Weekly Feminist Reader

Proscovia Oromait
Nineteen year old Proscovia Oromait is Uganda’s newest lawmaker.

Apparently men are “going Galt” because feminism won, or something.

The backlash against Mindy Kaling’s new series “only shows why it is so important to have more more voices like hers on television.”

Spectra Speaks on the Nina Simone biopic and racism in Hollywood.

“The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it.”

A fascinating history of women in the CIA.

Rush Limbaugh blames “the feminazis” and “the chickification” for his average shrinking penis size.

Fun fact: To match the Walton family fortune, you’d need to work at Walmart for 7 million years.

Jessica summarized this nicely, “Smug virgin at Fox says most women are “floozies.” Floozies collectively shrug shoulders, go back to awesome banging.”

That study that found a correlation between sexting and having sex among teens? Not particularly surprising.

The Chicago teachers strike is over, but the response of some liberals is still seriously bumming me out.

Who knew the history of nylon stockings could be so interesting?

We know Naomi Wolf is a pseudo-feminist and now we know she’s apparently a pseudo-scientist as well.

Terry Castle reviews a new book about three “now almost forgotten lesbian women” in the early twentieth century.

Poverty rates are 30 percent higher for women than men in the US.

On American Public Media, a segment about the about women at Newsweek who sued for gender discrimination in the 1970s.

Our own Jessica talks to the Hairpin about her new book.

So apparently Jesus had a wife–and scholars are freaking out.

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/cassius/ Brüno

    Its like saying women are making themselves fat, to teach men they are not sex objects. So men are not meeting her expectations, that must mean we are on strike and not that we do not have an interest in marriage, because we just dont think it is not for us, right?

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

      Actually the woman who originally wrote it is married. But you’re right otherwise, her argument that these are the reasons for any men who don’t want to be married being “on strike” is pretty silly. Some people just aren’t interested in it.

  • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

    Two related posts on the aftermath of having your trust betrayed, especially at work.

    Who can you trust after abuse? A tough call.

    What happens next? Dealing with the no-baggage requirement.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ollie/ Ollie Roberts

    I’ve written a couple of review-like things this week. One is about the transgender horse in Doctor Who last week, and the second is a review of Hope Springs, complete with commentary on its problematic sexuality.

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

    I wrote A Small Endometriosis Rant on my frustrations with the endo classification system itself as well as how people misinterpret it.

    On why Just Fire Your Doctor is problematic, even if it’s a nice idea in theory.

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

    I wrote a bit about Yahoo’s sexist tendencies, my endless love of Leslie Knope, and being viewed as continually pre-pregnant.

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

    I was laughing at the smug virgin until he held up his (decidedly European-ideal looking) bride as “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Now, when every other new groom in the world says that, it’s a sweet, moving, and charming gesture. But the dismissive way he followed up any subjectivity on the matter with “They’re wrong. I win” just made me write him off as a narrow-minded douchebag as well. Way to piss on the parade of happy newlyweds in Uganda, Dominican Republic, Laos, Egypt, anywhere else in the world that doesn’t adhere to his conditioned construct of ideal femininity.

    Of course, none of what I just wrote is an iota to how mad my husband got over that line. ;) (Hey, if Bland-boy can gloat about his banal non-achievements on Fox News, I can do it here. Before heading off for awesome banging.)