Weekly Feminist Reader

Best cat video on the internet right now?

Great piece from Laurie Penny on the Occupy movement, desire and victim-blaming.

The odds are still stacked against women in Hollywood.

Why do we use sex to sell everything except safe sex?

Native American youth made a video to tell 20/20 that they are more than just poverty porn.

Our Feministing blanket made Ms. Magazine’s list of feminist holiday gifts. Check out the rest of ideas.

So…the Shit Girls Say video? Kinda funny but super sexist? Also, not necessarily even accurate?

As a follow-up to the controversy over that anti-drinking PSA this week, Jaclyn Friedman on girl-on-girl victim-blaming.

An African-American natural-hair group is giving away Barbies with natural-looking curls.

A French mother, who is set to become the first woman jailed for wearing the veil, says, “I’m not taking it off. The judge needs citizenship lessons, not me.” Word.

A really sweet and romantic story of a trans woman coming out to her new boyfriend.

“The marriage debate highlights the need for black women to tell our own stories.”

Are you a pro-choice football fan? A suggestion from the Abortion Gang: “For every touchdown Tebow throws next week donate $5 or $10 to your local pro-choice organization.”

Women’s professional soccer lived to see another season–and I wrote about it.

A response to a post on TechCrunch claiming that women just don’t want to join startups. [Via]

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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