On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Today is Earth Day, so there's a couple links in here about climate change. Here we go! 

• The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on an affirmative action program at the state's universities. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a scathing dissent: “The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat. But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.”

• The Obama Administration says it will work to reform the nation's prison system by granting clemency to "as many as thousands" of people serving time for drug offenses. That's big news! [Shakesville] 

• Naomi Klein argues that environmental problems aren't just external—addressing climate change requires a whole new way of thinking. [The Nation] 

• Brown and out of town: Kendra James wrote this short essay about traveling around the world as a person of color. [Racialicious]

• A growing number of Americans see drug addiction as a health problem, not a crime. [Pacific Standard] 

• Did Game of Thrones' writers not realize the outcry that would occur over its recent rape scene? [The Atlantic]

• Street artist Swoon makes art—like giant floating rafts of junk—that explores what could happen when people's homes are submerged under rising seas. [Grist] 

a large raft made of junk

Photo of Swoon's Rockaway Armada by Towboat Garage, via Creative Commons. 

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Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. She's interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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3 Comments Have Been Posted

Come on

Bitch Magazine, this is the second time you've linked to an article calling a rape scene written by GRRM a consensual sex scene to further the arguement that HBO's depiction of GRRM's rape fantasy is worse. Come on yall. That scene GRRM wrote, the one described as consensual sex, depicts a woman saying no, physically fighting and crying, but then eventually relenting, whoops, I mean consenting to sex. But if you read the last two posts you linked to, that is okay, because at least it wasn't as violent as the rape scene HBO chose to show. Is the HBO version deplorable? Absolutely. Does it excuse the rape fantasy narrative, "no means keep trying" depicted by Super Perv GRRM? Does it round that sexual assault up to consensual sex? NO IT FUCKING DOESN'T! Bad job Bitch Magazine. How about some actual analysis of the tiers of rape culture presented by HBO and GRRM next time around.

FREE HER RALLY in D.C. on June 21

Thanks for writing about clemency for people serving time on federal drug convictions!

Families for Justice as Healing is spearheading a rally in Washington, D.C., on June 21 called "FREE HER" to draw attention to the thousands of women imprisoned for drug-related convictions. If you can't make it to the rally, you can take part in a call-in day on June 20 to encourage Congress to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act.

Check it out here:


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