Weekly Feminist Reader

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Lashinda Demus of the US Olympic track and field team. More awesome Olympic portraits here. h/t Shakesville.

“My mother died of femininity.”

Interesting profile of the founder of Jimmyjane vibrators who’s aiming to make vibrators as well-designed as iPods.

Conservatives have it backward: “Teen motherhood is much more a consequence of intense poverty than its cause.”

Laurie Penney talks to Mona Eltahawy about her controversial Foreign Policy article.

On Tim Burton’s vamps, auteur theory, and the male gaze
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What does a feminist look like? (According to Shuttershock.)

Jennifer duBois on writing across gender: “I don’t think it’s terribly controversial to note that women, from a young age, are required to consider the reality of the opposite gender’s consciousness in a way that men aren’t.”

Nate Smith’s “hot rom comedy white guy” impressions are hilarious.

Maybe don’t take advice about HPV from Girls, ok?

Sci-fi author John Scalzi tries to explain straight white male privilege to dudes who have it without using the word “privilege.” Plus, a good follow-up interview with Scalzi at Colorlines.

This is important: new federal guidelines for prison rape prevention include protections for LGBT and gender non-conforming people.

Anna Breslaw slams comedians like Tina Fey, “whose ‘nerdy’ onscreen persona and adamant faux feminism masks a Thatcherite morality and tendency to slut-shame.”

Iranian female soccer fans have been banned from attending live men’s games since 2006, but there’s hope that may change.

Melissa says, “I like fatties.”

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

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Maya Dusenbery is an 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 previously been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard. Before become a full-time writer, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008.

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