On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Here's all the feminist news on our radar today...

• In life-imitates-Grand-Theft-Auto news, a Texas judge has acquitted a man who shot and killed a Craigslist escort who refused to have sex with him. [Gawker]

• A website dedicated to exploring the "black hair experience" is hosting an art exhibit in New York City where people can touch different textures of black hair. You know, like a petting zoo. With black people. This is really problematic, right? [Clutch]

• The Heckle Heard 'Round the World is yielding plenty of thoughts on race, manners, and the appropriate place for protest. At Time, Anna Holmes considers how racial stereotypes allowed the heckler to be viewed, in some corners, as a victim; at Feministing, Zerlina Maxwell uses gifs to commend FLOTUS for her grace under pressure. [Time, Feministing]

• If we've learned anything this week, it's that nothing is more sacred to male comedy fans than their inalienable right to make rape jokes. Here's why one female comedian has nothing but yawns for them. [Tess Rafferty]

• A female cosplayer on sexist micoragressions, short-skirt policing, and the default assumption that geek-minded conventions are male spaces. [This View of Life]

• Don't feel too bad about slighting that Salvation Army bell-ringer next time Christmas rolls around: In a recent radio interview, SA's media relations director affirmed that part of the organizations "belief system" is the belief that gay parents deserve to die. Excellent media realtions, guy! [TGV News]

• If you ever doubted that Silicon Valley has a pronounced diversity problem, these three simple charts will prove it beyond a doubt. [Mother Jones]



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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