Hundreds Of Thousands March For Our Lives
This Saturday, calls for gun reform echoed around the nation as students and adults alike protested government inaction. The D.C. rally, organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, drew hundreds of thousands of protestors; related rallies took place in hundreds of "sibling cities" across the globe. Their message was clear: It’s time for gun reform. Now. Read more at The Washington Post.
Conservatives Are Sharing A Fake Photo of Emma Gonzalez
In lieu of genuinely engaging with marchers and activists, some hyper-conservative circles have instead begun sharing a doctored photo of activist Emma Gonzalez. In the real photo, Emma is ripping a poster with a bullseye; in the doctored version, it’s a copy of the Constitution (and they gave her under-eye circles, just to be assholes). Read a breakdown of everything that’s wrong with this picture at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer.
Stormy Daniels Provides Details About Her Alleged Affair With Trump
In a groundbreaking interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, adult film star Stormy Daniels provides more information on her alleged affair with the president. The details range from funny (she says she spanked him with his own magazine) to horrifying: she claims that in 2011, a man who appeared to be working for Trump threatened to harm her infant daughter if she didn't leave Trump alone. Her hush agreement with Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, is also of note: It might be evidence that Cohen made an illegal contribution to Trump’s 2016 campaign. Read the full transcript at CBS.
The Tampon Tax Is (Finally) On The Decline
Necessary health products like shampoo, deodorant, and Viagra (?!) are exempt from sales taxes in most states — but somehow, that doesn’t apply to tampons. This phenomenon, often called the “tampon tax,” has been a prime example of sexism for years — because we’re pretty damn sure that tampons are more “necessary” than Viagra. Now, mercifully, the tax is on the decline. Nine states have already eliminated the disparity, and seven more are pursuing legislation to do the same. Read the full story (and figure out where to buy your tampons) at NPR.
Tiffany Haddish Is A Comedy Queen — And A Great Whale Watcher
The breakout star of Girl’s Trip is one of the funniest women in Hollywood — and GQ knows it. Caity Weaver talks with the newfound Hollywood star about taxes, turpentine, and almost fighting someone who bit Beyoncé (!!!!!!), all while looking for whales off the coast of L.A. Read more at GQ.
Margot Robbie Is Producing An All-Female Shakespeare Series
As the famous playwright once said: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Margot Robbie is definitely the first one. The I, Tonya star recently announced that she signed on to produce remakes of 10 Shakespeare classics, all from a female-centered perspective. Margot: We “love nothing in the world so well as you.” Read more at Entertainment Tonight.
Trump Remakes His Transgender Military Ban
After a federal judge ruled against Trump’s original transgender military ban this February, the administration released a (slightly) updated version that’s just as bad. The new rules? That only people who have been “stable in their biological sex prior to accession,” “do not require a change of gender,” or started serving under Obama’s policy are eligible to serve.
ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Joshua Block told CNN, "What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy. This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence. It is reverse-engineered for the sole purpose of carrying out President Trump's reckless and unconstitutional ban." Read the full story at CNN.
Oregon Reporter Wins Award For Uncovering Sexual Harassment
Last Thursday, Oregonian reporter Bethany Barnes won a national freedom of information award for uncovering sexual harassment in a local school district. After the school stonewalled her inquiries for months, Barnes wrote a 95-page appeal to the district attorney — and she won. Her resulting article, "Benefit of the Doubt," is a powerful indictment of a system designed to keep abusers in power. Congratulate Barnes and read the full story at The Oregonian.
This article was published on March 26, 2018.
Top photo courtesy of Desdemona Dallas.
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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.