In the multifaceted world of feminism, there is always new stories, new perspectives on old stories, people doing absurd things, and issues affecting the lives and well-being of well, everyone in this wild world. This week’s feminist round-up can be shabbily categorized into three sections: political-ish, advocacy, and what I creatively labeled “etc.”
Investigations by a Texas grand jury conclude to clear Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoings, instead, indicting two conspirators behind the video. There has been major talk on how this will impact the Republican party as many have been pushing for the defunding of P.P. for quite some time.
On January 22, 1973, the legendary Roe v. Wade decision came from inside the U.S. Supreme Court with an amazing 7-2 ruling. Social media was particularly abuzz with the decision’s 43rd anniversary.
In Virginia: State senate vote on a repeal to the state’s mandatory ultrasound law before a woman is allowed an abortion. The repeal was blocked, and Virginia will, as of now, remain one of the 12 states in the U.S. with this shameful law.
DeRay McKesson of the Black Lives Matter movement recently appeared on Stephen Colbert’s late night show to discuss the 10-point platform to end police violence, while also showing how dialogue about white privilege and race is necessary and beneficial.
Portland Community College will be hosting a “Whiteness History Month” on its campuses in April. Despite the misleading name, this month is not a celebration of whiteness, but instead a month-long project that “aims to challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness.”
Barbies have a new body, er, bodies. Barbies now come in petite, tall, and curvy body types, with a range of skin tones and features. Although they are currently only available online, Mattel hopes to bring them to store shelves in the near future.
And that’s what’s happening in your neck of the feminist woods!
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