Weekly Feminist Reader

Empire State Building lit up with rainbow colors

Remember when New York legalized same-sex marriage? That was awesome.
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93% of top staffers on Capitol Hill are white and nearly 70% are male.

Irin Carmon and Mary Elizabeth Williams take on Scott “rape is a natural instinct” Adams.

Tumblr: “another White, kyriarchical, status-quo upholding, oppressive medium.”

Two lawmakers propose lifting the federal ban on pot. Sadly, it will never pass the GOP-controlled House. Looks like some people need to take a look at this chart and think about it a little more.

Where are the lady rappers?

Mandy Van Deven asks: who determines the difference between a compliment and street harassment?

117 communities in Gambia pledged to abandon female genital cutting and early and forced marriage.

Andrea Plaid explains how she came around to SlutWalk.

Two headlines say it all.

In the wake of New York’s marriage equality victory, Nancy Goldstein isn’t about to send any “thanks-for-finally-getting-it-together-to-support-my-basic-human-rights” cards.

A sad look at homophobia in African women’s soccer.

Animals Being Dicks

At Feministe, Juliet discusses the often painful work of calling out people we love in order to create “a space where we can stay together.”

Tracy Clark-Flory asks her mom about her sex life.

Reminder: sexism against Palin and Bachman is not ok.

What have you been reading/writing this week?

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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 Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, 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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