On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist new on our radar today:

• Bitch made a music video! We turned our office into a dance party (complete with a fog machine and a catsuit) to kick off our year-end fundraising drive. Watch the video here.

A scene from the music video, where in the singer, Jose, is wearing a sailor suit

Okay, moving on to news that doesn't involve dancing around our office. 

• A single chemist in a Massachusetts crime lab is accused of tainting evidence and favoring prosecutors in up to 34,000 cases. Now, the state is trying to figure out what to do with thousands of people who may have been sent to prison on faulty evidence. [NPR]  

• Over 100 people were arrested around the country during protests on Black Friday. [Colorlines] 

• Female soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas say that a male officer tried to recruit them for a prostitution ring. His case heads to court next week. [Guardian] 

• MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry gives a moving update on the case of Marissa Alexander. [Feministing] 

• Sociology professor Mimi Schippers looks at compulsory monogamy in the new Hunger Games film Catching Fire. [Sociological Images] 

• Social justice nonprofit WITNESS is in the midst of a 16-day campaign against gender based violence. [Witness] 

• A look at an archive of WWI propaganda posters shows how images women and children were often used to guilt-trip men into signing up for the army. [Collectors Weekly] 

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by Sarah Mirk
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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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5 Comments Have Been Posted

Watching your video made me

Watching your video made me tear a bit because of the emotion of of oh-how-I-wish-to-be-a-part-of-this-you-are-doing-such-a-great-work! This is positive and joyful and makes me happy being a feminist :)

The chemist story is scary for multiple reasons.....

The article about the chemist screwing up evidence is frightening. The fact that thousands of prisoners are potentially innocent is appalling. But to be honest, another disturbing aspect of the story and what sort of made my heart sink when I first read the story was finding out the chemist was a woman. Now of course the misogynists will be coming out and saying crap like, "this is why women don't belong in science!!!" or "women need to stay in the kitchen!" or some other disgusting crap like that. We all know if this person was a man, there would never be anything said about his entire gender, treating him like he's a monolith; they would bash him as an individual. In 2013, many people unfortunately still don't see women as individuals. So this article is disturbing and sad on MANY different levels.

The accused in the Fort Hood

The accused in the Fort Hood case is a male E-8, Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO)--shouldn't be referred to as simply an officer.

Any WOC at Bitch?

So, I love your magazine, but this video made me feel like you have very few (and I mean very few) women of color working for bitch. This is pretty upsetting. Can you set the record straight?

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