Weekend reading


Undocumented youth use Justin Bieber to take on double standards in deportation policy.

A brief history of Republicans saying crazy things about women.

Amanda Hess offers a satirical script for what is sure to be a horrible Lean In movie.

Please stop using sex to sell vegetarianism.


Weekend reading

overlay of MLK Jr. Way in over race map of Oakland, via Colorlines
overlay of MLK Jr. Way over race map of Oakland, via Colorlines

Residents of neighborhoods with a street named after Martin Luther King are $6,000 poorer than those in neighborhoods without one.

Characters who have, or just think about having, abortions in movies and TV often die.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: “The desire to put a history of American racism, which is to say a portion of America’s roots, in a corner is a kind of wish-fulfillment.”

President Obama draws attention to unjust application of drug laws, noting, “We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

Weekend reading

What the obsession with Lena Dunham’s nudity on Girls says about views on women’s bodies.

The tragic shooting in a Florida movie theater has nothing to do with texting and everything to do with guns, men and violence.

Congress moves to make drone strike policy less transparent–in secret.

In your weekly inappropriate comparisons to slavery roundup, food stamps and starring in The Hunger Games.