On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

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

• If you didn't notice the Uncle Tom's Cabin references in Miley Cyrus's VMA performance, that's okay—most likely, she didn't either. But this Atlantic article on the novel and play's enduring influence is pretty fascinating. [The Atlantic]

• And Miley-adjacent: Bitch contributor Tamara Winfrey-Harris looks at but a small slice of the cultural appropriations that have been part and parcel of American popular music. [The American Prospect]

• San Antonio, Texas has passed a historic nondsicrimination bill that will ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. The ordinance, said the city's mayor, is a definitive statement that "there are no second-class citizens in San Antonio." [BuzzFeed]

• One woman in tech has heard all the justifications, redirections, and derailing that occurs when women in tech talk publicly about being women in tech. Here's why she's had enough. [Medium]

• Some enterprising asshole created a site called GhettoTracker, ostensibly so that users can aid travelers by pointing out "which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe." After a well-deserved public shaming, the site has been retitled "Good Part of Town," but no worries—so far it looks to be just as racist and horrible as its first incarnation. [Gawker]

• Are you a filmmaker? Are you a woman? Then you probably already know that the San Francisco Women's Film Festival is now taking submissions—but if you didn't, well, now you do. [Women's Film Institute]

• In better-than-usual toy news, Lego unveiled its newest figurine—or "minifig," if you're hip to the Lego lingo—and she's a female scientist! In what's probably just a coincidence, she also looks exactly like my 8th-grade biology teacher, Ms. Rofman. [Fuck Yeah, Feminism]

Lego's female scientist wears a white coat and carries two flasks
Look at the set of flasks on her, huh?

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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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California prison hunger strike ended on Day 60!

After 60 days without solid food, CA prisoner hunger strikers suspended their strike! Yesterday, advocates & family members announced that the hunger strike has been suspended. As a result of the hunger strike, legislators are planning hearings around conditions in California's maximum-security prisons, including the use of long-term solitary confinement as a human rights issue, for October.


Lego Pirates of Caribbean

Which bit.. doesn't like Jack Sparrow , actor Johnny Depp is a true womanizer at this movie especially the 1st of the trilogy. this pack is from Lego, while reading this article, it came to my mind and needed to share with mamas.
Give a shot
Worth it for me.

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