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Editor's Note: Every Thursday, I'll be rounding up my favorite pieces from the past week so that PolicyMic Pundits can more easily read and comment on the great content being written about sex, sexuality, gender, and race in politics and culture, in addition to updates from our community and GIFs galore! You can subscribe to get updates delivered straight to your inbox. 

Graduation season has officially commenced.

As millions of millennials matriculate (or consider going back to school), PolicyMic will hold a week-long discussion on social justice and higher education next week, 5/19 – 5/25. Got an idea for a piece? Know someone you think should weigh in? Want to hear from a particular politician, activist, celebrity, academic, or professional? Email me with your suggestions:

I’ve been incredibly delinquent in organizing the New York PolicyMic Social Justice Writers monthly happy hours. My bad! It’s not because I don’t love you all, I promise. I’m pleased to announce that we will hold the next happy hour on Friday, 6/14, at 6:30 PM, location TBD. Mark your calendars, and expect an email reminder in early June.

Updates From Our Pundits:

Julianne Ross’s piece “9 Famous Books Wrongly Accused Of Being Pornographic” was retweeted by none other than Margaret Atwood.


After her success with #EducateCoaches, Carmen Rios speaks with Jaclyn Friedman for her weekly podcast. Carmen’s most recent piece on the importance of feminist activism to ending rape culture got picked up by Feministing. Check it out!

What did you do last week? I’ll share any outstanding writing achievements in our community, and highlight the great work that all of our Pundits do offline as well. If you have anything you’d like for me to include about yourself or a fellow PM writer, please send it along!

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Highlights From Last Week:

3 Ways Warren Buffett Can Continue to “Lean In” and Fight For Women (Dan Baum, @danwbaum) — The renowned investor just took a stand for women's equality, but his company lags behind in terms of corporate diversity practices. These are a few ways he can keep on leaning in.
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5 Wildly Offensive Products That Never Should Have Been Made (Heather Price-Wright, @heatherwpw) — Retailers have some good ideas — and some very, very bad ones. In light of yet another Urban Outfitters controversy, here's a look at five offensive products no one should have let happen.
[8 Mics, 11 Comments, 0 Shares]
A 22-Year-Old Woman in Need Of An Abortion is Fighting For Her Life (Katie Halper, @kthalps) — A woman seeks an abortion that could save her life in El Salvador, where abortion is illegal in all cases, no exceptions.
[5 Mics, 0 Comments, 96 Shares]
Yes, Forced Marriage Still Exists, and Yes, It’s a Form Of Slavery (Cleo Magwaro, @CMagwaro) — Forced marriage is a gendered, 21st-century form of slavery.
[8 Mics, 8 Comments, 41 Shares]
Mark Zuckerberg’s Immigration Reform Lobbying Group is Already Falling Apart (Urvi Nagrani, @theurv) — was supposed to be the way Silicon Valley leaders could influence policy around key issues, but one month in, support is waning as the strategy proves problematic.
[8 Mics, 0 Comments, 6 Shares]
4 Anti-Science Politicians In Charge Of Our Science Policy (Clifton Yin) — A look at the anti-science bent of four U.S. representatives in light of Lamar Smith's proposed legislation to alter the merit review process of National Science Foundation research grants.
[13 Mics, 6 Comments, 5 Shares]
The Ultimate Guide to Navigating the Feminist Post-Graduate Job Market (Tracey Vitchers, @TraceyEVitchers) — With graduation season here, many seniors are hunting for that perfect job. Those looking for a feminist-friendly work environment may have an even harder time, but here's how they can find work.
[12 Mics, 35 Comments, 22 Shares]
Is Senator Warren’s Student Loan Bill Too Much For Congress to Stomach? (R. Taylor Barden, @rtaylorb) — Senator Warren's first standalone bill would give students the same deal on federal loans as the big banks. It's a bold idea but what will it do to the July 1 deadline?
[5 Mics, 7 Comments, 3 Shares]
Gay Marriage Isn’t Everything (Jacob Tobia, @JacobTobia) — With same-sex marriage victories in three states this week, it's tempting to think that homophobia and transphobia are fading away. But statistics about homeless LGBTQ youth prove otherwise.
[7 Mics, 22 Comments, 182 Shares]
How a Male-Centric Worldview Hurts Vice’s Journalism (Ellen Maddy, @EllenMaddy) — Vice's coverage of China's skewed gender ratio and the One Child Policy focuses on men's issues to the exclusion of women's, a reoccurring reporting problem for the series.
[7 Mics, 6 Shares, 14 Comments]

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