On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Friday, all! Take a break from planning your awesome Halloween duds to read what's on our radar!

• What happens when anti-trans feminists join forces with a right-wing law firm to publicize the largely fabricated story of a Colorado trans teen supposedly harrassing fellow students? Absolutely nothing good. [Autostraddle]

• Simone Jhingoor thought she was going on the Today show to talk about her work with the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation, which works on family- and child-friendly development projects in the Bronx. Joke's on you, sister—no one wants to hear from you unless you're accepting a surprise marriage proposal! [Slate]

• An incident this week in which a young black man was falsely arrested after buying a designer belt at Barney's New York has put an unflattering spotlight on the department store's apparently long-running practice of racially profiling its customers. How does that square with its recent partneship with Jay Z? [Clutch]

• Jaclyn Friedman runs down the disturbing list of how the Men's Rights movement is relying on an increasingly violent set of tactics to make the case that feminists are the enemy. [The American Prospect]

• Zerlina Maxwell issues a plea to journalists—particularly those with the luxury to already be well insured—to stop focusing on the glitches of the healthcare.gov website. [Feministing]

• Many horror fans will argue that their fave movies are just good scary fun, but Holly Derr makes a persuasive case that such films have a long history of reflecting the social and political climate in which they were made. [Ms.]

• In case you're wondering how the whole "Will there ever be a goddamn Wonder Woman movie, already?" thing is going, Hollywood Reporter has your answer. And that answer is: Kind of, but not the way you were hoping for. [Hollywood Reporter]

Anything else you want us to know about? As ever, leave links in the comments.


by Andi Zeisler
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Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

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