Weekly Feminist Reader

Iranian women standing in support of Occupy Wall Street
Awesome photo of Iranian women standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. [Via scatx]

Meet Virginia state legislator Dick Black. He thinks birth control is “baby pesticides” and that you can’t prosecute spousal rape because “she wears a nightie.”

This adorable lesbian couple was crowned homecoming king and queen.

Amanda publicly shames some of the swell dudes who think Facebook’s rape “joke” groups are funny. Remember to sign the petition to get Facebook to take that shit down.

Buthaina Kamel is set to become the first Egyptian woman to run for president.

“Wanting a world in which men and women can work alongside each other equally without fear of harassment is not political correctness. It’s just correct.” — Sally Kohn

Charlotte Allen thinks sexy Halloween costumes cause rape and warns young women to “be careful about where they flash their treasure.” Thomas, Jill, and Hugo set her straight.

“Contraceptives no more cause sex than umbrellas cause rain.” – Nick Kristof

At the New Statesman, nine lady bloggers speak out about the sexist abuse and threats they receive. Digby remembers the commenter who said, “You wrote a lot better before you came out as a woman.” Alyssa Rosenberg suggests bloggers start tweeting the threats they get with the hashtag #ThreatoftheDay.

Excited to see this exhibit, Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze, that opened in San Francisco this weekend.

Organizers of the original SlutWalk in Toronto wrote an anti-racism statement. [Via]

As Melissa said, regardless of marriage politics, we can all probably agree that this is clearly the best father-daughter wedding dance of all time.

On the fight to repeal Sweden’s law requiring transgender people who want to officially change their sex to be sterilized first.

Over two years since Dr. Tiller was killed, anti-choice activists are still after his former colleague.

Women Struggling to Drink Water.

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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