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Hi, we’re glad you’re here! If you’re interested in what we’ve been checking out lately, take a gander at the links below. As always, your contributions and thoughts are always welcome in the comments!

  • If you’re in the DC metro area you may have seen these new subway posters around. From DDPKateJo: “WMATA knows what women really love talking about”

PS: Check out the the male equivalent with [unsurprisingly] 100% less sexism!

  • Don’t try to give Frida Kahlo a “makeover”, as this Tumblr artist found out. Just…don’t. Full stop.

Portrait of Frida Kahlo

  • Stand-up comic Aamer Rahman nails why reverse racism isn’t a “thing”
  • While most of the editors here at DDP take various exceptions to the concept of dance roles being described in terms of “driving” and “driven”, we are excited about this exposure for Buenos Aires’ Tango Queer – one of a growing number of weekly social dances catering to “gay and lesbian tango enthusiasts, as well as straights who want to test the dance’s traditionally heterosexual gender roles.”
  • Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox is producing a documentary about CeCe McDonald. CHECK IT OUT.

But for the grace of God I could be CeCe McDonald. CeCe’s case represents a long list of instances of violence against transgender women who are disproportionately trans women of color.

  • “But you cannot have queer liberation while apartheid, patriarchy, capitalism and other oppressions exist. It’s important to target the connections of these oppressive forces.” Here are 8 questions Palestinian queers are tired of hearing
  • The Morgan State chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is on probation from the university for discriminating against a gay applicant
  • From Button Poetry, here is Guante performing Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’

While his take on “woman up” in #5 is a little off the overall impact is very powerful

Emily Graslie rocks. 100%.

  • Confused or unconvinced about why the DC professional football team should change its name to something that isn’t derogatory and racist? Here’s the scoop
  • This is an incredibly captivating story of musician Daryl Davis’ journey and personal relationships and ultimate conversions of former KKK members since the early 80’s
  • “We have to believe that bodily autonomy is a human right, and that the little violations matter.” An oldie but a goodie from yesmeansyes on boundary testing.
  • Here are some examples of the importance of empowering bystanders in sexual assault prevention as opposed to victimblamingalldamnday (TW for victim blaming, sexual assault, and attempted rape)
  • Thanks to labordudedave for alerting us to ThatBadAdvice tumblr! Here is one awesome sarcastic response concerning rape culture (TW for sexual assault)
  • In the news recently has been the fact that the morning-after pill is less effective on women who weigh more than 165 lbs and may not be effective on women over 176 lbs. European companies are updating their warning labels to reflect this, but not only is Plan B NOT doing this in the US, none of the generic versions are allowed to do so unless Plan B does. So. That’s great…
    • It has also reminded us how terrible PETA has been and continues to be when it comes to, you know, people (TW for “people as meat”?)
  • TW for revenge porn and death threats BUT, badass account of a badass woman who fought and won against a horrible human being and his cronies
  • A central Florida student was told by her school that her hair was a “distraction” to other students and that she could either cut it or be expelled. The school now says it is not going to expel Vanessa, but she still must abide by school’s “policy of styling”. #RacismEndedWhen
  • The ACLU is suing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, asserting that women are put at risk in Catholic hospitals. What I find particularly unsettling about the this story is: “Means said she was unaware that it was a Catholic facility.” If patients aren’t being specifically told what valid medical options they are being denied, giving them the option to go somewhere else, that seems incredibly unethical.
    • This also brings up other things like Hobby Lobby petitioning the Supreme Court for religious exemption from the ACA’s birth control mandate and the idea of “conscience objection” in general.
  • And finally here’s a poignant post about how society cares about young women as symbols, not as people.

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