There’s a reason Angela Davis is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of her (or any) generation. Here’s the revolutionary scholar and former political prisoner waxing poetic on a recent episode of Democracy NOW!:
In her peerless analysis of privacy’s social construction, feminist legal theorist Catharine MacKinnon pointedly observed in Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws that,
“The realm in which women’s everyday life is lived, the setting for many of these daily atrocities [rape, battery, sexual assault], is termed ‘the private.’ Law defines the private as where law is not, that into which the law does not intrude, where no harm is done other than by law’s presence. In everyday life, the privacy is his.”
This dramatic reframing of women’s experience was one that forced us to consider what our cherished notion of “privacy”—that evanescent constitutional right that Supreme Court Justice William Douglas found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the 1789 document—actually means in practice, and why it is that women so rarely seem to have it. MacKinnon’s theoretical framework was radical because she asserted that “the private” was, in fact, a space owned by men that women inhabited (or, more often, were relegated to), where the soft anarchy of social norms would prevail, unthwarted by the intrusions of law or collective power. Read More »
Last week we asked for recommendations for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) on twitter — and you had way, way too many ideas for just one #ff. We’re back for volume II today with five more amazing ladies who crunch (numbers). Read More »
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More terrible news from Texas: Three more reproductive health clinics have been forced to shut down. Since 2011, the number of abortion clinics has been cut by more than half–from 44 to 19.
Women hold just 10 out of 160 head chef positions at 15 prominent US restaurant groups.
Chilling depictions of cartoon characters in scenes of domestic violence seek to raise awareness.
Anti-choicers are taking over state health boards.
Women make up half of mystery writers–but get way fewer reviews.
In this deliciously rare clip, Octavia Butler talks about how she began writing science fiction in response to an absence of great storytelling she felt. After seeing a terrible sci fi film when she was 12, she explains, “I turned off the television and said to myself, I can write a better story than that.” Let Butler’s thoughts on the possibility inherent in science fiction serve as talisman and inspiration:
It’s a wonderful way to think about possibilities. It’s a wonderful way to explore exotic politics. It’s a wonderful–it’s a freedom. It’s a way of doing anything you want. There are all sorts of walls around other genres. Romances, mysteries, westerns. There are no real walls around science fiction. We can build them, but they’re not there naturally.