Javier Bardem Doesn’t Regret Working With Woody Allen
In a recent interview with French publication Paris Match, actor Javier Bardem revealed that he is not ashamed to have worked with Woody Allen on the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and that he still has “doubts” about whether Allen sexually abused his daughter, Dylan Farrow. Read the full story at Vulture.
Lola Kirke Is Tired Of Sexist Movie Critics
When reviewing Kirke and Zoe Kravitz’s new thriller Gemini, New Yorker critic Anthony Lane chose to focus on Kirke’s appearance (rather than, say, her acting), making a special point of noting her “big jeans and baggy grey top,” and her “haircut from hell.” Kirke responded with a letter to the editor that perfectly summed up how we feel:
“To deem unflattering the ‘big jeans’ and ‘baggy gray top’ I wear throughout the film is to suggest a preference for heroines in more tight-fitting clothes,” she wrote. “And to even mention my ‘haircut from hell’ is to miss the point of my performance entirely. We need to see female characters be powerful and beautiful in ways that don’t rely on outdated representations of women.”
Read the full story at Vulture.
Teens Across The Nation Are Walking Out
This morning at 10:00am, thousands of students walked out to send a message to their politicians: There needs to be more action on gun reform. Today's walkout, organized by 16-year-old student Lane Murdock, paid homage to the victims of Parkland and Columbine, and noted that this week, yet another student was injured in a school shooting. Read more at CNN.
Denver Activists Are Calling Out Crisis Pregnancy Centers On Billboards
Following the wave of anti-CPC action inspired by John Oliver’s brilliant Last Week Tonight episode, activists across the country are working ever-harder to ensure that women aren’t fooled by CPCs' deceptive advertising tactics. The Colorado Organization on Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) took this to a new level this week, by renting out billboards that identify neighborhoods with CPCs. COLOR's work is especially important in context, given that CPC’s often target low-income neighborhoods and women of color. Read more about their inspiring work at The Colorado Times Recorder.
Civil Rights Prosecutors Reccomend Charges In The Death Of Eric Garner
In recent weeks, federal civil rights prosecutors have reccomended charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who strangled Eric Garner to death in 2014. However, it is unclear if deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein will proceed with an indictment. Read the full story at The New York Times.
#MeToo Removed Alleged Abusers From Power. Now, They Might Be Coming Back.
In a startling new report from Vox, author Anna North notes that men like Matt Lauer, Mario Batali, and Louis C.K. are already planning their reentries into mainstream media, only months after being ousted from their positions by allegations of sexual harassment and/or assault. North argues that until we fundamentally change the system that enabled this abuse, men like Lauer and Batali will just keep appearing (and re-appearing). Read the full story at Vox.
Time Finally Honors Tarana Burke Correctly
After naming the #MeToo movement as their 2017 “Person of the Year” but neglecting to honor Tarana Burke on the cover, Time magazine has finally paid appropriate homage to the woman who started our cultural revolution. Burke is now featured on one of the six covers for the Time's “100 Most Influential People” issue, alongside figures like Nicole Kidman and Satya Nadella.
In the short profile accompanying Burke’s cover, actress and fellow activist Gabrielle Union explains why honoring her is so important: “When you’ve been sidelined for so long, it’s exhilarating to know that such a powerful voice is finally breaking through,” Union writes. “Tarana will continue to do this work, but the stage will be bigger and the microphone turned all the way up. She will inspire legislation and new crops of voters. She will sway old voters. She will open eyes. She’s not even going to bring more seats to the table—she’s going to turn the table over and build a new one.”
Read the full story at The Glow Up.
Tammy Duckworth Posted Her Daughter's Senate Outfit, And It's The Cutest Thing We’ve Seen All Week
This Thursday, Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth made history by being the first woman to vote on the Senate floor with her newborn by her side. Earlier that morning, Duckworth warmed hearts on Twitter by posting a picture of her daughter’s senate outfit. “I made she sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers),” Duckworth posted. “I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready.” Read the heartwarming full story at CNN, and check out her post here:
This article was posted on April 20, 2018.
top photo: Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
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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.