Covering the Coverage, PLUS 3 Happy-Making Stories, Just Because

Here's your little weekly roundup of lady-news bits and pieces. Now with three positive feel-good-ish stories, just because I care.

Oct 13, 2013 at 3:00pm | Leave a comment

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A happy coffee from Amsterdam, circa 2005.

Oh hi, and welcome to this week's edition of Covering the Coverage, our little roundup of some of last week's lady-news stories. I'm also adding 3 pleasant, positive, happy-making stories to (hopefully) brighten up your Sunday, just BECAUSE I WANT TO. Here we go.

  • This isn't NEWS news, but whatever -- "American Horror Story: Coven" was unleashed upon the television-loving masses last week. Omg. Did you watch the first episode (hilariously titled "Bitchcraft")? What'd you think?
  • Chris Brown recently told The Guardian that he'd "lost his virginity" to a teenage girl when he was 8 years old. But as Colorlines noted, he also bragged about "his virility at age eight, the pornography he watched with his older cousins at age eight, and the way in which 'sex' at age eight primed him to be a 'beast at it' now." Brown's revelation that he was, essentially, sexually assaulted was disturbing on many levels, especially for its implication that "men and boys can’t really be raped by women or girls. To admit to such a violation would suggest femaleness or weakness, which is the worst thing you can be in this sick ecosystem."
  • NOW, the National Organization for Women, is hosting an "Activist Night" on October 22 to expressly explore the question "What is solidarity for women of color?" The website notes, "this conversation will explore how feminist Women of Color navigate their experiences within a society where solidarity has been commonly defined by white women.  We will discuss recent developments within the feminist movement as it pertains to Women of Color and how politics/policy, pop culture and the media affect their lives."
  • The Mary Sue reported on the new film "Frozen" -- specifically, its head of animation, Lino DiSalvo, who confessed that animating female characters is, like, soooo super-hard. Why? Because "Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions … but you have to keep them pretty … So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough."
  • Blogger Veronica Bayetti Flores of Feministing tried to clarify a controversial piece she'd written the week before in which she called out New Zealand-based teen singer Lorde for racist lyrics in her hit song "Royals." From Bayetti Flores' original piece: "Because we all know who she’s thinking when we’re talking gold teeth, Cristal and Maybachs ... Why shit on rappers? Why aren’t we critiquing wealth by taking hits at golf or polo or Central Park East? Why not take to task the bankers and old-money folks who actually have a hand in perpetuating and increasing wealth inequality?" Bayetti Flores' followup post also proved controversial, prompting a whole new commenting battle. Thoughts?

OK, now let's get to those 3 nice feel-good stories I promised you.

  • I dare you not to feel … something good while watching this clip of the incredible, courageous, awe-inspiring activist Malala Yousafzai, 16, appearing on "The Daily Show" with John Stewart to promote her new book, I Am Malala. Seriously, what can't this girl do? So much awesomeness in every conceivable way. Oh also, John Stewart tells her, "Nothing feels better than making you laugh." Which is just pretty effing adorable.
  • And here's another happy adorable fantastic video for you to completely freak out at. IT'S A FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO STAND UP WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY TRYING TO SHOW A SERIOUSLY UNIMPRESSED KITTY WHO'S BOSS. The best part just might be at the end, when the mama dog comes out, frolics for a minute, then collapses in a cuddle puddle with her puppies. I told you.
  • In a cool pay-it-forward-type scenario (and who doesn't love those?), a man named Dan Dewey of Oakland County, Mich., has been making Starbucks runs two times per week for the patients and staff at his local cancer center. He's been doing this since '07, when he had to take his dad to Wednesday chemotherapy sessions to treat his cancer. Dewey spends almost $200 of his own money to deliver more than 90 coffees a week, per Mlive.com. But after his story went viral recently, now folks are chipping in to help cover his costs.

What news stories were you reading and talking about last week?

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