Weekly Feminist Reader

A young girl holds a sign that says “I am more important than football” at protest in Steubenville.

Maternal mortality is a key indicator for measuring socio-cultural and economic gender inequalities.

The first settlement agreement was reached under HUD’s new housing protections for LGBT people and their families.

Akiba Solomon reflects on her relationship with the pro-choice movement as a black nationalist womanist.

Rep. Rosa fucking DeLauro is rocking it as always.

A mother of a six-year-old boy reflects on the awful video leaked in Steubenville rape case and the need to teach our boys not rape.

Over at the Crunk Feminist Collective, Eesha offer a theory of violence.

Beate Sirota Gordon, who at 22 almost single-handedly wrote women’s rights into the constitution of modern Japan, died this week.

Your regularly scheduled reminder that crisis pregnancy centers are the worst.

Here’s an essay by a woman who was gang-raped in India back in 1983. Amazing how long we’ve been fighting the same battles.

Women now make up 20 percentage of Congress. Here are some fun facts about them. Here’s a reminder that 20 percent is still very far from parity.

The Atlantic thinks online dating is killing marriage because it’s so fun. Amanda Hess disagrees.

Sarah Jaffe on class and trickle-down feminism.

Here are some useful responses to common objections to “government funding for abortion.”

So great: A player lashes out at racist taunts from an Italian soccer mob and then both teams walked off the field in solidarity.

A reminder from E.J. Graff: “Rape isn’t about sex–it’s about controlling women’s lives.

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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