Weekly Feminist Reader

Nigerian teens with their generator
So cool: These four Nigerian teenage girls have invented a pee-powered generator.

Today is Veteran’s Day. They deserve much better.

6 ways to talk to your son about male violence and healthy masculinity.

“Above all remember: your father loves you and believes in you and expects you to be a wonderful woman.” A letter from W.E.B. Du Bois to his 14-year old daughter.

“Shocking” doesn’t really adequately describe this report on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amanda Hess asks some smart people how they would fix, change, or get rid of the traditional institution of marriage.

An interview with porn star James Deen on LA’s new law mandating condoms in porn.

It’s both awful and amazing that Occupy’s response to Sandy has been better than that of FEMA or the Red Cross.

Yes, please, let’s get Ashley Judd elected to the Senate–or, first things first, get her to run.

At Colorlines, five racial justice thinkers offer their hopes for Obama’s second term.

Here’s a video showing what the moment when marriage equality activists in Minnesota found out they’d defeated the gay marriage ban. (Spoiler: It was the best.)

An open letter to the Art Gallery of Ontario about Frida Kahlo’s unibrow.

The UN declared yesterday Malala Day to honor the 14-year-old who was shot by the Taliban a month ago.

At Obama’s victory rally in Chicago, these adorable Maryland women got engaged.

The court heard arguments in the lawsuit against Arizona’s fetal pain law–and the judges seem pretty skeptical that the ban is justified.

This hands-on female masturbation class with Betty Dodson sounds awesome.

41 percent of women at family planning clinics reported that these clinics were their only source of health care in the past year.

Wait, you haven’t watched the video of President Obama getting emotional as he thanks his campaign staff and volunteers? What are you waiting for?

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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