Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2015/05/literally-only-good-fifa-news-you http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Literally the Only Good FIFA News You’ll Hear This Week http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/virtual-fifa-is-way-better-than-actual-fifa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Electronic Arts, the gaming company that makes the popular FIFA video game franchise, is bringing women<strong> </strong>to the virtual pitch, adding 12 women's national teams to FIFA 16 this September. &nbsp;</p> <p>From <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/28/eas-fifa-soccer-game-to-include-womens-national-teams/?mod=ST1" target="_blank">the </a><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/28/eas-fifa-soccer-game-to-include-womens-national-teams/?mod=ST1" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>EA announced Thursday that a dozen women's international soccer teams will be included in the coming FIFA 16 game scheduled for release in September. EA didn't say in its announcement why it took so long to mend the gender gap or whether the petition played a role. In an email, EA said it had been considering adding women for years and that it had made the necessary advancements to more accurately represent how the characters run and sprint, for example. The game's motion capturing tracked four members of the U.S. Women's National Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.</p> </blockquote> <p>EA's decision came three years after <a href="https://www.change.org/p/tell-ea-sports-to-include-female-characters-on-their-soccer-games" target="_blank">an online petition called for inclusion</a>&mdash;and right before this year's Women's World Cup starts next week in Canada. (It also came a day before Sepp Blatter <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/30/sports/soccer/fifa-soccer-sepp-blatter-congress-vote.html?_r=0" target="_blank">won his fifth term</a> as FIFA president, with the governing body embroiled in the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/fifa-corruption-sepp-blatter-historian" target="_blank">ongoing corruption crisis</a>.)</p> <p>Last fall, a group of women's soccer stars, including US forward Abby Wambach, <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2014/10/01/3574803/womens-soccer-players-file-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-against-fifa-canadian-soccer-association/" target="_blank">filed a gender discrimination lawsuit claim</a> against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association over the organization's decision to play this year's World Cup games on artificial turf, even though the men's games are played on grass. The group later <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2015/01/21/3613871/womens-world-cup-players-withdraw-gender-discrimination-claim-in-turf-dispute/" target="_blank">withdrew the suit</a>. And in an <a href="http://time.com/3893949/sepp-blatter-alex-morgan/" target="_blank">interview with <em>Time</em></a>, star US forward Alex Morgan, who will be featured in the new game, said that Blatter didn't recognize her at the 2012 FIFA Player of the Year event&mdash;even though she'd just been named one of the three best women's players in the world.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Sex and Gender Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 20:18:48 +0000 Edwin Rios 276261 at http://www.motherjones.com This Girl's Yearbook Quote Has the Most Amazing Feminist Message http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/yearbook-quote <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Before leaving high school, Caitlyn Cannon, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Oak Hills High School in California, gifted her senior class with an amazing yearbook quote that nails feminism and sticks up for LGBT rights&mdash;all in just one line:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">this is all I honestly care about right now <a href="http://t.co/5J0YauhezN">pic.twitter.com/5J0YauhezN</a></p> &mdash; lil snowball (@casualnosebleed) <a href="https://twitter.com/casualnosebleed/status/603085032744493056">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Her powerful message has since gone viral. Cannon, who describes herself as both "feminist" and "really gay" on <a href="https://twitter.com/C_to_the_Cizzle" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, told the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/27/caitlyn-cannon-feminist-yearbook-quote_n_7453754.html" target="_blank"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>, "I was tired of seeing the same old quotes from popular books and movies and authors, and I wanted to call attention to a problem that women face. I've never really been ashamed to say that I am gay, so the LGBT aspect was simply who I am."</p> <p>The future is looking so bright.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Sex and Gender Fri, 29 May 2015 13:14:23 +0000 Inae Oh 276216 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Sepp Blatter Lash Out Against FIFA's Critics in 2013 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/watch-sepp-blatter-lash-out-against-fifas-critics-2013 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iInTdexhnbw" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In October 2013, at the Oxford Union, FIFA president Sepp Blatter took aim at critics who viewed soccer's international governing body as "a faceless machine printing money at the expense of the beautiful game." (He also <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/29/real-madrid-sepp-blatter-cristiano-ronaldo-hairdresser" target="_blank">mocked Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo</a> for how much <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/29/real-madrid-sepp-blatter-cristiano-ronaldo-hairdresser" target="_blank">he spends on his hair</a>.) Blatter <a href="http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/president/02/20/54/90/25_10_2013_pdt_speech_oxford_neutral.pdf" target="_blank">told the crowd</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>There are those who will tell you that football is just a heartless, money-spinning game or just a pointless kick about on the grass. There are those who will tell you that FIFA is just a conspiracy, a scam, accountable to nobody and too powerful for anyone to resist. There are those who will tell you of the supposed sordid secrets that lie deep in our Bond villain headquarters in the hills above Zurich, where we apparently plot to exploit the unfortunate and the weak. They would have you believe that I sit in my office with a sinister grin, gently stroking the chin of an expensive, white Persian cat as my terrible sidekicks scour the earth to force countries to host the World Cup and to hand over all of their money. You might laugh. It is strange how fantasy so easily becomes confused with fact. And it feels almost absurd to have to say this. But that is not who we are. Not FIFA. Not me.</p> </blockquote> <p>(You can watch the whole speech below&mdash;It's very long! He talks very slowly!&mdash;but the key bits are in the video up top.)&nbsp;</p> <p>These words resonate now, as Blatter <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/fifa-corruption-sepp-blatter-historian" target="_blank">sets his sights on a fifth term</a> at&nbsp;the head of the organization amid pressure and criticism following a series of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/sports/soccer/fifa-officials-face-corruption-charges-in-us.html" target="_blank">corruption-related charges</a> on senior FIFA officials that have roiled the sport.