Weekly Feminist Reader

RIP Amy Winehouse. You will be missed.

The National Women’s Law Center’s blog carnival on the importance of no-cost birth control was great.

Still jazzed about the Women’s World Cup? Can’t stop watching this Rachel Maddow segment? Find yourself googling Megan Rapinoe way more than you’d like to admit? (Nope, just me?) Kate Goldwater and Anna Clark remind us we can continue to get our women’s soccer fix by supporting the Women’s Professional Soccer league.

Sarah Jaffe on the 14.1 million unemployed people in the U.S.

Five Romcoms You Should Side-Eye. (Confession: #4 and #5 are two of my favorites. Whooops!)

Wheelchair Dancer discusses Lady Gaga’s use of a wheelchair during a recent performance.

“That’s the thing about responsible kinksters: They are not only concerned with consent but also desire.” Tracy Clark-Flory on consent and violent sex.

Can James O’Keefe officially be a joke now? An Irish kilt? Please.

Sady Doyle takes J.K. Rowling to task for not making Hermione the lead of the Harry Potter series. Alyssa Rosenberg argues that Harry Potter and the Hunger Games “are about what happen when you use young people as mascots and as instruments for larger causes.”

Melissa McEwan’s simple advice to men: Be nice.

“The battle over the debt ceiling is a contest between grown-up sobriety and juvenile righteousness, which doesn’t leave much choice.”

On the ways Palestinian women suffer more under occupation.

“Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They’re not going to use birth control anyway.” Fuck you too, O’Reilly.

An important read on mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients and the criminalization of poor women.

Autostraddle explores bi-sexuality in hip hop.

s.e. smith on the media coverage of Michelle Bachmann’s migraines. More from fellow migraine suffer Dana Goldstein.

70% of anti-LGBT murder victims are people of color.

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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