On Our Radar: Feminist News Round-Up

Here's what's on our radar! 

• Sports columnist Dave Zirin is reporting from World Cup, and puts in context the protests, World Cup, and forthcoming Olympics in the midst of Brazil's economy and history. [Democracy Now!] 

• Not all Strong Female Characters are created equal: Tasha Robinson lays out just what's problematic about some of the "strong" female characters we've seen in recent films such as How to Train Your Dragon 2The Hobbit, and The Lego Movie. (Speaking of HTTYD2, check out its place in Philip Cohen's "kids' movie sexual dimorphism saga.") [Dissolve] 

• The Refinery hosts a conversation about cultural appropriation, speaking to Adrienne Keene (Native Appropriations), Anna Akbari (Sociology of Style), and Akil Houston (University of Ohio). [The Refinery]

• Perhaps in response to a recent (and very favorable) NY Magazine profile on Terry Richardson, another young woman shares her story about her uncomfortable encounters with the fashion photographer. (Content warning: Sexual assault) [Jezebel] 

• Lifetime has announced they will be making a biopic of Aaliyah, with recording artist Zendaya cast to play the young R&B legend. [Shadow & Act]

• Sarah Kendzior discusses how academia is an unwelcome environment if you're a pregnant student, even though that's the least of higher ed's problems. [Chronicle Vitae]   

• Laverne Cox shares her "It Got Better" video, discussing her life growing up in Mobile, Alabama, and how she became her authentic self. [L Studio Productions]

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by Kjerstin Johnson
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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox, you're a beautiful classy lady and a fabulous role model for everyone. Thank you for being you!

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