Must-Read Links: Lizz Winstead, Private Shame, + Understanding Sandra Bland

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Lizz Winstead: Talking About Abortion May Hurt Her Career, but This Comedian Says It’s Worth It

Over at Cosmopolitan.com, DAME’s “Access Denied” columnist Robin Marty penned this excellent profile of Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead and her latest inspiring project, Lady Parts Justice, which comes to the aid—emotionally and otherwise—of abortion clinics around the country.


There’s an All-Out Attack on Female Filmmakers

Jill Soloway is a crucial voice for women (see: Transparent, Afternoon Delight). And the speech she made at this week’s Wifey Presents event is a crucial read for anyone ashamed to speak their voice (hint: it’s all of us, including her. Thanks patriarchy).


Visible Faith: On Grad School and Ageism

Carla Stockton was 68 when she went to Columbia for her M.F.A. This engrossing account of her experience at the Toast touches on so many things—financial fears, ageism, higher education, and gender bias.


‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen

New York Mag’s Internet-breaking cover story will sicken your heart and your stomach. A powerful, necessary read, one we must not forget.


My Private Shame: Am I Too Much for Other People + I Didn’t Report My Sexual Assault 

Elle’s weeklong “facing shame” theme has yielded some incredible pieces, including these: One by Elissa Strauss on being OK with being “too much” and a gut-punch of a piece by Ashley C. Ford, about the aftermath of her subway attack.


It’s Weird How People Correct Me When They Think I’m a Woman

Last week Jef Rouner wrote one of the Internet’s most shared articles: “No It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong.” You probably read it. But what you probably didn’t do was get pissed about being challenged by its assertions, immediately assume the writer was a woman, and then offer some misogynist condescension like the people Rouner writes about in this fascinating/depressing follow-up piece for the Houston Press.


News Outlets Prove, Once Again, Their Photo Bias When it Comes to Black People Being Killed

In the wake of Samuel Dubose’s murder by University of Cincinnati campus police officer Ray Tensing, Asha Callahan points out at the Root how the media’s framing of Black victims is another exercise in racist victimization.


On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies

“As a black woman, I feel this tragedy through the marrow of my bones. We all should, regardless of the identities we inhabit.” Roxane Gay’s piece on Sandra Bland in the New York Times is a necessary perspective.


Death of a Young Black Journalist

Sarah Stillman’s New Yorker profile of 27-year-old Charnice Milton, who was killed in D.C. for being in “the wrong place, at the wrong time” by a bullet meant for another passerby, illuminates the racism and socio-economic divide that pervades our culture, and reminds us that this disregard for Black lives goes well beyond what we can see through a dash cam.


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