Weekly Feminist Reader

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An 8-year-old’s list of wonderful things about being a girl.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the shooting in Aurora. Roger Ebert reminds us that “in a year, guns murdered 468 people in Australia, England, Germany and in Canada put together, and 9,484 in the United States.” According to the Brady Campaign, since 9/11, there have been 334,168 gun deaths in this country. Adam Gopnik notes that “no one—really no one—anywhere on the political spectrum has the courage to speak out about the madness of unleashed guns and what they do to American life.”

10 tips for staying out of jail when you’re pregnant.

Two lady writers–Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler–picked up Emmy comedy writing nominations, which is a rare occurrence in Emmy history.

“When anyone claims they aren’t a feminist, I assume they don’t know what they’re talking about.” –MariNaomi

“Who died and made the IOC the gender police?” Word.

A judge dismissed a lawsuit by seven state attorneys general against the new rule requiring most employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception.

Neesha Meminger and Ibi Zoboi talk race and feminism at Tiger Beatdown.

Watch a good discussion of that NYT article on the marriage gap and inequality. Plus Katha Pollit: “Why does it seem like a reasonable policy suggestion to tell Jessica she needs a husband, and pie in the sky to say she needs a union?”

Adrienne of Native Appropriations responds to criticism from within the Native community of her critique of Johnny Depp and Tonto.

Yeah, Emily Yoffe’s “advice” to this woman who’s feeling traumatized after drunk sex with her husband is pretty terrible.

How has the patriarchy been fucking with you this week?

Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens got married last month in the first publicly announced gay wedding on an American military base.

A woman connected to George Zimmerman’s family says he molested her for more than a decade.

Integrating reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services is super important for women and youth in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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