Weekly Feminist Reader

“Homophobes in Marseille can p*** off!”

Melissa Harris-Perry’s open letter to Richard Mourdock is very powerful.

Meanwhile Garance Franke-Ruta puts Mourdock’s comments in historical context: “The idea that coerced reproduction is God’s will is of a piece with the belief that the subjection of women is God’s will.”

And RH Reality Check is running a series of stories from rape survivors.

“Physics is more difficult for girls,” says a male grad student, and other insights from interviews with scientists of both genders about women in the sciences.

Melissa Gira Grant argues that defining trafficking as forced sex work hinders help for victims of coerced labor of all kinds.

A sweet piece from Jim Behrle
responding to a recent study that found men tend to be more attracted to their platonic female friends than vice versa.

“All too often, we treat discussions of gender in isolation, as if gender exists in a cultural vacuum.”

A single mother is challenging the Air Force’s policy of forbidding single parents from enlisting.

Why the “war on fat” is a scam to peddle drugs.

Jamilah Lemieux argues that the response to Sharmeka Moffitt’s case shows that too often the reaction to allegations of crimes against black people is one of distrust.

So turns out Roseanne Barr is super transphobic.: “You cannot call yourself a supporter of trans women and pimp the demonstrably false bathroom predator meme at the same time.”

Technology for the win! A simple stove means women in Darfur don’t have to spend as much time at risk of being raped when they’re collecting firewood.

Conservatives flip out over Lena Dunham’s Obama ad.

Surely you want to know what Rush Limbaugh believes is “insulting to women”? No? Are you sure?

The Feminist Texan explains all that is wrong with Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman.

Mitt’s lady plan in flowchart form.

A Pennsylvania bill would reduce welfare benefits for women who cannot prove they were raped.

So you wanna be an Indian for Halloween? (Hint: Don’t)

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/ollie/ Ollie Roberts

    This week I wrote about an incident where I totally failed to be a fat ally, and a review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

    Additionally, here’s a working link to my take on the straight man who masqueraded as a gay man for a year, to replace the broken link I gave you last week.

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

    I have an open thread on book recommendations, both offering some and requesting some.

    The response I’d like to send when various sites contact me about a weight loss link exchange [talk of weight loss, fat shaming].

    The short yin yoga sequence I use when I get into an “I don’t wanna” mood.

    And my adventures in desert hiking, involving maps and snakes [does have a snake picture on it].

  • http://feministing.com/members/elo11/ Eva

    This is in regards to the “You cannot call yourself a supporter of trans women and pimp the demonstrably false bathroom predator meme at the same time.” quote from the TransGriot blog. I posted this on the comments section there, too, but I just want to request us not throwing the work pimp around like this. As a survivor of sexual exploitation, it’s triggering. Moreover, it completely minimizes what pimps actually do to sexually exploited women and girls, thereby continuing to protect pimps, both legally and culturally. I know you didn’t write the article, and the message of the article is something we all need to hear, but can we not highlight sentences like that unless we are about to deconstruct them.

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

    I wrote about my rape this weekend:

    Let’s Talk Abut Rape

  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    I think when religious people think that children conceived from rape is God’s will, it stems from their belief that each person is born with a soul, a person is a person at conception, and the soul comes directly from God. Since they also tend to believe that nature is secondary to God, God doesn’t react to nature. Nature reacts to God. A conception borne of rape must be God’s will as God provides the soul.

    I’m not saying they’re right, but that’s my understanding of where this comes from.

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

    I’m incredibly busy this week and last, but I got a bit of writing in:

    Me on women’s worth as being directly proportional to their fuckability factor to your average Joe:

    And I review Valenti’s “Why Have Kids?” and Kinzel’s “Two Whole Cakes.”