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 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

    I reviewed Girl in the Arena, which I wanted to like as much as I liked The Hunger Games.

    I continued writing Unwisely [TW for relationship abuse], my own story with relationship abuse as a teen.

    Seven Things I’ve Done to Improve My Health — Not a list of generalized recommendations, just the things I’ve done that have actually helped me.

    Put Down the Chips [TW fat shaming] — An open letter to my neighborhood assholes.

    Also the Diet Advice Circle, a summary of the circular advice folks have given me in order to lose weight.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    A post in which I imagine a job-hunting letter of application from the social media guy at Durex SA.

    ‘Til death do us part… or I’m not getting any. Whichever.

    My own private zombapocalypse, “Oomblaug Day”. How I illustrated the crappiness of the world without using or knowing the terminology I know today.

    Are boys behind in science? Quick, change the curriculum!

    Inspired by a troll. When other women put down feminism.

  • http://feministing.com/members/alynn/ aLynn

    I wrote about my personal struggle w/ this particularly consumerist time of year:


  • http://feministing.com/members/skoelle/ Spencer Koelle

    I’ve been reading Servant of the Underworld, a delightful dark fantasy/aztec murder mystery novel, and Abarat.

    I’ve been watching the news with alcohol in hand. I avoid watching the news sober.

  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Wow……the Muppets!

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

    I don’t have anything to share right now, but I just wanted to say we were both happy to see Feministing and Bitch touching on Nan Goldin’s work from “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”!