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Why Outing the Domestic Violence Survivor — and Her Abuser — Might Just Save Lives

[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of domestic violence] I’m outing myself. It’s not an easy thing to do, out yourself. I’ve kept a lot of my story secret for many years, for many reasons. Reflecting on my life with my abuser, I now realize I minimized the conflicts, marginalized the incidents, telling myself I was making more out of it than it was. After all, how many times did he tell me that? Only after I left my … [Read More...]

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: October

Ms. October I do adore October’s blue sarong, the sliding slits along her whistling hips, and I would die to kiss her ruby lips for all the wet and rotting leaf night long. A "girlie calendar" makes one think of men's lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They're typically collections of nude or scantily dressed women in provocative poses, designed for the male heterosexual gaze. But what … [Read More...]

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Millennials: Don’t Get Shafted at the Polls!

Often characterized as apathetic and irrelevant, young people, especially college students, have usually been ignored come election season. However, this mythology was blown away in the 2008 and 2012 elections when young people proved to be a formidable force at the polls. Galvanized by a charismatic candidate who engaged with them, a sleeping giant had been awakened. Young voters overwhelming supported the president, … [Read More...]

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The Nation’s Police Have a Sex-Discrimination Problem

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last month prompted the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Ferguson's policing practices. (This investigation comes on the heels of a separate federal probe into the killing of Brown). The new investigation will look at departmental practices that may have led to Brown's shooting and to other civil rights … [Read More...]

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Dress Codes for Girls: Are Teachers the New Objectifiers?

When I was in seventh grade, a teacher at my very small Quaker school once sent the boys out of the room and started talking to us girls about how we dressed. It wasn’t too far from “The Talk,” but it focused on our clothing. This teacher told us that we had to be more mindful with the way we would sit and that we had to be careful not to move our legs the wrong way because, well, you know, the boys. “They’re … [Read More...]

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Women Who Conquered the Comic Book World

[This article is excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly. See the full article here.] The day after she returned from the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, comics icon Trina Robbins sits down with me outside at a café just around the corner from her home in San Francisco’s Castro District. As both a comics creator and historian, Robbins is particularly interested in the unknown history of female … [Read More...]

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Iraqi Human Rights Activist Executed

As a feminist, I often think about how my voice is policed by others. My opinions are strong and can result in stereotypical name calling: man-hater, bitch, angry feminist, ugly, etc. But those are just words—in places such as Iraq, being a strong and opinionated woman can be fatal. A week ago in Mosul, human rights […]

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Rutgers to Endow Chair in Gloria Steinem’s Name

On Monday, Rutgers University announced that it is endowing a chair in the name of Gloria Steinem—American feminist icon and co-founder of Ms. The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies will not only honor Steinem’s legacy as a women’s rights activist and journalist, but will honor her work in media by […]

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Movers, Shakers and “Makers”

Beginning tonight, six new documentaries in the Makers series (a project of … ...

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How to Get Away with Dynamic Black Women Leads

After the weeks of hype and speculation leading up to the premiere, How to … ...

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8 Ways Digital Media Has Changed Women’s Lives

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Dear UN: Where Are the Women in Your Ebola Prevention Plan?

The following is an open letter from the Mano River Women's Peace … ...

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Why We Need to #LiftTheBan on Abortion in War Zones

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Rape as a Weapon of War: What Happens to Pregnant Survivors?

The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is formally over, but women … ...

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Why Outing the Domestic Violence Survivor — and Her Abuser — Might Just Save Lives

[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of domestic violence] I’m outing myself. … ...

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The Nation’s Police Have a Sex-Discrimination Problem

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri … ...

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Danièle Watts, Slut-Shaming and Supporting the Black Female Victim/Offender

Recently reports surfaced that actress Danièle Watts, who appeared in the … ...

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Millennials: Don’t Get Shafted at the Polls!

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Once Upon a Mattress

When thinking of the most intimate spaces in life, one's bed certainly … ...

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Your Vote Is Your Voice

The following article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Ms. Read more of … ...

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