Weekly Feminist Reader

Last night, a man was shot in the streets of New York in a hate crime marked by homophobic slurs. Bigotry kills.

A survivor argues that military sexual trauma should be treated as as national security issue.

Radio host Pete Santilli says Hilary Clinton needs to be “shot in the vagina.”

A proposed law to protect Afghan women was blocked by opponents.

This guy wants the government to pay women to date him.

On not being a “good” trans woman.

The Pentagon has established a process for trans vets to choose the gender listed in their records.

“Jokes can… validate prejudicial viewers and consumers in a way that defenders of these jokes may not fully understand.”

The annotated wisdom of Amy Poehler.

Is Suzanne Venker advocating for marital rape?

Radical transgenderism in rural Tennessee.

Wahhhhhh stop silencing the menz with all your talk of privilege.

The Rise of Beyonce, the fall of Lauryn Hill.

A Texas judge has ordered a lesbian couple to move apart or lose custody of their children.

On the utopianism of basic income.

Are portrayals of rape on TV ever not sexist?

Check out a screening of Free Angela near you.

“Dating is like wearing a hat, available only through irony.”

We failed the other Cleveland survivor.

I’m sorry, but you just can’t pretend American Apparel isn’t sexist.

Did you know abortions cause school shootings? Neither did we!

We need the new health care law.

The end of silence.

Why do we care if people know how much we weigh?

Girls in private schools are now allowed to play sports in Saudi Arabia.

This is “why it’s considered more dishonorable to report a rape, than to rape a fellow soldier.”

Campus mental health requires a strong community.

Katie broke down the five worst things said this week.

There’s a lot going on behind the word “slut.”

Battling censorship behind bars.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/listening to this week?

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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com. 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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