On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Oh hello. Here's all the feminist news I'm reading today.

• A video of Charles Ramsey, the black neighbor of three kidnapping victims in Cleveland, went viral yesterday—it's remarkable not just because the neighbor helped rescue three imprisoned women, but because he points out issues of rampant racism. [Salon] 

* Delaware legalized same-sex marriage! [Autostraddle] 

• A judge blasts the Obama Administration's decision to keep fighting against Plan B access for young girls. [RH Reality Check]

• Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for tax evasion, even though she paid off the back taxes. She compared the tax system to slavery, saying: "I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of.... I'm a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me. I sold 50 million units ... now I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."

• In much better news, the guy in charge of Girls Gone Wild is also going to jail—he was convicted of false imprisonment and assault. [Salon] 

• Sexual assault in the military is not going away. In fact, it seems like 90 percent of military assaults are never reported. [Mother Jones]

• Do hospital bills make any sense? Survey says: No. A recent study found wildly differing charges for the same procedures, leaving the cost of healthcare dependent on the whims of each hospital. [New York Times] 

• Writer Sady Doyle emailed prolific rape-joke-maker Sam Morris and sinerely asked him why his routine is so heavy on hating women. He finally replied with, well, what you'd expect. [Global Comment] 

21 things making you fat right now: A list of the ridiculous things junk science has reported make you fat. [xoJane] 

What do you desire? The new issue of n+1 has an interesting personal essay about one woman trying to figure out what she wants from sex and relationships. [n+1]

What are you reading? Add your links 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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4 Comments Have Been Posted

LH sentence

problem with your lauren hill bit, you guys said the sentence was 3 years, when the article linked to your page says 3 months. major typo!

Lauryn Hill

Sorry, pay your taxes. Comparing the tax system to slavery is the rhetorical argument of the 1%.

Taxes = slavery. That's

Taxes = slavery. That's interesting. Slavery for rich people. I'm not sure how that would work.

Taxes = slavery?

Hey Lauryn Hill, how do you expect things like the police department, roads, bridges, schools, etc etc etc to be paid for? Magical fairies?

Anyone who doesn't understand that you have to pay taxes is an idiot and deserves to go to jail. She sincerely didn't know the "nature" of the tax system? Was she living under a rock or something?

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