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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 an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    School Pictures — On sitting for mine with an appearance that my students will recognize as authentic.

    Poetry Break: This Deserves a Signal Boost [TW rape, rape culture, victim blaming] — Video of youth slam poets performing “Snow White and Sleeping Beauty Address Their Creator.”

    Fixing It — On letting go of the expectation that my chronic pain will ever be “fixed.”

    And one more chair yoga for feet, with a new set of exercises I hadn’t seen before.

  • http://feministing.com/members/adcaela/ Charlie Rose

    The poor bashing in that belle video is really annoying.
    ‘That bitch with kids, she can’t afford them.”

    • davenj

      As was the wide variety of body type and image insults.

      It’s kind of a sign as to what’s “allowable” as far as humor is concerned in this space. Lots of focus on net total, as opposed to individual statements.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ashleyn/ Ashley


    Found this article when I was researching trying to gain a better understanding of slutwalk

  • http://feministing.com/members/emelire/ mercier

    we had a meeting in Paris today “rape is a crime” in support of N. Diallo and of all the victims of rape, it was in front of Mr Dominique Strauss Kahn place of living (‘Place des Vosges’ in Paris. This was initiated by the “Marche Mondiale des Femmes”. We did a lot of noise with women playing drums, etc.
    Some photos of the action : http://femininlemporte.blogspot.com/2011/09/des-images-du-rassemblement-le-viol-est.html

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Originally I posted something as a comment here in response to a women-in-comics link, so it may look a bit familiar, but I fleshed it out into my own statement at my art blog.