Weekly Feminist Reader

Vagina. Can't say it? Don't legislate it.

Happy Father’s Day. Here are some good reads.

Shonda Rhimes pointed out the lack of diversity on ABC’s new ballerina show, “Bunheads.”

Meet Susan Firouz, an Afghan rapper who lived in Iran as a refugee.

The “Dear White People” movie will probably be awesome. Help get it made!

“Things that he took away by force: blood from my lip, my love of vodka, my belief that sex is good, my first love relationship, any interest in LA.”

Professor Maria Cotera is working on putting together an online archive of Chicana feminist thought and action from 1960 to 1990.

Single women living alone in Iran used to be harshly stigmatized–but that’s slowly starting to change.

In an unexpected victory, Virginia will not actually risk losing most of its abortion clinics to a strict new TRAP law.

Greece has begun arresting sex workers, forcing them to undergo HIV tests, and posting the names and photographs of those who test HIV-positive online.

Are women better at writing about sex?

While Kansas slashes social services for children, the state’s anti-choices are planning a multi-million dollar “pro-life” memorial in Witchita.

Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency is making a video series about stereotypes in video games. Which is apparently enough to get a full-fledged online harassment campaign waged against you these days. More from Jay Smooth.

s.e. smith on surrogacy in India.

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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