</p> <p>But remember that "Bond villain headquarters in the hills above Zurich" Blatter was talking about? Well, Swiss photographer Luca Zanier snapped a photo of FIFA executive committee's boardroom in Zurich, and it <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/fifa-s-executive-boardroom-looks-exactly-as-menacing-as-you-would-expect-190204422.html" target="_blank">looks villain-esque</a>. John Oliver even <a href="https://youtu.be/DlJEt2KU33I?t=7m17s" target="_blank">likened it</a> to the war room in Dr. Strangelove.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">FIFA's executive boardroom looks like a James Bond Super villain's lair. <a href="http://t.co/7IVn92ie3C">pic.twitter.com/7IVn92ie3C</a></p> &mdash; Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gotham3/status/581033290674479105">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Here is Blatter's full speech, courtesy of the Oxford Union:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7QWAxbkTzsg" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media International Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 01:54:35 +0000 Edwin Rios 276211 at http://www.motherjones.com The Artist Behind the "Hope" Poster Is Mad At Obama http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/shepard-fairey-obama-hope <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Shepard Fairey's hopes are dashed.</p> <p>Fairey, the artist who created the iconic "Hope" poster during Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, says in a new interview that he is disappointed by Obama's performance as president.</p> <p>While discussing his new web series "Rebel Music" with <em><a href="http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/interviews/a35288/shepard-fairey-street-art-obama-hope-poster/" target="_blank">Esquire</a>,</em>&nbsp;Fairey was asked if Obama had lived up to the poster's expectations. He answered, "Not even close." Fairey explained:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he's compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he'd support]. I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control.</p> </blockquote> <p>Don't expect him to look to <a href="http://www.ap.org/Content/AP-In-The-News/2012/Obama-HOPE-poster-artist-Shepard-Fairey-gets-probation" target="_blank"><em>copyrighted Associated Press</em> photos</a> to create an image for Hillary, either.&nbsp;A jaded Fairey says that while he agrees with her on most issues, the "campaign finance structure makes [him] very angry."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>And with this, the street artist may have provided the Republicans with the perfect tagline come 2016: Democrats, a hope deferred!</p></body></html> Mixed Media Obama Thu, 28 May 2015 20:07:26 +0000 Inae Oh 276151 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Blasts 24 Years of FIFA Corruption that "Started a Jennifer Lawrence Ago" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/jon-stewart-fifa <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"For years, and I say this with all due respect, American soccer fans have stood by while the media obsesses over other sports crimes and scandals," Jon Stewart <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/j17rjd/may-27--2015---rosabeth-moss-kanter" target="_blank">said on</a> "The Daily Show" Wednesday. "Well now finally, soccer is getting its perp walk."</p> <p>Stewart was, of course, addressing this week's stunning FIFA indictments that have sent shockwaves within the international sports community over allegations of routine corruption and kickbacks by FIFA's top officials.</p> <p>"FIFA is so bad they got arrested by the SWISS, a country whose official policy on Nazi gold was 'We'll allow it,'" he explained.</p> <p>But such allegations are far from new. Stewart went on to question why investigators took 24 years&mdash;or as he put it into perspective a, "Jennifer Lawrence ago"&mdash;to finally crack down on officials.</p> <p>As for big banks long dogged by corruption allegations, Stewart says we may have to wait another 24 years for the Justice Department to start doing something&mdash;anything!&mdash;to punish shady bankers.</p> <p><strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <div style="width: 640px; background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;</div> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:6c9cc17b-d4fc-4aaa-9b1c-2bc663e8c722" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media International Media Sports Thu, 28 May 2015 13:34:27 +0000 Inae Oh 276121 at http://www.motherjones.com This Chart Shows the Staggering Human Cost of Staging a World Cup in Qatar http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/chart-fifa-deaths-qatar-move-it-to-the-united-states <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/nine-fifa-officials-and-five-corporate-executives-indicted-racketeering-conspiracy-and" target="_blank">dropped the hammer</a> on FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, indicting nine senior FIFA officials and five sports marketing execs on charges of corruption, wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2011/may/10/millions-bribes-qatar-2022-world-cup-claims" target="_blank">Allegations of bribery</a> have long plagued FIFA, especially since its controversial decision to grant Qatar the 2022 World Cup. But much worse is the plight of South Asian migrant workers brought in to build the stadium infrastructure there:&nbsp;Since 2010, more than 1,200 migrant workers have died in Qatar under hazardous working conditions, and a 2013 <em>Guardian</em> investigation <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/26/qatar-world-cup-migrant-workers-dead" target="_blank">found</a> that at least 4,000 total are projected to die before the 2022 World Cup even starts. And as we reported yesterday, Nepali workers <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/world-cup-qatar-nepal-earthquake-soccer" target="_blank">weren't even allowed </a>to return home after the country's recent devastating earthquake.</p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-body-count-in-qatar-illustrates-the-consequences-of-fifa-corruption/" target="_blank">Christopher </a><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-body-count-in-qatar-illustrates-the-consequences-of-fifa-corruption/" target="_blank">Ingraham</a> at the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/27/a-body-count-in-qatar-illustrates-the-consequences-of-fifa-corruption/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a> put that toll in perspective in a striking infographic. He compared the number of workers who died in the run-up to several Olympics and World Cups with the number of those who have died in Qatar so far. It's horrifying:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Toll-Of-FIFA%27s-Corruption.jpg"><div class="caption">Christopher Ingraham/<em>Washington Post</em></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Charts Human Rights International Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 23:17:42 +0000 Edwin Rios 276091 at http://www.motherjones.com Your Snobby Wine Friends Are Full of Shit http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/cheap-wine-rules <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Find yourself in the company of an intolerable, self-annointed&nbsp;wine connoisseur? Don't bother arguing about how great the $7 bottle of supermarket merlot is. The best way to deal with the inevitable snobbery headed your way might be to show them the following video <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8625785/expensive-wine-taste-cheap" target="_blank">produced by Vox</a>, which slays the belief expensive wines are more delicious.