Weekly Feminist Reader

pay gap chart
Age 39 seems to be when college-educated women hit their pay ceiling.

An Afghan rape victim has spoken out against her assailants who are members of the American-trained Afghan Local Police. “If the people in government fail to bring these people to justice I am going to burn myself,” she says. “I don’t want to live with this stigma on my forehead.

Read this poem by Emily Manuel. Just do it.

Yet another study reminds just how effective IUDs are: 20 times more effective than the Pill.

Saudi Arabia’s secret women’s soccer league
is organized by word of mouth and social media so the authorities don’t shut it down.

A roundup of five classic sex-and-drugs freakouts about the “kids these days.”

The new documentary series Push Girls
“depicts the reality of living with paralysis and how it doesn’t have to define a person’s life.”

A vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act is expected next week
. It probably won’t pass because pay discrimination is somehow a partisan issue–but it will be yet another chance to highlight just how little the GOP cares about women’s rights.

Nona explores why a new study finds single people’s happiness declines over the years, while married people’s just levels off.

Jay Smooth
on Kelli Goff’s ridiculous, slut-shamey article about Michelle Obama saying she admires Beyonce.

Have you seen the new movie Hysteria? Check out the fun little timeline I made about treatments for hysteria and the invention of the vibrator.

On black women and the burden of respectability at Bitch Magazine.

The New York Times seems to think high-school-age girls who date boys a couple years younger are predatory. Double standard much?

“When it comes to U.S. intervention in Latin America, brown-skinned women’s bodies are always collateral damage.”

An Oklahoma doctor refused to provide emergency contraception to a teen rape victim. Thanks conscious clauses!

Putting together a summer reading list? Check out this Shakesville thread for recommendations for Feminism/Womanism 101 books.

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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