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 is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • Tori

    I’m raising funds and bowling for abortion access in Arizona, and I will write you awkward poetry of your choice in return for donations.

    I also wrote Too Little to Matter for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It looks at respecting — or not — bodily autonomy and consent, largely in non-sexual situations.

    And Yoga Bodies, on the idea that one can determine how long or how much one has worked at something by the size or shape of their body.

  • John

    If Brittney Griner is allowed to play in the NBA, would we expect men then be allowed to play in the WNBA? If they’re allowed to play in the WNBA, could they demand to play in the WNBA? Would denying them that opportunity open the door for companies to create divisions or subsidiaries that they can use as a pretext to discriminate? Can the NBA really say that gender is not a BFOQ to play in the NBA, but that it is in the WNBA? Unless the NBA has completely severed ties with the WNBA, it may actually set back women’s athletics. Even if they have, it may open legal doors best left closed.

  • Jen

    This is definitely a great article to check out this week too! It’s about the commandments and what they would say if WISE WOMEN wrote them. It’s very, very funny. Check it out!,0,3507539.column