Last week -- just like any other week on this insane, tragic, occasionally lovely planet we inhabit -- a bunch of interesting stuff happened. Here's some of that stuff for your reading and discussing pleasure. Tell us what you've been reading, thinking, and talking about, too.
-Four of the men charged with committing what the judge called a "dastardly diabolical, brutal" gang rape that killed a 23-year-old woman in Delhi, India, last year have been sentenced to death. The judge read, "The gravity of the incident ... shocked the collective conscience ... Accordingly, the convicts be hanged by the neck till they are dead." As Feministing notes, though, "not everyone sees this as a way of delivering justice, or of preventing this kind of crime from happening in the future."
-In response to a controversial Slate story in which writer Hanna Rosin boldly screamed from the proverbial rooftops that THE PATRIARCHY IS DEAD, goddammit (at least for rich white ladies like herself), The Cut kindly offered up 39 Things They'll Miss About Patriarchy, a handy list featuring gems like "vajacials," "juice cleanses," and "wondering if, when, and how we can have it all." (Seriously, when's that having-it-all thing going to kick in? Blargh.)-"The Talk" TV host Julie Chen admitted she got eyelid surgery to appear "less Asian" after being pressured into it by a "big-time agent." In response, blogger AngryAsianMan noted, "It sucks that you did that, but it sucks even more that we live in a world that practically cheered it on."-What can we deduce from the biggest international study on rape ever conducted? The UN study surveyed more than 10,000 men from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka. Tara Culp-Ressler of ThinkProgress writes that the results reveal the sordid truth that many men have pretty much "the wrong idea about what 'rape' actually is." (We, too, found the results rather troubling.)-Miley Cyrus reportedly got kicked off Vogue magazine's December cover by none other than Anna Wintour because of her racist VMAs performance debacle. Per Jezebel, Cyrus was booted from the cover despite an already-finished photo shoot because, according to one source: "Anna found the whole thing distasteful. She decided, based on Miley’s performance, to take the cover in a different direction."-Ann Friedman at The Cut took on the expanding oeuvre of bro culture, focusing partly on the swift, exhilarating ousting of Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson after he was finally taken to task for his foul Twitter storm of sexist, racist, homophobic tweets. (Another story on the same site uncovered, via a peek at his tweets from past years, plenty additional instances of Dickinson "bashing feminists, gays, and the poor, among others." Swell guy.
-The CW is developing a TV show that focuses on a transgender teen. Yes, that CW, of "Dawson's Creek" and the "teen-angst, ripped abs, and model competition" fame. The hour-long drama, reportedly named "ZE" (of the gender-neutral pronoun fame) and written by Kyle Jarrow, will "revolve around a Texas teenager who announces that she is transgendered and will be living life as a boy." Cautiously optimistic, or ... perturbed?I'm on Twitter.