Foxy News #3

Towards the end of 2016, when I decided to start Foxy News, I saw it as a casual news roundup you could read on a Sunday morning if you hadn't had time to read any of the articles on your Twitter feed or pick up a newspaper. As I sit with all the important tabs open on my laptop, I am feeling really overwhelmed. 

I wanted this to be a place where I could cover stories from parts of the world usually unseen but the USA and UK have kept me so busy with the new administration and Brexit, that I don't think I can even cover those two things effectively.

Basically, I'm sorry, and I'm going to try my best to keep up with everything as thoroughly as possible. Let's delve into this week's news!

The CEO of Uber has stepped down from Trump's economic advisory council. Who says protesting and hashtags don't work?! Jim Conigliaro Jnr of the Independent Drivers Guild said, "As a company whose success is built on a foundation of hard work by immigrant workers, Uber can and should do better to stand up for immigrants and their workers." (They are still terrible tax dodgers, just FYI.)

The day after Putin and Trump spoke, Russian-backed forces in Ukraine launched their biggest attack in months. The two leaders didn't go into much detail; Trump called it "a tough issue" before moving on. It was a pretty simple test to see how the USA will react to Putin's behaviour and I'd say Trump failed.

((T/W rape.)) A pregnant woman's husband will have the power to stop her from having an abortion, even in cases of spousal rape, under a new law introduced in the US state of Arkansas. It will allow the father of the potential child to get an injunction to block the termination or even sue the doctor for civil damages. I don't even know what to say about this mess.

The Republican-led House voted to repeal an Obama-era regulation requiring, basically, that people with mental health issues flag up on the national gun background check system. The test for this regulation is whether the person is mentally incapable of managing their own disability benefits. This article in the National Review argues this isn't the case, but seems really focused on the fact that having mental health problems doesn't mean your violent. I know that; my concern is people using the gun on themselves, as tens of thousands of Americans do each year.

Ke$ha's legal issues with Dr Luke rage on. She is still contractually obliged to make three albums, each of which must contain six songs produced by Dr Luke. SET HER FREE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

The Brexit White Paper was released this week and there's fuck all in it. As The Guardian wonderfully put it, it's a wish list disguised as strategy. I can't believe the government have been able to wait this long to publish any kind of intent and it's still so vague. Have a look at it, even if it's just to see how much they've padded it out with blank pages and graphs like an A Level student with a deadline.

FURTHER READING

I loved these Ted talks by Stella Young ("I'm not your inspiration") and Ashley Judd ("How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control").

Lara Witt wrote this amazing piece about the (always) white criticism of Beyonce's pregnancy photo shoot. I highly recommend you follow Lara on Twitter too. She puts her Paypal link at the bottom of her articles, which I fucking love. More of us should be doing this; it makes me feel good to be able to give money directly to an artist whose work I've enjoyed. 

There's not a year goes by that there's an Oscar film I don't have to avoid like the plague because someone really shitty is associated with it. This year it's two for the price of one: Mel Gibson, the abusive, racist twat is back directing with Hacksaw Ridge. And now I can add Manchester by the Sea, A FILM I WAS EXCITED ABOUT, to my list. You can read about the allegations against Casey Affleck, HERE.

Gillian from Elevator Musik wrote about the "Girl Boss" phenomenon and feeling like we have to be constantly busy.

Laila from Tape Parade has put together an amazing guide on increasing your activism. Perfect if, like me, you're feeling a bit lost right now!