Weekly Feminist Reader

Claressa Shileds My new favorite Olympian is Claressa Shields who won America’s very first gold medal in women’s boxing.

Sometimes the Onion is perfect: “Weird, Area Woman Wasn’t Harassed Today

Thomas Page McBee, who has been writing a truly great column for The Rumpus called Self-Made Man, discusses his gender identity and typical tran narratives–which are “dumbed down for your consumption because it’s presumed that people who aren’t trans don’t think about their gender identity.”

Melissa takes on that Esquire piece about women and their contempt: “Marche cannot (or will not) distinguish between contempt for men and contempt for expressions of patriarchy-compliant masculinity.”

Lynn Beisner explains that “the best choice for both my mother and I would have been abortion.”

Looking for a completely substanceless video showing nameless female Olympic athletes set to porno music? NBC’s got you covered.

Check out this comic by Jessica Colotl on her experience as a undocumented immigrant and the importance of the DREAM act.

The editor of the Oxford American was fired for sexual harassment. Ann notes that “these dudes are everywhere and rarely called out.”

The gender pronoun gap in books has been decreasing since the 1960s according to a new study.

Bella Swan and Anastasia Steele have got nothing on Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

In Morocco, a public discussion about whether premarital sex should be legalized is getting super heated.

A public service announcement on being a good white ally at the Crunk Feminist Collective.

Professional contrarian Katie Roiphe is tired of everyone talking about their vaginas because it’s “no longer shocking to drop that word.” (O RLY?)

Samhita on the Sikh gurdwara shooting and the need for South Asian solidarity.

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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