Weekly Feminist Reader

RIP Whitney Houston. She will be missed.

Rick Santorum thinks birth control shouldn’t be covered by insurance at all because it’s so affordable. Georgia Rep. Tom Price goes farther and claims that “not one woman” has ever been denied access to birth control because she could not afford it.

Plan B in a university vending machine? Sounds good to us. Remember how science said it was supposed to be over-the-counter anyway?

Hell yeah Ellen.

Liz Phair on why Lana Del Rey scares rock’s boys club. Flavia has more thoughts.

Egypt’s feminists prepare for a long battle.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Sesame Street? Yes please.

Not one Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. “Recalcitrant Republicans should be made to explain to voters why they refuse to get behind the federal fight against domestic violence and sexual assaults.” Indeed.

Have an idea for an app that could help women ensure that they’re being paid fairly? The Obama administration wants to hear from you!

Sasha Frere-Jones says M.I.A. shouldn’t have apologized for flipping the bird at the Super Bowl. Agreed.

An interview with Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, who has helped organize weekly demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square for the last year.

What has marriage been “since the beginning of human history?” Fact-check from an anthropologist.

“A woman’s right to choose is under attack as much as it’s ever been, and that’s a terrible and dangerous thing for this country.” That’s the incredible Joss Whedon talking about Buffy’s decision to have an abortion in the latest issue of the comic series of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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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