Weekly Feminist Reader


Fully dressed superheroines are about questioning the genre, not imposing a moral code.

Kai M Green: “I will never straighten out my wrist.”

Hillary Clinton: Helping women isn’t just a “nice” thing to do.

Speaking of which, check out Politico on Hillary Clinton Fever.

The New York Times reports on the NYPD’s policing of trans people of color.

Muslimah Pride, FEMEN, and feminism as self-determination.

Keyword research on retail sites has a lot to tell us about gender and “neutral” defaults.

The Crunk Feminist Collective interviews Kathryn Buford of Live Unchained.

My culture not outfit” campaign launches against cultural appropriation in fashion.

The idea of the “bikini body” infuriates the Lingerie Lesbian.

Brandon Darby argues that the Aryan Brotherhood can’t be racist because it has some Mexican friends. Oh, ok then.

Who wins from leaning in?

California Attorney General Kamala Harris forgives Obama for his casual sexism.

The year in hate and extremism.

Can this working dad have it all?

Judith Butler, as explained by cats.

What’s behind the Brittney Griner NBA tryout backlash?

On visiting prison.

Sandberg is advocating for “one percent feminism.”

Demand Reebok drop spokesman Rick Ross.

Tony Zamazal will be allowed to wear heels and a dress to her prom. I hate that this is even a story.

The Knife’s Shaking the Habitual is too good.

Some poems by Joy KMT are up at Black Girl Dangerous.

The act of observation changes that which is being observed.”

NPR joins liberal attacks on disabled people.

3 out of 4 characters in children’s media are male.

Don’t blame Islam for the attempted honor killing of Gul Meena.

As season six starts: the women of Mad Men.

The progressive sexual politics of Gourmet (from The Y‘s new all-female issue).

It’s different for girls with ADHD.

If the Catholic Church is serious about welcoming queer people, here are some ideas.

Confessions of a thin-privileged fat activist.

Sexist rap lyrics matter.

Who really thought displaying a Jew in a box in a Berlin museum was a good idea?

Standing up to backhanded, sexist compliments.

Fifteen cats that are leaning in.

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

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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

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