Weekly Feminist Reader

Are Women People

Today is the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Here’s a reminder of what life was like before.

Love these poems mocking anti-suffragists by Alice Duer Miller.

Speaking of gender in comedy, here are some tips for how to write like a funny woman from Elissa Bassist.

After one of Newt’s ex-wives says he asked for an open marriage (after he cheated), some folks discuss infidelity and open marriage.

What percent are you?

Sugar is coming out. “Virginia Woolf famously said ‘anonymous was a woman,’ but I never intended to be one of those women. I owe them too much to be.”

Catch snippets of Sheila Heti’s interview with Joan Didion at The Believer.

“It is far easier to talk about the tragedy of LGBTQ youth suicide than it is to find ways to comprehend and address the complexity of their lives and identities.”

Dana Milbank thinks us ladies who care so much about our reproductive rights need to chillax.

So I guess we should all be watching Dowton Abbey, huh?

The Tucson, Arizona school district confiscated Mexican-American studies books–and then punished students who protested.

Simon Doonan wonders, “Could small breasts make a comeback?” Kate Harding counters, “Could small cocks make a comeback?”

A retrospective of the many shades of Beyonce.

Good news: More Americans practicing safer sex. Bad news: A third of teen mothers didn’t use birth control because they didn’t think they could get pregnant.

Jennifer Weiner analyzes the gender bias in the New York Times book reviews last year.

Tami says 30 Rock‘s decision to address Tracy Morgan’s real-life homophobic comments was a bad one.

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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