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Why We Can Still Learn From a ’70s Sex-Ed Comic

In a recent Fusion article, writer Sam Meier chronicled the fraught history of a newly re-discovered sex-ed comic from the '70s called Ten Heavy Facts About Sex. According to Meier’s research, back in the groovy year 1971, Sol Gordon, a professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University, used the comic to deliver honest, far-out facts on safe sex, reproductive health and sexuality for teens in the midst of … [Read More...]

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Christian Grey is 50 Shades of Sexist

Oh E.L. James, what am I going to do with you?—is probably what Christian Grey would say if he had to read all 576 baffling pages of Grey, the newest addition to the blockbuster series Fifty Shades of Grey. Lucky for James, she doesn’t have to fear the wrath of Christian’s not-so-erotic punishments—she just gets to profit off of the many poor saps, like myself, who actually paid to read that thing she calls a … [Read More...]

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: Ms. July

Ms. July July, come find me in the fish’s gill. July, come splash and tip my quick canoe. July, come whisper who is kind and true. July, come when you willow, if you will. 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 … [Read More...]

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Drone Successfully Delivers Abortion Pills in Poland

This past Saturday, a drone flying from Frankfurt, Germany safely delivered abortion-inducing pills to Słubice, Poland. The drone's flight marks the first successful effort by Women on Waves and other pro-abortion groups based in Eastern Europe to provide abortion services in this way. Abortion is legal in Germany, but has been harshly restricted in Poland since 1993. Watch a video of the drone's flight … [Read More...]

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A Girl Scout Group Returned a $100,000 Gift for a Great Reason

The Girl Scouts may be more often associated with Tagalongs than transgender activism, but that could soon change. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a check for $100,000—nearly a quarter of the council’s annual financial assistance funding for girls who need scholarships. But the gift—from a donor who has not been publicly identified—came with a condition: Please guarantee that our … [Read More...]

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Women Bring Home the Bacon

The traditional portrait of mothers needs a 21st century update: Yes, many mothers still bake cookies. But they also bring home the bacon. More than any time in the past, mothers are making an essential contribution to the economic security of their families. In fact, fewer than one in five families fit the 1950s stereotype in which the father goes to work to support the family and the mother stays at home to care for … [Read More...]

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We Spleen: Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner

Last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner said that women who are beautiful and funny are almost impossible to find. While speaking on stage with Goldie Hawn, Eisner graced the audience with his theory on why Hawn’s Hollywood career had been so successful: “From my position, the hardest artist to […]

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Feminism Helped Pave the Way for Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality is, as President Obama declared in his remarks following the ruling, “a victory for America.” It’s also a major win for feminism. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy recounted the history of marriage in brief, emphasizing  that even though the institution has existed for millennia and across civilizations, “it […]

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We Spleen: Blaming Sexual Assault on “Biological Wiring”

In March, retired Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps published a report detailing the cultural factors that contribute to the high levels of harassment, date rape and other forms of assault in the Canadian military. Earlier this month, CBC news released an interview with Canadian Chief of Defense Staff General Tom Lawson, who had something […]

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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Telemedicine Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

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Griswold and Me: A Love Story

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The Problem With Lauren Conrad’s “Body Positivity”

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: Ms. July

Ms. July July, come find me in the fish’s gill. July, come splash and … ...

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Christian Grey is 50 Shades of Sexist

Oh E.L. James, what am I going to do with you?—is probably what Christian … ...

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The Ultimate Feminist Summer Mixtape

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Why We Can Still Learn From a ’70s Sex-Ed Comic

In a recent Fusion article, writer Sam Meier chronicled the fraught … ...

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A Girl Scout Group Returned a $100,000 Gift for a Great Reason

The Girl Scouts may be more often associated with Tagalongs than … ...

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Black Girls Matter

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The Charleston Nine

Reprinted with permission from Insight News Even as the flowers fade, the … ...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves One Step Closer to Reality

Over outcry from women's groups, environmentalists, health … ...

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UCLA Failed to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment, Lawsuit Says

Already one of 106 colleges and universities under investigation by the … ...

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