On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

It's the last day of the year! Here's all the feminist news on our radar. 

• If you missed the news yesterday that Ani DiFranco was planning to hold a songrwriting retreat on a former plantation (before cancelling the event after outcry this weekend), check out writer Mallory Ortberg's very funny satirical "Note from Ani DiFranco." [The Toast] 

Japan is employing homeless people at lower-than-minimum wage to clean up the dangerous Fukushima nuclear powerplant site. [Slate] 

• The United States is slowly releasing innocent people from Guantanamo. Nine people have been freed this month, but we'reheading into 2014 with 155 prisoners remaining in Guantanamo, half of whom the military has cleared for release. [New York Times] 

• Right now, the Israeli state health service only covers the cost of abortions in the case of medical emergencies, rape, or incest if the woman is between 20 and 40. Next year, it looks like the state might cover all abortions, regardless of reason.  [The Frisky] 

• Nearly all British internet service providers have been outfitted with "safety filters" meant to block porn—but they also block sex-ed advice. [Telegraph] 

• Britain's proposed "Downton Law" would end gender discrimination among nobility titles. [The Atlantic]  

• If you're looking for new music, here are 10 queer artists you should know about. [Mother Jones] 

• And, finally, you know what would make year-end holiday parties a lot less awkward? Pronoun-choosing nametags. [Pi-ratical] 

A set of nametags says "Hello, I am (blank) please use pronoun (blank)"

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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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