouri House of Representatives republican George Englebach explained to Democracy Now! there's difference between "brutal rape" and rape of "some girl or lady that was sort of inebriated, maybe a little bit high on drugs or something like that." Oh, and he was dressed as Abe Lincoln. Yes, this was at the Republican National Convention.
- Speaking of the RNC, did one of the Romney family's housekeepers make an appearance? At Colorlines, Jorge Rivas explores the significance of a screencap and what it means about economic inequaility, visibility, and media.