Hey Snapchat, Domestic Violence Isn’t Funny
In one of the most tone-deaf moves of 2018, Snapchat recently featured a “Would You Rather?” advertisement that asked a disturbing question: Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown? The question was a barely-veiled allusion to the 2009 domestic violence incident in which Brown bit, punched, and choked the famous singer, eventually sending her to the hospital. After their stock fell 5% (and the company faced internet-wide backlash), Snapchat issued an apology for the thoughtless gesture. But as our girl RiRi put it, “I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!” Read more at The Verge.
Ava DuVernay Is Taking On The Superhero Genre With DC’s The New Gods
Ava DuVernay has always been a superhero in our eyes — but now, she’s making a movie about them. The New Gods, based on the comic series by Jack Kirby, will be DuVernay’s second $100 million-plus film, the second Warner Bros/DC film directed by a woman (love you, Patty Jenkins!), and the first Warner Bros/DC film directed by a black woman. Read more about the her work at Deadline.
Why Hasn’t The Music Industry Had A #MeToo Movement?
The #MeToo movement has swept through almost every industry in America, from actors to scientists to restaurant workers. But the music industry hasn’t faced a similar reckoning. In this powerful article, Andrea Domanick explains how power relations, fierce competition, and financial instability intersect to prevent women from speaking out. Read more at Noisey.
Activist Politician Marielle Franco Was Murdered In Rio
Marielle Franco, a gay black woman who defied odds by winning a seat on Rio’s City Council in 2016, was murdered alongside her driver last Wednesday. Franco was famous for speaking out against police violence, supporting Brazil’s poor, and advancing progressive policies. One activist said, “Marielle was a symbol of our biggest conquests. A woman like us, black, from the favela, who had a lot of strength to face the institutional challenges of the politics that always kept us distant.” Her death was mourned with protests across the nation. Read about her life and legacy at The Guardian.
Elderly Japanese Women Are Intentionally Sending Themselves To Prison
Japan has the oldest population in the world — more than 25% of its citizens are 65 or older. Lately, this demographic trend has led to a surprising and tragic consequence: Japan’s elderly women, who suffer from abandonment, abuse, and financial instability, are intentionally committing crimes because they will receive better care in prison. Read their stories at Bloomberg.
Tennessee Fines Hair Braiders Over $100,000
Since 2009, Tennessee has fined shops and salons a staggering $100,000 for not hiring licensed hair braiders. But nearly 50% of states don’t require such a license — and in the past 7 years, only 9 consumers have complained in Tennessee. Hair braiders are predominantly black women, so these fines target them. Two new bills propose to change the rules, but the current legislation is squeezing many shops out of business. Read more at Forbes.
Stephen Hawking Didn’t Need To Be “Free” From His Wheelchair — That’s Ableist
Much of the media coverage mourning the death of Stephen Hawking, famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist, concludes with the idea that Hawking is somehow more at peace now that he's free of his physical disability. In a powerful personal essay, Keah Brown pushes back — and explains how that sentiment is both reductive and extremely ableist. Read her thoughts at Teen Vogue.
Alabama Politician Says That We Shouldn’t Arm Teachers, Because Most Of Them Are Women
Alabama State Rep. Harry Shiver is right that we shouldn’t arm teachers. But his reasoning is laughably, terribly wrong. Turning a Bojack Horseman parody into sexist reality, Shiver recently voiced his opposition to arming teachers because most teachers are women — and most women, he said, “are scared of guns.” Wow. Cringe with us and read more at AL.com.
This article was published on March 16, 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.