Weekly Feminist Reader

"I suggest putting a teacher in every gun store."

“The social norm ‘men should earn more than their wives‘ seems to be alive and well.”

Charlotte Allen doubles down on her argument that the Sandy Hook shooting happened because there weren’t enough men around.

An interesting article about the history of gendered toy advertising–and how far we haven’t come.

A new video from Catholics for Choice examines Catholic teachings and beliefs on abortion, contraception, and sexuality.

In 1912, the “perfect woman” was “pear-shaped” and she says, “I ate what I wanted and when I wanted it.”

An Iowa court ruled it was perfectly legal for a dentist to fire his assistant because she was too attractive that he found her “irresistible.”

Anti-choice blogger, applauding the possible closing of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, says women should have to cross state lines for an abortion because that decision “should be a tough one.”

There’s apparently a gender gap for everything–even pot smoking.

“I want to know someone. I want someone to know me.”

If you include unpaid labor, in most wealthy nations, women work more than men.

A new study finds that American female undergraduates are five times more likely to experience rape while studying abroad.

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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