Weekly Feminist Reader

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Information is Beautiful broke down the gender balance on various social networking sites and the ladies won! Click here for larger image.

If there’s one thing the Daniel Tosh episode has taught us, I hope it is that rape jokes can be funny.

“The big new thing in pro-life outreach is a web site run by an 18 year old virgin (I assume) ‘teaching’ other teenagers all about sex.”

I know I’m not quite the target age group, but I definitely want Amy Poehler to answer all my questions too.

Laurie Penny on Fifty Shades of Grey: “I fail to understand why this record-pounding paperback has come in for extra-special derision all over the world, other than the fact that some people are appalled at the idea that somewhere out there, well over ten million women might be – whisper it – masturbating.”

Janet Mock explains why she doesn’t like the “trapped in the wrong body” trans narrative.

Instead of committing to do less photoshopping, Teen Vogue gave SPARK teen activists free copies of the magazine and sent them on their way. “It was kind of shocking how rude they were to us.”

Check out the crowd-sourced map of sexualized violence in Syria from Women Under Siege.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would prevent employers from firing women who seek some workplace accommodations due to pregnancy, has a sad 3 percent chance of passing.

We need a totally new way of thinking and talking about the economy. “An economy isn’t a machine; it’s a garden.”

I’m under the weather, so sorry for the slim offerings today–leave your links in the comments! What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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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