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Today’s Links September 22, 2015

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

  • 7 Rules For Fun And Consensual Sex, Courtesy Of Planned Parenthood
    A new video series from Planned Parenthood is illustrating just how sexy consent is.
  • Stop Criminalizing Children of Color for Being Children
    Ahmed Mohamed was the victim of (1) national, regional and local anti-Islamic sentiment; (2) a culture that criminalizes, discourages and deprives children of color of full participation in a host of normal childhood opportunities and experiences, such as science/engineering experimentation; 3) an education system that has become incredibly punitive and increasingly addresses the normal school behavior of students of color through the criminal justice system; and (4) a criminal justice and carceral system that is increasingly and regularly employed against children, especially children of color. To borrow a phrase of Ta-Nehisi Coates, all four of these biased systems "fell upon the body" of Ahmed Mohamed, the Sudanese teenager sporting a NASA t-shirt, who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.
  • Viola Davis made Emmys history and spoke truth to power in her speech
    The How to Get Away With Murder actor balanced nuance and necessary questioning in her speech which resonated far beyond Hollywood.
  • The Unseen Costs of Defunding Planned Parenthood
    House Republicans approved the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 in an attempt to strip the reproductive health-care organization’s Title X funding. This could block access to 650,000 Americans and result in higher Medicaid costs for thousands of additional unintended pregnancies.

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