&nbsp;</p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mVKuCbjFfIY" width="630"></iframe></p> </center> <p>When 19 staffers blind-tested three different red wines from the same grape, the average ratings for the cheapest and most expensive wines were exactly the same! And while half of those tested were able to correctly identify which wine was the most expensive, they actually reported enjoying it <em>less </em>than the cheaper offerings. That's because, according to the video, more complex wines tend to challenge our plebian palates.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks Vox. Now here is <em>Mother Jones</em>' contribution to you oenophiles:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/05/how-open-wine-bottle-your-shoe" target="_blank">"How to Open a Wine Bottle With Your Shoe."</a></p> <center> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9XyvC8LyvXQ" width="630"></iframe></p> </center></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag Wed, 27 May 2015 18:43:54 +0000 Inae Oh 275951 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver's Epic Takedown of FIFA http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/06/sam-sam-we-finally-shared-a-byline <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! I smell the blood of a soccer governing body!</p> <p>FIFA, the terrible no good band of Europeans who keep forcing us to call soccer "football," saw some of its senior most officials arrested in Switzerland today on American corruption charges.</p> <p>Feel free to take a moment, look at an American flag, and get all teary eyed. (This is why the pilgrims crossed an ocean.)</p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">Anyway, here is John Oliver's epic takedown of FIFA from&nbsp;his show </span><em style="line-height: 2em;">John Oliver's Epic Takedowns</em><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DlJEt2KU33I?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 27 May 2015 05:14:57 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss and Sam Baldwin 253691 at http://www.motherjones.com Qatar Is Treating Its World Cup Workers Like Slaves: Nepal Earthquake Edition http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/world-cup-qatar-nepal-earthquake-soccer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>We're still seven years away from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but it seems like the event has been buried under bad news for a decade: everything from allegations of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/fifa-world-cup-scandals-brazil-qatar" target="_blank">bribery</a> and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/world-cup-human-rights-abuses-brazil-russia-qatar" target="_blank">corruption</a> to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/qatar-world-cup-worker-amnesty-report" target="_blank">terrible human rights violations.</a> And it doesn't look like it's getting better anytime soon.</p> <p>The latest in a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/fifa-world-cup-scandals-brazil-qatar" target="_blank">string</a> of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/world-cup-human-rights-abuses-brazil-russia-qatar" target="_blank">embarrassments</a>? Qatar's <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/24/qatar-denies-nepalese-world-cup-workers-leave-after-earthquakes" target="_blank">reported refusal</a> to grant bereavement leave to the roughly 400,000 migrant workers from Nepal building stadiums for the World Cup following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/25/nepal-one-month-after-earthquake-emotional-impact-devastating" target="_blank">more than 8,000 countrymen</a>. As a result, many Nepali workers instead must mourn from construction sites in Qatar.</p> <p>On Saturday, the <em>Guardian</em> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/24/qatar-denies-nepalese-world-cup-workers-leave-after-earthquakes" target="_blank">reported</a> that the Nepali government called on FIFA and its sponsors to compel Qatar to grant a short-term leave for Nepali migrant workers and improve conditions for the 1.5 million workers from throughout South Asia. But the Persian Gulf state rebuffed that request, Nepali labor minister Tek Bahadur Gurung told the <em>Guardian</em>: "Those on World Cup construction sites are not being allowed to leave because of the pressure to complete projects on time."</p> <p>Qatari officials challenged that claim, noting that the nation had granted temporary leave to more than 500 Nepali workers. That's roughly 0.1 percent of the Nepali migrant workers on the stadium construction project.</p> <p>The latest <em>Guardian </em>report adds to the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/world-cup-human-rights-abuses-brazil-russia-qatar" target="_blank">mounting criticism</a> from <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/articles/news/2015/05/mounting-risk-of-world-cup-built-on-abuse-as-qatar-fails-to-deliver-reforms/" target="_blank">human rights organizations</a>, <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/fifa-2022-world-cup-sponsors-visa-adidas-coca-cola-concerned-over-qatars-labor-1932365" target="_blank">corporate sponsors</a>, and foreign officials on Qatar's World Cup preparations. A 2013 <em>Guardian</em> investigation <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/26/qatar-world-cup-migrant-workers-dead" target="_blank">estimated</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>that at least 4,000 migrant workers, who face dire <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11019010" target="_blank">working and living conditions</a> and <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/29/qatar-world-cup-stadium-workers-earn-45p-hour" target="_blank">meager pay</a>, will die before kickoff in 2022. Squalid conditions already have led to more than 1,200 worker deaths since Qatar won its 2010 bid to host the World Cup, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/qatar-nepal-workers-world-cup-2022-death-toll-doha" target="_blank">including</a> at least 157 Nepali workers in 2014. (Nepali workers <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/qatar-nepal-workers-world-cup-2022-death-toll-doha" target="_blank">have died at a rate</a> of one every two days.)</p> <p>Despite <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/fifa-qatar-2022-world-cup-3002734" target="_blank">calls to move</a> the event to another host country, FIFA President Sepp Blatter <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/dec/23/sepp-blatter-qatar-2022-world-cup-too-little-too-late" target="_blank">has guaranteed</a> that the 2022 World Cup will take place as scheduled. In fact, Qatari labor minister Abudullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi said in May the nation would need more workers to complete the $220 billion stadium and infrastructure construction projects by 2022.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the&nbsp;2018 World Cup in Russia&nbsp;isn't exactly shaping up to be a model event, either: On Monday, Russian officials <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/25/world/europe/ap-soc-wcup-russian-prison-labor.html?_r=1&amp;gwh=753D7BEA0E64ED2153CEB563BD154D99&amp;gwt=pay" target="_blank">announced</a> plans to transport prisoners from camps to work at factories in an effort to drive down the World Cup's cost.