The Round-Up: May 22, 2012

  • Sign the petition put together by Women and Hollywood calling on the Cannes Festival to bring transparency to their award selection process after no female directed films were selected for this year’s competition.
  • If you’re in Toronto and between the ages of 13-29, consider volunteering for a new Planned Parenthood program, P.E.A.K. (Prevention Engagement Action & Knowledge). The program will focus on HIV prevention and fighting HIV-related stigma. Info on the program and its perks are at the Shameless Magazine blog.
  • Renee at Womanist Musings contemplates the problematic ways women werewolves are depicted in True Blood and the rest of the Urban Fantasy genre.
  • Laura at The F Word UK calls out London’s RadFem2012 conference for excluding trans women and argues that it’s not a feminist stance to take.
  • The Advocate profiles lesbian bands and ask members about how they see themselves, the “lesbian band” label, and dealing with their riot grrrl legacy.
  • Colorlines reports that the Oregon State Board of Education has allowed schools to keep team names but has banned the use of school mascots that reference Native Americans or their culture.
  • You may have heard about the outcry from some quarters over the Canadian National Museum of Science and Technology’s “Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition”. Dammit Janet explains why the opposition is unwarranted and shares some of the positive responses to the exhibit seen in letters to the editor.
  • Gay Star News has the inspiring story of an 106-year-old trans woman who spoke at Burma’s first International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) observance in Rangoon.

-Jarrah

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Jarrah Hodge is the founder and editor of gender-focus.com. She has also written for the Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine Blogs, the Vancouver Observer and About-Face. Jarrah has B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from UBC. She’s a fan of politics, Star Trek, musical theatre, and brunch.

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