Weekly Feminist Reader


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On this 10th anniversary of September 11th, I appreciate Courtney’s wisdom about public and private mourning. I’m angry about the civil liberties we’ve sacrificed over the last decade. And I’m very moved by Rinku Sen’s words: “There is a 9/11 story in which we belong to each other.” How are you all feeling?

Nancy Upton entered American Apparel’s plus-sized model contest to mock it–and then she won.

Bryce Covert and E.J. Graff consider whether Obama’s jobs plan will address the “womancession.”

Jay Smooth applauds Rick Perry for giving props to a hard-working, undocumented immigrant named Superman.

“A guy jerked off to me in the subway, and the NYPD didn’t do a thing.”

Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney, one of the first generation of woman combat pilots, was ready to go on a suicide mission to bring down Flight 93 on September 11th.

“Really, tampons are awesome.” Plus other tips from women travelers.

Trans singer Paige Elliot Phoenix impresses the judges on Australia’s X Factor reality show.

Is the defining feature of today’s critically-acclaimed TV dramas an examination of the limits of rigid masculinity?

Katha Pollitt reminds us that poor people haven’t gone away–we just don’t talk about them anymore.

After that awful moment in the GOP debate where everyone cheered Rick Perry’s death penalty record, I went back and read this horrifying article on one of Perry’s 234 victims, Cameron Todd Willingham, who was probably innocent.

Go tell Ms. Magazine your picks for the 100 best feminist non-fiction books.

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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