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Human Rights International Sports World Cup 2022 Tue, 26 May 2015 21:39:08 +0000 Edwin Rios 275836 at http://www.motherjones.com Remembering Powerhouse Photographer Mary Ellen Mark http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/05/mary-ellen-mark-photos-mother-jones <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>I found out about the death of photographer <a href="http://www.maryellenmark.com/" target="_blank">Mary Ellen Mark</a> the way we learn about the passing of anyone these days&mdash;Facebook. My feed is currently flooded with condolences, remembrances, and laminations for Mark, who died yesterday at age 75.</p> <p>Mark was a powerhouse photographer, a true legend. Her early '80s project on homeless youth, <a href="http://www.maryellenmark.com/books/titles/streetwise/index001_stwise.html" target="_blank"><em>Streetwise</em></a>, remains a canon of documentary photography. In the late '80s and '90s, Mark's work graced the pages of <em>Mother Jones</em> numerous times. Art Director Kerry Tremain made great use of her, both picking up archival images and making assignments such as portraits of journalist I.F. Stone and hip-hop mogul <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2003/09/heeding-hip-hops-higher-calling" target="_blank">Russell Simmons</a>.</p> <p>Mark's work was also featured early in the <em>Mother Jones</em> Fine Prints and Portfolios program, which led to the creation of the <em>Mother Jones</em> Documentary Photo Fund. Her print was part of the New York Portfolio I, alongside other heavy hitters like Nan Goldin, Duane Michaels, Ralph Gibson, and Inge Morath. (Sorry, we no longer have any of the print portfolios.)</p> <p>No doubt there will be many eulogies and recollections of Mark and the impact she made on photography, particularly on social documentary photography, the kind of photography that's been our bread and butter here.</p> <p>Though it's a just a shallow slice of her deep legacy, here's a collection of some of Mark's work for <em>Mother Jones</em>.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ifstone-sept89-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>I.F. Stone, September 1989</strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/MJ092__12680.p1-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Russell Simmons, November 2003 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mem-15thanniversary_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong><em>Mother Jones</em> 15th anniversary issue, 1991 </strong></div> <div class="caption">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mem-msnov901-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Story on <em>Ms.</em> magazine, November 1990 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mem-msnov902-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Story on <em>Ms.</em> magazine, November 1990</strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/novdec92-crop.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Jessica Mitford and Maya Angelou, November 1992 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="691" src="/files/mem-cover.jpg" width="524"><div class="caption"><strong>"Hollywood's Washington" cover, January 1991 </strong></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And here's a short piece that Leica produced on Mark:</p> <center><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4w2aaO9WYh4?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></center></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 26 May 2015 20:33:36 +0000 Mark Murrmann 275841 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Unprecedented New Law France Just Passed to Eliminate Supermarket Waste http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/france-supermarket-food-waste-ban <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Thursday, France's parliament unanimously approved a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/french-parliament-cracks-supermarket-waste-31227139" target="_blank">new law</a> prohibiting large supermarkets from throwing out unsold food,&nbsp;instead mandating stores donate any surplus groceries to charities or for animal feed use.</p> <p>The law, which aims to reduce waste in a country where people trash up to <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/france-food-waste-supermarkets-150522070410772.html" target="_blank">30 kilos of food</a> per person annually, is part of a more general energy and&nbsp; environmental bill.</p> <p>"There's an absolute urgency&mdash;charities are desperate for food," MP <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/france-to-force-big-supermarkets-to-give-away-unsold-food-to-charity" target="_blank">Yves J&eacute;go said.</a> "The most moving part of this law is that it opens us up to others who are suffering."</p> <p>The new regulations will also ban the common practice of intentionally destroying unsold food by bleaching it&mdash;a process meant to prevent people from searching for food in dumpsters, which has lead to lawsuits after people became sick from eating spoiled food.</p> <p>Now, the local politician who sparked the law's creation is hoping other countries will adopt similar bans on supermarket waste. Arash Derambarsh, who slammed such bleaching practices as "scandalous" to the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/25/french-supermarkets-donate-food-waste-global-law-campaign" target="_blank"><em>Guardian</em></a>, will take his campaign to a United Nations' summit discussing ways to end poverty this November.</p> <p>In the United States, <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041123095923.htm" target="_blank">nearly half </a>of all food goes uneaten and sent to landfills.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag International Tue, 26 May 2015 18:39:05 +0000 Inae Oh 275821 at http://www.motherjones.com The Freewheeling Fun of Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery's Live Concerts http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/compilation-jazz-guitar-virtuoso-wes-montgomerys-live-concerts-are-great-fun <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HldQ6-RZr5g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Wes Montgomery<br><em>In the Beginning</em><br> Resonance</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="272" src="/files/Wes-COVER_outlined.jpeg" width="272"></div> <p>Near the end of his life, jazz guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery (1923-1968) caught the ear of pop audiences with a series of records that were slick and sophisticated, but a little dull. This vibrant two-disc set is far more satisfying. Spanning 1949 to 1958, <em>In the Beginning</em> is dominated by live performances from Montgomery's hometown of Indianapolis, in small-group settings that often featured brothers Monk (bass) and Buddy (piano), along with underrated tenor sax player Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson. The recordings aren't perfect technically, and the playing isn't always razor-sharp, but all concerned sound like they're having a great time, especially Wes, who swings and struts with a freewheeling joy missing from his later work. Also included are five polished studio tracks produced by none other than a 22-year-old Quincy Jones, although these pale next to the spontaneous sounds of Wes Montgomery onstage, finding himself and having fun.