Surprise, Surprise: Increased Contraceptive Use Leads to Fewer Unintended Pregnancies

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Who would have guessed? Increased use of contraceptives is accompanied by a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers found that women who use birth control methods consistently and correctly make up only 5 percent of unplanned pregnancies.  Other key findings from the report: The use of long-acting, reversible […]

NEWSFLASH: Marissa Alexander Eligible for Release in January

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It looks like Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three whose criminal case has made national headlines, will not have to go to trial after taking a plea deal. She plead guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and was given a three-year sentence, but since she has already served 1,030 days, […]

Top 10 Feminist Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

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Here at Ms., we’re always on the hunt for feminist documentaries and love showcasing them on the blog and in Ms. magazine. Feminist filmmakers telling the stories of women in new and interesting ways help to push women’s issues into the cultural mainstream and highlight societal problems that otherwise may have been overlooked. And these […]

5 Reasons to Delete Your Uber App

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Uber, the ride-sharing app, has shown questionable respect for women and their safety, and it looks like public ire against the company is finally reaching critical mass. A story is quickly unspooling of a company that, despite a $18 billion valuation, manages to show a bankrupt sense of regard for women passengers, employees and journalists. […]

NEWSFLASH: WAM! Teams Up With Twitter to Stop Gender Harassment Online

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For women, having a voice and being visible has often been dangerous. For women online, it has become increasingly so. Women who speak up online have been the subject of vicious harassment, cyberstalking and, in the recent case of women-in-gaming advocate Anita Sarkeesian, even death threats. The anonymity of the Internet emboldens some men to […]

We Spleen: TIME‘s “Feminist” Hate-Fest

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Feminist. Feminist. Feminist. Screw you, TIME! That was my immediate reaction when I read that TIME had included “feminist” on a list of choices for its annual “worst words” poll, where readers can select the inescapable and overused buzzword of the year that they never want to hear again. The criteria for such distasteful words: If you hear that […]

What Wendy Davis’ Gubernatorial Bid Meant to Texas Women

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As a born-and-raised Texan, I’ve followed Wendy Davis from the night of her epic filibuster to her decision to run for governor up to Election Day. While live-streaming her be-sneakered filibuster from my Los Angeles apartment on the balmy night of June 25, 2013, I wished I could have been in the state Capitol for […]

Grace Under Fire: Honoring Fearless Women Journalists

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The International Women’s Media Foundation honored three remarkable women journalists at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last week for their commitment to seeking the truth even when it put their lives at risk. The Ms. Blog had a chance to speak to those inspiring women—hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Serbia and Syria—after they received […]

We Heart: Daniel Radcliffe’s #WhatAFeministLooksLike Moment

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It looks like Elle UK cover woman and UN Women ambassador Emma Watson is rubbing off on her Harry Potter co-star, Daniel Radcliffe. In a recent interview with British GQ Radcliffe was asked if he’s a feminist: Yes [I am]. There’s seems to be a very recent thing that you come “out” as a feminist. It’s a very weird […]

Top 4 Scariest Things That Could Happen if Women Don’t Vote on Tuesday

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Happy Feminist Halloween, folks! It’s a time for carving jill-o-lanterns, crafting Notorious R.B.G costumes and re-watching Hocus Pocus. While you’re taking part in the Halloween festivities this weekend, remember that Tuesday is Election Day, and similar to “sluts” in slasher films, women’s rights are in some serious danger. Ballot initiatives in several key states are giving […]