Weekly Feminist Reader

Doesn't Paul Ryan remind you of every frat boy you regret sleeping with?

Today is the 36th birthday of the Hyde Amendment. As Jessica Arons writes, “It is always easiest to go after the rights of the most vulnerable first.”

Whoopi Goldberg goes off after Ann Coulter tries to tell her about black people.

Hannah Tennant-Moore places How Should A Person Be? within a “recent spate of memoirs and autobiographical novels that treat female desire for sexual submission as a kind of titillating depravity.”

Jill Filipovic makes the moral case for sex before marriage.

“I am a job creator and I am entitled.”

Sady has a powerful essay on being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Stephanie Coontz thoroughly debunks the myth of male decline and discusses the “masculine mystique.”

A new study found that both male and female science professors rated female students lower than men with identical resumes.

Linda Holmes takes Jeffrey Eugenides to task for his dismissive comments about gender bias in literary culture.

Dolce & Gabbana unveiled some super racist “Blackamoor” earrings.

Rep. Todd Akin says his opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, was more “ladylike” during the 2006 campaign.

On average, female editors-in-chief make $15,000 less than men.

Ann on Lady Gaga, Girls, and body acceptance in the age of the selfie.

French is proposing to ban the words “mother” and “father” from all official documents.

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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