Posts Tagged Latin America

“Las Libres” film on Mexican women convicted for homicide for abortions is coming to a theater near you

Las Libres, a Mexican documentary about the struggle to free women convicted for homicide and thrown in jail for having abortions is coming to a theater (possibly) near you. And you’ll want to see it.

Las Libres, a Mexican documentary about the struggle to free women convicted for homicide and thrown in jail for having abortions is coming to a theater (possibly) near you. And you’ll want to see it.

The rise of the DIY abortion

As abortion restrictions continue to grip the country more and more tightly, we’re seeing a strategy used by women in Latin America – where abortion is, with a few exceptions, illegal – coming into use here: Misoprostol, a pill FDA-approved to treat ulcers that can, if used correctly, safely induce an early abortion.

As abortion restrictions continue to grip the country more and more tightly, we’re seeing a strategy used by women in Latin America – where abortion is, with a few exceptions, illegal – coming into use here: Misoprostol, ...

Feministing Jamz: Talking feminism with Ana Tijoux

Lee esta entrevista en español al final de esta página.

Ana Tijoux has been in the hip hop game for a long time, but I caught onto her as just about everyone else did, when she collaborated with Mexican singer Julieta Venegas back in 2007. I loved her work immediately. Though the themes of her solo albums have all been really different – from super introspective to super global – I continue to be impressed and surprised with her music. I was really excited about her new album, and having the chance to listen to it over the last few weeks, I can tell you that it does not disappoint. Ana brings back her sick rhymes and ...

Lee esta entrevista en español al final de esta página.

Ana Tijoux has been in the hip hop game for a long time, but I caught onto her as just about everyone else did, when she ...

The “pot debate” has to extend past the border

Recently in the media there has been much debate about the pros and cons of marijuana use, a reaction to the legalization of small amounts of weed in Colorado and Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York will soon legalize medical marijuana. Perhaps the most widely-discussed is David Brooks’ piece for the New York Times that essentially amounted to “I, a successful white dude, smoked weed for a while but then I got tired of it. Therefore, pot is morally wrong and we shouldn’t legalize it.”

Other more progressive writers have certainly taken down Brooks’ and other conservatives embarrassingly privileged and unfounded arguments, but even so, what no one seems to be getting is this: it’s all well and good for a bunch of white ...

Recently in the media there has been much debate about the pros and cons of marijuana use, a reaction to the legalization of small amounts of weed in Colorado and Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York will ...

Think American abortion politics are bad? Millions of people have it worse

Very few countries in the Americas share the United States’ relatively liberal abortion laws. Say what you will about the GOP infringing on our reproductive rights, but we have things pretty good in comparison to a lot of our American neighbors. Of the 34 countries in Latin America, 18 allow abortion in cases other than the strict “rape, incest, or threat to the woman’s life.” In 6 of the remaining countries, abortion is completely illegal, with no provisions for rape, or threat to the woman’s life. One of those countries is Haiti.

Very few countries in the Americas share the United States’ relatively liberal abortion laws. Say what you will about the GOP infringing on our reproductive rights, but we have things pretty good in comparison ...

In context: Justin Bieber’s racist graffiti

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In the past few weeks I have been forced to think and talk about Justin Bieber more than I had ever hoped to do in this lifetime. Generally, I could care less about the teenage pop star, but lately he has been making headlines with his behavior abroad, some of which we have covered here. He’s been spending time in Brazilian brothels, and getting kicked out of Argentinean hotels. But this “talented” star has now taken up a new hobby to while away the insufferable hours of being super rich and famous: graffitting his way through South America.

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In the past few weeks I have been forced to think and talk about Justin Bieber more than I had ever hoped to do in this lifetime. Generally, I could care less ...

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Little Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant: all contestants must show us their papers to prove they’re Latina

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Late last month, the news came out that the Nuestras Raices Little Miss Hispanic Delaware beauty pageant was dethroning its latest winner, Jakiyah McCoy, after she was unable to provide documentation of her “Hispanic heritage.” McCoy is black, and it appears that she was the only contestant required to prove her ethnicity, suggesting that Latin@s cannot look black.

Since then, the pageant has released a letter trying to clear up the mess.

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Late last month, the news came out that the Nuestras Raices Little Miss Hispanic Delaware beauty pageant was dethroning its latest winner, Jakiyah McCoy, after ...

As a Latina, I have a problem with Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Thanks Macy’s, but this isn’t “celebrating,” this is selling.

According to the U.S. government, September is Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of Hispanic culture, heroes and holidays. The White House has had Latin music, NFL players have read to underprivileged children and the Smithsonian website hosts a picture of Celia Cruz with merengue playing in the background. I love me some salsa, but there’s something about this month that irks me.

First of all, the very word Hispanic is problematic. “Hispanic” defines someone by Spanish, the language of the people who colonized them. I don’t want to be defined by the violent encounter that was colonization, but even if I did, my ancestors were colonized by Portugal, not by ...

 

Thanks Macy’s, but this isn’t “celebrating,” this is selling.

According to the U.S. government, September is Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of Hispanic culture, heroes and holidays. The White House has had Latin music, 

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