Weekly Feminist Reader

percentage of americans that support congress: 10%, planned parenthood: 69%
“If this doesn’t describe out of touch with Americans I don’t know what does.” –Chris Piascik

Mallika Dutt on the war on immigrant women.

Bei Bei Shuai has spent a year in jail in Indiana for the “crime” of attempting suicide while pregnant. Join the campaign to get the charges dropped.

Th Guardian interviews badass actress and activist Rosario Dawson.

Moroccan women have been protesting to demand a repeal of a law that allows a rapist to marry his victim if she is a minor as a way of avoiding prosecution.

Check out the “I Am Trans” video project.

A physician calls for “a little old-fashioned civil disobedience” when it comes to mandatory ultrasound laws.

Renee on Trayvon Martin and the fear in a black mother’s heart.

I really hope some enterprising state legislators actually introduce some of these bills regulating men’s health.

In NYC? Register for the WAM! NYC conference next Saturday. Catch Samhita on a panel on Financial Literacy & Making It As A Freelancer at 11:00am.

“To what extent are we willing to appeal to a white supremacist police force as if it were capable of delivering justice for Trayvon? And also, why is this just about justice for Trayvon?”

The jobs with the biggest pay gap are in the financial sector: insurance agents, managers, clerks, securities sales agents, personal advisers and other specialists.

The Supreme Court struggles to wrap their heads around the legal ramifications of posthumous conception.

A Minnesota high school is forbidding a student from bringing a porn star as his date to his senior prom. As his mom says, “I don’t understand what her profession has to do with anything.”

The Atlantic discusses poetry with Alice Walker: “I’d say act from the heart and the poetry comes like any other gift, invited on a joy ride.”

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.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/jetgirl/ A.K. Whitney

    Learning math is not just a feminist act, but an obsession:
    A discouraging professor is one thing — a bad book is another.What if you’re dealing with both:

  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    Letting Things Happen [note for victim blaming] — “I love to be doing…. I’m not so great at letting things happen to me.”

    Barefoot with My Shoes On: Nearly Naked — “And intellectually, I understood that they’d provide even less cushion than my already un-cushy running standards. Practically, though, I had no freaking clue about what it would mean.”

    I’m also still posting endometriosis facts. This week’s include the degree to which endo is missed and underestimated, even with surgery, as well as the (in)accuracy of visual diagnosis.
    Fatness & Fitness [diet/weight loss talk] — “It’s heartbreakingly validating to see a research doctor, let alone in a news article, acknowledge that losing body fat is difficult — maybe to the point of not being very achievable — for many people.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    “They are so bold as to occupy the sidewalks”: presence as an act of transgression.

    And they needed a study? Trying to be a supermom is a drag. Who knew?

  • http://feministing.com/members/gwenemmons/ Gwen

    I LOVE that graphic.

    This week I challenged those who are skeptical about our responses to street harassment.

    Oh, and last week I wrote about the push to federalize parental consent on RH Reality Check.

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    This is more “listening” than “watching” but Friday morning there was an interview (and music) on WBAI from Nimbaya!, an all-woman percussion troupe from Guinea. When they started it was illegal for women to play drums there, they also speak out against female genital mutilation practices. An archive of the show can be heard here:


    Incredible stuff.

  • http://feministing.com/members/grizabella/ Jessica

    At the University of British Columbia on March 8th and 9th, the Genocide Awareness Project was put on display. Our group Students for Reproductive Rights organized a protest, and one woman decided to protest nude. She explains why she made that decision, and talks about the university coming down hard on her:


  • http://feministing.com/members/cruisethevistas/ cruisethevistas

    That article on posthumous conception was fascinating. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://feministing.com/members/cayce/ Cayce Arnett

    Maybe some of you can help me with this: I think what Bei Bei did was wrong. From the story, she attempted to kill herself and her most likely viable fetus in revenge. I support late-term abortion but is this really the same? Would she have done the same thing if the baby had already been born for a month? What she did seems to me wrong, and that goes against my full support of women’s choice and reproductive freedom, and even my feelings that a person has the right to end her life if she is competent. I think in this case this woman should and has been punished enough.