On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

It's Boxing Day! Here's all the feminist news on our radar. 

• Police crackdowns on sex workers in New Orleans are potentially leading to more people dying from AIDS, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. [ThinkProgress] 

• The UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, points out that government subversion privacy online could have broad impacts on human rights. [Guardian] 

• In case you missed it, The Advocate named Pope Francis their person of the year—which many LGBT folks say is "lowering the bar" way too far. [Advocate, PQ Monthly] 

• From The Mindy Project to American Horror Story, a look a TV's (slowly) widening racial lens this year. [Colorlines] 

• Scarleteen has a handy new guide for anyone who's a little intimidated to go to the doctor's office: How to deal with doctors. [Scarleteen]  

• New film August Osage County is a "thespian cage match" between great veteran actors Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. [New York Times] 

• Also in theaters this weekend, Saving Mr. Banks cuts out any reference to its leading lady's bisexuality and aims to make the free-thinking creator of Mary Poppins into "the role of the disagreeable-yet-acquiescent female." [After Ellen] 

• Meet the hilarious "lesbian dandy lesbian" stand-up comedian Janine Brito. [Autostraddle] 

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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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2 Comments Have Been Posted

Sometimes Janine Brito makes

Sometimes Janine Brito makes me super uncomfortable with her objectification of women. I understand, and acknowledge, that in ways it is an act of rebellion and revolution as queer sexualities are Othered and oppressed, at the same time I am really freaked out when she gets a leterous and only talks about women in terms of "banging" them. :/ Am I a bad feminist Bitch?

I can see your discomfort.

I can see your discomfort. It's a balance I try to dissect and discuss in my stand up act (my feminist ideals/understanding what it's like to be on the receiving end of lecherous statements vs. my own carnal desires/not shying away from sexual & unapologetic material as a woman in a male-dominated field.) My statements about women I'm attracted to also seek to draw attention to the fact that I find women outside of the entertainment "mold" attractive. That it's important to speak loudly that I think women of all sizes are beautiful to help offset what we're told we should find attractive by media, though without forgetting that they're complex human beings who deserve respect and not objects. Maybe I forget to make that clear since I assume it's clear coming from an androgynous woman with a microphone.

Also, I'm a comedian. So shit's gonna get bawdy.

If you're a bad feminist bitch, it's in the best way possible. (As in: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/76/Michael_jackson_bad_...)

Thanks for speaking up.

Yours truly,

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