Weekly Feminist Reader

"We apologize for the whistling construction workers, but man you look good! So will we soon, pardon our dust, dirt and other assorted inconveniences."
Someone thought this billboard in New Jersey was a good idea.

Meet the young couple behind the Personhood movement.

“All the condoms in the world are of no use to women and girls when they have no control over whether and when they have sex, or under what circumstances they have it.”

There’s a slew of great posts about female friendship over at the Feminist Odyssey blog carnival.

Subway authorities in Shanghai warned women that if they wear revealing clothes on the train, “then no wonder you will be sexually harassed!”

Three women immigrants from Arizona, Alabama and Georgia discuss how they are living in fear for their families thanks to anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.

“Once the marriage contract is done, any sexual intercourse is not considered rape.”

A new book tells about the life of Ida C. Craddock, a 19th century women’s rights advocate who committed suicide after being convicted on obscenity charges.

Effing outrageous: When this rape survivor reported her assault to the police, a prison guard confiscated her emergency contraception claiming it was against her religious beliefs.

Support this project to create a coloring book featuring a little girl of color.

Pro-choice advocates have sued to stop a new law from making Mississippi the first state without a single abortion clinic.

Sarah Robles is the highest-ranked American weightlifter, male or female, in the Olympics but since she doesn’t fit the thin ideal needed to get sponsorships, she can barely pay her rent.

Meet the young Palestinian girls who hope to join Palestine’s year-old women’s soccer league.

Black Girl Dangerous gives us a step-by-step guide to being a reverse racist. [Via]

Junot Diaz talks about race, gender, and his debt to the writings of women of color at the Boston Review.

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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