Weekly Feminist Reader

Abortion is healthcare. Healthcare is a right.Just a little reminder: Abortion is healthcare. Healthcare is a right.

A must-read by Charles Blow on the case of Trayvon Martin: “This is the fear that seizes me whenever my boys are out in the world: that a man with a gun and an itchy finger will find them ‘suspicious.’”

A Georgia Rep. says women should be forced to carry a stillborn fetus to term because cows and pigs do it, so why not women?

“What do you do when you realize that your history is the history of exploitation?” A fascinating profile of Leah Hunt-Hendrix, an Occupy activist who comes from a billionaire family.

What if Don Draper were gay?

Congrats to Kirtana Vallabhaneni, who beat out four other female finalists to be named the UK’s top young scientist of the year.

Ugh. The Obama administration is partnering with Curves, whose CEO is a big anti-choice funder, for National Women’s Health Week.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops says defeating Obama’s no-cost birth control mandate–a requirement that doesn’t actually require Catholic institutions to pay for birth control coverage–is their top priority.

Michele Goldberg looks at the new bills in Kansas and Nebraska Arizona that would give doctors the right to lie to patients to prevent abortions.

Aww, Melissa McEwan makes me all mushy with a post about her guy: “Among the many reasons I love him is that he has given me the gift of his outrage on my behalf.”

Have you been reading the censored Doonsebury strip this week?

The BBC profiles some of the women activists involved in Syria’s uprising.

Bitch Flicks says “Friends with Kids” isn’t quite a “feminist extravaganza” but it sure sounds damn fun.

The awesome Sonja Sohn, aka Kima Greggs, kept kicking ass in Baltimore long after “The Wire” ended.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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  1. Posted March 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Although Nebraska is often one of the states introducing new restrictions on abortion, in this case it’s actually Arizona and Kansas who are introducing bills to let doctors lie to women, not Nebraska and Kansas. Your link description almost gave this Nebraska feminist a heart attack. :)

    • Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      Oops, so sorry! Fixed now. Thanks for pointing that out!

  2. Posted March 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Failing a test you really studied for is hard, but how the professor treats you afterward can be even harder:

    How do you establish rapport with a prof who thinks you should just give up?

    Resting on one’s laurels is one thing — looking back at them to re-establish confidence is another:

  3. Posted March 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I wrote Overreacting for International Anti-Street Harassment Week. [Contains description of street harassment.]

    And itt’s still Endometriosis Awareness Month, and I’m still posting endo facts: on diagnosis before laparoscopies, reduced productivity at work (as reported by survey), diagnostic delay, and where that staging system comes from and why it doesn’t correlate to pain.

  4. Posted March 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Requiem for Madeleine Parent, Canadian union legend, dead at 93 but not forgotten.

  5. Posted March 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Wait is it time for “what did you read/write/learn” yet?

    This is a write up of the things I picked up at the Feminist Zine Fest (not as much as I wanted!)

    This is some thoughts on creativity, childhood, and adulthood based on a quote(by Ursula K. Le Guin) that’s been making the rounds on the web:


  6. Posted March 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  7. Posted March 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Terry England needs to see the film “Grace.” Then let’s see what he says about carrying stillborn fetuses to term.

  8. Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    The Trayvon Martin case disturbs me so deeply. It just makes me feel wounded.

  9. Posted March 19, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Regarding the Georgia Rep. stating that women should be forced to carry stillborn babies to term, this is false. I saw it on another site a few days ago as well. Although he did compare women to cattle and pigs, he never said anything about stillborn babies.

    Georgia law does not consider the removal of an dead unborn baby as abortion. This law almost exclusively bans abortions after 20 weeks, but abortion is defined as terminating a living fetus. Here’s the law if anyone wants to read it:


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