Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. We hope with this small curation of links to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.
Links We Like
Check out Twenties, a new show by Writer/Producer Lena Waithe that follows the lives of three women of color in their twenties trying to get their shit together (i.e. Girls done right). Watch the first part of the pilot below.
Narges Bajoghli shares her story of running out of birth control in Iran and unearths the lack of access plaguing the country. [Iran Wire]
Is Orange is the New Black just relying and reinterpreting racists tropes through a “more legitimate” white lens? [The Nation]
And moving from the trials of fictional women in prison, to actual female prisoners, California courts are working to put a legal end to sterilization abuse in prisons. [CIR]
Selfies are here and now forever and always. [The New Yorker]
North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam told superintendent June Atkinson to “stick to her own knitting” instead of, I don’t know, doing her job and worrying about how the state tests children. Eww. [Think Progress]
Following the Anthony Weiner intern scandal (and even more far back, Monica and Bill), unpaid interns tend to miss out not only on salaries and employment benefits, but legal protections to sexual harassment. [ProPublica]
The military continues to deny that investigating, prosecuting, and preventing, sexual harassment in their ranks is worth their time. [The Atlantic]
Feminist Blog Roll
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Causes We Support
OTHERED IN ACADEMIA: A WOC ANTHOLOGY
In academia, women of color are the token black sheep. Our presence provides high diversity points, but our hyper-visible bodies are identity-invisible inside yet another white/male only institution: academia. We all have a unique set of not-designer baggage that carries over from all the –isms of our raced, gendered, queered and classed lives that aren’t addressed properly by institutions that seek to serve white/male clientele. Academia is no different. Indeed, perhaps some schools hide their inequality better; but some schools make little to no effort to mask their disgust by WOC otherness. Though diminished safe spaces and colorblind policies create no end of discomfort for WOC at PWCs, the master narrative delegitimizes our concerns and works to silence our voices and stories.
This project asks women of color to explicate through poetry, prose, creative non-fiction or photography (if fitting) your experience as a woman of color at a predominantly white college/university. Read here for submissions guidelines.
Quote of the Week
“Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!’ I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.”
— Whoopi Goldberg