On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news on our radar this Monday morning. 

• Even big businesses agree that government spying undermines freedom: Google, Apple, and Microsoft wrote an open letter to Obama saying the NSA's surveillance goes too far. [The Atlantic] 

• Nelson Mandela didn't just change South Africa—he impacted black-led social justice movements around the world. [Colorlines] 

• San Diego's epic douchebag of an ex-mayor is about to be sentenced for sexually harassing at least 20 women. [Guardian] 

• Some of the reporting on the recent news that Plan B doesn't work for women who weigh over 176 pounds has deviated into fat shaming—it's important to note that the drug's failure doesn't have to do with whether people are "obese" or have a high BMI. [RH Reality Check] 

• How did anti-abortion-rights Congressional Republicans accidentally wind up expanding abortion coverage for Congressional staffers? Well, it's a funny story. [Mother Jones] 

• One writer explores her love-hate relationship with Joss Whedon. [Bitch Flicks] 

• The Advocate gathers photos from 24-hours in LGBT America. [The Advocate] 

• An intrepid Autostraddle writer personally reviews an ancient "massager," the Handy Hannah Vitalator. [Autostraddle] 

a "handy vitalator" is a giant metal vibrator

What did I miss? Add what you're reading to the comments. 

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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1 Comment Has Been Posted

slight correction to San Diego mayor blurb

Hello "Bitch" news. Thanks for posting the Guardian's story about the sentencing of the ex-mayor of San Diego. That is great news! However, your one-sentence summary of it should be corrected. Although more than 20 women have come forward to complain about his harassment, the specific criminal sentencing in the Guardian stoery involves three specific incidents: one felony count of "imprisonment" (from when he held one woman in a headlock) and two counts of misdemeanor "battery" (for physically kissing and groping two women without their consent). So, technically, he is being senenced for harassing three women, not 20.

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