Weekly Feminist Reader

To all the internet trolls out there…Thank You Hater! Transcript after the jump via Feministe.

Sarah Posner on the how groups that were once considered fringe are joining the anti-choice mainstream: “There has been a blurring of lines between activists whose primary objection is to end abortion and those who are also opposed to contraception.”

A group of Egyptian women were sexually harassed at a protest against…sexual harassment.

It’s been 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate. Let’s change that.

In one Texas sex education program, a list of “8 Steps to Protect Yourself from STDs” includes “get plenty of rest” but not using condoms.

Do female action heroes need to be role models, and, if so, what are they supposed to model?

A profile of sprinter Noor al-Malki, who will be the first female athlete to represent Qatar in the Olympics.

Why the pretty white girl YA book cover trend needs to end.

Erykah Badu to the Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips: “As a director I am unimpressed. As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated.”

Former NFL player Wade Davis comes out and talks about being gay while in the NFL.

June 7th marked the 47th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut. Remember when contraception wasn’t that controversial?

Andrea goes behind the scenes to see how one conservative state Representative has pushed the Texas Department of State Health Services to create unnecessary new abortion reporting requirements.

Want to write about LGBTQI representations in film and TV for Bitch Flicks? Do it.

This looks like an amazing project: For 17 years, the women of Calama, Chile searched for the mass grave where 26 of their men were buried.

How the internet led to the decline of the pornography business.

Ms. is holding a roundtable with four trans feminist bloggers on the relationship between trans and feminist issues.

Meet Aparna Bhola, a bad-ass 16-year-old sex educator in Mumbai.

After being rebuked by the Church for focusing to much on social justice instead of discrimination, a group of American nuns is planning a bus tour to highlight their work on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

Christina Hendricks talks Mad Men and her character’s recent decision at the Hollywood Reporter.

Trans activist Leslie Feinberg was arrested in solidarity with CeCe McDonald.

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


Well hello friend Mister Insightful
Thank you for your comment on my little Youtube clip!
Most people say you’re cruel and spiteful,
But you’re right, how do I sleep at night? I am a massive prick.

They call you hater well they’re just jealous
Your constructive pearls of wisdom give me thrills I can’t deny
How will we know if you don’t tell us
We could improve our Youtube channels by “fucking off and dying”?

Some might say you are a…
Sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
Cowardly, illitterate, waste of human skin,
Sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
Cowardly, iliterat, waste of human skin,
But I say: thank you beautiful stranger.

I love the way you don’t upload things
You know we’d be too dazzled by your cinematic vision
But you’re there on every comment string
Where you teach us, just like Jesus but while wanking like a gibbon.

I’m really sure that if I met you
You probably wouldn’t rape me like you promised that you would
We are like “that”; I really get you
You’re right about that laughing kid, he is a total “cnut”.

(Samba instrumental)

You wished me cancer and misspelled “cancer”
But I know that it’s a metaphor. You hope that I will grow,
Just like the tumour you hoped would kill me
Inside the tits on which you said you’d also like a go.

You said that girls shouldn’t do funny
But you’d fuck me double hard and let your mates go after you.
Oh what a line you lovely honey.
Are you on e-harmony? Oo! I’ll join the queue!

Some might say you’re a…
sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
cowardly, illitterate, waste of human skin,
sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic,
cowardly, iliterate, waste of human skin.

But if it wasn’t for you my darling,
I would never have written this tune.
Some might say that You’re So Vain,
But this song is all about you!

St. Paul, MN

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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