Weekly Feminist Reader

chart of GOP votes for VAWA by genderDid your Congressmember vote against the Violence Against Women Act? Find out at Mother Jones.

A former Air Force recruit speaks out about being raped by her training instructor at basic training.

WTF, BusinessWeek?

An interview with Grace Gipson about her research on black comic book super heroines.

Arkansas banned abortion after 20 weeks.

Nominate an African woman who should be celebrated for her achievements.

On the sexual harassment allegations against British politician Lord Rennard.

On House of Cards and the challenges of being a female reporter in DC.

An interesting look at history of male authors writing female characters.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer thinks maternity leave is for chumps and wants to abolish working from home. How very unfeminist.

How to rid ourselves of unconscious biases about gender, race, or ethnicity.

A new study found many American women are overweight because they’re doing less housework these days. Oh wait, that’s not actually what it said.

Will the Todd Akin copycats never stop?

An Oklahoma university didn’t go to the police with reports of sexual assault on campus for fear of exposing the alleged rapists’ grades.

Yolo Akili on the need for emotional justice.

Lots of feminist conversation and disagreement about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.

On high heels and class distinctions.

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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