Weekly Feminist Reader


Rochelle Ballantyne is set to become the first black female chess master.

Bitch explains that a “hipster sexist is a douchebag in enlightened clothing“–and they may the most dangerous kind.

Kristof examines what a Romney presidency would mean for reproductive rights.

Ann takes a big picture look at what’s at stake in this election for us.

How the aftermath of hurricane Sandy is affecting disabled and elderly populations the most.

Oh good, finally there’s a Honda for her.

Native American women are still waiting for better access to emergency contraception.

For now, Texas will continue funding Planned Parenthood.

There is absolutely nothing better than these kids dressed as Barack and Michelle for Halloween.

Honestly can’t believe how awful these Staten Island residents were to this mom who lost her sons in Sandy.

Your regular reminder that Bill O’Reilly is the worst.

Hope you all remembered to set your clocks back one hour today–and on Tuesday be careful that you don’t set the country back 50 years.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

St. Paul, MN

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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