Weekly Feminist Reader

Who has the right to self-defense?

On the decriminalization of condoms as evidence of prostitution in NYC, and why it really matters.

Lupita Nyong’o is only the 9th black woman to be on the cover of Vogue.

The Obama administration has no plans for leniency for unaccompanied migrant children.

On Sally Ride: “To be first is to relinquish the complicated specifics of your story and become a caricature, a stand-in for the ideals of a movement or for the hope and pain of a moment in history.”

The Bechdel Test is necessary, but we need even more critique for the role of women in the film industry.

What Mali Music’s new album gets right about unmarried parenting.

The resegregation of American schools is well underway.

Any plan for uplifting communities of color must not compromise or come at the expense of the lives of girls and women of color– it’s why we can’t wait.

New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens.

A new bill in California is introducing affirmative consent- a freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in particular sexual activity or behavior, expressed either by words or clear, unambiguous actions.

Seriously fucked up: a NYC gynecologist has been arrested for sexually assaulting his pregnant patients.

Zerlina interviews cast members of OITNB on the nuanced portrayals of incarcerated Black women.

Amanda Blackhorse and Susan Harjo’s win against the NFL.

What is your Feminist Utopia?

Anti-trafficking is a sacred cow, but behind this humanitarian concern is a century-old movement that historically reflects xenophobia, discrimination and prostitution abolitionism.”

This is how a domestic violence victim falls through the cracks.

Stephanie Kwolek, the badass woman chemist who invented kevlar (body armor), has died.

Check out this powerful “No Selves to Defend” anthology from the folks at Prison Culture.

Sexual assault at the hands of a feminist and an ally.

Dear White People” has slated it’s national release date!

The Presbyterian Church assembly has voted to make room for marriage equality in their constitution.

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

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