Disney’s Not-So-Brave Makeover

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UPDATE: The L.A. Times reports that, according to a Disney representative, the company has no intention of abandoning its “sexier” new depiction of Merida, which will illustrate a limited run of products, including backpacks and pajamas. The rep said that the previous version of Merida would still be available on other Disney products. Bravery comes […]

Peace Corps Women Deserve Abortion Coverage, Too


With states tightening up abortion laws, and the FDA still restricting emergency contraception, recent reproductive rights efforts have been less than encouraging. However, it was a step forward last year when President Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which included a provision sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), that protects military women by providing […]

British Study Shows False Rape Claims are Complicated Matters


The United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recently released a report highlighting the complexity—and scarcity—of false rape allegations. The report was issued in response to a 2010 court appeal in which a woman pleaded guilty to falsely retracting true allegations of rape that she had made against her husband, and was then sentenced to eight months imprisonment for […]

Kansas Legislature Votes to Further Restrict Abortion Rights


Anti-choice legislation has been sweeping the nation this past month as states try to one-up each other’s restrictive policies on abortion. Shortly after Arkansas approved the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country, which bans abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, North Dakota made abortion illegal from the moment doctors can detect a heartbeat (around six […]

Forking, Dongles and Cyber Misogyny


Last summer, Avital Norman Nathman wrote about feminist video blogger Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter proposal for a web series, Tropes vs. Women, and briefly mentioned the alarming backlash aimed at Sarkeesian for venturing to dissect sexist trends in video games. After receiving vicious YouTube comments, including “I hope you get cancer” and just about every misogynistic slur in the book, […]

Emergency Contraception Ruling is a Victory for Women


As of Friday morning, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift longstanding restrictions on women’s access to emergency contraception (EC). Citing the FDA’s refusal to broaden access as “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable,“ U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman has decided to make EC–known by its brand name, Plan B–available […]

New Safe-Sex Campaign Paints Health Concerns Blue


Raisins? Blueberries? Prunes? Keep guessing. A new safe-sex campaign has gone simply ballistic in its promotion of healthy habits for men. A pair of singing testicles warns sexually active males of the tragic consequence that comes from forgetting to pack a condom: a case of the infamous blue balls. The duo’s homepage declares their mission statement: […]

Smith College Decides It’s Not Enough to Identify As a Woman


With the school year winding down before summer break, many high schoolers will be preparing for the caffeine-induced excitement of university life. A lucky few will be admitted to their top pick of a college, while others (lucky, still, for receiving an education) will learn to love their second or third choice. For high schooler […]