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.
Highlights This Week:
In May, we tackled the question of college graduation. Now that it’s (nearly) June, a lot of recent college grads (and not-so-recent college grads) are grappling with an even bigger question: What now?
In June, PolicyMic will be hosting a week-long discussion on entering the workforce, with a particular emphasis on race, sex, sexuality, and a host of other social justice issues, tentatively scheduled for the week of 6/23 – 6/29. If you have ideas for what we should cover, or who we should invite to join the discussion, email or Tweet at me: @sameier12
Commencement speech season is coming to a close, and so it seems appropriate to close with a quote from President Drew Gilpin Faust’s baccalaureate service for the class of 2013 at my own alma mater:
“'Running toward' is a way of being, an attitude, a capacity for courage, a kind of grace, as Governor Patrick put it at the post-Marathon Service — ‘the best of who we are.’ As one runner said who crossed the finish line just as the bombs went off, ‘You go from feeling personal satisfaction to suddenly [knowing] it’s not about [you] at all.’
Living a life of running toward is what a liberal arts education has helped prepare you to do. It may seem counterintuitive. So much of your education has been about the next question, the critical stance, the discerning and skeptical eye. But it has also been about taking risks, daring to commit … The best kind of learning does not train you to win. It teaches you to ask what winning might mean. It cultivates curiosity and courage and boldness — whether you’re tracking an elusive gene or boarding a bus in Mumbai — and it gives you a new capacity to act, despite the risks.”
Updates From Our Pundits:
Renee Davidson’s piece “Disney Needs to Start Waving Around a Rainbow Flag” will be re-posted at Bitch Media.
Two big email wins: Amy Auguston’s piece on the pending DOMA ruling made it into the internal Clinton Foundation newsletter, delivered straight to former President Clinton, and Carly Pildis’s piece on World Hunger Day was featured in the Gates Foundation daily press roundup.
Last week, I reported on PolicyMic’s Soraya Chemaly’s campaign with Women, Action and the Media to get Facebook to take down pages which constitute gender-based hate speech. After activists and representatives from over 100 women’s movement and social justice organizations sent 60,000+ Tweets and 5,000+ emails, Facebook responded that they will be rolling out new systems to prevent gender-based hate speech on the website, in coordination with members of the coalition. Great work!
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!
Must Reads From Last Week:
Saudi Arabian “Self-Help” Writer Calls For All Working Women to Be Molested On Twitter (Anna Lekas Miller, @agoodcuppa) — A prominent Saudi Arabian self-help writer called upon his Twitter followers to molest any working women.
[7 Mics, 4 Comments, 21 Shares]
The Washington Redskins Need to Change Their Name (David Tigabu) —The term Redskins functions in a very similar fashion to other derogatory terms assigned to Blacks, Asians, Mexicans, Jews, and others, so it has no place in the football team's name.
[7 Mics, 51 Comments, 45 Shares]
Racist Arizona Law Claims There’s a Secret Plot to Abort Minority Babies (Katie Halper,@kthalps) — Civil rights groups are challenging a racist abortion law which relies on myths, conspiracy theories and untrue stereotypes about women of color.
[3 Mics, 7 Comments, 14 Shares]
Will Bachmann Be Remembered As a Feminist Icon? (Nathan Nye, @nathan_nye) — While processing Bachmann's retirement, it's important to remember that she was a four-term Congresswoman who was an unabashed voice for women in a male-dominant movement.
[7 Mics, 7 Comments, 0 Shares]
How RuPaul Became a Leading Icon in the Gay Community (Lauren Herold, @renherold) — RuPaul is a talented performer and a fierce drag queen, but we should credit his fame to his mastery of marketing, branding, and self-promotion.
[6 Mics, 3 Comments, 3 Shares]
This Dating Event is Literally Only For Skinny People (Amy McCarthy, @aemccarthy) — A speed dating site offered a "Skinny Minny" event for women under size 8. Curiously, there were no similar requirements for men.
[5 Mics, 19 Comments, 8 Shares]
Married Twice? Your Wife and Your Ex May Go to War (Daniela Ramirez, @DamRam910) — Thought alimony was a battle of the sexes? Think again. Find out how alimony reform is pinning women against each other for all the wrong reasons.
[9 Mics, 24 Comments, 119 Shares]
How I Respond to the People Who Are Making Gay New Yorkers Fear For Our Lives (Kevin Nadal, @kevinnadal) — Over the past three weeks, there have been eight anti-gay hate crimes in New York City. What can be done to stop this rising hatred?
[14 Mics, 62 Comments, 147 Shares]
Affirmative Action Should Stay On Campus (Yash Bhutada) — As affirmative action is challenged in the courts, can American colleges afford to move past active efforts to increase campus diversity?
[7 Mics, 43 Comments, 12 Shares]
Obama’s (Potentially?) Transphobic Graduation Speech (Jacob Tobia, @jacobtobia) — At his recent commencement address to Morehouse College, did President Obama end up being inadvertently transphobic?
[7 Mics, 31 Comments, 100 Shares]
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