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Why We Should All Talk About Our Periods

It might just be the year of the period: In 2016, the phrase “period panties” has entered the American lexicon; lawmakers across the country are fighting to eliminate the so-called “tampon tax”; and the cover of Newsweek has declared, “There will be blood—get over it.” The subhead? “The crimson tide is turning.” So it’s time to tune into First Time, a period podcast that talks about exactly what you'd expect: the first … [Read More...]

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For Women Seeking Non-Hormonal Birth Control, an Exhausting Quest

“All right, let's take it out,” I said, leaning forward in my chair and sighing heavily at the doctor. What a waste. For the past month, I'd had inside my body a gnawing little T-shaped device made out of plastic and copper, called ParaGard. It had seemed to me an ideal birth control solution: invisible, forgettable, long-lasting, highly effective and hormone-free. ParaGard sits in the uterine cavity, where it changes … [Read More...]

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So-Called Predators in the Bathroom… Again

The transgender “bathroom panic” is making legislative gains across the country, thanks to conservative scare tactics to vilify the transgender community as sexual predators. Recently, an anti-LGBT bill, HB 2, was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly; within hours, it had been signed by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory. The bill was introduced in response to a bylaw that had been passed in Charlotte allowing transgender … [Read More...]

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Watch What Happens When Men Read Abusive Tweets to Female Sports Reporters

A recently released YouTube video shows just how badly women sports commentators are treated online—and the abuse they face is guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable, at a minimum. In the video, promoting the hashtag #MoreThanMean, men are instructed to read out loud “mean” tweets to two journalists: Sarah Spain, a radio host and Sports Illustrated reporter, and Julie DiCaro, an espnW reporter and ESPN radio host. … [Read More...]

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What Happened to Abortion Access While You Were Watching the Presidential Primaries

For the past few months we have all been watching the presidential primary debates to find out where candidates stand on the issues that are important to us, such as equal pay, federal abortion laws and funding for Planned Parenthood. But while our eyes have been glued to the national stage, a whole lot has been happening at the state level. Let’s take a look at what you may have missed. [Spoiler alert: The “War on Women” … [Read More...]

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Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Redemption Song

Beyoncé knows how to pick her moments (and her platforms). There is something quite poetic (both literally and figuratively) in the premiere of her sixth album, Lemonade, as a music-meets-film experience on the premium cable channel, HBO, on Saturday, April 23. Just days before her musical event, we had learned that the U.S. Treasury Department plans to feature freedom-fighter Harriet Tubman on our $20 currency and … [Read More...]

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    We Heart: Ballerina Misty Copeland’s New Barbie Doll

    Misty Copeland made history last summer when she became the first African American woman to hold the title of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), solidifying her position as a living legend and inspiration to young girls everywhere. Today, she found another way to be a role model: as a Barbie doll in Mattel’s […]

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    The Political Popularity Contest

    With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! Think […]

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    Victory! Harriet Tubman to Grace the $20 Bill

    At long last, a woman’s face will grace the $20 bill. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman will adorn the frontside of a new $20, set to be redesigned by 2020. Bizarrely, however, an image of slaveholding president Andrew Jackson—who is currently the face of the $20—will be moved to the backside of the […]

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    For Women Seeking Non-Hormonal Birth Control, an Exhausting Quest

    “All right, let's take it out,” I said, leaning forward in my chair and … ...

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    Some Bloody Good Feminism for Earth Day

    Reusable menstrual pads are making a comeback, and this time they’ve got … ...

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    Shamed Into Silence, Empowered to Choose

    Imagine being a teenager before 1972. Birth control is not a legal option. … ...

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    Liberating Words: “I Did Not Ask”

    The poems contained in this series, “Liberating Words,” came out of an … ...

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    Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Redemption Song

    Beyoncé knows how to pick her moments (and her platforms). There is … ...

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    The Artist and Her Work: A Conversation With Feminist Filmmaker Josephine Decker

    Josephine Decker is a feminist filmmaker with a spontaneous heart; she’s … ...

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    Why We Should All Talk About Our Periods

    It might just be the year of the period: In 2016, the phrase “period … ...

    Love in the Time of Homophobia: Considering the Use of Confidential Marriage Licenses

    When I began Los Angeles County’s online marriage license application a few … ...

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    What Beyonce, Black Girls Rock! and Popular Education Mean for the Feminist Movement

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    So-Called Predators in the Bathroom… Again

    The transgender “bathroom panic” is making legislative gains across the … ...

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    Watch What Happens When Men Read Abusive Tweets to Female Sports Reporters

    A recently released YouTube video shows just how badly women sports … ...

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    What Happened to Abortion Access While You Were Watching the Presidential Primaries

    For the past few months we have all been watching the presidential primary … ...

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