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Music Mon, 25 May 2015 20:40:24 +0000 Jon Young 275701 at http://www.motherjones.com Michael B. Jordan Just Slammed People Who Can’t Deal With One of the Fantastic 4 Being Black—And It’s Great http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/michael-b-jordan-trolls-human-torch-can-be-black-too <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_rRoD28-WgU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>These days, when the fate of the world hangs in the balance, the superheroes that end up saving the day are normally straight, white men&mdash;at least on the big screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>While Marvel's comics have become increasingly more diverse over the years with a <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Next-Spider-Man-May-Another-White-Guy-69939.html" target="_blank">half-black, half-Hispanic Spiderman</a> and a <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/marvels-female-superhero-renaissance.html" target="_blank">female version of Thor</a>, its cinematic universe <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/women-superheroes-movies-marvel-sony-hunger-games" target="_blank">remains largely male</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/marvel-diversity-problem-avengers-shield-comics.html" target="_blank">whitewashed</a>. This is why the backlash to Michael B. Jordan being cast in the highly-anticipated reboot of&nbsp;<em>Fantastic </em><em>Four</em>is so disheartening. When the actor was originally confirmed to play Johnny Storm a.k.a the Human Torch, naysayers took to social media to complain about the black actor would be playing a traditionally white character. (When <em>TMZ</em> <a href="http://screenrant.com/fantastic-four-michael-b-jordan-human-torch-criticism/" target="_blank">asked</a> what he thought of the criticism, Jordan quipped: "They're still going to see [the movie] anyway.")</p> <p>Attention, trolls and comic book purists:&nbsp;The idea that Jordan shouldn't be Johnny Storm because he's black is misguided, because, you know, comic books are fictional and so are the movies.&nbsp;Anyone can fill these roles and&nbsp;do a great job (see Idris Elba<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZXjQee9VA4" target="_blank"> as a Norse god in&nbsp;<em>Thor</em></a>).</p> <p><a href="http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/22/michael-b-jordan-fantastic-four-race" target="_blank">In an essay</a>&nbsp;published Friday&nbsp;in <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, Jordan slammed&nbsp; people who are having a hard time accepting that in the new movie only three&nbsp; of the fantastic four are white.</p> <blockquote> <p>This is a family movie about four friends&mdash;two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister&mdash;who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That&rsquo;s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.</p> <p>Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, "I&rsquo;ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I&rsquo;ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations."&nbsp;I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won&rsquo;t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that "it has to be true to the comic book."&nbsp;Or maybe we have to reach past them.</p> <p>To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends&rsquo; friends and who they&rsquo;re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It&rsquo;s okay to like it.</p> </blockquote> <p>Let's sum up Jordan's smackdown in one line: The Human Torch is whatever&nbsp;Marvel says it is. You can see how Jordan does in theaters on August 7.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Race and Ethnicity Sun, 24 May 2015 00:25:19 +0000 Edwin Rios 275781 at http://www.motherjones.com The President of the Boy Scouts of America Just Endorsed Dropping the Ban on Gay Leaders http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/boys-scouts <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The president of Boy Scouts of America is <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/boy-scouts-leader-ban-gay-adults-sustainable-31208269#.VV4Qzqyn5P0.twitter" target="_blank">calling for an end</a> to the organization's ban on gay leaders, saying the "status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained." Robert Gates, who was speaking at the group's annual summit on Thursday, said the changes would not be made at the meeting, but indicated officials should look into revisions in the future.</p> <p>In Gates's remarks, the former defense secretary&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/us/boy-scouts-president-calls-for-end-to-ban-on-gay-leaders.html?smid=tw-bna&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">urged the organization</a> to "deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it be." His address, sure to <a href="https://twitter.com/DrewStoddard/status/601440765290512385" target="_blank">ruffle a few feathers</a>, stopped short of supporting gay rights outright. Instead, Gates said that the policy shift was necessary to keep the organization nationally relevant.</p> <p>"While our work won't be done until we see a full end to their ban on gay adults once and for all, today's announcement is a significant step in that direction," Zach Wahls, director for Equality, said in response to Thursday's announcement. "I'm proud to see Dr. Gates charting a course towards full equality in the BSA."</p> <p>In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly <a href="http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23825/boy-scouts-1014/?click=welcome-ad" target="_blank">gay scout</a>s&mdash;gay leaders however were not included in the changes. Just yesterday, the Girls Scouts of America double downed on the group's welcoming of <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/living/girl-scouts-welcomes-transgender-girls-feat/index.html" target="_blank">transgender girls.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Thu, 21 May 2015 18:14:35 +0000 Inae Oh 275671 at http://www.motherjones.com This Story Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Told Perfectly Explains the Hollywood Sexism Complex http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/maggie-gyllenhaal-hollywood-ageism <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Maggie Gyllenhaal recently lost a film role because she was apparently "too old" to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man, the 37-year-old actress revealed in a new interview with <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/maggie-gyllenhaal-on-hollywood-ageism-i-was-told-37-is-too-old-for-a-55-year-old-love-interest/" target="_blank"><em>The Wrap.</em></a></p> <p>"There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time,&rdquo; Gyllenhall said. "I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me."</p> <p>While she declined to identify the project's name&mdash;because Gyllenhall is all class&mdash;she said she was eventually able to laugh off the rejection.&nbsp;</p> <p>"It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh."</p> <p>Back in January, Gyllenhaal picked up a Golden Globe award for her performance in the BBC miniseries <em>The Honourable Woman</em>. During her acceptance speech, she stressed the importance of Hollywood <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/01/watch-maggie-gyllenhaal-just-gave-perfect-golden-globes-speech" target="_blank">embracing the roles of real women.</a></p> <p>"When I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not," she said onstage. "What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."</p> <p>Despite Gyllenhaal's optimism, it sure looks like Hollywood is hell bent on keeping ageism securely intact.