Weekly Feminist Reader

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Occupy Wall Street updates: More than 700 protesters were arrested trying to cross the Brooklyn bridge yesterday. The General Assembly of the protests has released their first official declaration. A variety of labor unions and community organizations have endorsed the protests and are planning a solidarity march on Wednesday. The brutality by some members of the NYPD continues to be appalling. A few smart thoughts here and here and here.

Horrifying tales of undocumented pregnant women forced to give birth while shackled in police custody.

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes discusses Christina’s abortion.

“I want justice, I will not stop until I get justice,” says Pakinstani gang-rape survivor Kainat Soomro.

Brilliant: A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire.

Cool photo project in which real women strike typical model poses.

Sylvia Robinson, the R & B singer and record producer who built the very first rap label, died at age 75.

A great letter to college dudes on how to get laid without being a “manipulative, coercive asshole.”

Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai of Kenya discusses how women in developing countries are hit hardest by the effects of climate change.

Check out the Repeal Hyde Art Project.

Mindy Kaling compiles a guide of the women that exist only in rom-coms.

Meet the fringe Christian activist behind the “Personhood Amendment” that will appear on the Mississippi ballot this November.

SlutWalks were held in New York City and Minneapolis yesterday. If you attended, what was your favorite sign? Mine was: “Rape prevention tips: 1) Don’t rape. 2) See above.”

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning 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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