Betty Boop, trans murders, feminists arguing over feminism, and a children’s book called “She Persisted.” On the whole, it’s been a mixed week, so let’s just jump right in…
Did you know there was a Betty Boop revival going on? “Betty Boop, it seems, continues to dance across the stages of media, makeup, and memories alike. Yet behind her there’s a ghost, a figure who follows her everywhere, but who’s hardly ever seen: The all-too-often-forgotten African-American cabaret singer named “Baby” Esther who, arguably, truly gave birth to the cartoon character, yet rarely receives credit for it, and whose story, in many ways, tells a larger tale about America itself.”
Soooo… progress for women in the tech industry? How’s that going? “I am angry that things are no better for a 22-year-old at the beginning of her career than they were for me 25 years ago when I was just starting out,” Blount says.
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?
Sadly, one prominent female-run company is accused of being “feminist” only when it helped their bottom line:
So… how do women fair under the proposed health care law? According to the CBO Report released this week, “To the extent that there would be reductions in access to care under the legislation, they would affect services that help women avert pregnancies….” Fairly significantly, it turns out.
The CBO Says Trumpcare Would Be Very Bad News for Women
Two important pieces on the ongoing trans murder epidemic we are facing:
“Living in the South appears to be another risk factor for transgender women. According to data from the Human Rights Campaign, of the 53 known trans murder victims in the US between 2013 and 2015 alone, over a third were killed in the South — more than any other region in the country.”
Trans Women of Color Face Violence and Hostile Legislation in the South
“Trans women of color are being murdered at record rates.”
Members of Congress Urge Sessions to Investigate Violence Against Trans People
Lots of reactions this week to Jessa Crispin’s new book, Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. Here’s a sampling:
Jacobian called it “a searing critique of contemporary feminism’s focus on individual choice and “self-empowerment” at the expense of systematic radical change and collective action.”
The Failure of “Choice Feminism”
While Feministing insists that “the questions Crispin raises aren’t new; they’re sites of ongoing, intense debate. But by collapsing feminists into a monolith, Crispin obscures both the decades of heated debate within feminism—many of them spurred by women of color—and the richness of today’s deeply contested feminisms.”
On the importance of Black teachers: “A major factor in the decline in Black student’s academic achievement is the decline in Black teachers. The number of Black teachers has decreased by 66 percent since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka in 1954.”
The White Teachers I Wish I Never Had
Black Girl Dangerous
More bad news here, but check out the cool map: “The number of women Heads of State or Heads of Government fell from 19 to 17 since 2015, and progress in the number of women in parliament continues to be slow….”
Ok, that’s a lot of downers, I realize, but here’s something to warm your heart: “You should never feel like no one has your back or no one hears your voice.” If anyone knows the importance of those words, it’s Hilton. Once upon a time, Dr. Ebony J. Hilton was one of those girls.”
And this: “Whether it’s through seeking ordination, challenging traditional gender norms, offering feminist interpretations of theology, or simply making space for women in sacred plac and conversations, these female leaders are showing the world what women of faith are capable of achieving.”
Meet the Women of Faith Battling the Religious Patriarchy
AND THIS!!! “’Men have to answer for their actions,’ Farrar told the paper.” A big THANK YOU to you, Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar…
Need more laughs? On the heels of revelations about Rex Tillerson’s use of the moniker “Wayne Tracker” in emails, The Cut takes this hilarious look at the ridiculously hyper-masculine names politicians have given their alter-egos throughout the ages (remember “Carlos Danger”?):
OK, let’s end this with a smile: “I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than.”
Chelsea Clinton to Publish Children’s Book “She Persisted”
New York Times
Keep persisting, ladies!