Wisconsin Political Candidate Tells Fast-Food Workers to “Get a Real Job”

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And the victim-blaming of the impoverished continues. The Republican candidate for attorney general in Wisconsin, Brad Schimel, recently explained to supporters that this whole minimum wage debate wouldn’t be happening if those poors could just get their lives together: I want every one of our neighbors to have a job again, a well-paid job, so we […]

#NoRapeOnReign: When Sexual Violence Is a Plot Device

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As someone who has always been a sucker for historical fiction in television (The Tudors, anyone?), I couldn’t help but be drawn in when a friend put me on to CW’s Reign, a fictionalized teen drama that follows the early life of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. I quickly came to appreciate […]

The Cold Truth Behind Silicon Valley’s Egg Freezing

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All right ovaries, time to lean in! To top off the bevy of perks that their employees already get, such as chef-prepared meals and office razor scooters, Silicon Valley giants Apple and Facebook are offering another insurance benefit to women employees: cryopreservation, also known as egg freezing. In a self-congratulatory press release, Apple said: We […]

Tennessee Could Be the Next Abortion Battleground

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This Nov. 4 will be critical in the battle over abortion rights that’s been brewing in Tennessee. In these midterm elections, Tennesseans will be casting their vote on a ballot measure that can decide the future of reproductive rights in the state. The ballot measure, called Amendment 1, will change the state’s constitution to read: […]

We Heart: Kristen Stewart for Calling Out Anti-Feminists

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Kristen Stewart has grown a lot from her Twilight years: She’s no longer the meek Bella Swan waiting for a vampire in glittery armor to save her, but instead is restarting her career with standout indie performances. She stars in the upcoming film Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a disillusioned guard at Guantanamo Bay, and […]

We Heart: Aziz Ansari’s #WhatAFeministLooksLike Moment

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It looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Legend will have to make room in the male feminist celeb club because Aziz Ansari came out as a feminist to Late Show host David Letterman on Monday night. Explaining why he’s a feminist—and offering a perfect definition of the word—the Parks and Recreation star used Beyoncé as an example, […]

NEWSFLASH: NY Governor Announces New Sexual Assault Policies for SUNY

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has announced the first uniform statewide policy to curb sexual assault on New York college campuses. Within 60 days, the State University of New York (SUNY) system has to implement the new policies on all 64 of its campuses, which enroll almost half a million students. At a press conference in Manhattan last […]

NEWSFLASH: California Bans Forced Sterilization of Women Prisoners

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Months after appalling reports revealed that women prisoners in California had been sterilized without their consent, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law Thursday that would stop such a violation from happening in California prisons ever again. The new law prohibits sterilization as a method of birth control in correctional facilities, unless the patient’s life […]

Millennials: Don’t Get Shafted at the Polls!

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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 […]

We Heart: The #CosmoVotes Campaign

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It’s been proven time and again that the gender gap can decide elections. In the 2012 presidential election, women voters, in favoring President Obama by 10 percentage points, helped usher him into his second term. If only men had voted that November, Mitt Romney would be president. Women wield considerable power in our nation’s electorate […]