“I don’t fucking care if you like it.”

Read this cathartic piece by Rebecca Traister – on that Esquire piece on 42-year-old women, on Jada and campus sexual assault, on Hobby Lobby and buffer zones, on jailed Tennessee mothers, and all the many large and small ways our fates “rest in the hands of empowered committees on the general value and status of womanhood in America.”

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Chart of the Day: Sexual harassment and assault at scientific field sites

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(Chart via Vox)

Though this survey of more than 600 anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, zoologists, and other scientists wasn’t nationally representative, it suggests that sexual harassment and assault could be one of the reasons contributing to the dearth of women pursing careers in the sciences.  Read More »

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A comic on gender roles

In this great comic from The Robinhead, an alien is confronted with our culture’s strangely stubborn investment in the concept of a gender binary. As the poor confused creature notes, “What I’m not understanding, however, is why I feel hatred and anger coming off of you at the idea of anyone living outside of your imaginary boxes.” Great question.

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Trial By Press Release: Jane Doe and Connecticut’s carceral crisis

The controversial Pueblo Detention Facility for Girls in Connecticut, where Jane Doe was held until being forced into a boys facility following a fight. (Photo Credit: Jacqueline Rabe Thomas - CT Mirror)

The controversial Pueblo Detention Facility for Girls in Connecticut, where Jane Doe was held until being forced into a boys’ facility following a fight. (Photo Credit: Jacqueline Rabe Thomas – CT Mirror)

Trans people are patriarchy’s constitutional crisis. Our very existence presents the gender order with an unfixable problem that is impossible to discipline back into its neat boundaries, save through the most extreme of actions.

The Connecticut State Department of Children and Familes (DCF) has created just such a crisis in the case of Jane Doe, the 16 year old trans Latina who was bounced from the DCF system into prison without charges or trial because of alleged violence. On July 13, she was quietly moved to a boy’s facility and returned to a solitary confinement situation because she had allegedly become violent again at the Pueblo Girls’ Detention Facility in Connecticut, while her transfer to a girls’ treatment centre in Massachusetts was pending. Her lawyer, Aaron Romano, believes that by issuing a press release about the allegations and refusing to talk to Doe’s representatives, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz is attempting “litigation in the press,” which ACLU attorney Chase Strangio describes as “concerning on multiple levels.” It is hard to disagree with that assessment.

The layers of misinformation at work here are breathtaking. Even journalists sympathetic to Jane Doe’s case can barely make heads or tails of the DCF’s statements. According to Strangio, who has worked diligently on the case, Jane Doe was never sent to the safer, less prison-like Massachusetts facility in spite of a press release from the DCF claiming she had been accepted there, sending her instead to the Pueblo detention center. The new press release from the DCF attempts to use allegations of violence against Jane Doe to justify transferring her from Pueblo to solitary confinement in a boys’ facility, but as Strangio notes, “in the highly surveilled and violent structure of secure facilities, there are no shortage of confrontations.”

The New Haven Register published a sober-minded editorial on the subject this week arguing that the agency is disingenuously using its public statements to imply that Doe is uniquely violent, thus justifying the inhumane treatment she is receiving from the state. But, The Register argues, ”It’s not because of her symptoms — plenty of kids who get bounced around among foster homes and institutions lash out and assault others. It’s because they don’t know what to do with, or don’t understand, or don’t want to go out of their way to help, a transgender child.”

They conclude with a pointed question: “State law in Connecticut bans discrimination against transgender people. Why are we allowing a state agency to violate that law?”

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Feministing Jamz: La Santa Cecilia on feminism, immigration, and storytelling

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La Santa Cecilia is one of those bands whose raw energy stops you in your tracks from the jump. I first encountered them live at the Pachangafest in Austin, TX in 2012. On my way from one stage to the next, I was stopped in my tracks in front of a little side stage – pulled in by the voice, the music, the sheer magnetism of La Santa Cecilia who, at the time, I’d never heard of before. Their music is a mix of Pan-American rhythms — you’ll hear cumbias, boleros, some bossa nova — all held by La Marisoul’s booming voice.

It’s been a really big couple of years for them, and earlier this year they won a very well-deserved Grammy, which they dedicated to the 11 million undocumented people in the United States.  We’re fans here at Feministing, so when I saw that they’d be in New York for the Latin Alternative Music Conference I jumped at the opportunity to meet up and chat for a bit.

Band members against a green wall. La Marisoul wears cat-eye glasses, a bold pink lip, and a leather jacket. The guys are wearing button-ups. Miguel's is embroiderered in white and red.

La Santa Cecilia (Alex, Miguel, Pepe, and La Marisoul)

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