Interracial Relationship Round Up

Alicia Keys, who I consider one of my all-time favorite artists, has a new video out that is, sad to say, seriously disappointing. It’s sort of a time travel through Hollywoodized interracial relationships, complete with a white dude in a truck and a bunch of angry black men. Really, Alicia?

Granted, music videos rarely portray human relationships with any sort of emotional authenticity, but this is one of the most objectifying, shallow portrayals of love I’ve laid eyes on in awhile. It falls into all of the tired stereotypes of the tragic interracial love story, without really driving home any of the real struggle, politics, and/or potential liberation of such unions. Having previously been in one for almost ten years, I ...

Alicia Keys, who I consider one of my all-time favorite artists, has a new video out that is, sad to say, seriously disappointing. It’s sort of a time travel through Hollywoodized interracial relationships, complete with a white ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, and this, her first novel, clearly demonstrates why. It’s simply beautiful, chock full of so many breathtaking turns of phrase, emotional insights, and strange familiarities. It’s the story of Lucille and Ruth, orphaned when their mother commits suicide and forced to live with, first their grandmother, than two great aunts, and finally their mother’s truly strange sister. As Lucille and Ruth become adolescents, they face the struggle of their motherlessness and the beauty of the surrounding small town with deep and cutting contrast.
I found myself repeatedly forced to unearth a pen from the depths of my bag or couch just to underline some unforgettable sentence–something that I rarely do when ...

Marilynne Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, and this, her first novel, clearly demonstrates why. It’s simply beautiful, chock full of so many breathtaking turns of phrase, emotional insights, and strange familiarities. It’s the story ...

What We Missed

Angie González Oquendo was killed in Puerto Rico on Monday — making it the second murder of a transgender woman in PR in less than two months.
A crisis pregnancy center in Maryland is suing for the right to lie about their services.
We can’t be too surprised that Rush Limbaugh’s fill-in for his show, Walter Williams, proclaimed yesterday, “I believe in keeping wives under control.” Still gross nonetheless.
A horrible story of a woman raped and beaten to death in Queens this weekend. What’s worse is that all the NY Post commenters seem to care about is whether her murderer is “illegal” or not.
Today, the bra turns 100.

Angie González Oquendo was killed in Puerto Rico on Monday — making it the second murder of a transgender woman in PR in less than two months.
A crisis pregnancy center in Maryland is suing ...

Quick Hit: Virginia teacher slips fetus dolls to third-graders

This is really disturbing. It looks a local paper in Norfolk, VA broke a story this week about a teacher that has been quietly slipping small fetus dolls with anti-choice messaging into the hands of third, fourth and fifth graders at Oakwood Elementary School. Reports NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia:

The Pilot cites a teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, describing the 4-inch-long pink and brown plastic dolls as “life-like” and accompanied by a card with an anti-choice message and information on fetal growth. The Pilot’s investigative reporter found that these dolls and their accompanying literature were given out to dozens of young students, as recently as last month.

This person should be ashamed. The employee and school principal are on administrative ...

This is really disturbing. It looks a local paper in Norfolk, VA broke a story this week about a teacher that has been quietly slipping small fetus dolls with anti-choice messaging into the hands of third, fourth ...

More on DADT repeal: It ain’t over yet.

As we posted yesterday, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is now in the works, which we know will be a significant step forward after the horrendous 17 years this policy has been in place. But there’s a reason it was called a compromise. Autumn at Pam’s House Blend explains:

This compromise worked out by the White House, members of Congress, and Gay Inc., doesn’t actually guarantee that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people will ever be able to openly serve in the U.S. Military. Instead, it gives we in the LGBT community a promise of process to repeal of DADT without a guarantee it actually will ever result in LGB servicemembers being able to serve openly. And to ...

As we posted yesterday, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is now in the works, which we know will be a significant step forward after the horrendous 17 years this policy has been in place. ...

FDA deliberates over new “Viagra for women” whose name alone decreases my sex drive

It really does have the most unsexy name ever: Flibanserin. You can’t even shorten it to make it more appealing. (Nothing gets me hotter than some *moan*…flib.)
Anyway, the Food and Drug Administration is in the process of deciding whether to put the new drug on the market. Unlike the actual trial Viagra pill for women, which increases blood flow to our lady parts, flibberflabbin restores women’s libido by changing the chemicals in our brain like anti-depressants do. In fact, it was originally meant to be an anti-depressant:

Scientists found that flibanserin, developed as an antidepressant, was ineffective for treatment of depression. But the drug appeared to produce an unexpected side effect: boosting women’s libido. That prompted the ...

It really does have the most unsexy name ever: Flibanserin. You can’t even shorten it to make it more appealing. (Nothing gets me hotter than some *moan*…flib.)
Anyway, the Food and Drug Administration is in the process ...

UK airs first-ever TV ad for abortion services

This is a biggie. We find via Broadsheet that on Monday night, Britain ran its very first TV commercial by an abortion provider.

The ad says:

If you’re late for your period, you could be pregnant. If you’re pregnant and not sure what to do, Marie Stopes International can help.

Despite the simple, uncontroversial language and late night airing, anti-choice folks are still up in arms about it:

The antiabortion organization LIFE compared it to car companies hocking their wares and crafted a form letter of protest to the U.K. equivalent of the FCC. The group even requested that the spot carry a kind of black box warning about the “mental health problems following abortion.” Note that proof of ...

This is a biggie. We find via Broadsheet that on Monday night, Britain ran its very first TV commercial by an abortion provider.

The ad says:

If you’re late for your period, you could be pregnant. If ...

Peruvian Organization Threatened with Violence After Protesting Racist TV Show




In Peru, a debate is raging over whether the two disturbingly racist television characters pictured above should be banned from television. I think it’s time that those who defend the racism and sexism of these characters be forced to do so on the international stage.
As pictured above, the characters “El Negro Mama” and “La Paisana Jacinta” have long been broadcast on the popular television station Frecuencia Latina. As described by my colleague Lucina Di Meco, who works closely with the organization spearheading efforts to ban these characters, the characters represent the worst and most racist stereotypes of Afro-Peruvian and indigenous people:




In Peru, a debate is raging over whether the two disturbingly racist television characters pictured above should be banned from television. I think it’s time that those who ...

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