Weekly Feminist Reader

Chart showing number of abortion restrictions enacted each year since 1985
2011: The year of the abortion restrictions. (Chart via Guttmacher)

Sarah Seltzer argues that Twilight is so disturbingly compelling because it features a heroine who “gets to will the monstrous consequences of patriarchy into the ether.”

Really hoping to see the Afghan women’s boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.

The BBC explores the popular science fiction theme of all-women societies surviving without men.

Bryce Covert explains how the “womancession” will prolong the economic slump.

In a groundbreaking decision, two separated lesbian moms have been granted equal parental rights.

An anti-rape campaign targeted towards men. For a change.

Amanda Marcotte blames Michele Bachmann’s failure on the fact that the conservative “base is unable to grant serious power to a woman, no matter how much she promised to use it to disempower other women.”

Still deciding on a New Year’s resolution? Check out Virginia Woolf’s from 1931.

Janelle Nanos explores why more and more Americans are single by choice.

Again, let’s call the arson of a Florida abortion clinic what it is: domestic terrorism.

Katha Pollit takes down all the progressive man-crushes on Ron Paul.

The HIV infection rate in the Navajo Nation has risen dramatically in the last decade.

Everyone loves vibrators these days– even religious people.

Soraya Chemaly argues that “abstinence-only education creates a petri dish for bullying in schools.”

The most terrifying question of all when it comes to the GOP presidential field: “What if one of these people actually wins?”

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.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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