Weekly Feminist Reader

New campaign works to humanize horrifying reproductive rights statistics.

On Tuesday, activists will gather before the Supreme Court as it takes up two challenges to the contraception coverage mandate and decides whether your birth control is your boss’s business. Tomorrow, join us and repro health advocates for a digital Google Hangout rally!

Birth control is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.” – Another male government official.

On historically black churches and LGBT allyship.

“Police abuse is part of the life of prostitution.”

Racism 2.0: The rise of visibility around microaggressions.

Trying to “rescue” sex workers by arresting them is a horrible, horrible idea.

Why a dearth of women in foreign policy matters.

On the fucked up and illogical Republican rhetoric about “modern ladies making their modern way in the modern world“.

“A Beyoncé concert is a world run totally by girls, and by that I mean women.”

The sexualization of the middle school girl.

This is what 80 looks like.” -Gloria Steinem.

Learning how to negotiate salary before you just “lean in”.

Fourteen disturbing facts about racial inequality in American public schools.

“Code-and-treating” in school systems, and how it’s keeping young women out of STEM.

Letting go of Cool Girl Feminism.

“I was sure my self-destructive behavior was unconnected to anything that had happened to me: I was a survivor, dammit.”

The dangers of fat-shaming in the medical world.

Can women stand their ground? On Marissa Alexander and a gendered look at Stand Your Ground laws.

Georgia needs help: a look into Atlanta’s food deserts.

And what’s happening to education within growing immigrant youth populations in Georgia.

The intersection of social media and sexual assault in Jordan.

Janet Mock is leading a Google Hangout  this week with other trans women writers!

Yet another experience of sexism in the tech world.

The cost of kale and what it says about food gentrification.

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

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When Courtney’s not Feminst-ing, she’s chasing down couples to take their pictures for her project/movement “Queer in Public” (www.queerinpublic.tumblr.com). At all other times, she’s the Chief of Staff at The OpEd Project. She likes mountains, beer, karaoke, swimming and people watching.

When Courtney’s not Feminst-ing, she’s chasing down couples to take their pictures for her project/movement “Queer in Public” (www.queerinpublic.tumblr.com). At all other times, she’s the Chief of Staff at The OpEd Project. She likes mountains, beer, karaoke, swimming and people watching.

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Indian Supreme Court Decriminalizes Queer Sex, and Everyone Celebrates!

HAPPY 377 READ DOWN DAY, EVERYONE! In a rare piece of absolutely fabulous news, on Thursday, September 6, the Indian Supreme Court officially decriminalized homosexuality.

Technically, the Court “read down” Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to exclude consensual sex. Implemented in 1860 under British official Thomas Macauley, Section 377 outlawed “carnal acts against the order of nature”—meaning any sexual activity that isn’t heterosexual, penetrative vaginal sex. For 158 years, the law has been used in India to harass, persecute, and imprison queer people, especially transgender and third gender people, and sex workers.

That is, until now! In a landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court, in the form of a five-judge Constitution Bench, declared that it was unconstitutional for Section 377 ...

HAPPY 377 READ DOWN DAY, EVERYONE! In a rare piece of absolutely fabulous news, on Thursday, September 6, the Indian Supreme Court officially decriminalized homosexuality.

Technically, the Court “read down” Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code ...

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Ohio Cop Murders Donna Dalton, Sex Worker, Mother, and Friend

Last Friday in Columbus Ohio, Donna Castleberry Dalton, a 23-year old woman and mother of two was shot and killed by an undercover police officer after he forced her into his car and attempted to arrest her during a “prostitution sting.”  

Dalton’s friends and family are challenging the official police narrative of events. CPD Officer Andrew Mitchell is claiming he shot Donna Dalton 8 times in self-defense after she stabbed him in the hand during the attempted arrest. But the fact Dalton was not handcuffed at the time of the murder suggests ...

Last Friday in Columbus Ohio, Donna Castleberry Dalton, a 23-year old woman and mother of two was shot and killed by an undercover police officer after he