Weekly Feminist Reader

Yesterday was Dr. George Tiller’s funeral. For a moving tribute, read IAmDrTiller.com, which is “both a memorial to the lifework of Dr. George Tiller and as a living testimony to the courageous lives of abortion providers.” Also, in response to the murder, the Dept. of Justice has reinstated the Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers. This is great news! But we still have a long way to go to ensure the safety of abortion providers.
The Catholic Church: homophobic AND fat-phobic.
Listen to this TED Talk with Mary Roach about orgasms. Fascinating!
In China, culture and policy have led to a scarcity of women — who are increasingly treated as property.
What anti-choice hatespeech and anti-gay hatespeech have in common.
The U.S. House passed a bill granting paid leave to federal employees who are new parents. Time to push them to extend that protection to ALL working parents.
Evil Slutopia has an Anti-Sotomayor Stupidity Scorecard! And Veronica runs down Things You’ll Never Hear About a Male SCOTUS Nominee.
How corporate mining interests are tied to epidemic levels of rape in eastern Congo.
New Jersey revised its rule for indicating gender on drivers licenses. But taking advantage of it will probably cost you.
The accidental shooting of a black police officer is a call to reexamine unconscious racial biases among police.
A judge in the trial for the murder of Lateisha Green, a trans woman who was killed in 2008, recently upheld the charge that this was a hate crime.
Are women catching up in the sciences?
A man used Craigslist to arrange to have his wife raped.
Awesome Indian feminist blog UItra Violet has a brand-new site, and some other exciting changes.
Radio shock-jocks in California made some truly reprehensible comments about transgender children. The hosts are still on the air, but advertisers are pulling out.
On The Girlfriend Experience, a new film about sex work.
Unsafe abortions are endangering women in Tanzania.
What have you all been reading and writing this week?

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