The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

"You have to understand / that no one puts their children in a boat / unless the water is safer than land," wrote Warsan Shire in a poem about the refugee crisis. Photo: Courtesy of Amaal Said
Warsan Shire Photo: Courtesy of Amaal Said

Survivors

Media Literacy/Identity

Politics

  • “An Alabama city appears to be the first in the country to specify criminal penalties for violators of an ordinance requiring people to use bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates, civil rights groups said on Wednesday. …The law passed on Tuesday by the city council in Oxford, located about 60 miles east of Birmingham, carries a possible punishment of a $500 fine or six months in jail.”-Reuters
  • An Oklahoma court has stunned local prosecutors with a declaration that state law doesn’t criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious. The ruling, a unanimous decision by the state’s criminal appeals court, is sparking outrage among critics who say the judicial system was engaged in victim-blaming and buying outdated notions about rape. …The case involved allegations that a 17-year-old boy assaulted a girl, 16, after volunteering to give her a ride home.” Another example of how the law supports rape culture.

Art/Culture

  • Michelle Garcia for Vox: “The 5-foot-2 Prince reportedly could play basketball like no other, and despite his hit song, “1999,” counting down to the end of the world, didn’t “believe in time.” He spoke in riddles, at times, and found comfort in eating spaghetti and orange juice. He was quiet, but not necessarily shy. …In his unavoidably dance-inducing hit, “I Would Die 4 U,” he sang, “I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I am something that you’ll never understand.” … He was an example — perhaps even the goal — of sensual, confident androgyny, and blackness. – Prince gave black kids permission to be weirdos.
  • Remezcla celebrates some lesser known Latino superheroes that you should know.