&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Sex and Gender Thu, 21 May 2015 16:46:14 +0000 Inae Oh 275651 at http://www.motherjones.com This New Study Shows Sexual Assault on College Campuses Has Reached "Epidemic" Levels http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/campus-sexual-assault-study <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A new study published online by the <a href="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2015/images/05/20/carey_jah_proof.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Adolescent Health</em></a> suggests college sexual assault may be far more prevalent than previously believed. The study, titled "Incapacitated and Forcible Rape of College Women: Prevalence Across the First Year," which focused on first-year female students at one New York college, attempted to measure how frequently rape or attempted rape occurred by having female students fill out surveys throughout their freshman year.</p> <p>Of the 483 women who completed the questionnaires,&nbsp;18.6 percent reported instances of attempted rape. Incidences of rape were significantly higher when alcohol or drugs were involved.</p> <p>"Sexual violence on campus has reached epidemic levels," the study's authors wrote. "During their first year in college, one in seven women will have experienced incapacitated assault or rape and nearly one in 10 will have experienced forcible assault or rape. Interventions to reduce sexual violence on campus are urgently needed."</p> <p>Past studies have posted similar rates. One study reported <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/campus-sexual-assault-rape-stats-charts" target="_blank">one in five women suffering from some form of sexual violence during their college careers.&nbsp;</a> What is striking about these new findings is that they indicate high levels of such sexual assault in just a single year and early on in a woman's college experience.</p> <p>As Jesse Singal at the <a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/05/what-new-survey-can-tell-about-rape.html" target="_blank"><em>Science of Us</em></a> blog notes, scientifically measuring the frequency of sexual violence is a complex and difficult task: What one person considers to be sexual assault someone else might not.&nbsp; In addition, this latest study only focused on one campus&mdash;making it impossible to generalize on a national scale.</p> <p>But as recent events have shown, sexual violence on college campuses is a persistent problem. For decades, conservatives have resisted calls for campuses to better protect women by dismissing the issue. With the fallout over <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/12/what-rolling-stone-owes-readers-jackie-and-victims-everywhere" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em>'s botched campus rape</a> investigation only fueling detractors, it's especially important for studies like the one published by the <em>Journal of Adolescent Health</em> to provide solid data to legitimize the problem so that potential assaults might be avoided.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Education Sex and Gender Wed, 20 May 2015 20:19:37 +0000 Inae Oh 275591 at http://www.motherjones.com Michelle Obama Can Kick Your Ass http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/michelle-obama-can-kick-your-ass <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Feeling pleased with your morning run or cardio&nbsp;stroll? Well here's a reminder that Michelle Obama, who was already likely to be crushing you in most&nbsp;parts of your life, rules&nbsp;when it comes to the&nbsp;exercise game. &nbsp;</p> <p>In a new video posted to her <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/600837307919302656" target="_blank">@FLOTUS account</a>, the first lady responded to the president's <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/598921453338136576" target="_blank">#GimmeFive challenge</a> by showing off her fierce workout skills&mdash;boxing, lifting, and&nbsp;jumping rope.&nbsp;</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey, <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS">@POTUS</a>! This is how you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GimmeFive?src=hash">#GimmeFive</a>, FLOTUS-style&hellip; <a href="https://t.co/YF8nEtjUIA">https://t.co/YF8nEtjUIA</a></p> &mdash; The First Lady (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/600837307919302656">May 20, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>So thanks for<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/21/michelle-obama-dunks-on-lebron-james-video/" target="_blank"> the assist Lebron</a>, but this glimpse into Obama's workout proves once again the first lady can hold court all on her own.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 20 May 2015 15:32:19 +0000 Inae Oh 275551 at http://www.motherjones.com Columbia Student Defiantly Carries Mattress to Graduation to Protest Sexual Assault http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/Emma-Sulkowicz-columbia-graduation <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who protested her alleged sexual assault by <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html" target="_blank">carrying a mattress every day</a> to campus last year, graduated today. The mattress, the defining symbol of her assault and senior arts thesis titled <em>Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)</em>, was also present at Tuesday's ceremony, despite the school administration urging students not to bring large items that could potentially "create discomfort to others."</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Columbia tells grads not to bring to Class Day or commencement "large objects which could interfere with the proceedings" - ie., mattresses.</p> &mdash; Kate Taylor (@katetaylornyt) <a href="https://twitter.com/katetaylornyt/status/600427461508210689">May 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Sulkowicz was seen hauling her mattress to the ceremony with the help of friends and fellow graduating students. According to <em>Columbia Spectator</em> editor Teo Armus, when Sulkowicz went on stage to collect her diploma, she pointedly did not shake university president Lee Bollinger's hand.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Sejal_Singh_">@Sejal_Singh_</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/ZoeRidolfiStarr">@ZoeRidolfiStarr</a> &amp; 2 others helped Emma Sulkowicz carry her mattress across stage at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ccclassday2015?src=hash">#ccclassday2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/pEOqQviD0N">pic.twitter.com/pEOqQviD0N</a></p> &mdash; Teo Armus (@teoarmus) <a href="https://twitter.com/teoarmus/status/600693444764372992">May 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Emma Sulkowicz did not shake hands with President Lee Bollinger when she went on stage at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ccclassday2015?src=hash">#ccclassday2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/y7bbKj3iCp">pic.twitter.com/y7bbKj3iCp</a></p> &mdash; Teo Armus (@teoarmus) <a href="https://twitter.com/teoarmus/status/600692375963443201">May 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HRaw1A7REzs" width="630"></iframe></center> <p>In September, Sulkowicz became a national figure and an unofficial spokesperson for sexual assault activists after she went public with her rape. She vowed to <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/09/emma-sulkowicz-campus-sexual-assault-activism.html" target="_blank">carry the mattress</a> to class for as long as the student who she says assaulted her was not prosecuted or expelled. In April, her alleged rapist, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/nyregion/accused-of-rape-a-student-sues-columbia-over-bias.html" target="_blank">Paul Nungesser</a>, filed a lawsuit against the university claiming administrators exhibited bias and failed to protect him from the accusations. He says their alleged failure "destroyed" his college experience and reputation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nungesser also graduated and was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/columbia-student-emma-sulkowicz-brings-rape-response-protest-mattress-graduation-n361321" target="_blank">present</a> at Tuesday's ceremony.