For a while now, most experts have operated under the assumption that anti-choicers never need to get Roe v. Wade overturned by the Supreme Court. Instead, they can just make it nonexistent in the practical sense. Here on this site we’ve covered TRAP laws, ultrasound bills, and other legislation that is making legal abortion impossible. Today, ThinkProgress has a terrific write up about where we are in terms of reproductive rights in states like Texas, as well as historical context as to how we got here. Read More
No, says friend of the site Shani Hilton, 2013 was not “the year of the Black movie.”
The always smart Dahlia Lithwick on the conservative effort to make everything a person.
Looks like the Utah same sex marriage ban is getting a court challenge.
Jamaican police have seized and burned donations made to LGBT youth.
For most people, the sexual exploitation of Black girls is still a joke.
Do Muslim women need saving? Lila Abu-Lughod’s question challenges what has become, in her words, the “new common sense”: a “moral mainstreaming of global women’s rights” that urges Westerners to intervene on behalf of faraway women held hostage by “backwards” religious beliefs. As feminists, we might see reason to celebrate a global, energized focus on gender. But Abu-Lughod argues persuasively that we have to approach these appeals with caution. Her analysis upsets not only wrong-headed ideas about the “Muslim women” we seek to save, but also fantasies of freedom and consent that form the basis of Western feminism. Read More »
I’ve been watching the American Horror Story series since it started. And although the show hasn’t succeeded in giving me anything close to a nightmare since it’s first season, I’ve stood by to watch the story lines play out. But I’m dreading tonight’s episode because of the show’s problematic representation of blackness. SPOILER ALERT! Read More »
Comedian Aamer Rahman has been getting a little bit of American internet love in the last few days; his bit about what reverse racism actually means has been circulating quite a lot since it was posted at The Huffington Post. Hate to break this to you, America, but you’re late to the Rahman party. In Australia, we’ve been fans of Rahman and his partner in crime and Nazeem Hussain for quite some time. The two make up the duo Fear of a Brown Planet and together, they’re doing what is arguably the funniest and most incisive political comedy in the country right now.
Here’s one of my favourite Rahman bits for your viewing pleasure.
Transcript below the jump. Read More »