Hello, Jheri Curls! How are you feeling today? I’m feeling like TAKING LIFE BY THE HORNS. But first, the stories we missed this week.
The Myth of Beyonce’s Imperfections
The newly released Shriver Report features writing from a ton of amazing women – Beyoncé among them – focused on the economic impacts of gender inequality. Queen Bey’s essay slammed “the myth of gender equality.”
Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.
We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together.
Bow down, bitches.
F*ck The Man
+ Trans 16-year-old Jewelyes Gutierrez is facing criminal charges after defending herself from bullies.
+ Marissa Alexander will remain free on bond – but with tightened restrictions.
+ CeCe McDonald got free and jammed out to Queen Bey. With Laverne Cox. NBD.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) January 13, 2014
You Should Give
+ Easy Abby wants to do it with you. Erm, they want to do it together. This thing. This crazy thing called a webseries! ONLY THEY WANNA PUT IT ON THE TEEVEE!
+ THE FOXY MERKINS. Sounds sexy.
The Good, The Bad, The Downright Depressing
The anti-choice War on Women did not slow down in 2013. You can be sure it will only ramp up further in 2014 as the mid-term elections approach. As opponents of a woman’s right to choose continue to chip away at our freedoms piece by piece, we’ll be there to fight them every step of the way and reveal the shadowy organizations supporting them. But we’ll work just as hard to expand our freedoms, so that every woman has not just the right, but the opportunity to make whatever choice is right for her.
+ Gay activists may not get their rainbow flags and fly them, too, in the Little Saigon Tet parade.
+ Liz Cheney is no longer running for office in Wyoming, which is nice on account of she was the absolute worst.
+ There are so many abominable things about gay marriage that Utah can’t seem to remember all of them at once.
+ Whoops! Turns out Obamacare is awesome and saves the government money. Put that on your “broken website” and enroll in it, GOP.
+ Chris Christie vetoed a bill that simplified the process for trans* folks of obtaining amended birth certificates. I am guessing he vetoed it because it wasn’t about bridges, or because it does nothing to fix his really fucking unimaginative name. Really? Why has this never come up.
A Man Could Go To Jail for Doing A Bad Thing
A Toronto man named Gregory Alan Elliott was arrested and charged two years ago with criminal harassment for threatening messages he allegedly sent to women via Twitter. His case finally began in a Toronto court yesterday. If convicted, he could face jail time.
It’s a heartening development for women whose professional and personal lives are heavily taxed by the specter of online abuse. Traditional law enforcement channels (not always on the cutting edge of new social media technology) often don’t take internet-based harassment seriously, because it seems to exist only in an intangible playground and because our culture’s “boys will be boys”/”don’t feed the trolls” apologia is so aggressive. The line where online attacks cross over into real-life danger is muddy and ill-defined for most people—even, quite often, victims themselves. Is this real? Am I being oversensitive? Am I installing an alarm system in my house because some 13-year-old boy in Ohio is bored?
That’s What She Said
+ “Chozen” doesn’t do shit for anyone, you big fuck-ups.
+ 2014’s gonna be a big year. It might be the year black women take over Hollywood.
+ Catching Fire is the first film since 1973’s The Exorcist to be the top-grossing film of its year. Katniss Everdeen, you have won the Hunger Games.
Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games saga is not actually an experimental art house film about a family arguing over a pizza order as they play an epic game of Monopoly, crossed the $400-million mark at the domestic box office this week. With a domestic haul of $409.4 million, the Jennifer Lawrence archery expo has passed Iron Man 3 as the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2013, which would be a notable achievement all on its own if it were not augmented by another trivia-worthy fact: Catching Fire is the first movie with a solo female lead since 1973’s The Exorcist to become the top-grossing film of the year.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
NPR is streaming the new Against Me! album and there’s only one takeaway: LAURA JANE GRACE IS PERFECT.