On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Friday! Why not start your weekend off with a sampling of feminist news from around the web?

Domestic and intimate-partner violence has led to 90 women's deaths since the massacre in Newtown, CT in December. Hey gun lobby, tell us again how firearms make people safer from violence? [Huffington Post]

• After a series of murders of transgender people in the city, the Washington D.C. Mayor's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs announced a partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office that will "enhance USAO's ability to bring criminals to justice in cases where hate or bias might have been a factor in a crime committed against an individual from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community." [Autostraddle]

• Lilith Magazine—"Independent, Jewish, and Frankly Feminist"—has a snappy new site. [Lilith Magazine]

• Were you wondering what that weight-watching, wine-swilling scamp Bridget Jones has been up to lo these many years? If so, you're in luck come November, when Helen Fielding's new book hits the shelves. [GalleyCat]

• Tech entrepreneur Jason Calcanis responded to Jamelle Bouie's piece on how an "implicit network" affects the diversity of tech journalism with an obnoxiously escalating series of tweets that hit nearly every square on the How Not to Talk About Race bingo card. [Gawker]

• Lulu, a new app that allows users to exchange information about dateable men, is drawing ire from users of Reddit. Apparently creepshots of unsuspecting women and girls is cool, but reviewing men is "straight-up harassment." Let's just say they're both awful and leave it at that?

• Guess what, mothers over 35? Your decrepit old uteruses are the reason for growing rates of birth defects in European countries, according to a new study that definitely won't be used to scare the crap out of women who might want to delay childrearing. [Mommyish]

• In news that probably won't surprise anyone, Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue once again relegates actors of color to the lesser two-thirds of its gatefold cover. [Clutch]

• Famous ginger beanpole Anne of Green Gables has been recast as a sultry blond on the cover of a new edition of the young-adult classic. [BuzzFeed] What's next, book publishers, Pippi Longstocking with a razor-cut bob and a belly shirt?

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, and have a great weekend!

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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Anne of Green Gables

*sigh* that is just so unfortunate and sad. I loved those books when I was younger (I only got to number three) and I loved that she was this independent, no-nonsense redhead (like my sister). They're trying to appeal to the country crowd with that new cover, and if I were to look at that book and think about what it was about, I'd think that it was about some cute country girl living on a ranch somewhere in Wyoming or Texas, not a farm on Prince Edward Island in Canada.

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