Stop Everything, Michelle Obama’s Book Is Coming Out This November
In just 260 days, our nation will be graced with the memoir of our forever-favorite FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Obama announced this Sunday that Becoming — which publisher Penguin Random House has described as “unusually intimate” — will drop on November 13, one week after the inevitably tumultuous midterm elections. “Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience,” she tweeted. “I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice.” Read more at NPR.
Monica Lewinsky Looks Back On Bill Clinton “In The Age of #MeToo”
Near the 20th anniversary of the investigation that drew Monica Lewinsky into the national spotlight, the ex-intern published a powerful personal essay that re-examines her experience in light of the #MeToo movement. Deviating for the first time from her assertion that her relationship with the president was fully consensual, Lewinsky labels his actions an “inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege.” Read her full essay at Vanity Fair.
There’s More Than One Way To Tell A Good Mother-Daughter Story
Responding to criticism that oscar-nominated Lady Bird plagiarized the 2002 film Real Women Have Curves, New York Times film writer Monica Castillo argues that the two narratives are markedly different and that mother-daughter relationships are worth exploring from every angle we can. Read more at The New York Times.
Weinstein Co. To File For Bankruptcy
Weinstein Co., the New York media company founded by now-infamous Harvey Weinstein, recently announced that it would file for bankruptcy after a last-ditch buyout deal collapsed. The company has faced staggering financial hits in recent months after Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and harassment by over 30 women. Read more about the demise at The Los Angeles Times.
This New Video Game Will Teach You How To Harass Women
Learning absolutely nothing from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Steam and Playstation are about to launch “Super Seducer,” a video game about — we’re not kidding — stalking and harassing women as a pick up artist. In the game, you play a “renowned seduction guru” (ew) and are promised love and endless sex if you find the right way to manipulate women. One intrepid reporter tried to play a few levels without vomiting. Read her story at Motherboard.
Planned Parenthood Sues Over Clinic License Delay
Planned Parenthood recently filed a lawsuit against Louisiana’s Department of Health, after waiting over 17 months for them to approve a New Orleans clinic’s license to provide abortions. They claim that Gov. John Bel Edward’s pro-life administration has established “unconstitutional roadblocks” in an attempt to delay the license’s release (and no one is surprised). Read more at U.S. News and World Report.
Laverne Cox Drops “Beat For The Gods,” and We’re Here For It
Laverne Cox proves once again that she can do anything she wants — and it’ll always be a hit. The OITNB star just debuted a music video for “Beat For The Gods,” her upbeat synth-pop anthem. Don’t worry — Cox isn’t leaving the acting world anytime soon. But take a moment and learn more at Paper.
Meet Laura Boldrini, Italy’s Highest-Ranking Female Politician--and The Men Who Make Death Threats Against Her
Laura Boldrini, speaker of the Italian Parliament, wants to take Italy in a bold new direction: she’s staunchly pro-immigrant and has spoken widely against racism and sexism. But Italy’s right-wing trolls are just as bad as America’s — or maybe even worse. Read about her career, and the time an opposing mayor brought a sex doll on stage as her “doppleganger,” at Buzzfeed.
Roxane Gay Offers To Write Batgirl, Becomes Our Own Personal Superhero
Roxane Gay has given us incisive feminist commentary on everything from eating disorders to rape culture; now, she wants to take on the Batman franchise. After director Joss Whedon stepped down, she tweeted that she’d be interested in taking up the helm of the movie Batgirl — and we need this to happen. Read more at Variety.
Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Appeal of DACA Ruling
In a victory for immigrants across the nation — and a wonderfully satisfying blow for President Trump — the Supreme Court rejected the president’s appeal of a ruling that required the administration to keep DACA going. The Department of Homeland Security must now continue to accept renewal applications from the nearly 700,000 young people enrolled in the program. Read more at NBC News.
Happy Birthday, Erykah Badu!
One of our favorite soul singers, Erykah Badu, turns 48 today. Listen to her ever-popular “On and On” here:
This post was published on February 26, 2018.
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Victoria Albert is a Boston-born graduate journalism student. She covers reproductive justice, health policy, and feminism, and has written for In These Times and Alternet. She tweets at @victoria_alb3.