Women We Read This Week

Women We Read This Week

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Women We Read This Week

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Women We Read This Week

Women We Read This Week

Raksha Kumar’s "Trying to tame the wild west of surrogacy in India" in Al Jazeera America I often wonder, “When are women’s bodies ever their own?” Economic forces have historically pushed impoverished women to sell their bodies as a mode of survival. This article by Raksha Kumar explores the legal but unregulated surrogacy market in India, looking at the ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Amy Klein’s "Fertility Fog" on Aeon Early on in this piece, Klein recounts a conversation with her doctor. “I’d been in the woman’s office for about 10 minutes and it felt like she was being…well, kind of a bitch,” Klein writes. Conversations with doctors aren’t easy at the best of times: how to translate what we feel in our bodies into language that can ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Meaghan O’Connell's "A Birth Story" on Longreads So, Meaghan O'Connell's "A Birth Story" is a fascinating, horrifying, gripping read just for its bare revelations of the capacities of the human body. It's the kind of piece that has you physically wincing, grimacing, then recounting detail in awe to your significant other, and it's all that more memorable because it ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Anna Merlan's "Ghost Child: The Strange, Misunderstood World of Delusional Pregnancy" on Jezebel For some reason I started reading this just before I went to sleep the other night. I was about halfway through when my husband crawled into bed and made the mistake of trying to talk to me. “I’m reading about ghost pregnancies,” I told him. His eyes got wide. “Are ... [Continue Reading]

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Laura Hudson's "Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All" in The New York Times Magazine When talk turns to video games, gaming, GamerGate, any of that, my mind creeps away. I don't play videogames -- well, not since I entertained my younger brother by playing Disney's Aladdin with him -- and the world of gaming seems inherently male. Hudson's article opened my eyes to ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Patsy Sims' "No Twang of Conscience Whatever" in Oxford American In “No Twang of Conscience Whatever,” Patsy Sims investigates the 1964 murders of civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney – an investigation which leads her to the Ku Klux Klan’s White Knights of Mississippi and a chilling interview with Preacher Edgar Ray ... [Continue Reading]

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Rachel Sturtz's "Unprotected" in Outside Colorado-based Rachel Sturtz spent a year investigating this story, about USA Swimming's handling of coaches who sexually abuse and assault the young swimmers in their care. The national governing body for amateur swimming hasn't just turned a blind eye to serial predators in its ranks, it has also gone out of its way to obstruct ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Lionel Shriver’s "I was poor but I was happy" in The Guardian What a lovely thing to wake up to on a weekday morning: an articulate little musing on happiness that never veers into sentimental or apologetic territory and makes you glad to have read it. Shriver uses a geographical metaphor to suggest a more complex - and realistic - understanding of happiness: as a ... [Continue Reading]