Weekly Feminist Reader

Start 2012 off right by not getting accidentally pregnant! Make sure you back up your birth control!

The number of reported sexual assaults at the three major military academies increased from 41 to 65 in the latest academic year.

“You know what it’s called when male writers write of their sexual exploits? LITERATURE.”

After a brave young woman filed a lawsuit, an Egyptian court has banned the use of forced “virginity tests” by the military.

Meet Manarchist Ryan Gosling. Too real.

A horrifying NYT report on the widespread sexual abuse of women and girls in Somalia.

“I’ve come to understand that “coming out” is more of a daily commitment than a singular event.” A beautiful piece by Jamilah King about coming out to her mom.

Ann has some good ideas for a straight version of Grinder.

A good (read: depressing) roundup of the most extreme attacks on reproductive rights of 2012.

For the first time in decades, more young women are in school than in the work force.

Peggy Orenstein on gendered toys: “At issue, then, is not nature or nurture but how nurture becomes nature.” More from Dana Goldstein on the effect on future careers.

Men of Strength (MOST) is an after-school program that teaches middle school boys to help fight violence against women.

Kate Harding on the recent eruption of sexism in the Reddit atheist community.

In honor of the new year, leave links to the best pieces you’ve read or written in 2011!

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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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