What We Missed

This New York Times short documentary film “Scouted,” about looking for models among thirteen-year-old girls in Siberia is pretty disturbing.

Just over century after the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire killed  146 mostly immigrant and female garment workers because the factory lacked safe conditions and exits,  a factory fire in Pakistan kills over 300 garment workers because the factory lacked safe conditions and exits.

One public college in Arizona defies governor and offers young undocumented immigrants in-state tuition, if they have work permits.

On the 18-year anniversary of the passage of the Violence against Women Act, Joe Biden urges a its reauthorization: “While women and girls face these devastating realities every day, reauthorization of a strengthened VAWA languishes in Congress…VAWA is just as important today as it was when it first became law, and I urge Congress to keep the promise we made to our daughters and our granddaughters on that day—that we would work together to keep them safe.”

A report by the NYCLU (the New York branch of the ACLU) reveals just how terrible sex ed materials used in New York state are. One district defined the vagina as a “sperm deposit.” That’s what I call mine.

Alyssa Rosenberg on why TV networks should court Hispanic voters.


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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    That NYCLU report is really sad.

    The article you linked indicates that New York is not actually considering any ban on any kind of circumcision, just a requirement that parents sign a consent form indicating that they are aware of the risk of potentially deadly herpes infection before a (rare outside the ultra-Orthodox) bris that includes direct oral contact. The procedure can go through completely unhindered after that signature.

  • http://feministing.com/members/schmeronica/ veronica

    There’s a typo (not sure where is the appropriate place to say this) — “One district defined the vagina as defined the vagina as a “sperm deposit.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/whumpusthing/ Melissa

    Something else to add: saw this report on Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/09/14/birth-control-may-boost-risk-carrying-staph-bacteria/

    Clearly there is an agenda here, as I feel like Fox News feels like it’s its second job to make people think BC is the devil, but what really peeved me were these parts in the article:

    Pass it on: Use of birth control may increase the risk of carrying staph bacteria.
    A study published last year found women in Africa who used hormonal contraception were at increased risk of acquiring HIV

    Thoughts on Fox News using science to slander the good name of birth control?

  • http://feministing.com/members/bklynrunner/ Laura S

    This looks like an amazing show. If I lived near Nashville, I would go check it out. http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/09/16/arts/design/20120916-WEEMS.html