Weekend reading


Relationship advice from comedian Amy Schumer.

Alyssa Rosenberg offers 24 books for a year of reading only work by women.

The verdict in the Ellen Pao gender discrimination case shows how difficult it is for some people to recognize sexism that isn’t overt.

Why it matters that the International Criminal Court is now run by three women.

A horrifying story about a black woman who was locked in a psych ward for 8 days because cops didn’t believe she was a successful business woman.

There’s not a single all-male board among the UK’s largest companies.

Report finds 80% of anti-Muslim attacks on France are against women.

A comic by Erika Moen about the science of abortion.

A poem by a Starbucks barista that reveals the ridiculousness of their failed #RaceTogether campaign.

Weekend reading


12 famous women’s responses for why they don’t have kids.

Fandor offers a list of indie films that go beyond the Bechdel test with depictions of complex relationships between women.

A playlist of songs that pass a version of the Bechdel test for music.

15 female-fronted bands appearing at SXSW.

The Supreme Court will decide whether Texas must issue Confederate flag license plates.

UVA saw large protests after police brutally beat a black student.

Why Facebook is being sued for gender and racial discrimination.

A Google employee points out that their CEO is interrupting his female co-panelist at SXSW.

When men want kids and women aren’t so sure.

Oregon became the first state to automatically register voters.

Students are fighting back against a law that allows people to vote with gun licenses but not student IDs.

Watching a young black man arrested on the train and seeing the racism of the police laid bare

protestors flood the Capitol in Wisconsin after the death of Tony Robinson (via latimes.com)

protestors flood the Capitol in Wisconsin after the death of Tony Robinson (via latimes.com)

I could hear to person in the row in front of me breathing heavily. It sounded like more than the light panting of someone who ran to catch the train. Something was off about it, and it made me wonder if he had been running away from something or someone.

Before long, I saw a person out of the corner of my eye, heard a gruff “Stand up!”, and saw that it was a police officer. He wrestled the young black man to the ground trying to handcuff him and yelled at him throughout to stop moving and give him his arm. When he had him upright and in cuffs, the young man responded to everything with “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” and seemed like he was trying to explain what he saw as some kind of misunderstanding. The cop told him to never run from the police. I didn’t see what led up to this interaction, but he looked like a scared kid–he couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15–who got spooked and ran away from the cops. The officer shuffled him off the train at the next stop as someone yelled out at the kid to not say anything and just do what the officer told him to do.


Weekend reading


Enjoy these lego versions of the 4 women who have served on the Supreme Court.

Michael Hughes is using #wejustneedtopee to show the potential repercussions of discriminatory laws preventing transgender people from choosing which bathroom they use.

The Refuge Restrooms app helps transgender and gender non-conforming people find safe places to use the restroom.

Artist Makeda Lewis has a new afro-feminist coloring book.

Steve Buscemi is producing a documentary about Check It, the first known gay and transgender gang. The filmmakers are raising funds on Indiegogo to complete the project.

As she gets ready to leave The Daily Show, some of Samantha Bee’s best moments.

A crisis pregnancy center told a woman her IUD was her baby (disclosure: it’s part of this same project I’m involved in).

Remembering Claudette Colvin, the woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus before Rosa Parks.

Crisis pregnancy centers and the lies that endanger women’s health

Imagine that you think you might be pregnant and you don’t know what to do. You go to a place that offers free pregnancy testing, counseling and “abortion consultation.” Once you’re in a closed room with a “counselor” between you and the door, it turns out that the counseling is a barrage of lies and manipulation. If you get an abortion, they’ll “scrape out your uterus” and you might never be able to have children in the future. Your boyfriend will break up with you because you remind him of “something he’s not proud of.” You might even die, and no one would know what would happen to you and your death would go unrecorded.

All of this manipulative garbage and more was discovered through NARAL Pro-Choice California’s undercover investigation of anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (full disclosure: I’m involved in this project). Crisis pregnancy centers are under the radar, but they’re a well-funded grassroots arms of the anti-choice movement that will say or do just about anything to keep a woman from having an abortion. They target women with false advertising so they can get them in the door and use their bizarre script to delay their access to legitimate medical care. Check out the findings at http://www.cpclies.com.

CPCs are slippery and we need to hold them accountable. The first step is exposing their deceptive practices.

Weekend reading

International Women's Day 100th anniversary poster by Favianna Rodriguez

International Women’s Day 100th anniversary poster by Favianna Rodriguez

Happy International Women’s Day!

Faith groups that provide services to immigrants are trying to block emergency contraception for raped migrant children.

The indispensable Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Ferguson report.

9 egregious examples of racism from the Ferguson report.

Stop calling children’s gun deaths “accidental.”

Jessica Valenti on the importance of angry female politicians.

Study shows female-led films bring greater return on investment.

John Travolta, Joe Biden, and why men touch women’s bodies without asking.

Why reporting sexual abuse in the military is inherent unfair.


Consent is critical, and it shouldn’t be hard


It’s telling that the idea of affirmative consent is so frightening to so many people. As the issue became a hot topic of debate in the wake of California’s affirmative consent law, I found myself yelling futilely at my computer or people on podcasts as they wrung their hands and seemed to fundamentally misunderstand that idea of embracing “yes means yes.”  (more…)

Weekend reading


Everything you need to know about Abercrombie’s hijab court case. Short summary: Abercrombie is awful.

The most anti-women assertions at this year’s CPAC conference.

Prisoners at California’s maximum-security prison are making an album with singer-songwriter Zoe Boekbinder.

How to hire a woman film director.

Men complain more than women about work-family conflicts.

What a debate between two college students reveals about class in America.

Prison phone companies have found a new way to squeeze money out of families.

In case you missed this gem, an Idaho politician weighing in on abortion restrictions thinks the stomach and vagina are connected.

10 fabulous podcasts hosted by fabulous women


Lauren Lapkus

Like many things in our culture, the burgeoning world of podcasting has been dominated by men. But Alex Madison at Bitch Magazine has a great piece about why women’s voices are becoming more prominent in the medium. Women host two of the top three podcasts on iTunes, Serial and the new Invisibilia. I am a huge podcast nerd and spend just about any spare moment I can find with my earbuds in working through my constantly updating feed. In the spirit of highlighting kickass women in podcasting, here are my recommendations for podcasts hosted by women to add to the ones Madison highlights in her piece.