Weekly Feminist Reader

FORCE memorial in front of Lincoln memorial

Feminist group FORCE installed a temporary memorial recognizing survivors of sexual assault in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

The top 1% got 121% of income gains since 2009.

Pick-up artists try to hit on a robot horse, and it’s hilarious/sad.

“Society tells us young men can’t think of women as role models, unless they’re a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.”

Melissa Gira Grants talks to Guernica about sex work, journalism, and feminism.

US soccer players voice their support for their teammate Robbie Rogers, who just came out as gay.

Maura has a message for middle-aged male critics who want to write about artists like Taylor Swift.

Relatedly, read Isabel on “Fifteen” and being fifteen.

Some helpful advice for victims of revenge porn.

Women accounted for 33 percent of the roles–and a mere 11 percent of the identifiable protagonists–in the top 100 Hollywood films in 2011.

On how Margaret Mead’s work on the sexual culture of Samoa was unfairly attacked and discredited.

North Carolina is considering a bill that could send women to prison for going topless.

Whaddaya know: Traditional families and religion are on the decline, but there’s no sign of social collapse.

What does Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation mean for women, LGBT folks, and other marginalized communities.

Chaka Cumberbatch on being a black female cosplayer.

University of Toledo’s running coach resigned after being accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate relationships with his athletes.

College health plans are starting to cover transition-related surgeries for trans students.

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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