This Week: The Schomburg, Mama Grizzlies, & more

‘I Was Scared to Sleep’: LGBT Youth Face Violence Behind Bars

The Nation: “Across the United States, the brutal and dysfunctional juvenile justice system sends queer youth to prison in disproportionate numbers, fails to protect them from violence and discrimination while they’re inside and to this day condones attempts to turn them straight.”

American Apparel wants you as naked and white as possible

theloop21: “The lighter the skin, the nicer the hair— the better. As an AA manager was told in regards to hiring at casting calls: ‘none of the trashy kind that come in, we don’t want that. we’re not trying to sell our clothes to them. Try to find some of these classy black girls, with nice hair, you know?’”

No, Sexual Violence Is Not ‘Cultural’

New York Times: “Still, we in the West too often find it easier to perceive rape as an accepted part of an unfamiliar culture rather than as a tool of war that we could help banish. Too often, the enemy becomes all Congolese men rather than men with guns terrorizing the Congolese people. By casting the chaos and violence as ‘men vs. women’ or dismissing the crisis as ‘cultural,’ we do a profound injustice to Congolese men.”

Save the Schomburg

Polite Society: “A mainstay of Harlem history is in danger of being dismantled. The collection of materials at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture may be partitioned and sent to various branches of the New York Public Library. This in addition to the possibility of the Center’s collections being sent off to another research library should be an issue of great concern for the Harlem community in particular, and those in the African Diaspora in general.”

Mama Grizzlies to Working Moms: Drop Dead

The Nation: “Fresh new faces aside, the Republican Party’s stance on the issues that matter to working mothers is as regressive as it has ever been.”

Flying the predatorial skies

Salon: “British Airways’ senseless and discriminatory ban on unattended minors sitting next to men strikes once again.”

South African doctor invents female condoms with ‘teeth’ to fight rape (WHOA!)

CNN: “Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.  The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man’s penis during penetration, Ehlers said.”

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