Hello, unicorns. Lots to cover this week, so let’s jump right in.
After covering what’s going on in Ferguson and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, let’s get to other news stories of note this week.
Happy Friday, Unicorns. It’s time for your (favorite?) weekly round-up of politics, science, entertainment and other newsy bits from around the interwub. Let’s get started.
Are you ready for some misogyny? Yeah, me neither. But if we must… read on for an update on the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, to see why Jezebel made my list of terrible people, and for a healthy dose of venting courtesy of our friends at Pajiba. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny has a #SolidarityHashtag
And the hits just keep on rolling, y’all. State legislatures have been busy passing even more anti-abortion bills that are probably unconstitutional, but that’s ok; we can pick up contraceptives at the 7-11! We’ve got another batch of terrible people, but there are a few others who have earned high fives this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Wearing Pants to the Prom
So here I am trying to draft this article for the umpteenth time. It was realising how hard I was finding it to just get the words out, that I realised some of my … issues with the topic at hand. Read More An Unexpected Introduction to a Sex Worker
Audacia Ray is a woman I’ve admired from afar for a few years now. The writer, activist, and sex worker rights advocate first caught my attention with her top-notch book, Naked On The Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In On Internet Sexploration, which explored women using the internet as a sexual space. I finally worked up the courage to speak to her, as well as attend her monthly storytelling series, The Red Umbrella Diaries, where “people who’ve tangled with the sex industry tell personal stories about the complications that arise when you mix sex and money.” A former editor at $pread Magazine, as well as the program officer at the International Women’s Health Coalition, Audacia now runs the Red Umbrella Project, aiming to make the voices of current and former sex workers heard. It’s a humbling privilege to have been able to interview her. Persephone Magazine, please welcome Audacia Ray. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Audacia Ray
You know something is amiss when a grown man says to you at a rally against rape, “I hope you get raped.” But let’s not color the entirety of this piece on that comment. This lone incident, while reflective of something that is so large and encompassing, is not what moves me to write this piece on the Slutwalk march, though, there is something devastatingly ridiculous about it. Read More Why This Slut Walked