Weekly Feminist Reader


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Libyan activists held a silent march to demand the government do more to support rape survivors.

Fordham students protested their school’s anti-birth control policy by setting up their own off-campus clinic as an alternative.

Three of the four honorees at this year’s National Book Awards were women of color.

Feministe’s founder Lauren Bruce discusses her experience as a teen mom in this great interview.

Bitch examines artist Nan Goldin’s harrowing self-portrait that shows her injuries caused by an abusive boyfriend.

Yes, women typically don’t negotiate for a higher salary as hard as men. But, as Kevin Drum reminds us, this reluctance is “based on an entirely reasonable and accurate view of how they were likely to be treated if they did.”

Nona explores why so many lifestyle bloggers happen to be Mormon.

In the most unsurprising news of the week, researchers found that abstinence-only sex education does not work.

Mystery author Denise Mina discusses the way female detectives in fiction have evolved in recent years.

Great piece from Hugo Schwyzer on women policing women, the myth of male weakness, and why “sisterhood is easier in winter.”

In a small win for humanity, movers refused to evict a 103-year-old Atlanta woman.

Vinny of the Jersey Shore apologized after posting a rap about rape.

Saudi Arabia’s religious council ruled that allowing women to drive would mean the “end of virginity.”

Akimba Solomon is doing a series of interviews with transgender women of color in Washington, DC.

Sign the petition to help save Women’s Professional Soccer!

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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