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 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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