The Round-Up: Apr. 17, 2012

  • Akiba at Colorlines argues LGBT organizations do have a role to play in opposing racial profiling.
  • Ontario has made history, according to Xtra, by removing the requirement for trans people to have surgery before being allowed to change the gender listed on a birth certificate.
  • Slap Upside the Head reports on anti-gay groups’ attacks on Edmonton-based company BioWare for creating gay characters in their latest Star Wars video game.
  • Also at Colorlines, Brentin points out new strict voter ID laws could also restrict voting rights for trans Americans.
  • History nerds will enjoy this backgrounder from The Mary Sue on Rani Lakshmi Bai or Jhansi, aka “The Indian Joan of Arc”, one of the leaders of the Indian Rebellion against the British in 1857.
  • If you haven’t yet read about Arizona’s new extreme anti-abortion law, which defines gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, read the story at The Daily Beast.
  • The Guardian has an article about the seeming rise in popularity of TV dramas starring complex women juggling families and careers.
  • Feminist Law Professors takes the University of Toronto Law Journal to task for publishing only one woman author in each of its 3 issues this academic year.
  • An article at Fannie’s Room looks at how gender role policing affects women weightlifters.
  • Sweden’s National Encyclopedia has added a gender-neutral pronoun, “hen”, sparking debate about whether society should be not just gender-equal but gender-neutral (article in Slate).


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