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Can a Rape Joke Ever Be Funny?

In an ideal world, eliminating the material to even be able to make rape jokes—i.e. ending rape—would be the best solution to our culture's rape-joke problem, bar none. But as Ilana Glazer’s character on Broad City quipped during the show's recent season two premiere, “we live in rape culture…we just do.” The episode, which has garnered both critical backlash and enthused support, features a bit in … [Read More...]

Choice

On the 42nd Anniversary of Roe, Time to Listen to Women Born After It

Today marks 42 years since abortion was made legal in all 50 states. Since then, anti-choice politicians have worked endlessly to undermine that decision and make abortion less attainable. Young people are at our most vulnerable when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, and we are once again concerned that our rights might disappear. This isn’t just the anniversary of Roe v Wade: This is also the start of a new … [Read More...]

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Why Are People Sitting On Each Other’s Faces in the U.K.?

Groups of protestors around the U.K. have gathered in recent weeks to express their frustration with new laws prohibiting certain sex acts from being performed in porn films. The restrictions were imposed late last year by British lawmakers. The list of banned acts includes: physical or verbal abuse; strangulation; penetration by any object "associated with violence"; and any caning. What's stirring up the ire of … [Read More...]

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New Study Shows More Than HALF of Abortion Clinics Face Threats

Today marks 42 years since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. Despite the long-ago ruling, anti-abortion lawmakers and extremists continue to target abortion access—both in the halls of Congress and on the ground at clinics. New research from the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) reveals that clinics and doctors are faced with daily threats and … [Read More...]

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Abortion Law: Roe Was Right, But McRae Was Wrong

Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that recognized the fundamental right to abortion, and with it comes the yearly celebrations and critiques. For decades, critics of Roe have claimed that the case was a travesty of justice and wrongly decided—that the opinion prompted such fierce backlash that abortion remains, arguably, the most hot-button topic in our society 42 years later. … [Read More...]

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White, Male

The 2015 Oscar nominations, announced this morning, loudly echo Martha Lauzen's most recent report on the "celluloid ceiling" for women in Hollywood. What Lauzen said about her findings can equally be said of today's nominees: [They] drive home the point that men continue to construct the vast majority of the visual and aural worlds featured in U.S. films. Let's start with the good news: There are two categories … [Read More...]

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Diversity Wins Big at SAG Awards

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and Ava DuVernay’s Academy Awards snub, there was a bit of good news for women of color in Hollywood Sunday night. At the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, not one but two African American women actors snagged SAG awards for their leading roles. Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a […]

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George Lucas: “Girls Go to the Movies Just Like Anyone Else”

It looks like the trend of gender-balanced children’s movies might be here to stay. Today marks the release of Strange Magic, an animated musical by Disney that revolves around the fairytale adventures of two sisters. This latest addition to the growing list of girl-centered kids’ movies comes from an unlikely source: Star Wars creator George Lucas. […]

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Top 5 Feminist Moments in the State of the Union

Expectations were high for President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, and he did not disappoint. He managed to tackle a myriad of issues that impact women and families, from reproductive rights to fair pay, highlighting them as a national priority. To much applause, Obama also gave much-needed attention to just how integral working […]

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New Study Shows More Than HALF of Abortion Clinics Face Threats

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Exposing the Junk Science of the Anti-Choice Movement

Abortion is linked to breast cancer. Abortion leads to mental illness … ...

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What’s Next for Contraception?

The Pill was revolutionary for women, condoms were a major milestone in the … ...

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Facepalm: Top 10 Anti-Feminist Gaffes of 2014

Get ready to facepalm, people! In no particular order, here are the top … ...

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6 Apps Every Feminist Needs

As of July 2014, there were 1.3 million apps available on Google Play … ...

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Abortion Law: Roe Was Right, But McRae Was Wrong

Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that … ...

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Detroit Fundraises to Test Rape Kits

In an unprecedented initiative, the cash-strapped city of Detroit has … ...

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On the Docket: The Top 4 SCOTUS Cases to Follow in 2015

The Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term—which began on Oct. 6—will … ...

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On the 42nd Anniversary of Roe, Time to Listen to Women Born After It

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The “War on Boys” Narrative Is Back. Ugh.

Every year as a new school semester begins, someone writes an ominous … ...

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#Feminism: The Top 10 Feminist Hashtags of 2014

Feminism is trending. In 2014, the hashtag proved a powerful tool for … ...

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