Weekly Feminist Reader

She is a creature designed for a richly interior life in a way that most boys are not
10 outrageous quotes from Caitlin Flanagan’s new book illustrated with cat photos courtesy of Bitch.

Need a good cry? Watch this teen girl make the case for her fathers’ right to marry during New Jersey’s debate over marriage equality.

“Few people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job.”

Molly Fischer writes a critical history of “ladyblogs” like Jezebel, The Hairpin, and XO Jane, arguing that sisterhood has “curdled into BFF-ship.” Autumn Whitefield-Madrano counters that the “slumber party” of the lady blogosphere is sisterhood.

Last year, 705 Guatemalan women were killed by gender-based violence. Now the country is taking the first steps towards combating femicide.

Women’s boxing is making its Olympic debut this summer.

Two great pieces on how the Komen-Planned Parenthood breakup is ultimately good for the feminist movement at the Nation and Salon.

Jennifer Baumgardner on her own abortion story and the history of women speaking out about their abortion experiences.

Major trigger warning on this must-read piece on Anoka, Minnesota’s war on gay teens.

Sady Doyle on toxic relationships, gaslighting, walking away.

After Tuscon’s Mexican-American studies ban went into effect and the school district confiscated all the books, a youth group started organizing their own ethnic studies classes.

Are survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovinia finally being given constructive attention?

A woman brags about how she refused to give her disabled daughter EC after she was raped.

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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