Weekly Feminist Reader

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An interesting history of the advice column.

Alicia Lutes found her picture on a thinspo blog and responded: “I am a fatty. Hear me roar.”

Really enjoying Tracy Clark Flory and Amanda Marcotte have a nuanced chat about traditional dating vs. hooking up.

When asked why she didn’t ask Lena Dunham about the lack of women of color on Girls, Caitlin Moran tweeted, “I literally couldn’t give a shit about it.” Not cool.

Sayantani DasGupta critiques the PBS film of Nikolas Kristof’s Half The Sky.

YES! Amy Poehler is going to produce a Comedy Central pilot based on the awesome web series Broad City.

Some really devastating photographs of child brides.

In an epic piece on Gawker, Adrian Chen outs one of the biggest troll on the interwebs.

Cheryl Strayed tells what it was like doing a Vogue photoshoot.

Unlike some, Emily Douglas didn’t mind that Martha Raddatz framed the abortion question as a matter of personal values in the VP debate.

The creator of Friday Night Lights tells Romney to quit plagiarizing the show’s slogan.

Even the trees in J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth are disproportionately male.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Thomas Page McBee? “How naïve, I see now, to think the crush of gender expectations only affects the most obviously oppressed.”

John Cook is really, really upset that anyone might call him or Andrew Goldman sexist. Sensitive much?

Terrible: On “Coming Out Day,” masked men attacked patrons at one of Moscow’s most popular gay bars.

Ellen goes off on those ridiculous Bic pens for women.

Meet some of the new women entrepreneurs of driving economic growth in Africa.

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

    Enough Books — An anecdote on the fine state of public education funding in the US.

    And more talk of butts in hip opening.

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

    Did anyone hear someone mention women were taking over the world? Because the last time I checked, people who control the world a) do not have to go on strike over anything, especially not with a backup in the house (aka, husband); and b) they sure as hell don’t make international headlines just for not doing dishes.

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

    This week I wrote about…

    sexy Halloween costumes and slut shaming;

    and why I personally care about National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

  • http://feministing.com/members/providerproject/ Amy

    This week at The Provider Project…

    There’s GOOD NEWS about reproductive rights! Chantal writes about Northern Ireland opening it’s first private abortion clinic.

    What happens when fatphobia and sexism combine? One seriously messed up frat party t-shirt, that’s what. This egregious image should remind us why feminism is about struggling for the acceptance and liberation of all bodies, no exceptions.

    A study finds free birth control leads to fewer abortions. Duh. So why aren’t we there yet? Lily turns to Jon Stewart for some help with this one…

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

    Post examining contradictory stereotypes about people with disabilities (along with a not necessarily related comic)


  • http://feministing.com/members/fractiouswriter/ Jennifer

    I’ve been writing a series about my college roommate who died in 1995. We’re approaching the anniversary of her death and I decided to spend the month writing about the brief time that I knew her, as well as the other people we knew at that time. Pretty serious Content Notes apply for bulimia, drug use, risky situations, discussions of mental health, etc.

    In Memory: Leigh Zurmuhlen
    Part I
    Part II
    Part III
    Part IV