Weekly Feminist Reader


Heartwarming video of the week.

White men directed 77% of all TV episodes last season.

Shoshana Hebshi, a “half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife” from Ohio, describes her experience being detained for flying while brown on 9/11.

Graphic evidence of gender inequality in the graphic publication business.

“Porn is not bad, but we sure as shit can judge the parts that are.” Jill Filipovic on the outsourcing of porn.

Gaps between boys and girls in the developing world widen as they grow up according to a new report by UNICEF.

To relieve overcrowding, prison officials in California are releasing thousands of women who have children to serve the rest of their sentences at home.

House Republicans are pushing a bill that would lead to the deportation of victims of domestic violence.

Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New York Times, said, “The idea that women journalists bring a different taste in stories or sensibility isn’t true.” Some experts on women in journalism respond.

NWLC crunches the new poverty numbers and provides some handy/depressing charts.

Hugo Schwyzer on the new study that found that caring for children lowered men’s testosterone levels: “Our male bodies are not obstacles to empathy or tenderness.”

On gaslighting, emotional manipulation, and those “crazy” women.

How low can you get? Anti-choice activists harassed an abortion clinic landlord at his children’s school.

Lena Chen’s dating dealbreaker: He’s got an Asian fetish.

The super-smart bfp is doing a guest series on Detroit and ruin porn at Feminste. Definitely check out the whole thing.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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Maya Dusenbery is an 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. Before become a full-time writer, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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