On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Did this week go by fast or what? Here's what we're reading on this fine Friday...

• When a woman performs oral sex on a man without his express consent, is it rape? If not, why not? At the Daily Beast, Amanda Marcotte considers the case of rapper Danny Brown and the unwanted onstage blowjob. [The Daily Beast]

• This past Sunday, thousands of protestors marched in Morocco after the brutal sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl, in order to raise awareness of, as one particpant put it "victims not only of rape but victims of silence and society's inaction as well." [allAfrica]

• The New York Times considers the success of showrunner Shonda Rhimes in an age of network television's declining viewership. [New York Times]

Transgender high-school student Isaak Wolfe will not have his chosen name called at his graduation ceremonies; his Pennsylvania school district is insisting on calling his birth name instead. The ACLU is appealing to the school's administration on behalf of Wolfe and other transgender students. [Huffington Post]

• A team of British feminists will relaunch Spare Rib, the radical magazine that began publishing in 1972 and folded in 1993. New editor Charlotte Raven promises that it will "revive the spirited and soulful vision of feminism that SR once embodied, not the timid liberal one that dominates the mainstream media." [The Guardian]

• It has long seemed that the quickest route to consideration as a "serious" female actor is playing evil. At the Women and Hollywood blog, Melissa Silverstein asks why. [Women and Hollywood]

Why don't more women run for office? (Spoiler alert: money and sexism, mostly.) [The Cut]

• Thoughts, inspired by the douchebag comments of Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, on being a feminist in a world of fat shaming. [International Design Times; Sin City Siren]

• A fascinating look at Bertha Alexander, the woman who started one of America's biggest, most beloved doll companies, Madame Alexander. [Tablet]

Have a great weekend, don't forget to call your mother, and let us know what you're reading 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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