Weekly Feminist Reader

Gael García-Bernal Feminista

“Hey beautiful. Let’s not let the gender binary define us.” Gael García-Bernal Feminista inspired by Feminist Ryan Gosling. Keep ‘em coming, folks!

Laura Flanders on why immigration is a feminist issue.

“For women, the connection between desire, pain, and death is all too real.” Lynn Parramore looks at the role of female sexuality in “Melancholia,” “Breaking Dawn,” and “A Dangerous Method.

Again, men don’t actually think about sex all day long–sometime their minds turn to food and sleep.

WTF of the week: A study finds that people can’t distinguish between the descriptions of women written in men’s magazines and the ones written by convicted rapists.

Some appropriately outraged reactions to Obama’s paternalistic defense of the Plan B decision from Rebecca Traister, Emily Douglas, Melissa McEwan and Kate Stewart.

The Rumpus imagines some scenes from realistic rom-coms.

Moya of the Crunk Feminist Collective wrote an open letter to the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl after a recent episode included a transphobic slur. The creators of the show responded to the criticism. Andrea at Racialicious finds the apology lacking.

Via Cara, a campaign that lets you send a holiday card to an incarcerated survivor of sexual abuse.

Teacher and porn actor Conner Habib asks why, exactly, Kevin Hogan was suspended from his teaching job for his past as a porn start.

This week at the Pursuit of Harpyness, Marie Anelle live-blogged her experience having a medical abortion.

Almost half of transgender Latinos have attempted suicide.

Siri’s gender problem is a reminder that there’s still a big gender gap in the tech world.

IMO, we don’t talk nearly enough about how much we love “Parks and Recreation,” but we all do, right?

The New York Times looks at the battle to offer restitution to victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program.

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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