Covering the Coverage: Lady-News Blips for You

New female superheroes, a disgusting New Zealand rape club, and a don't-miss convo between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry.

Nov 10, 2013 at 3:00pm | Leave a comment

Happy Sunday! Here's your wee roundup of things that happened  last week, and how various ladyblogs and websites covered said events.  What were you reading and talking about last week? Tell us in the comments, please.

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  • Watch this incredible convo between writer bell hooks and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry. It's about an hour long, but what else do you have going on today, anyway? Here are a few choice tidbits! Hooks on the much-buzzed new movie "12 Years a Slave:" "I really hated it. I said, 'Eh, sentimental clap-trap.' It actually negated the black female voice. I felt like she was only given voice in so much as she gave expression to the black male feeling." Harris-Perry on Michelle Obama: "She very actively moved back from the partnership model of her relationship… So when Senator Obama is running in 2007 and 2008, she [said funny things like] 'Barack is stinky in the morning and he leaves his socks around.' She had another line about feeling like a single parent for much of their relationship because he was working downstate… She was the primary breadwinner, plus she was taking on all the parenting. That narrative went away as soon as they got through the primaries." 
  • A young black Detroit woman was shot to death last weekend while seeking help after a car crash. At around 2:30 am on Saturday morning, 19-year-old Renisha McBride got in an accident near Dearborn Heights (a Detroit suburb). Her phone battery was dead so she went to a nearby house to ask for help. But after knocking on one door, McBride was shot to death by the homeowner; her family claims she was shot in the back of the head, as she was leaving; police Lt. James Serwatowski says she was shot in "the front of the face, near the mouth." The homeowner claims the shotgun "discharged accidentally." All that really matters: a 19-year-old girl is dead for no f*cking reason. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says it's still awaiting further police investigation before deciding if it will press charges against the homeowner. Um?
  • Both Marvel and DC Comics announced last week that they'll soon be rolling out 2 new female superheroes. I don't read comics, but it's still kind-of cool, I guess. What do comics fans think? Anyone?
  • A bunch of awful details emerged about a disgusting New Zealand rape club that calls itself the "Roast Busters." The club "gang raped girls who were too young to consent, too drunk to consent, or both and then attempted to shame the girls by bragging about it on social media." A 13-year-old who was raped by 3 classmates complained to the school, which promptly did nada because the event happened off school grounds; she then complained to police, who also did nothing because they said they didn't have sufficient evidence. Awesome.
  • The way our culture currently frames domestic violence as a hetero-only issue is obvs doing a disservice to victims suffering in abusive gay relationships. As Tre'Andre Valentine of Boston explains in this Atlantic story by Maya Shwader: "The idea that a woman can be the one who's abusive throws a wrench in the traditional view. The idea that only men can be batterers makes it a lot harder for men to get access to shelter."
  • Read this intense account of one woman's experience getting an abortion in Texas, then tell me about how  oh no, it totally won't be a crisis if 30 clinics shut down in the Lone Star state.
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