Happy Thursday everyone! Here's some feminist news to start your day.
- Consent is sexy. Say it a thousand times. And read this article on why the "silence is sexy" model is a huge part of what sustains rape culture. [Queer Guess Code]
- Tired of people hating on fat? Here are some myth-busting facts for you to whip out next time someone makes a fatphobic comment. [Everyday Feminism]
- Horseback heroics aren't necessary to be an ally, and don't expect a medal. But if you are committed to justice and want to offer up your solidarity, MSNC's Melissa Harris-Perry gives us some tips on how to be a good ally. [Colorlines]
- If you are in NYC this month you are really lucky. Why? Because there are some really sweet events coming up including: A conference on The Politics of Solidarity: Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Organizing, A Conversation on HIV Criminalization and Trans Politics, and a Conference on the Future of Online Feminism. [Visual Aids] and [Barnard Center for Research on Women]
- Did a white writer from Slate really just post a piece titled "Bring Back the Afro?" Did that just happen? On why white writers should check their privilege before asking black people to wear their hair a certain way. [Jezebel]
- Meanwhile, in India people are bringing self-defense from rape to a whole new level with electrified underwear. [Death and Taxes]
- Do we need more laws to keep us safe? Attorney and trans activist Dean Spade contests the idea of the state as protector of rights and safety, and offers a critical trans politics that challenges enhanced criminalization as a means to achieve justice. [Against The Grain]