Weekly Feminist Reader

Hey girl, Rachel Maddow blog

Yep, this is basically the wet dream of every feminist I know.

The state of reproductive rights since Roe v. Wade in 9 graphs.

A powerful piece by Melissa Chadburn on growing up in foster care, being accountable to your community, and the importance of taxes.

Santorum says Obama defunded abstinence-only programs not because they don’t work but because he wants “people to be in poverty.”

An important piece about male victims of rape. “We have a cultural blind spot about this.”

A call to retire the phrase “real women” for good.

A couple of good rebuttals at Postbourgie and Racialicious to this post at Very Smart Brothas responding to Zerlina’s post about victim-blaming at Ebony.

The Invisible Mother.

Sudan’s Islamic Council declared women’s soccer an immoral act.

“Six million people are under correctional supervision in the U.S.—more than were in Stalin’s gulags.” A must-read piece on mass incarceration in the U.S.

A new study from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health finds that strong majorities of Latina/o voter support abortion rights.

Check out this interview by Aisha Tyler with Margaret Cho on Girl on Guy podcast.

An anti-rape ad campaign targeting men has helped cut the number of sexual assaults in Vancouver by 10% last year.

At The Hairpin, an interview with abortion provider Dr. Nancy Stanwood.

Science confirms what we probably all know: High heels are bad for you.

Five movies directed by women that deserved Oscar nominations this year.

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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