</p> <center>&nbsp;</center></body></html> Mixed Media Education Sex and Gender Tue, 19 May 2015 18:20:01 +0000 Inae Oh 275481 at http://www.motherjones.com Taylor Swift: "Misogyny Is Ingrained in People From the Time They Are Born" http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/taylor-swift-feminist <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>According to this year's "Hot 100" list, an annual inventory in which <em>Maxim</em>'s editors meticulously rank famous women by level of attractiveness, Taylor Swift is 2015's reigning <a href="http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/music/article/taylor-swift-tops-2015-maxim-hot-100" target="_blank">queen of female hotness</a>. Rather than use the title to gloat about her declared hotness, Swift used the magazine's cover to call out the double standards women face everyday and the importance of feminism in her life today: From <a href="http://www.maxim.com/entertainment/music/article/taylor-swift-tops-2015-maxim-hot-100" target="_blank"><em>Maxim</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Honestly, I didn't have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn't quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, "Oh, feminism's not really on my radar," it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn't as threatening. I didn't see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived.</p> </blockquote> <p>Swift's interview is especially noteworthy considering in <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/22/taylor-swift-dishes-on-her-new-album-red-dating-heartbreak-and-grey-s-anatomy.html" target="_blank">2012</a>, she shied away from the label to the <em>Daily Beast</em>, telling the news site she didn't view matters as a "guys versus girls" situation. This was also during a time in which the media unfairly portrayed Swift as something of a pathetic boy chaser&mdash;a female singer who used her <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/4739844/taylor-swift-writes-five-songs-about-harry-styles-split.html" target="_blank">lyrics to lament</a> about the latest boy who got away.</p> <p>Since then, she has shattered that image with very real, thoughtful insight into an industry built on sexist frameworks:</p> <blockquote> <p>A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it's just basically another word for equality.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is what young girls need today. Now, we leave you with her badass new video, "Bad Blood."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QcIy9NiNbmo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Sex and Gender Tue, 19 May 2015 13:36:06 +0000 Inae Oh 275466 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How the Chicken Industry Systematically Screws Over Impoverished Farmers http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/john-oliver-chicken-farmers <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Americans eat a ton of chicken&mdash;so much so, chicken farmers produce 160 million chicks a week just to keep up with national consumption, according to the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9wHzt6gBgI" target="_blank">"Last Week Tonight."</a> But despite the industry's massive output, many contract farmers live near or below the poverty line, all while working under the constant fear of losing their jobs. And that's because the business model is such that farmers own the equipment used to raise the chickens, and corporations own the chickens.</p> <p>"That essentially means you own everything that costs money, and we own everything that makes money," Oliver explains.</p> <p>Perhaps the most damning part of the segment is a defense from Tom Super of the National Chicken Council, who responded to the question of why farmers live under the poverty line with the following: "Which poverty line are you referring to? Is that a national poverty line? Is that a state poverty line? The poverty line in Mississippi and Alabama is different than it is in New York City.&rdquo;</p> <p>"What the fuck are you talking about?" Oliver shot back. "It doesn't matter. The poverty line is like the age of consent: if you find yourself parsing exactly where it is, you&rsquo;ve probably already done something very, very wrong."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X9wHzt6gBgI" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Food and Ag Media Mon, 18 May 2015 13:56:35 +0000 Inae Oh 275406 at http://www.motherjones.com For Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, a Strong Round 2 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-traveling-kind <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/crowellharrisover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Emmylou Harris &amp; Rodney Crowell<br><em>The Traveling Kind</em><br> Nonesuch</strong><br> If only Hollywood sequels were this good. Following Old Yellow Moon, their captivating 2013 collaboration, rootsy stalwarts Emmylou and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/contact-photo-interview-nashville-country-songwriter-rodney-crowell-emmylou-harris" target="_blank">Rodney</a> have recombined for another go-round, which may be even more entertaining than its predecessor. The two first crossed paths professionally 40 (!) years ago, when Crowell joined Harris&rsquo; band. Their recent work together has underscored the virtues of experience and, yes, age. No longer needing to prove anything, both seem as loose and confident as they've ever been, delivering heartrending tunes like "You Can't Say We Didn't Try" with the simple, sure-handed eloquence that marked the Everly Brothers' best, and rockin' out in fine style on the rollicking "Bring It on Home to Memphis." Harris' still-beautiful voice has acquired a darker, slightly rougher texture that adds authority, while the weathered grace of Crowell's singing makes him a perfect match. A fine job by all concerned, including the stellar players.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Jon Young 275396 at http://www.motherjones.com Blast From the Past: Billy Ward and His Dominoes http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/billy-ward-and-his-dominoes-complete-king-federal-singles <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/wardcover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Billy Ward and His Dominoes<br><em>The Complete King/Federal Singles</em><br> Real Gone Music</strong></p> <p>Superstars on the 1950s R&amp;B scene, Billy Ward's Dominoes launched the careers of two amazing singers: Clyde McPhatter, who later fronted the earliest incarnation of the Drifters on such hits as "Money Honey" and "Such a Night," and Jackie Wilson, whose high-energy solo smashes included "Lonely Teardrops" and "Baby Workout." While this two-disc, 58-track collection is a mixed bag thanks to the corny likes of "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano," the high points are undeniably thrilling. Among them: the outrageously sleazy "Sixty Minute Man," showcasing single-entendre bass vocalist Bill Brown; the funereal lament 'The Bells," wherein McPhatter mixes hysterical sobbing and piercing shrieks in truly bizarre fashion; and Wilson's rip-snorting "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down." Crank up the time machine, pop a top, and let the fun begin.