Weekly Feminist Reader

Zubadia Razia, 20, walks through the mud and rubble that was once her home in the devastated Charsadda district. Photo via the International Rescue Committee.

How women are being affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan. (Click here to donate to relief efforts.)

Pro-choice organizers employ some new framing in opposition to proposed abortion restrictions in Alaska.

Professional bikini waxers are dealing with more harassment as more men start getting brazilians. “Guys think that since they’re naked, you’re gonna give them head,” says one salon owner.

Shocking news! “Behavioural differences between the sexes are not hard-wired at birth but are the result of society’s expectations, say scientists”

A Kenyan trans woman blogs about her life and transition.

Support for marriage equality is steadily increasing.

“The future of America is in this question: Will the Baby Boomers recognize that they have a responsibility and a personal stake in ensuring that this next generation of largely Latino and African-American kids are prepared to succeed?”

“I do not hate men. I just hate being hit on when I clearly do not want to be hit on. … My ‘no’ is not a negotiation.”

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: “Your women are ugly” is not a political argument. It’s a sexist one.

Racism does not cut both ways, and it cannot.

Mental health in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is back — and the chances for a trans-inclusive bill look slim.

Michelle Dean on reviews of Eat Pray Love: “all this blather about the ‘self-indulgence’ and ‘privilege’ of this film, when delivered by these white, and largely male, film critics, is disingenuous, and, even worse, philosophically empty.”

Why “the other woman” is not your enemy.

Portia de Rossi talks to The Advocate.

Check out the latest issue of WOMANZINE, an awesome zine about/for/not for women, to which I am a contributor.

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