National Geographic Addresses Its Racist Past: Link Roundup

by Emalani Artiss

National Geographic
Confronts Its Racist Past

After 130 years and ten editors, National Geographic is finally confroting its racist history. Current Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg has released an editor’s letter about the magazine’s racist past coverage of people of color. Historian John Edwin Mason was hired to examine the magazine’s history of coverage of people of color both in the US and abroad. “National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture,” stated Mason, “It’s possible to say that a magazine can open people’s eyes at the same time it closes them.” Read Goldberg’s essay at National Geographic. The April edition The Race Issue that explores how race defines, separates, and unites us. 


Child Marriage In America

The topic of child marriage is indigestible, even unfathomable, and often not talked about due to not seeming real so close to home. But it is happening here in the states, and Kentucky is even stalling a bill that could help save minors from being married off to adults. According to a 2017 report, 86% of child marriages were between minors and adults, and though consent is legally 18 years old, 25 states have no minimum of marital age. This means there is no protection for young girls who become pregnant from rape. These laws are used as a loophole to prevent prosecuting abusers, forcing a marriage upon pregnant youth. With Senate Bill 48, this could be stopped, but Kentucky Senate has put it on hold. Read the full story on Salon, and take action with Unchained At Last and Tahirih Justice Center.

Porn Actors Speak Out About Abuse on Set

Porn actors Leigh Raven and Riley Nixon have come forward about the abuse they have faced in the porn industry. The two released a YouTube video about a violent encounter while on set. Read the full story at Jezebel.


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Now Agree to Inclusion Rider

So, Matt and Ben have agreed to adopt an Inclusion Rider! Hooray, boys! But, why did it take Frances McDormand’s badass request at the Oscars to make this decision — or rather, change your mind about the importance of diversity? In 2015, Damon dismissed producer Effie Brown by saying diversity behind the camera didn’t matter…

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Be a little confused with us and read Variety’s full coverage.


The Toast Co-Founder Daniel Mallory Ortberg Gives A Moving Interview About Coming Out As Trans And Promoting His New Book

Beloved internet sensation and writer Daniel Mallory Ortberg announced his transition before the release of his new book, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror. In this moving interview, he talks about the process of beginning his transition while simultaneously writing and then promoting a book. Read the full interview at The Cut.


Female Agency Leaders Start #TimesUpAdvertising

More and more women are standing up with and for others to allow their voices and stories to be heard, and as they grow stronger, so do the communities around them. With the growth of the #MeToo movement and the allegations rising in the film industry, Time’s Up Advertising has officially been launched. Starting with a group of 14 CEOs at the end of January, the group has grown to 180. Learn more at AdWeek.


Texas Teacher Asked to Leave School After Speaking Up About LGBTQ Representation

In the beginning of 2017’s academic year, Dallas elementary school teacher Stacy Bailey was put on academic leave for unspecified reasons. Being a loving, accepting teacher, it baffled students, parents, and coworkers, but upon further investigation, Bailey was asked to leave after emailing the school about having more present and inclusive LGBTQ community and Gay Straight Alliances. Read more at Jezebel.


Trace Lysette Speaks Out About Being Typecast

Transparent’s Trace Lysette came forward with sexual harassment accusations against her co-star Jeffrey Tambor late last year. Now, with the continuous support the of #MeToo movement, she is speaking out up about what it will take to make a more inclusive Hollywood for trans actors. Read Lysette’s full interview at Broadly.

published March 13, 2018 

Top photo courtesy of WikiCommons 

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