The Weekly Feminist Reader is back!

Before I became a contributor, I was an avid Feministing reader. And one of my very favorite features was the Weekly Feminist Reader–which appeared every Sunday to alleviate the weekend news lull. I’m told that some people savor reading the Times on Sunday mornings, sitting at a sunny kitchen table with coffee in hand. But for me, it was all about the Weekly Feminist Reader on Sunday afternoons, hunched over my computer with leftover pizza. Sadly, last year the Reader’s former curator, Ann, got busy and then super busy and the Reader kinda fell by the wayside.

Until now, that is! I am very pleased to announce that I am officially resurrecting the Weekly Feminist Reader.

So without further ado…

An Egyptian general admits that the military performed forced virginity tests on female protesters arrested at a demonstration last spring.

A depressing infographic on the maternal health care crisis in the U.S.

The Life Zone is a movie about women kidnapped from an abortion clinic and forced to give birth against their will. Supposedly, it offers a “powerful, anti-abortion climactic twist” which is surprising since, to me, it just sounds like the single most terrifying horror movie of all time. (h/t The Frisky)

Our own Jessica Valenti on Slutwalks and the future of feminism at the Washington Post.

Rihanna’s new video Man Down, which depicts the singer killing a man who had sexually assaulted her, sparks controversy. She defends it. More from the Crunk Feminist Collective and Ms. Magazine.

Samhita talks transnational feminism in an interview with Brown Girl Magazine.

A new report says the global War on Drugs is a total failure and we should end it now. The White House says not so fast.

Anna Holmes follows up on her awesome Twitter project with a column exploring the role of women in the Freedom Rides during the civil rights movement.

Loving Robyn so hard these days.

“What can you say about a “conceived in rape” tour?” Nothing. There are no words.

A Community post about the conservative scrutiny and harassment of the “Weiner girls”: “What this whole situation has done is illuminated how little the right wingers think of young women. We couldn’t possibly be legitimately interested in politics, we must be sluttly little temptresses.”

Eva Rivera asks: “What if the star of “Pretty Woman” was a woman of color?”

“I could be a feminist and a Muslim.” A profile of Fatemeh Fakhraie of Muslimah Media Watch.

Rep. Barney Frank calls out sexism: “There is no question that the effort to demonize Elizabeth Warren is in part because a woman shouldn’t be telling bankers what to do.”

Male birth control: Could it finally happen?

Dana Goldstein says Jill Abramson, the new NYT executive editor, is an unabashedly feminist journalist. Yay!

What have you been reading/writing this week? Leave your links in the comments.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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