Top 5 Roadblocks to Plan B Access

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Confusion about the law is one of the biggest problems when it comes to access for the emergency contraception Plan B. So let’s clear that up first: At the beginning of August 2013, Plan B One-Step became available over-the-counter. Under the new law, it can be purchased by anyone of any age, male or female. […]

Sex and the Single Woman Peace Corps Volunteer: No Equity

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Thirty-one years ago, my former husband Tim and I did what thousands of (mostly) young Americans have done every year since 1961: We set off as Peace Corps volunteers. Unlike most, we had the added adventure of becoming parents while on assignment. Throughout my pregnancy, I had assistance from a supportive Peace Corps network. I […]

Tiana Parker And Our Black Hair

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Someone once said that men invented makeup and fashion so that women would spend all their time thinking about what was on top of their heads and not what was inside them. While I think that trivializes the hard work and artistic creativity involved in these two design fields, I get the point. When Tiana […]

The Last Week of August Was the First Black Breastfeeding Week

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Flying under the radar during the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington was America’s first Black Breastfeeding Week, cofounded by Anayah Sangodele-­Ayoka, Kimberly Seals Allers and Kiddada Green.  These women, as Gandhi told us long ago, “are being the change they want to see in this world.” Instead of waiting for […]

Extremists Disrupt Abortion Rights AND Communities

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In the new issue of Ms.magazine, we describe the tactics that anti-abortion extremists such as Operation Rescue have been using in an attempt to shut down the South Wind Women’s Center—the full-service women’s health clinic in Wichita, Ks., that replaced the one that Dr. George Tiller ran before his murder by anti-abortion extremist, Scott Roeder. Now, […]

New Swimwear Inspired by the Patriarchy

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Using the tagline “Who says it has to be itsy bitsy,” Jessica Rey, former Power Ranger, has designed a swimwear line, Rey Swimwear, created for modesty. She attributes her inspiration to Audrey Hepburn. The suits, manufactured in Orange County, Calif., range from turquoise halters to skirt suit floral patterns, and I would actually consider wearing […]

Dove Has A Beauty Problem

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In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women to lose weight, apply makeup correctly […]

Emergency Contraception Comes With A Brand-Name Price

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On Monday night, Teva Pharmaceuticals received exclusive rights from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell the emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step over the counter and without age restrictions until April 2016. A cheaper generic version will also be available—but only with a prescription and to women 17 years or older. This […]

Indecent for Radio? Change the (Clear) Channel!

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When the South Wind Women’s Center (SWWC) opened its doors in April, it became the first clinic to offer abortions in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller’s  murder four years ago. One of only three abortion clinics in Kansas, it’s also one of only three health clinics in Wichita to offer subsidized birth-control for low-income individuals. As […]

The Texas Abortion Bill May Not Pass After All

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UPDATE: Davis’s filibuster was a success! The bill didn’t pass!! Remember that crazy abortion bill in Texas that would shut down all but five clinics in the state? Well, thanks to awesome state senator Wendy Davis (D- Fort Worth), there is a chance that the bill will not become law. Davis has begun a filibuster […]