Weekly Feminist Reader


Happy birthday, Etta James.

Good news: Domestic violence screenings will now be covered under Obamacare.

How the concept of modesty hurts trans and intersex people.

Morocco is planning to change the law that allows rapists to avoid charges if they marry their victims.

NPR erases trans people from the history of Stonewall.

Trans people in Sweden will no longer face forced sterilization in order to legally transition.

Jessica González-Rojas and Lynn Paltrow talk with Bill Moyers about the current state of reproductive rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt was “FDR’s most important, and most progressive, advisor.

A must-read by Rebecca Solnit on violence against women.

“The rule is that if you are a woman in America, you want nothing quite so much as you want to be a little smaller. The rule is you are always trying to lose.

A letter from a 11-year-old trans girl in response to Obama’s inauguration speech.

In a malpractice case, a Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people. Wait, which is it?

Fathers’ sexist views may affect their daughters’ career ambitions.

Alyssa on the gender gap at Sundance this year.

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

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/lamech/ Lamech

    Correction: Obamacare covers DV screenings if you are a) under 65 and b) are counted as a woman.