- By now the cringe-worthy invitation to a Liberal fundraiser featuring Justin Trudeau as the lead speaker has been appropriately mocked by most Canadian news sources. The Warholian inspired invitation invites “ladies” to meet the “future prime minister.” Diverging perspectives on the invitation (and the event) can be found at Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. Rabble has collected some of the best responses from Twitter.
- New York Magazine features 26 stories from women across America relating to abortion. “Of all the battles in our half-century culture war, perhaps none seems further from being resolved, in our laws and in our consciences, than abortion. It’s a fight now in its fifth decade, yet in the past two years, 26 states have passed over 111 provisions restricting abortion.”
- Tom Philpotte explores the gender politics of the culinary food industry in “The Demi-Glace Ceiling: Why Do We Ignore Lady Chefs?”
- Fans of Joss Whedon have likely spent the week trying to forget his “insightful” suggestions to feminists on how to re-brand their supposedly lagging movement. Critical responses to Whedon’s comments can be found at Salon, Ms., The Guardian, and The Atlantic. What would Buffy say?
- Lily Allen’s new video for “Hard Out Here” continues to generate criticism for its failed attempt at satire and its Miley Cyrus-esque cultural appropriation and representation of black female performers.
- This is incredible: “Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011… has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year”. The group “purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before ‘abolishing’ it, freeing individuals from their bills.”
- “The time has come to socialize social media.” Benjamin Kunkel at N + 1 drafts a manifesto calling for the deprivatization of social media services. The manifesto comes on the heels of Twitter going public on Wednesday; by the end of the day, the company was worth a reported $31 billion.
- Four members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society are still being held in custody in New Brunswick after the October 17 demonstration against SWN Resources. You can donate money to fund the Warrior’s legal fees here.