Weekly Feminist Reader

Yesterday was the 25th World AIDS Day. Above, Monique Moree talks about her experience being diagnosed with HIV in the Army. While there’s been much progress fighting the epidemic, funding remains critical. A quarter of new HIV cases are people under 24 and over half of them don’t know they’re infected. And yet we are still funding ineffective abstinence-only programs.

In the last episode of New Girl, the ladies freaked about how many eggs they have left. You shouldn’t worry.

Ann on why hating Chris Brown isn’t supporting Rihanna.

WTF? An Arizona school punished two male students who were fighting by forcing them to hold hands for 15 minutes in front of their classmates.

Aphra on the Catholic church’s campaign for the canonization of Dorothy Day.

A history of the word “cunt.”

“Jill is strong and independent–but when men try to do something innocent on their dates, she stops them immediately.”

Welp, there’s no need for feminism anymore, according to France’s former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Submit a post to Viva la Feminista for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

A petition calls out New York Times art critic Ken Johnson’s recent reviews which made “irresponsible generalities” in comparing women and black artists to white male artists, “only to find them lacking.”

Government-issued IDs create a barrier to the vote–and a barrier to emergency contraception.

Roxane Gay on the Cleveland, Texas rape case. “We have no idea how to talk about children anymore.”

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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