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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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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