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:15 +0000 Jon Young 275391 at http://www.motherjones.com The Thrill Is Gone. RIP B.B. King. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/bb-king-dead <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/entertainment/bb-king-dead/" target="_blank">late Thursday</a> in Las Vegas. He was 89.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">VIDEO: Blues legend B.B. King has died at his Las Vegas home at age 89: <a href="http://t.co/NW7827PMvb">http://t.co/NW7827PMvb</a></p> &mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/599132912315932673">May 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Hailed as the "King of the Blues," King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a Mississippi cotton plantation. Introduced to music through gospel, King ascended through the ranks as one of the greatest blues artists of all time. The 15-time Grammy winner seemingly never retired, continuing to perform for over seven decades. King had been suffering from diabetes and was recently in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bbking/posts/10153202136550977" target="_blank">hospice care.</a></p> <p>RIP.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mqUhdBAJfsk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Fri, 15 May 2015 10:26:48 +0000 Inae Oh 275321 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is What Classic Pieces of Art Would Look Like if the Prudes at Fox 5 News Had Their Way http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/fox-picasso-jerry-saltz <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Monday, a Picasso painting titled <em>Women of Algiers (Version O)</em> fetched a record-setting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/upshot/the-179-million-picasso-that-explains-global-inequality.html?_r=0" target="_blank">$179.4 million at a Christie's auction</a>, beating out Francis Bacon's <em>Three Studies of Lucian Freud</em>, which just two years prior had sold for $142 million, as the most expensive piece of artwork ever sold.</p> <p>The sale price for the <em>Women of Algiers (Version O)</em> marked the latest entry into a world so mind-numbingly wealthy and closed off to the general public. It's the perfect illustration of privilege consolidating into the hands of so few, for no one else to appreciate.</p> <p><em>New York</em>'s senior art critic Jerry Saltz has tackled this issue at large on <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/art/season2007/38981/" target="_blank">numerous occasions.</a> But this time around, Saltz identified something perhaps even more outrageous than the $179.4 million price tag:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">How sexually sick are conservatives &amp; Fox News? They blurred parts of the Picasso painting. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SickMinds?src=hash">#SickMinds</a> <a href="http://t.co/5PGw5h5iBs">pic.twitter.com/5PGw5h5iBs</a></p> &mdash; Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) <a href="https://twitter.com/jerrysaltz/status/598617269338537985">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>This is pathetic. In anticipation of a piece inevitably shattering another sale record and this Fox affiliate&nbsp;being right there to cover it&mdash;both journalistically and visually&mdash;here are a few examples of how that coverage might look like:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/matisse2_0.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Henri Matisse, <em>Dance (1)</em></strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/cezanne%20copy.png"><div class="caption"><strong><em>Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)</em>, Paul C&eacute;zanne </strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Tako_to_ama_retouched%20copy.jpg" style="height: 439px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Katsushika Hokusai's <em>The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife </em></strong></div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/david%20copy.jpg" style="height: 712px; width: 500px;"><div class="caption"><strong>Michelangelo's <em>David </em></strong></div> </div> <p>An abominable peek into the dark arts.</p> <p><em><strong>Correction:</strong> An earlier version of this story said it was Fox News that&nbsp;had blurred the Picasso painting. This has since been corrected to say it was a&nbsp;Fox affiliate in New York.&nbsp;</em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Thu, 14 May 2015 19:04:29 +0000 Inae Oh 275276 at http://www.motherjones.com Your Weak Handshakes Are Slowly Killing You http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/your-weak-handshakes-are-slowly-surely-killing-you <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The life of someone with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-douglas-fields/the-power-of-a-handshake_1_b_1965204.html" target="_blank">weak handshake</a>, already burdened with the stereotypes of being passive and awkward, just got much worse. According to a new study published in <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2962000-6/abstract" target="_blank">The Lancet,</a> a weak hand grip may be strongly correlated to an increased chance of being diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease and even a premature death.</p> <p>"We think it fits the measure of someone's frailty, and frailty can be thought of as your ability to withstand having a disease," the study's lead author Dr. Darryl Leong explained, <a href="http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/weak-hand-grip-linked-to-early-death-cardiovascular-risks-study-1.2372912" target="_blank">according to CTV News. </a></p> <p>The study, which focused on roughly 140,000 adults across 17 countries, asked participants to squeeze objects as hard as they could. After measuring their grip strengths, those who demonstrated a lack of muscular strength were shown to be at a far greater risk of having a heart attack.</p> <p>While previous studies have shown similar links, the new findings are the first to show that handshakes can be a reliable indicator of premature mortality. But the study did not establish whether illnesses were the consequences of reduced muscular strength or if the diseases were already present. From the <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21651169-strength-your-handshake-predicts-length-your-life-getting-grip?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/gettingagrip" target="_blank"><em>Economist</em></a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>If the former is true, then building up strength through exercise might avert early death. If it is the latter, a person&rsquo;s cards are probably marked irreversibly. Most likely, it is a bit of both, with muscle strength being a good marker of "real" ageing&mdash;in other words, of generalised biochemical decrepitude&mdash;which correlates only imperfectly with someone&rsquo;s calendar age.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can read the study in its entirety <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2962000-6/abstract" target="_blank">here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Health Thu, 14 May 2015 16:17:27 +0000 Inae Oh 275261 at http://www.motherjones.com