Weekly Feminist Reader

Venus and Serena Williams
Venus and Serena Williams continue to be the shit.

Thanks to US policy, aid groups aren’t even allowed to discuss abortion with the thousands of women who are raped and impregnated in armed conflicts around the world.

Michelle Dean on criticism, gender, and Susan Sontag and Adrienne Rich’s debate on feminism and facism.

The gender pay gap can’t be explained simply by the different choices women make in their careers–there’s likely some straight-up discrimination going on.

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin From Women of Color Activists.

Where’s the media coverage of the shooting death of a teen lesbian couple in Texas?

A fascinating interview with a lapsed virginity-pledger at the Hairpin highlights what’s messed up about the “purity” message.

Working moms tend to be healthier than stay-at-home moms.

Imagine you’re raped, have a baby, and then your rapist seeks custody. That’s possible in at least 27 states.

Seriously, when is Leslie Knope Amy Pohler actually going to run for office? Here she is supporting California’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

“I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.” This guy could be our next VP.

Check out this new Japanese Toyota ad with a gender expectation-subverting twist.

Ugh, female sports commentators have to put up with crap like this: “The female voice is not so attractive for actual commentating and in some cases became grating.”

Hear it, dude? That’s your biological clock a-tickin’.

Iran has banned women in 36 universities from 77 fields of study
. The country has the highest ratio of female to male undergrads in the world. Hello backlash!

According to a new study most women seeking abortions had experienced at least one “disruptive event” in the last year.

Remember to check out the many great posts on the Community site for SYTYCB right now!

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    I wrote I Can Dress Myself about running shirtless and Yoga Pants All the Time on the real reason I wear yoga pants so often. (It is not, as one person thought, ““to make people think [I've] always just come from a workout.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/alynn/ aLynn

    This week I wrote about

    …the motivations behind narrowly defining rape: http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2012/08/why-narrowly-define-rape-hint-rape.html

    …when “thin is in” http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2012/08/when-thin-is-in.html

    …and the dumb dad stereotype http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2012/08/dumb-dads.html

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Well, I didn’t write this, but someone got footage on 8/17/2012 of me singing it. With a megaphone. During morning mass. And giving an impromptu press interview afterwords.


  • http://feministing.com/members/ceylan89/ Rachel

    Please Please PLEASE correct your original post about Iran supposedly banning women from universities – this is not accurate and the headline causes deeply problematic misunderstandings in an issue that requires nuance and understanding. Please source the below article:


  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    “The country has the highest ratio of female to male undergrads in the world. Hello backlash!”

    Gendering was okay when the number were skewed towards men, but its zhe evil menz backlash, when the numbers are skewed towards women? Quotas in favor of women do not exist in America because they have been ruled unconstitutional and in Europe there are still attempts to introduce them for certain positions or have already been introduced.

  • http://feministing.com/members/rougemuse/ Rebecca

    I wrote this piece on subtle victim blaming in the aftermath of violence against women and published it last Thursday. (I am a prevention educator for Baton Rouge’s rape crisis center.) Over 500 people have shared the piece on Facebook thus far. It’s inspired passionate dialogue and feedback, much of it positive. Please read: http://brstarcenter.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/we-will-not-surrender-our-freedom-to-travel-gender-based-terror-and-tempting-fate/

  • http://feministing.com/members/shasty/ emmie

    The teen lesbian couple shooting in Texas was just awful. I remember reading it on MSN, so it actually did get SOME coverage. Of course that was probably it, so it makes it even more outrageous. And no offence, but you could say the same thing about here. I don’t remember Feministing doing any coverage on it either. So what the heck is up with that?

  • http://feministing.com/members/marginald/ Maggie

    I was really confused by the second article on abortion and foreign aid. I though Obama reversed that policy with a presidential order years ago. Does anyone know?