The Round-Up: Jan. 8, 2013
- Reflecting on Idle No More, Jesse at Uncomfortably Canadian talks about how he and many others benefit from colonialism.
- Protests against sexual violence have spread beyond India to Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, according to the Guardian.
- Melissa at Shakesville critiques Doug Saunder’s recent Globe and Mail piece, which questioned the existence of global rape culture.
- The Campaign for Southern Equality is running a “WE DO” action where LGBT couples go to request marriage licenses in their communities, in order to call for full equality under state and federal law. You can read more and watch some of the videos at their website.
- Read the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s Joyce Arthur at Rabble on the benefits of decriminalizing abortion and why we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision.
- According to the Border Mail newspaper, Activists in Victoria, Australia are calling on the state government to expunge old convictions for consensual gay sex, which were acquired before gay sex was decriminalized in the 1980s.
- At Dissent, Sarah Jaffe has a lengthy must-read piece on the need for feminism to regain its connection to working-class women.
- Feminist Campus outlines the controversy around the revelation that the US Department of Defense uses a web security service that blocks LGBT advocacy sites while allowing sites by conservative, anti-gay bloggers and organizers.
- Yesterday we posted Tracy’s review of the representation of women in Django Unchained. If you’re interested in reading about the debate around whether the film subverts or reinforces racial inequality, I suggest checking out the Crunk Feminist Collective on why context is important when watching the movie, and also this article at The Daily Beast about the odd choice to produce and sell Django Unchained action figures.
- And I’m speaking on a panel after a screening of the documentary Bully in downtown Vancouver in February. For more information and tickets visit the event page.
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