“Tracking the Backlash”: Feminist Investigative Journalists Uncover Organized Opposition to Reproductive Rights

openDemocracy’s “Tracking the Backlash” uncovers the organized opposition to sexual and reproductive rights including from religious right, far-right and other ‘anti-gender’ movements—in lockstep with the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

“Our 15 feminist investigative journalists produce ambitious, cross-border journalism and impactful storytelling that challenge sexism, homophobia and racism worldwide—and in the media,” said Tatev Hovhannisyan, editor Europe and Eurasia on openDemocracy’s “Tracking the Backlash” project.

December 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

This month’s list of feminist books from writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBIA+, queer, disabled and more.

December is usually a slow month for new book releases, but we all know it’s quality and not quantity that counts! And this little list of 10 won’t disappoint.

Ms. Global: #WhereIsPengShuai?; Sweden May Get Its First Woman PM; Bolivia Debates Abortion Rights; The End of COP 26

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.

This week: Romania’s massive coronavirus outbreak; Afghan families forced to sell their daughters; the aftermath of COP 26; where is Peng Shuai?; Sweden may get its first woman PM; and more.

Here and Queer in Rural America

Mainstream framings often equate being LGBTQ+ with being urban, but queer people have always existed in areas of the country considered “rural.” Now, the idealized American value of “rugged individualism” is actively being challenged by diverse queer rural Americans through vibrant community-building.

“You Better Be Lightning”: Andrea Gibson on Gratitude and Peace Through Poetry

Poet Andrea Gibson is not feeling gloomy right now—in fact, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and a cancer diagnosis, they are feeling hope, gratitude, connectedness, peace and an immeasurable amount of love. Author of seven books and seven albums, Gibson is releasing their latest book of poetry, “You Better Be Lightning,” this month.

“It was more than a little bit haunting when I got diagnosed with cancer so soon after handing in my final edits. … But here I am, grateful for having made a book the best of me can get behind, and awed by the million ways this time is further widening my lens, further softening my heart.”

Keeping Score: House Passes $1.2T Infrastructure Bill; Justice Sotomayor’s Powerful Dissent on Behalf of Texas Women; Men Have Two-Thirds of News Bylines

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: COVID-19 pandemic reaches death toll of 5 million globally; House passes $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill; State Dept. issues first passport with “X” gender marker; Michelle Wu is first woman of color elected Boston mayor; and more.

Supporting Queer Youth as Life Moves Back to In-Person Spaces: “I Had to Conceal my Expression at Home”

LGBTQ people are 50 percent more likely to experience cyberbullying than their heterosexual peers. Strict anti-discrimination policies, queer representation and setting up a Gay-Straight-Alliance on campus are known to be effective prevention strategies—but these options disappeared during the pandemic. 

Now that most schools are back to in-person classes, educators and students are facing the challenge of rebuilding the safe spaces in-person that were lost during the past 19 months.