Weekly Feminist Reader


Happy Super Bowl/Beyonce Day!

A teacher asks her high school students to make a list of their favorite feminist celebrities.

A new study finds 35% of straight women, 43.8% of lesbian women, and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner at some point in their lives.

Many women are returning to Somalia to help rebuild the country.

Men should not be allowed to write celebrity profiles of women until they prove they can do a better job.

The Feminine Mystique turns 50 this year.

A couple responses to that study claiming that how you lose your virginity affects the rest of your sexual life.

Why is it so rare for a wife to be taller than her husband?

The first lingerie line designed for, and by, transgender women looks very nice.

Goodbye to Liz Lemon and the rest of the 30 Rock crew.

On being fat-shamed by the ob/gyn.

The FDA says it’s fine for a Pennsylvania college to continue dispensing emergency contraception through a vending machine. Other colleges, take note.

Malala Yousafzai is preparing for her final surgeries.

Monica Roberts on why she can’t stand RuPaul.

For every woman who used a gun in self-defense, 83 women were killed by an intimate partner.

“The right way for a white girl to be angry is to turn her anger inwards.

If you want to take gender studies, that’s fine, go to a private school and take it. But I don’t want to subsidize that if that’s not going to get someone a job.”

Activists are pushing to create a mandatory sex education curriculum in Indonesia.

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/frolicnaked/ Tori

    I had a guest author this week — On Apples and Abdominal Adipositivity — “My stomach, for so long my nemesis, has been the hardest part of my body to stop hating.”

    Eating on the Clock — “So I’ve been seeing variants of this story for the past day or so — that people who consume the bulk of their calories earlier in the day lose more weight than do people who consume more of their calories later. ”

    What’s In a Name? — “He’s not worried you’re, I don’t know, not committed enough to change your name?”

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    I’ve pledged to participate in a “Blog For Mental Health 2013″ project. I don’t know if others on this board may want to participate, it’s an open thing:

    and in the spirit of that my head exploded over the horribly designed new cover for Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”:

  • http://feministing.com/members/pilcrows/ Wendy

    I didn’t write about it this week (a couple weeks ago) but I recently cooked up a blog post about the MPDG.

    “How to avoid the manic pixie dream girl: A simple guide with 6 counterexamples”


  • http://feministing.com/members/franziakafka/ Franzia Kafka

    “But I don’t want to subsidize that if that’s not going to get someone a job.”: Oh, right, he must be talking about over-funded business and law schools, which have been churning out graduates with tens of thousands in debt even though there aren’t enough decent-paying law jobs on the market. That must be what he’s talking about. Or college sports. :/