Weekly News Wrap-Up

Before we bombard you with links, we want to express our deepest condolences for everyone affected by the tragedy in Boston.  Among the fatalities is 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed on Monday as he watched runners at the finish line. We hope that the world can follow Martin’s advice and learn to live in peace:

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The Disney company released some seriously sexist Marvel shirts this week. The women’s shirts were emblazoned with the phrases “I Need a Hero,” and “I Only Kiss Heroes,” while the men’s shirts said things like “Be a hero” or featured pictures of comic characters. Disney responded to over 1,000 #NotBuyingIt Tweets and 8,000 signatures and removed the “I Need a Hero” shirt from its site.

Expanding background checks for gun purchases was voted down by Congress, in spite of the fact that 90% of Americans support the measure.

Ann Friedman’s amazing piece about the other side of tragedy, and how reporters need to handle their deliver.

Hey, CNN, when you immediately blame bombings on a “dark skinned man,” it’s racist, and yeah, we noticed.

An amazing student in West Virginia stands up to misinformation in sex education and slut-shaming.

A great breakdown of draft immigration reform bill from Feministing.

Not only is Brittney Griner an amazing basketball player, but she is an out-and-proud member of the LGBTQ community. Congrats on being the first draft pick of the Phoenix Mercury, Brittney!

A New Hampshire legislator calls women ‘vaginas.’ Seriously.

Do you read the TransGriot blog? You should. Monica Roberts does amazing work. She provides poignant analysis, criticism, and information. Like this piece on a kids summer camp for trans* and gender variant kids.

Gitmo is killing me. A must read.

Blackface isn’t okay. Ever. Not even for you, Vogue.

It has been a tragic week: earthquakes, floods, ricin, bombings (in the U.S. and abroad), and a factory explosion in Texas. Take care of yourself this weekend, dear readers.

 

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