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Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and patients against anti-choice extremists in New Orleans have moved onto the next reproductive rights battleground: Jackson, Miss. There are currently defending the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state, and were a presence at the courthouse Monday where the trials of  several key anti-abortion … [Read More...]

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Empowering Femininity

Early on in my first book Whipping Girl, while discussing the tendency within some strands of feminism to discourage women from engaging in acts and pursuits that are considered feminine, I argued that “We should instead learn to empower femininity itself.” While many people who read the entire book appreciated my stance on femininity, I have found that those who disagree often take that particular quote out of … [Read More...]

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A New Generation of HIV/AIDS Activists is Born

I’m at the 20th International HIV/AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week. It brings together people from all around the world to join hands in continuing and expanding the fight against HIV/AIDS. For me, the conference has been a complete eye opener into a world I hadn’t previously known much about. I was born in 1996, the year antiretroviral medication began saving so many lives. But today's media coverage most … [Read More...]

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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday morning to demand that the Equal Rights Amendment finally pass. The congresswomen, along with Dr. E. Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Feminist Majority president (and publisher of Ms.) Ellie Smeal, NOW president Terry O'Neill and other feminist leaders and activists, called on … [Read More...]

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Lucy Is No Louise: Skip This Action-Packed Fail and Re-watch Thelma and Louise Instead

Sure, Scarlett Johansson is a great actor. Alas, her lead role in Lucy does not do her justice. The premise of the film—that we only use 10 percent of our brains—is a faulty one and caused quite an angry buzzing across the Internet (as here and here) even before the film's official release. The direction this premise takes in the film is sadly uninspiring. Guess what we would do with 100 percent of our brains? Kill … [Read More...]

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Pro-Choice Activists Stand Up for Abortion Providers in New Orleans

Abortion providers in Louisiana are getting hit from all sides this summer. First, Louisiana state lawmakers passed restrictive legislation that, if allowed to go into effect, may force the closures of most clinics in the state. Then, the local Catholic Bishop in New Orleans waged an ongoing campaign to stop the construction of a new Planned Parenthood facility, boycotting any contractors who plan to work on the … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

In a 2-to-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond upheld a ruling that said Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. This is the first decision of its kind in a Southern state and follows in the steps of similar rulings by federal appeals courts in Oklahoma and Utah. Said […]

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We Spleen: Victim-Blaming by Vancouver’s Transit Police

Women passengers in Vancouver are voicing outrage this week over a sexual assault awareness campaign recently launched by the city’s transit police. The initiative urges victims of assault to report crimes using a new text messaging service, but instead of offering support to survivors, the campaign blames the victim. Update: TransLink, the organization that oversees the Vancouver Transit […]

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Honoring History’s Forgotten Women, One-Too-Many Chardonnays At A Time

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The American R/Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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Lucy Is No Louise: Skip This Action-Packed Fail and Re-watch Thelma and Louise Instead

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Senate Considers Anti-TRAP Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing Tuesday on the … ...

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California Seeks to End Gay-Panic Defense

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Under Attack: Buffer Zones Around Abortion Clinics

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Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and … ...

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Pro-Choice Activists Hold Their Ground in New Orleans

The battle between pro-choice activists and abortion opponents rages on in … ...

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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps … ...

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