Friday News Bites: Tunisia and Arizona Shootings, Voting Rights + More

Friday, Friday, once again. Let’s catch up with some of the news stories that caught my eye over the last week.

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This Week in Misogyny

Oh, dearies, it was another week of fuckery in the world. Between Rolling Stone throwing a source under the bus when inconsistencies rose in her story (cue gloating from the “false accusations!!1!” crowd), a misguided storyline on The Newsroom, and the usual assortment of random awfulness, it’s hard to see the good news. Of which there’s a little bit, partially in the form of Legos. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny

Why Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Apology Is Irresponsible

It was a story that ricocheted across the Internet, leaving waves of shock and outrage in its path.

On November 19, Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely published an article about rapes committed by members of a University of Virginia fraternity — and cover-ups by the school’s administration. On December 5th, the magazine issued a retraction in which it apologized for not reaching out to the accused rapists of Erdely’s source, a woman identified as Jackie, and claiming her story had discrepancies — aka, journalism code for “please don’t sue us for libel.”

But while Rolling Stone‘s quasi-retraction may be a shrewd legal move, it is irresponsible for several reasons — most significantly because it reinforces media pressure to treat rape charges and victims with skepticism. Read More Why Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Apology Is Irresponsible

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

If anything captivated ladyblogland this past week, it was Ferguson. Our PoC news captured a few articles yesterday. I’ve rounded up a few, plus some other articles of interest.

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Sunscreen Math: Is SPF 30 Twice as Good as SPF 15?

Summer is coming, and if you’re as pasty as I am you may have already gotten your first hint of sunburn this year (since after all, the days are just as long now as in mid-August, though it likely doesn’t feel anywhere near as hot yet). It’s time to go stock up on sunscreen, but you may notice that the labels look a bit different this year. Here’s why. Read More Sunscreen Math: Is SPF 30 Twice as Good as SPF 15?