On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Hey, it's Friday! Happy early weekend, and here's a bunch of news from around the web.

• The champion Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Though early reports speculated that the shooting death may have been a case of mistaken identity, Pistorius apparently has a history of domestic incidents. [The New Yorker]

• Tech entrepreneur (and former Bitch webmistress, back when we called them that) Lauren Bacon handily dismantles Forbes's recent argument that Etsy's approach to hiring female engineeers constitutes a double standard. You go, Etsy! [Lauren Bacon]

• Meanwhile, at the Atlantic, Bryce Covert debunks the myth of the "ambition gap" between men and women as a cause of workplace and wage inequities. [The Atlantic]

• Deadspin has a pretty upsetting longread about a University of Toledo running coach whose ongoing pattern of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, and general mindfuckery led to his recent resignation. [Deadspin]

• What romantic comedies teach us about sex—and why those teachings can be harmful. [Furious and Brave]

• If you've been a victim of revenge porn, the law firm of Ridder, Costa, & Johnstone has a list of helpful tips for taking legal action, as well as further links and reading. [Ridder, Costa, & Johnstone LLP]

• Buzzfeed's new LGBT channel has been crushing it since it debuted just weeks ago. Here, eight music videos that take their style from/pay homage to Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. Know your vogueing references! [Buzzfeed LGBT]

• You're not the only one who's infuriated by the way politicians, including our president, refer to women only in relation to other people. We The People created a petition you can sign to urge Obama to cease using the "wives/daughters/mothers" frame in his speeches. [We The People]

• At Mommyish, Lindsay Cross has a personal essay about experiencing street harassment where you least expect it—namely, in front of your child. [Mommyish]

• If you have fond memories of Sassy magazine's "Dopey Fashion Poses," you'll enjoy the work of artist Yiolanda Dominguez, who recasts fashion-shoot poses in the real world, with striking (and often funny) results. [Messy Nessy Chic]

• Valentine's Day was yesterday, but we say it's never too late to celebrate with a bucket full of adorable sloths. [Gawker]

• And speaking of sloths: Have you seen the cover of our latest issue?

That's all for today! Have a wonderful weekend, and don't forget to share anything we might have missed below in the comments.

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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1 Comment Has Been Posted

We The People?

I'm glad you're featuring the petition, but "We The People" didn't create the petition. Melissa McEwan of Shakesville created that petition on We The People.

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