Friday Funday Links

Remembering Nelson Mandela: read this article on what Mandela meant for South African women

“As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that’s in our country?”: Watch this Indian actress shut down a reporter for telling her to keep quiet about women’s rights

Read this New York Times book review about Jung Chang’s new book, Empress Dowager Cixi, about the woman who led China for almost half a century.

Colorlines explains what Jezebel gets wrong about R. Kelly.

How the media failed women in 2013: watch this important video from Miss Representation about how women were portrayed in the news this past year.

Melissa Harris-Perry created a black feminist syllabus in response to Washington reporter Michelle Cottle calling First Lady Michelle Obama a “feminist nightmare.”

The ongoing campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” has created great materials, including a video on how to conduct interviews with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

When the New York Times published a story on breast cancer with a revealing photograph, it was met with criticism. Slate’s Jessica Winter responded to the critique by saying, the paper was right to run the photograph and did not sexualize breast cancer.

Feministing’s Map of the Day: half of recent abortion clinic closures are due to anti-choice laws 

GOP men tutored on how to talk to women. Maybe respecting women as people and supporting feminism would be a good start?

Girl Scouts make efforts to have more racial diversity in membership.

Listen to these 10 new feminist songs this winter.

Creating healthy lifestyles: a woman shares 10 things she wants her daughter to know about working out

UCLA supports (and Eva Longoria funds) one of the first studies of its kind to aid Latina women in the classroom –“We were frustrated to primarily find analysis of what does not work for Latinas, and we wanted to find out what does,” Longoria said. “The findings from this study will help us fine-tune our education work, and we hope others will use this research to support Latina achievement.”

Read this nice profile in The New Atlantis about the marvelous scientist Marie Curie

What does it say about the value of big boobs if padded bras can be equated with dishonesty?

Minneapolis’s own Claire King lets us know how to handle our wonderful vaginas in comic form.

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