Weekly Feminist Reader


It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Beware of the corporate pinkification.

A great piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams on the war on 12-year-old girls.

Just when you thought you couldn’t hate the Boy Scouts any more, there’s this.

In case this wasn’t already abundantly clear, a new study shows that “that neural biases to race are not innate and that race is a social construction, learned over time.

If you feel the need to get caught up on the Dinesh D’Souza’s scandal, here’s a guide with gifs a-plenty.

Live Action’s latest “sting” against pro-choice groups is maybe the biggest flop yet.

LGBT celebs for Obama!

Mormon feminists for Obama!

Andrew Goldman was suspended for the NYT for a month after his terribly sexist tweet at Jennifer Weiner.

Wow. A former student tells her story of being raped and then completely failed by the administration at Amherst college. Hopefully the school will actually make some changes.

Nona re-reads Shulamith Firestone and finds “a reminder to go on the offensive.”

Up for some truly infuriating mansplaining? Watch Mika do her best to try to get these dudes to listen to her.

In China, “leftover women” are defined as unmarried women over the age of 27.

Rep. Joe Walsh claims there’s “not one instance” when abortion was necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, the backtracks and tries a laughable counter-attack.

Help Romney catch women in his binder!

Uruguay became the second Latin American country to legalize abortion.

A moving piece by Spectra on Spirit Day and being a queer youth of color.

Watch this Missouri pastor’s speech against marriage equality all the way to the end.

Here’s a cool ad campaign from the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Michelle Dean on the Amanda Todd, the Redditt troll, and the limits of free speech online. “It is a cultural myth—one particular to the Internet—that the methods of a harasser are fundamentally ‘legal,’ and that the state is helpless to intervene in all cases like this.”

Check out this map to find out what the gender pay gap is in your state.

A devastating investigative report on solitary confinement at California’s Pelican Bay prison.

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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