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Having trouble getting through your Friday? Take a break and check out what we've been reading web-side this week.

  • Meryl Streep was one of millions of disappointed women to hear that two Republican senators are holding up approval of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. because they think there will be a pro-choice slant to exhibits there.  Jezebel is covering the story, and NYT columnist Gail Collins logged her support early this week as well.
  • Colorlines has launched a powerful campaign to Drop the I-Word. Join the fight against oppressive, hate-feeding language here.
  • The Nation posted several feminist articles on their site this week: An extensive piece on women in the Republican party; one on women in the Democratic party; and a piece by Feministing's Jessica Valenti on the commandeering of the word "feminist" in right-wing politcs lately.
  • The United Nations this week sent an official to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate the huge numbers of civilians raped over a period of three days this summer by various armed rebel groups.  
  • U.S. Census data was released this week, showing, among other things, that the marriage rate is at its lowest point in 150 years of data-gathering. Brangelina-esque protest, perhaps?
  • RIP Sally Menke, Oscar-nominated film editor who edited Quentin Tarantino's best-known films. 
  • And finally, it's Banned Books Week, as Ashley pointed out on Sunday. Check here for events in your area!

What caught your eye this week? Tell us in the comments!

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