Dove’s Real Beauty Isn’t

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Dove released its latest video last Thursday in their now-decade-old Campaign for Real Beauty. But Dove’s ideas about Real Beauty are making me Real Tired and Real Crabby. Viewers are treated to yet another series of earnest, young-to-middle-aged, multicultural women confiding to the camera how they really need to work harder at feeling beautiful, for Dove […]

TSA Ends Practice of Racially Profiling Black Women

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Under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Transportation Safety Administration will no longer subject black women to unnecessary hair searches. The TSA finally addressed the issue after multiple complaints from black women who felt they were being singled out arbitrarily for additional screenings. The agency has also agreed to further train employees on racial […]

When Anti-Choicers Co-Opt #BlackLivesMatter

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Even though safe abortion should be as much a part of women’s health care as safe childbirth, women can face attacks from their families and communities when they decide to terminate a pregnancy. What often goes unexamined is how race can intersect with gender to create a treacherous site of oppression for black women who […]

The 5 Best Things Obamacare Has Done for Women

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Five years ago today, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Since then, despite at least 50 attempts by Republicans to repeal the law and more than 100 court challenges to the Act’s contraceptive mandate, more than 16 million Americans have gained health coverage because of the ACA, according to the White House. “Five […]

Female Genital Mutilation Isn’t Just an African Problem

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the now-classic gender-equality document, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action [pdf], and of the current meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women has released a summary review [pdf] of the status of women since Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women. […]

Oregon Bill Would Grant Insurance Coverage for Abortion

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Reprinted with permission from RH Reality Check. Read the original here. Four Oregon lawmakers last Thursday introduced the Comprehensive Women’s Health Bill, intended to ensure access to affordable, full-spectrum reproductive health care for every woman and transgender man in the state. The bill, if passed, would make Oregon the first state in the nation to […]

Eating Disorder Awareness: It Starts With Us

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Before arriving at college, you hear warnings—from parents, classmates and maybe even teachers—about the terrifying “Freshman 15”: go to college, gain weight. The warnings might seem harmless, but it matters that we present weight gain as a problem to avoid. More than incoming college students are warned to watch out for their GPA, their alcohol […]

IUD Expulsion: Is it as Scary as it Sounds?

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Reprinted with permission from Bedsider. During the first few months of having my IUD, there were some moments of discomfort that made me wonder if the IUD was in the right place. When I went to my doctor for a follow-up exam, I talked about some of the pain I had been experiencing and my […]

New Study Shows More Than HALF of Abortion Clinics Face Threats

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Today marks 42 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. Despite the long-ago ruling, anti-abortion lawmakers and extremists continue to target abortion access—both in the halls of Congress and on the ground at clinics. New research from the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) reveals that clinics and […]

Exposing the Junk Science of the Anti-Choice Movement

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Abortion is linked to breast cancer. Abortion leads to mental illness and drug abuse. Women are frequently admitted to hospitals with abortion-related complications. One thing the above statements have in common? They’re myths, and abortion-rights activists have worked hard to debunk them. Most recently, as part of an investigative project, RH Reality Check found 14 doctors, scientists and […]