On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Monday—let's hope this week is better than the last. The news on everyone's mind right now is, of course, the Boston bombing. Here are the best articles I read this weekend on the suspect's arrest: 

• The Boston bombers were Muslim—so what? [Atlantic] 

• The FBI questioned the suspect without reading him his Miranda Rights. How is that legal? [The Verge] 

• Many people were injured at the bombing, but only one victim had his house raided by police while he lay in the hospital. Why was he singled out? It seems like just because he's a Saudi immigrant. [New Yorker] 

In other news... 

• Here's a rundown of why it's condescending to tell a childless woman that she'd be such a great mother. Apparently some people need that explained! [The Atlantic] 

• Lots of people are heading to the streets in India to once again protest the country's treatment of women and lack of prosecuting rape. [Guardian] 

• Two new abortion-restrictions are in the news: One new law closed an abortion-providing clinic in Virginia and Kansas's governor signed a giant pile of new restrictions. [Feministing, RH Reality Check] 

• Every year, one quarter of black students in public schools are suspended. One quarter. Wow. [The Nation] 

• How will it impact basketball Skylar Diggins' game that people online are always telling her she's too good looking to be an athlete? [Colorlines] 

• Speaking of sports, Portland's women's soccer team the Thorns played their first game this weekend. Their merchandise is covered in the slogan, "Feeling thorny?" [Oregonian] 

• Does Game of Thrones throw in way too much female nudity? [Bitch Flicks] 

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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2 Comments Have Been Posted

Kirkman excerpt in Atlantic

Good gawd! As someone who has no intentions of being a mother, I also get so tired of "you'd be such a good mom" comments. Drives me batty... in part because as an older sister in a large family, I played mom from a very early age... been there, done that... NOT buying that t-shirt. "Condescending" is the perfect way to describe the phenomenon... not to mention sexist. The comments attached to Kirkman's excerpt in The Atlantic are pretty horrid and I have been reminded to not read comments about articles written by women who make legitimate points that gall the patriarchy. I haven't read that many "quit your whining" comments since... I forget.

Thanks for posting!


The decision whether or not to become a parent is a deeply personal one. Not only are such questions and judgements the child-obsessed often make are "condescending" and "sexist," but also rude and invasive. Sounds like Kirkman has written a fantastic book on the matter, filled with the nuance and humor that has been lacking in other recent writings on childlessness. Definitely picking up that one!

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